From pilot to service: The digital archival collections group purchasing scheme

The digital archival group purchasing scheme continues to benefit our members, resulting in a 21% discount off the list price for participating institutions in year one of the framework. Our transparent and inclusive acquisition model removes the need to negotiate with publishers on an individual level for archival collections. Members automatically receive 20% off the products in the scheme, further lowering costs of digital archival collections the more institutions purchase. As a one-off perpetual purchase, they additionally benefit from no recurring platform fees. Since the first pilot in May 2016 libraries have saved over £600,000 off the cost of products on offer with members in bands 5A/5B accounting for almost 50% of sales overall.

The transition from pilot to service increased the numbers of participating publishers to nine in the first year, further opening opportunities for learning and scholarship.

Year two of the services will launch in early November 2019, followed by a survey offering members the opportunity to reflect on the group purchasing scheme.

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