In 2011 the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) proposed a funding mechanism for a 2012 statewide digital media buying pool for Wisconsin public libraries. Participation in the buying pool would be at the system level. WPLC recommended that the buying pool be funded at a million dollars annually. The million dollar figure was based on 5% of local collection expenditures for public library materials in 2009. The WPLC digital media buying pool costs are based 75% on usage and 25% on population for each system. In addition each system would pay the WPLC membership fee.
Member libraries would contribute money to support the buying pool by reallocating currently budgeted money from print or other formats to electronic resources in the buying pool. The idea is to use existing money in a different way, not to allocate new or additional money to the pool. WPLC Digital Media Buying Committee Report (pdf)
WPLC has three groups responsible for this project:
- Selection Committee – Kelly Allen, Oregon Public Library; Katie Hanson, Madison Public LIbrary
- Digital Library Steering Committee – Lori Belongia, Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library; Heidi Cox, E.D. Locke Public Library (McFarland); Molly Warren, Madison Public Library
- Digital Collections Workgroup – Katie Hanson, Madison Public LIbrary
Funding within SCLS
SCLS is a member of the digital buying pool. SCLS pays the WPLC membership fee which allows all SCLS libraries to be part of the pool.
At the 6/2019 Administrative Council Meeting, it was agreed to replace the 2.75% allocation to SCIDS with an allocation of $6,000 to the SCLS Advantage account through SCIDs, not the statewide digital media purchasing pool. The $6,000 will be taken as part of the annual SCIDS funding amount and not in addition to the SCIDS funding. The new formula will be implemented with the 2020 Supplementary Services Agreement.
The Statewide Digital Buying Pool through WPLC is shared with all SCLS members. Each member's share is based on a 3 year average of their OverDrive usage and Collection Expenditures. In order to best mimic the WPLC formula, 75% of members' OverDrive and 25% of their collection expenditures is used. Each member's percentage of 75% usage and 25% collection expenditures is weighted against the total charged to SCLS by WPLC and becomes that library's annual fee.
The Advantage Collection is calculated in the same manner.