Carolina Consortium

About the Carolina Consortium

HISTORY AND GROWTH     The consortium was established in 2004 for the express purpose of doing "big deals" with three large publishers who, at that time, required a certain volume (number of subscribing schools, total aggregate spend, etc) before they would allow anyone into a big deal. In that first year, we had 37 colleges/universities and one community college participate in one or more of the three deals offered. Over the next decade, the consortium grew rapidly, adding many more members and offers, and greatly expanding both the types of products offered and the kinds of libraries eligible to join. Today, the Carolina Consortium is a large group of diverse libraries, spanning two states and working together to save hundreds of millions of dollars on a wide variety of library resources and services.

Organizational structure

Unlike most consortia of its size, the Carolina Consortium is very loosely organized. There are no MOU's, paperwork, or officers. It is staffed by part-time volunteers. The consortium has no bank account or other assets. It is not a 501(c)(3). At its annual meeting, the group discusses and decides the short and long term goals for the group, and whether any changes in direction are needed. Despite the large number of member institutions, we make decisions through consensus. In 2021 we set up our first standing committee, the Carolina Consortium Advisory Group, to advise the CC staff on complex and strategic issues. The Advisory Group includes Advisory Group Role and Responsibilities

Information Sharing

There are multiple consortium information channels. As new deals are negotiated or new information about existing details becomes available, members are notified via the listserv. A list of deals is publicly available on this website, and more detailed information is on our confidential Box site. NC/SC librarians who want to join the listserv or access the Box account should send a request to Tim.

At our annual meeting, we discuss newly available deals and deals that are of special interest. Our vendor/publisher partners are welcome to attend parts of our meeting and discuss their products with interested consortium members.

Core Consortium Negotiators and Staff for 2023

Tim Bucknall (Founder and Convener), Christine Fischer, Sam Harlow, Katherine Heilman, and Steve Cramer. The core group does most of the work of negotiating deals, communicating with the membership, planning events, and running the consortium. But we are ably assisted by volunteers who help with a variety of consortium deals and projects. Joseph Thomas (ECU) coordinates the OA aspects of CC deals.

Carolina Consortium Leadership Transition

Since its creation in 2004, the group has been led on a volunteer basis by its founder, who is planning to retire. The consortium recently interviewed several strong candidates and selected UNC Charlotte as the next Carolina Consortium leader. Tim Bucknall is working with Liz Siler and Jenn Brosek to transition all CC leadership duties and responsibilities from UNCG to UNCC by the end of 2024.