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GWLA Selects ConsortiaManager

posted May 30, 2017, 6:28 AM by Lars Hagelin   [ updated May 30, 2017, 7:07 AM ]

GWLA Selects ConsortiaManager


GWLA Selects ConsortiaManager to Enhance Services to Members

 

May 30, 2017, Kansas City, Missouri & Copenhagen, Denmark

 

The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) has chosen ConsortiaManager as their solution to manage consortial licenses and agreements, beginning with the 2018 renewal cycle. The 36 GWLA member institutions, and approximately 60 affiliated non-member institutions, will begin use of the new interface for consortia agreements following implementation in the summer of 2017.

 

With the implementation of ConsortiaManager, GWLA will save time and resources by streamlining the tasks associated with the acquisition cycle. Through ConsortiaManager’s integrated member interface, GWLA members will handle Renewals, Invoices, and Cost Avoidance reports; IP-address changes; Price models; and all other tasks related to the acquisition of content. 

 

“After having spoken to GWLA for so many years, it is great that we are finally at a point where we can meet all their requirements. After having looked into the current processes of GWLA, we feel confident that both GWLA staff and the member libraries will benefit from the streamlining of communication and the enhanced information available within ConsortiaManager. Our collaboration with GWLA will further strengthen our presence in the United States, where many leading consortia are already using our system,” says Nels Rune Jensen, CEO, and co-founder of ConsortiaManager.

 

Anne McKee, GWLA Program Officer for Resource Sharing added,After handling both proposals and renewals for GWLA utilizing only spreadsheets, faulty memories, and massive amounts of emails; I am so pleased to move to ConsortiaManager that was created expressly for consortia and their unique needs.   I estimate ConsortiaManager will give me back at least 40% of my time to devote to more important activities such as resource collaboration and inter-connectivity. The ability for our members to see their licenses, order/financial records and create cost avoidance reports on the fly AND in real time is invaluable.” 

 

With their decision, GWLA becomes the sixth consortium in the United States to implement ConsortiaManager. 

 

For more information, please contact either Anne McKee, GWLA (anne@gwla.org) or Nels Rune Jensen, ConsortiaManager (nrj@consortiamanager.com)

 

 

About GWLA (http://www.gwla.org/):

 

The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) is a consortium of 36 research libraries located in the central and western United States. GWLA is a dynamic, effective, project-oriented consortium, nationally recognized as a leader in the transformation of scholarly communication, and a facilitator in the application of new information technologies. 

 

The Alliance’s common interests intersect in programs related to scholarly communication, interlibrary loan, shared electronic resources, cooperative collection development, digital libraries, staff development and continuing education. GWLA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation chartered in Missouri, headquartered in Kansas City, with staff offices also located in Phoenix.

 

 

About ConsortiaManager (https://www.consortiamanager.com/):

 

ConsortiaManager is an ERM and workflow tool, designed to handle all aspects of library consortia communication, with both publishers and members. It integrates all aspects of product acquisition from prices, usage data, license information and IP-address administration over order placement, invoicing and reporting.

 

Started as a development project for the Danish consortium DDL in 2014, ConsortiaManager has recently seen rapid uptake among consortia worldwide and has already been implemented by national and private consortia on three continents and is used by more than 1500 libraries in 35 different countries. ConsortiaManager is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, owned and managed by its two founders Tejs Grevstad and Nels Rune Jensen.


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