madtom writes "Today's Chronicle of Higher Education has an article talking about libraries using consortia to purchase materials. No new information here, but it is good to get the word out. This quote, halfway through the article gives as good a summary as any:
"Increasingly, institutions maintain memberships in larger groups that offer good discounts on basic services while also joining smaller ones that serve specialized needs, such as groups for Jesuit colleges or Lutheran seminaries. Smaller groups can take advantage of deals that larger consortia wouldn't bother with, and they can move on deals quickly because there is less bureaucracy involved."
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