June 15, 2016

1st Meeting Thessaloniki, Greece

1st Meeting of Southern European Libraries’ Consortia October 14, 2001 University of Macedonia Thessaloniki, Greece

10:00 – 12:30 Informal country reports
12:30 – 13:00 Define possible areas for cooperation
13:00 – 13:30 Discussion for adoption of a version of the statement of the Consortium of Academic Libraries of Catalonia “Why some libraries and consortia pay too much for e-information”
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch break (click here for a picture)
15:00 – 15:30 Examine possibilities for common negotiations/common action on VAT for e-sources
15:30 – 16:00 Examine possibilities for cooperation on technical issues/archiving
16:30 – 17:00 Electronic only: can we adopt a common strategy?
17:00 – 17:30 Next steps–Future meetings–Communication Set up a site for our initiative? Publicize?

The following represents the action decisions made at our first SELL meeting.


  • The Statement document will be considered by all and comments sent to Nuria who will then revise and send to Claudine for posting on SELL web site; consortia will then endorse in principle as they choose
  • Claudine will arrange to have a SELL web site constructed
  • Malta, France and Turkey will be invited to the next SELL meeting
  • SELL meetings will be held twice a year; once at European ICOLC (a dinner meeting) and a full one day meeting in a member country in May a. Next meeting will be in Barcelona in May; Nuria will arrange and establish a date
  • Tommaso will gather information on the VAT for electronic materials and circulate to SELL members; ultimately it may be sent to the appropriate EU authorities
  • Future issues:
  • Development of portals
  • Preservation/encouragement of locally produced academic products (e.g. journals in national languages) that do not have wide international markets
  • Developing a possible SELL contract for netLibrary e-books; Nuria will take the lead in exploring the possibilities of a SELL contract i. (Note: netLibrary has recently run out of money, is near bankruptcy and has put itself up for sale)
  • Developing a solution for permanent archiving of e-materials
  • Elsevier bookkeeping and billing competence needs to be improved
  • Elsevier title change problems need to be addressed
  • The issue of cover to cover content in e-journals
  • The issue of missing content (issues) in e-journals
  • The issue of the price model being based on use (more you use the more you pay is a problem)
  • Contract should specify that litigation takes place in the country of the purchaser