3rd Meeting Cappadocia, Turkey

June 15, 2016


3rd Meeting of Southern European Libraries’ Consortia June 8, 2003 Cappadocia, Turkey

9:30 – 11:00 Welcome and informal country reports:

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30 MathSciNet Consortium for SELL Countries
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Paul Harwood, Swets Blackwell, “ALPSP-Learned Journals Collection
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00 Decisions, Next SELL meeting
20:00 Dinner (by courtesy of Swets Blackwell)


The following outlines the discussions held during the 3rd SELL meeting.


      • Country reports were presented by participants at the beginning of the meeting.
      • MathSciNet Consortium for SELL Countries: There was a general feeling that consortial pricing should be according to mathematical activity. There is no competitor for MSN. Countries could cooperate in negotiating with MSN. Each participant is going to talk with his/her own university and consortiumabout joining a SELL MSN consortium. There is an MSN consortium in Italy, and Paola suggested that we negotiate for the same conditions for all SELL members but not try to make a single contract. We should think about trying to get some support from the EU for a SELL MSN consortium.
      • ALPSP: The ALPSP Learned Journals Collection was presented by Sitki Aktas of Swets Blackwell. The ALPSP, The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (www.alpsp.org), that represents not-for-profit publishers, has several hundred members. These are small publishers with few titles, who are not included in the “Big Deals”, and especially those publishing in languages other than English. The Association runs seminars and training programmes for members. It tries to minimise the squeeze factor by creating a cross-publisher collection among ALPSP members and making content available through a single channel. Swets Blackwell signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ALPSP in April. The role of Swets Blackwell is to develop the collection by signing up publishers, representing participating publishers in negotiating sales to consortia and libraries. Also, Swets Blackwell will collect fees and process orders from clients. It’s like a one-stop shop for both ALPSP and libraries. Swets Blackwell’s agreement with ALPSP is for three years. Swets Blackwell’s intention is to have a final list of publishers participating and their titles by 31 July 2003. Depending on levels of participation, two subject packages, Medical and Life Sciences and Science and Technology, are contemplated. Their aim is to present the packages and pricing at this year’s ICOLC and E-ICOLC meetings. There was a general feeling that the ALPSP deal will be very useful for libraries since it is difficult for libraries to handle large numbers of individual subscriptions.
      • Decisions and Next SELL Meeting: There was general interest in the question of how to put all databases and institutions on the SELL web site. It was thought that we should prepare a matrix that shows them. We should also prepare a report about activities of the members and differences between them. A decision needs to be made on the structure for such a report, and it was suggested that Tommaso Giordano from Italy be requested to write an article about SELL activities. The next SELL meeting will be held in Italy. More information will be forthcoming so members are requested to check the SELL website.