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News from the battlefield: Spain Núria Comellas (CBUC) ICOLC 11th Fall Meeting Paris , October 26 th 2009. Context. Spain: 45M population, 1´5M students, 50 public universities + 27 private universities Just 1 national license: ISI WOK 8 academic consortia including 3 “buying clubs”

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News from the battlefield: SpainNúria Comellas (CBUC)ICOLC 11th Fall MeetingParis, October 26th 2009


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  • Spain:

    • 45M population, 1´5M students, 50 public universities + 27 private universities

    • Just 1 national license: ISI WOK

    • 8 academic consortia

      • including 3 “buying clubs”

      • and a network of research institutes’ libraries (CSIC)


Spanish consortia and the crisis

Spanish consortia and the crisis

  • Important budget cuts in some autonomous communities, affecting universities

    • But no dramatic cancellations of licenses

  • Shock: 100% FECyT funding for WOK license coming to its end?

  • Coordination among Spanish consortia:

    • price caps (following ICOLC declaration on crisis)

    • fiscal issues (reduce/recover VAT for e-resources?)

    • we are saying to publishers:

      • we want to maintain content

      • obtain new customers instead of charging us more


Cbuc and the crisis

CBUC and the crisis

  • Catalonia: 7M population, 200.000 students, 8 public universities + 3 private universities, National Library

  • Current budget (to pay 2010 subscriptions) was obtained in December 2008

  • Struggling with our library members to avoid “preventive cancellations”

  • No cancellations nor new subscriptions, just a few one-time payments (e-books)

  • Multiyear renewals for 2010, done: Springer and Nature (along with ordinary renewals: Elsevier, IEEE, Wiley, etc.)

    • Trying to get the lower increases possible (3%?)


Feelings for 2010 general

Feelings for 2010 (general)

  • Lack of precise instructions from Spanish government

  • 16%18% VAT for e-resources!

  • Consortia have been efficient and efective: don’t cut our budget!

    • Information is essential in universities

    • We have a lot more content than we had before

    • We’ve restrained price caps

  • We’ll realize the real crisis impact later this year (will we be ready to react?)


Feelings for 2010 cbuc

Feelings for 2010 (CBUC)

  • Our licensing budget comes mainly from universities:

    • aprox. 80% universities (but suffering high deficit!)

    • aprox. 20% government (lower next year?)

  • If government cuts its share of our budget,

    • will universities be able to increase theirs?

    • or will we have to start thinking of cancellations?

  • Multiyear deals to be negotiated for 2011:

    • Blackwell, OUP, RSC, Sage, ORO, …


Thanks

Thanks!

Núria Comellas

Consorci de Biblioteques

Universitàries de Catalunya

[email protected]

www.cbuc.es


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