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Building up Consortia: UKB, the Netherlands. Nol Verhagen Director of Libraries, University of Amsterdam. UKB, who are we?. 13 Dutch University Libraries Royal Library Library Royal Academy Open University ( associated member) www.ukb.nl. UKB, what do we do?.

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building up consortia ukb the netherlands

Building up Consortia: UKB, the Netherlands

Nol Verhagen

Director of Libraries, University of Amsterdam

ukb who are we
UKB, who are we?
  • 13 Dutch University Libraries
  • Royal Library
  • Library Royal Academy
  • Open University (associated member)

www.ukb.nl

UvA Universiteit van Amsterdam

ukb what do we do
UKB, what do we do?
  • Characteristics: a cooperative initiative
  • No legal entity
  • Independent decision making
  • Aim: “to improve scientific services and in particular services to the members of the individual libraries”

(since 1977!!)

  • Working groups and committees

UvA Universiteit van Amsterdam

characteristics of consortia
Characteristics of Consortia
  • The Ad Hoc Consortium: just for fancy occasions and opportunities
  • The Loose Consortium: the coalition of the willing
  • The Strong Consortium: for the better and the worse

UvA Universiteit van Amsterdam

critical success factors
Critical Success Factors
  • Common goals
  • Common nature
  • Common structure
  • Common funding
  • Doing more than just buying licenses

UvA Universiteit van Amsterdam

characteristics ukb 1
Characteristics UKB (1)
  • Between Loose and Strong Consortium
  • Issues:
    • licensing
    • collection management
    • national information infrastructure
    • e-publishing;

UvA Universiteit van Amsterdam

characteristics ukb 2
Characteristics UKB (2)
  • Strategic goals:
    • supply of scientific information in e-format
    • improve access to scientific information
    • integration of information supply in education
    • improve efficiency of information supply

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threats
Threats
  • Conflict of interest, inside and outside
  • Lack of decision making power
  • Lack of funding
  • Changing the nature of the consortium
  • Division of costs

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opportunities
Opportunities
  • Need for increase of scale
  • Open Access
  • Digital support of Research and Teaching
  • Mutual interests
  • E – ICOLC !!

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