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ALPSP Learned Journals Collection signs Southern European deal

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The ALPSP Learned Journals Collection and Swets have signed the first cross-country consortia agreement with the Southern European Library Link (SELL).

SELL enables library consortia from Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Turkey to debate the challenges and opportunities associated with the management of e-consortia. This is the first time that this collaboration has formed a consortia deal. SELL brings together members of the Anatolian University Libraries Consortium (ANKOS) in Turkey, Hellenic Academic Libraries Link (Heal-Link) in Greece, Consorcio de Bibliotecas Universitarias de Catalunya (CBUC) and other institutions in Spain and Italy.

The ALPSP Learned Journals Collection (ALJC) enables smaller ALPSP member publishers to work together, through Swets Information Services, to sell a combined package of their journals to consortia and other large customers.

'For a number of years we wished to have access to the full-text of the journals of many of the publishers involved in ALJC but negotiating with every publisher separately seemed like an impossible task. ALJC is indeed a great initiative and we hope that more publishers will join,' commented Claudine Xenidou-Dervou, chairman of the steering committee at Greece’s Heal-Link, one of the members of SELL. 'We are very please that ALJC is our first common agreement for the members of SELL. We believe that all members of the individual consortia (ANKOS, HEAL-Link, CBUC) participating in SELL will benefit greatly from this agreement.'