Date: May 2, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, firstname.lastname@example.org
Based on the recommendations of its consortium workgroup, the New Mexico State University Library has joined two new multi-type library consortia, LYRASIS and Portico, and will continue its membership in Amigos Library Services. These consortia provide the Library with opportunities to assure perpetual access to electronic resources, optimal pricing for databases and efficient document delivery.
LYRASIS is a relatively new library consortium formed in 2009 by the merger of PALINET, SOLINET and NELINET. The Library has joined more than 2,000 libraries in this consortium to investigate various cooperative purchasing opportunities. Visit LYRASIS at http://www.lyrasis.org/.
The Library is also joining Portico, an organization with more than seven hundred academic library and publisher members. Portico has committed almost 12,000 e-journals and nearly 68,000 books to a permanent archive to protect against the loss of access to e-literature. If e-journals in this archive are cancelled, this organization will provide access to the holdings prior to cancellation. Without Portico, if a library cancels a title, all of the previous electronic holdings are lost. Learn more about Portico at http://www.portico.org/.
The NMSU Library has been a member of the Amigos Library Services for many years. This group has 635 members located primarily in southwestern states. More than half of the members are academic libraries. NMSU Library participates in cooperative purchasing agreements for databases through Amigos, and it is actively involved with the Trans Amigo Express courier service. Visit Amigos at http://www.amigos.org/.
For more information, contact the NMSU Library Administration at (575) 646-1508.