December 10, 2021

Getting to know the new Joint Consortia Agreement for Books, e-books, and e-textbooks
Gavin Phillips, SUPC
Thursday 9th December 10:30-12:00

The new Joint Consortia framework agreement for books, e-books, and e-textbooks goes live in January 2022. It is let and managed by Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) on behalf of the English and Welsh consortia, drawing on the strategic and practical expertise of consortia members along with input from library organizations and suppliers.

This webinar will provide an introduction to this new agreement, outlining benefits, ways to call off and tips for getting the most from your agreement spend. Get a head start on your planning for 2022 – attendance will help consortia members start thinking about what is coming so that library and procurement teams can start discussing their local requirements.

The free webinar, open to everyone, covered:

  • Strategic goals
  • Tender Working Party and other contributors
  • Agreement structure
  • Who are the suppliers?
  • How to use the agreement
  • Managing the agreement

Our speaker:
Gavin Phillips is Category Manager, Academic Services at Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC). The category covers areas of spend that are more directly focussed on students such as wellbeing, graduation services, and of course library resources. He manages the Framework Agreements used by English and Welsh consortia for purchase of books/e-books/e-textbooks and periodicals. In 2020-21 these two agreements represented over £118 million of spend.

Prior to joining SUPC, Gavin spent over 20 years in public and academic libraries. Most of this time was spent at Imperial College London, initially in the subject teams before moving on to metadata and then acquisitions. Increasing involvement with SUPC as a library representative revealed the potential for procurement to support and drive positive change and he joined the SUPC team in January of 2020.