The purpose of the Consortium is to secure access to commercial eResources for its members. The Consortium aims to simplify and improve licencing arrangements, maximise efficiency, innovation and sustainability for member libraries, and explore opportunities for making eResources more widely available to all Australians, regardless of where they live.
Partnerships and collaboration
The Consortium was established in 2001 by the Australian members of the National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA). While a member of NSLA, the National Library of New Zealand is not a member of the Consortium. The National Library of New Zealand is the lead agency of Electronic Purchasing in Collaboration (EPIC), New Zealand’s national consortium. The NSLA Consortium collaborates with EPIC and the CAUL Electronic Information Resources Consortium on areas of mutual interest.
The Consortium is a member of the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) an informal group currently comprising approximately 200 library consortia from around the world. ICOLC supports participating consortia by facilitating discussion on issues of common interest.
As a member of COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) the NSLA Consortium is part of an international initiative serving librarians, publishers and intermediaries by setting standards that facilitate the recording and reporting of online usage statistics in a consistent, credible and compatible way.
Governance and Management
The Consortium Terms of Reference set out the purpose, objectives, governance, management and membership of the Consortium. They are reviewed annually with the Consortium Strategic Plan, which sets out in more detail the agreed priority activities.