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.
Another benefit to this consortium approach is that a committee reviewing competing products can produce a better evaluation than I could on my own. I am very thankful for the review of the career resources. Great job!
Bryan College supports Tenn-Share's efforts for consortial database purchasing.
Angela Klausner, Library Director, Battle Ground Academy
Consortial purchases in the current economic environment make perfect sense. Our Tenn-Share databases are used heavily, and we would welcome more! Our starting point for pricing is not only Tenn-Share, but MISBO, which is the purchasing consortium for independent schools.
I totally support group purchases so that even the smallest of Tennessee school libraries (with the smallest of budgets!) can have the online databases needed to prepare our students for the information-rich digital world in which we live. That also leaves more budget dollars to support our fiction reading emphasis! Lifelong readers are not cultivated with "old, outdated" fiction books. Our students need to see school libraries as places to check out current print books, as they say... "like they have in bookstores!" Having a great selection of databases for research frees up money to build better fiction collections.
As a resident of TN and member of the Library community, I think it is important that we make the most of the state resources that are allocated to libraries of all types. What has already been accomplished in TN so far is great, but we can do better and provide more resources at cheaper costs. It is only through working together and making some new choices about workflow and resources that we can make that happen.
The University of the South library supports the consortial purchasing efforts of Tenn-Share, and participates in group consortial pricing offers whenever possible.
Patricia R. Thompson
Assistant University Library
Jessie Ball duPont Library, University of the South