Vendors and BC ELNThis 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 Partner Libraries
- BC ELN Partner Libraries by Tier
- FTE Figures for each Institution
- IP Address Ranges for each Institution
BC ELN's licensing process is guided by the following principles:
- Relationships between consortia, publishers, and vendors are partnerships. By nurturing strong, non-adversarial, lasting relationships, BC ELN is able to realize benefits for partner libraries, publishers, and vendors alike.
- Each partner library is autonomous and makes its own decision regarding its ultimate participation in consortial licenses and services.
- Partner libraries must always realize a benefit from working with BC ELN to license a resource. Individual prices for libraries, therefore, cannot be better than those offered through BC ELN.
- BC ELN provides publishers and vendors with an efficient method for negotiating licenses through one office, for billing via one invoice, and for disseminating information on licensed products through an established communication infrastructure.
- Working through BC ELN, publishers and vendors streamline implementation and troubleshooting.
- BC ELN does not benefit economically from any discounts proffered by publishers and vendors. All savings are passed on directly to partner libraries.
- While being sensitive to publisher and vendorís needs for discretion, BC ELN values open and transparent operations. Final pricing for products licensed through BC ELN will be shared with all partner libraries.
- Recognizing that each partner library is different, BC ELN maintains there is value in creating a consistent pricing and discount approach for resources under consideration for licensing.
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:
- solicit interest in the product from among the partner libraries
- then ask the libraries to consider nominating the product for consideration in the Forum.
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.
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.
BC ELN works regularly with other library consortia to enable more beneficial licensing arrangements. A partial list of current partners includes:
- eHLbc (Electronic Health Library of BC)
- Libraries and Literacy Branch
- ERAC (Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium)
- TAL (The Alberta Library)
- COPPUL (Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries)
- Consortia Canada
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.