The consortial collection: Lessons from SHEDL’s approach to collection development

Richard Parsons
Director of the Library and Learning Centre, University of Dundee

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As a business development SHEDL has benefited from a clear vision, goals and objectives. As a collaborative activity successful development is built on an interesting collection of values. The partners must share the vision, engage in the construction and work together to overcome the challenges. There are challenges, but an ethos of trust, fairness and shared success can win through. We will look at the pragmatics of collection expansion and renewal, as well our recent attempts to judge the value of alternative approaches to procuring eBooks.