Statement of Intent
This statement of intent is not binding in any way nor does it seek to lay down any specific rules or guidelines. It is simply a starting point for discussion and hopefully the beginning of a culture shift in TN libraries. Please express your support and/or post comments or questions by clicking "Add new comment" below.
The intention is to make a commitment to actually change the way we go about making individual collection decisions and purchases. The need for consortia and some methods are outlined below:
From Melissa Brenneman, Knox Co. Public Library
I took to heart from the lunchtime discussion at the TENN-SHARE/Lyrasis session the remark by one speaker who said that we can't have any sacred cows, that we have to be willing to look our friendly vendor reps in the face and say "talk to these consortia." It's difficult to do when you start liking your vendor reps as almost friends, but I'm convinced to practice what I preach.
For example, I'm putting off any language learning product unless and until there's an offer coming through TENN-SHARE or Lyrasis. I'm actively trying to pursue Consumer Reports through TSERC before launching forth on my own to get it. As far as previous purchases, we already have Oxford product purchases through Lyrasis but I'll switch them over to TENN-SHARE if I can, not because it will save us 20 or 30 bucks (not worth the effort to switch), but because of our support for TENN-SHARE. If T-S isn't ready to pursue an urgently needed database in a reasonable time frame, I will still go ahead on my own with it, but the starting point for pursuing database licenses is shifting. It's a subtle shift, but I think an important one.
It will take some time, but my goal is that as many as possible of our database subscriptions go through TENN-SHARE.
From Stephanie Masin, Memphis PL
I think if TN libraries, as a group, make a concerted effort to inform their sales reps that they intend to purchase or, at the very least, give priority consideration to offered through Tenn-Share, then that does indeed give us more negotiating leverage with many (though not all) companies.
So, with all that said, I do want to support Tenn-Share purchases and am very interested in committing to a concerted effort in purchasing databases.
While many TN libraries do participate in group purchases through Tenn-Share, Lyrasis, and other consortia, changing the mindset so that consortial buying is part of librarians' everyday thought process and workflow is something that TN libraries seem to be only beginning.
From Mary Ellen Pozzebon, MTSU
I find that, even though I have been involved in this project since it's inception, I am just getting to the point of making consortial purchasing a routine part of my acquisitions workflow.
What can you do to join this movement? First of all check the list of databases Tenn-Share is working on in this Phase. We hope to have offers and pricing for most of these in February.
Second, point your vendors to consortia.
Third, comment, question, or even just sign your name in support below.