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Vendors and BC ELN

This page provides information for BC ELNís current vendors and for potential new vendors.

BC ELN is a library consortium serving 33 BC post-secondary libraries. BC ELN works with a range of vendors to offer products and services to the libraries. Most notably, BC ELN licenses more than 90 bibliographic databases on behalf of its partner libraries. These include both index and abstract services and fulltext databases.

BC ELN is a partnership of the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and the partner libraries.

BC ELN Partner Libraries

BC ELN licenses databases on behalf of the 25 public post-secondary colleges, institutes, and universities in BC, plus 8 associate members. These libraries are grouped into tiers according to type and size of institution. For more information about the partner libraries see the links below.

BC ELN Licensing Principles

BC ELN's licensing process is guided by the following principles:

New Product Licensing Process

BC ELNís new product licensing process is driven by the needs of its partner libraries. Throughout the year, partner libraries may nominate products which they feel will be of broad interest to the consortium. The tool used to facilitate this nomination process is called the Resources Forum. Every fall, libraries are asked to vote for their desired choices among the nominated products. The results of this Ranking Survey establish BC ELNís licensing priorities for the coming year.

The Resources Forum and Ranking Survey are open only to partner libraries. Vendors wishing to have their products licensed by BC ELN should follow these steps:

Many vendors find that the best way to reach many BC ELN partner library staff at once is by participating in the BC Library Association annual conference.

The BC ELN new product licensing process benefits everyone as it ensures that there is sufficient interest among partner libraries for a successful offering before we begin negotiations with the vendor.

BC ELN does not seek unsolicited product offers from vendors, nor will it pass on such offers to its libraries.

Licensing and Technical Considerations

Typically BC ELN licenses products on an ďopt-inĒ basis, with two or more partner libraries choosing to subscribe to a license. The pricing model usually reflects BC ELNís tier structure, although other pricing models can be considered. BC ELN serves as a central communication point with the vendor, handling the negotiations, communicating with partner libraries, signing the license, and invoicing libraries. In exchange for the value it brings to the licensing process, BC ELN expects consortial pricing to reflect a significant discount off the ďretail priceĒ, and that this pricing be an exclusive benefit for our partner libraries. Partner libraries pay the same price that BC ELN is charged for a product; no administration fee or commission is added.

BC ELN works with vendors to achieve a contract, license, or terms of use document acceptable to all parties. The preference is to use the BC ELN Model License. If you would like a Word copy, please contact BC ELN.

The standard authentication method for libraries subscribing to a database is through valid IP range recognition by the vendorís servers. Other types of authentication, such as password, are not used.

Multi-Consortium Licensing

BC ELN works regularly with other library consortia to enable more beneficial licensing arrangements. A partial list of current partners includes:

Contact BC ELN

The BC ELN office is located at Simon Fraser University's Burnaby campus. If you have any questions about BC ELN, feel free to contact us.

Return to BC ELN Database Licensing Framework.