Jisc launches phase two of the ‘Digital archival collections group purchasing pilot’

Following on from the success of our initial pilot, Jisc has now launched phase two of ‘Digital archival collections group purchasing pilot.’ Phase two of the pilot begins on 20 November, 2017 and will run through to the end of the academic year, 31 July, 2018, offering institutions’ maximum opportunity to review the products on offer and make purchasing decisions. The pilot aims to support Higher Education institutions with a more efficient, coordinated and transparent approach to the acquisition of digital archival collections.

Adam Matthew Digital, Brill and ProQuest have returned from phase one to offer an expanded list of digital archival collection themes and titles to the Higher Education sector. As with the initial pilot, the project leverages institutions’ collective purchasing power to lower the cost of digital archival collections around the principle ‘the more products collectively purchased per publisher, the lower the price for any institution’ – no matter what Jisc band the institutions falls into.

Each publisher has made a selection of titles available with a list price that decreases as more institutions purchases titles from the publisher. At the end of the pilot period (31st July 2018), the price for each collection will be calculated according to the institution’s Jisc band and how many products have been purchased cumulatively by institutions per publisher.

The three publishers are offering a selection of products mainly in support of humanities and social sciences, starting with a 20% discount on any product purchased. Full pricing and discount information is available to members on the Jisc Collections catalogue pages.

For more information on phase two visit the ‘Digital archival collections group purchasing pilot’ page https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/digital-archival-collections-group-purchasing-pilot

As the project progresses though the remainder of the 2017/18 academic year, we will regularly update the project page as each percentage threshold is met, illustrating the increasing level of discounts on offer to institutions.

To view the individual products and prices on offer per publisher, visit the Jisc Collections catalogue pages:

Adam Matthew Digital https://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/Catalogue/Overview/index/2770

Brill https://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/Catalogue/FullDescription/index/2769

ProQuest https://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/Catalogue/FullDescription/index/2766

For more information on either of our pilots, please contact Karen Colbron, digital content manager (karen.colbron@jisc.ac.uk)

By Karen Colbron

I focus on access and use of digital content in learning, teaching and research.

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