MALMAD - the Center for Digital Information Services
MALMAD, the Inter-University center for Digital Information Services, was established in 1998 by the University Heads Committee as a sub-unit of IUCC. Its role is to serve as a consortium for the purpose of purchasing, licensing and provision of information services for universities and colleges in Israel.
The basic premise behind MALMAD's establishment is that innovative digital information services can be provided more efficiently and at a lower cost per-user through cooperation and the pooling of resources.
Basic operating principles:
A large share of the digital resources used by the universities is required by most or all of the institutions.
The regulation of access and the use of digital information by means of a shared framework is both financially and operationally beneficial.
A common framework promotes inter-institutional cooperation.
A common framework facilitates fundraising for the benefit of all.
A shared framework offers the institutions costs for example:
Purchasing subscriptions at a lower price
Freezing paper subscriptions or setting a low level of price increase for these subscriptions
Reducing the scope of purchase of paper periodicals
Saving on inter-library loans (primarily in personnel)
Purchasing of a broader basket of services than any one institution can obtain when entering into a separate purchasing agreement
Savings in technical and administrative handling
Services provided by MALMAD include:
Subscriptions for digital periodicals and books
Subscriptions to bibliographical databases
Joint cataloging of digital resources
Operation of an integrated network of catalogs
Management of national bibliographical databases
Leading special projects
MALMAD website: http://malmad.iucc.ac.il