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Date Time Location
9th December 2021 10:30 - 12:00 Online


Event Details

The new Framework Agreement for Books, e-books, e-textbooks goes live in January 2022. The framework is led and managed by 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 is being run in association with the National Acquisitions Group (NAG), a not-for-profit library organization that SUPC partnered with to develop a couple of areas of our specification. The joint webinar will provide an introduction to the 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 webinar will cover:
  • Strategic goals
  • Tender Working Party and other contributors
  • Agreement structure
  • Who are the suppliers?
  • How to use the agreement
  • Managing the agreement

All are welcome to attend this FREE webinar, which is aimed at staff from library, procurement, and supply backgrounds. SUPC also intends to run a more procurement-focussed event via consortia channels in due course.

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.

The main presentation will be recorded and available after the session on the NAG website however the Q&A discussion will not be shared.


This event is FREE and open to members of SUPC and UKUPC.  Please use the 'Book Now' button above to secure your place. Joining instructions will be sent nearer to the event.


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