New Mexico Academic Libraries Collaborate on Purchase of Electronic Resources
The New Mexico State University Library is one of twenty-six academic libraries in New Mexico that are collaborating on an innovative joint purchase of electronic resources. Through the New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries (NMCAL), the higher education libraries recently purchased access for two years to ten online research databases and two e-book collections managed by EBSCO Publishing.
Students at both large and small colleges in New Mexico benefit from the partnership. The electronic resources are accessible through the NMSU Library’s home page at http://lib.nmsu.edu/article.shtml. Click on “E-book Collection (EBSCO).” Individual bibliographic records for the e-books are also being loaded into the Library’s online catalog at http://libcat.nmsu.edu, where they will be accessible to users of all five NMSU campuses.
The electronic resources offer information on a number of topics, including environment, history, literacy and technology. The funding for the initiative comes from the academic library portion of general obligation bonds, which voters decide on every two years for all libraries across the state.
Christopher Schipper, NMCAL president and library director at San Juan College, said, “NMCAL looked at the amount of money that was allocated from the bond, then decided to set it aside to use for a joint purchase. The challenge for us was that we wanted to provide access to all of our students on all campuses in the state.”
Schipper said that the two-year contract costs about $897,000 for the public colleges and universities involved in the initiative. By purchasing as one entity, the schools will save about $230,000. The plan has been in the works for five years.
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