Whither Library Consortia?

Check out my editorial on consortia in the latest issue of Collaborative Librarianship v5, n3.  Valerie Horton

“There were two significant waves of consortia growth; the first in the 1960s and 1970s, and a second in the 1990s and early 2000 spurred by access to online resources.  Library consortia numbers declined significantly after the 2008 Great Recession, and many consortia are continuing to struggle.  The stability of existing funding sources remains a major concern across all remaining library consortia, even well-established and well-funded consortia…. There are signs that the national situation for consortia is stabilizing, but it would not be surprising if more consortia were lost over the next few years…. The final answer to “Whither Library Consortia?” is not yet certain, but if past is prologue, the future of library consortia should be interesting to watch!”


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