I was recently invited by my friend Ann Okerson to speak at the ICOLC conference in scenic Albany, NY. It was an interesting event for me (I am always interested when I am talking), as library consortia are such an important aspect of the current ecosystem of scholarly communications. I will be putting together an edited transcript of my presentation in due course, but for now I am making the slides available, with the hope of soliciting feedback.
My thesis is simply that libraries have implemented a number of totally rational policies over the years that have inadvertently led to the marginalization of small publishers, not-for-profit professional societies included. This leads small publishers to seek the embrace of larger publishers, which have better access to the budgets of libraries and consortia. This is undoubtedly the opposite of what libraries intend, but the trend is clear: consolidation in favor of the largest companies.
I would be interested to hear of ideas for how to disrupt this trend.