Collaboration among Consortia
Historically, the Alliance has often found it very useful to collaborate with consortia that share our goals and interests. The Alliance was one of the founding members of the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) back in 1997 and that group has proven to be particularly useful for topics related to electronic resource licensing. We also participated in a group of consortia using the same resource sharing system for about a decade around the turn of the century and now the Alliance is playing a key role in launching a new group: Consortia Using Alma.
Our initial group consists of the Alliance, Georgia, Wisconsin, and the Cal State libraries: four large academic consortia, all in various stages of implementing Alma, using the network zone, and most are also using Primo. Webinars took place in November and January with plans to meet every other month and get together in-person at ELUNA in May. In January 2016, our own Jesse Thomas (UI) and Heidi Nance (UW) joined as guests to report on the Summit 3 development effort with Ex Libris. The Consortia Using Alma group is already proving to be a useful venue for sharing information and coordinating our thoughts about Alma development. Consortia are more diverse than they might seem but, as relationships mature and development ideas coalesce, we predict that this group will become an increasingly powerful venue for influencing Alma development. Ex Libris executive leadership recognizes the value of hearing from customers in a coordinated fashion and have welcomed this new group and offered to meet in the future. You can expect to hear more from Consortia Using Alma.