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Methods of Selection

The first step toward consortial licensing involves the identification of electronic resources of common interest and perceived value. In order to provide an effective mechanism for identifying these resources, BC ELN uses the following principal methods of selection:

BC ELN Resources Forum and Annual Ranking Survey

The BC ELN Resources Forum and Annual Ranking Survey is the primary vehicle for identifying resources for potential BC ELN consortium licensing. The Resources Forum provides a means for partner library staff to provide input on potential new products. In the fall, the list of suggested titles becomes the basis of the Annual Ranking Survey. Each partner library reviews the list of suggested new products and ranks them by priority for licensing. BC ELN negotiates as many as possible of the top-ranked products for each year. Usually three to four products become the focus of annual negotiations.

The primary vehicle for communication among team members is the elncollect email list. The list serves as a means to distribute notification of new product trials, license renewals, and vendor supplied training opportunities. Another purpose of the list is to provide a forum for discussion of relevant topics to the team.

All participants in the list may post to it at eln-collect@sfu.ca. Messages sent to the list address are distributed to all participants. The list is closed, meaning that only list members may post messages to it.

Consortia Canada Initiatives

Consortia Canada is an informal, self-organized coalition of library consortia in Canada. Participating consortia work together behind the scenes to negotiate national multi-consortial offers, leveraging group purchasing power and consortial licensing expertise across the country. BC ELN Co-Chairs Consortia Canada and leads about a quarter of the national offers. Consortia Canada offers may arise unpredictably outside of the BC ELN licensing cycle.

Multi-Consortial Groupings

When products can naturally and practically be extended to partner libraries, BC ELN coordinates licensing with other multi-consortial groups. Provincially, this may include groups such as Libraries and Literacy (LLB) or the Education Resource Acquisition Consortium (ERAC). It may also include other consortia such as the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL), or The Albert Library (TAL) to name a few.

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