Volume 20, Number 6 • June 2000
The impact of consortia on database licensing
by Angee Baker

Discusses the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET) and its licensing program. Explains that SOLINET communicates with its local consortia management team and encourages group endeavors. Says that The Network Alliance is a combination of 16 networks that cover most of North America, and that its goal is to provide cost-effective database licensing opportunities for libraries and publishers. Adds that networks and consortia provide group marketing capabilities, centralized billing and accounting services, and people resources to a publisher. Predicts that fewer but larger consortia are likely as they experience the need for cost recovery. Notes that publishers are broadening their product development activities by forming advisory boards representing library and consortia interests.
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