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Award Report: Consortia Purchasing Award–HSLANJ

The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) was awarded a Consortia Purchasing / Electronic Resource Access Award from the NN/LM MAR in April 2010.  Since 2002, HSLANJ, through the New Jersey Hospital Association Library (NJHA), has offered hospital and nonprofit health sciences libraries access to low-cost, evidence-based electronic resources through a group licensing program.  When the NJHA library closed in 2009 HSLANJ’s group licensing initiative was left without administrative structure and day-to-day leadership.

Our project encompassed three goals 1) to create a business plan for HSLANJ group licensing initiative (GLI); 2) to provide a structure for the GLI; and 3) to continue the GLI during the transition year.  Library Development Solutions was hired to assist us with the first two goals and our third goal was managed by Robb Mackes.

Library Development Solutions met with HSLANJ group licensing committee members and surveyed HSLANJ and consortia members in Delaware and Pennsylvania served by the GLI before providing a report, which outlined three options for HSLANJ to consider:

  • Establishment of a new group licensing organization GPO
  • Creation of a consortial buying group within HSLANJ
  • Affiliation with an existing consortium with proven experience in database licensing

The report provides detail on each of these three alternatives, giving both pros and cons for each scenario.  While Library Development Solutions was crafting a plan for the future, Robb Mackes and the committee were working with vendors to provide the 2011-2012 group licensing offer.  The success of this initiative can be measured by the number of institutions participating and the amount of resources licensed. Sixty-eight (68) institutions licensed $1,144,547 in resources.

HSLANJ now has the data and information needed to begin expansion of the GLI to the entire NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region.  We recognize that such expansion will be a huge undertaking–one we hope to achieve through partnership with NN/LM MAR or an established consortia.  Next steps include meeting with MAR staff to share our findings and discuss our initiative and sending RFIs to established consortia.

Kerry A. O’Rourke
Co-Chair, HSLANJ Group Licensing Committee




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