Answered By: Stephen Spohn
Last Updated: Jan 27, 2015     Views: 21

That's a tricky question!  The short answer is no.  In general, we are paying the same prices for content that are available to libraries directly.  However, as a consortium, we are paying significantly less for platform fees, and MLS and MBLC are contributing signficantly to the funding pool, effecting stretching library dollars much farther!

The long answer is that we are having an impact on those fronts.  With a single voice and joining with voices from other large library consortia, we are getting the attention of distributors, publishers and authors.  We are being heard and have already seen positive reaction from the marketplace in terms of content availability and user experience.  There is much work to do here, and this is a major focus area for MLS and the Steering Committee.