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Welcome to the sustainability toolkit for the multi-sector licensing initiative. The purpose of the toolkit is to assist each partner library in deciding whether to participate in the core suite licensing initiative into year three and beyond. The toolkit contains data, resources, and evidence about the impact of the core suite of databases on post-secondary libraries and learners in BC.

The very first step is a brand new name. “Multi-Sector Bundle” was chosen as an umbrella term which broadly described the initiative while highlighting its provincial and cross-sectoral nature. That name served as a useful working title during the launch and implementation phases. However, we are moving to an operational stage where the post-secondary portion will be fully sustained by post-secondary libraries and where librarians may find themselves seeking support from non-librarian administrators. For this reason it was felt that a new name would better communicate to that audience the role, value, and impact that this core suite of databases is having on learners across BC.

That new name is the Undergraduate Foundation Collection, or UFC for short. This name expresses the concept that this truly is a suite of essential, foundational databases for meeting the needs of undergraduate learners from the smallest college to the largest university. With a comprehensive business database, medical database, database of Canadian content, and a multi-disciplinary academic database, and containing more than 10,000 fulltext journals in total, the Undergraduate Foundation Collection is a critical tool for libraries to provide their learners with a broad base of resources in the most cost-effective manner possible.

There is some uncertainty about the continuing participation of our public and K-12 partners in this multi-sector initiative. In late August 2009 provincial funding for public library electronic database licensing was discontinued, and it is not yet possible to predict to what level the public libraries will be able to participate in the multi-sector bundle for 2009/2010. However, based on what the BC ELN Office heard about the importance of a "core suite" during the strategic planning refresh process, we are moving forward on sustainability planning. This will position us to continue our multi-sector partnership if we are able, or "go it alone" if we have to. Of course any renewal of the suite will be done in the context that this multi-sectoral initiative results in a clear win for post-secondary institutions.

So, away with the Multi-Sector Bundle and meet the Undergraduate Foundation Collection! The pages linked below bring together information on the background, benefits, and content of the UFC as well as information about cost-sharing models and survey feedback. These pages will grow iteratively as information is added, so not all pages are available at present.

Table of Contents

  1. Moving to Sustainability: Process and Timeline

  2. Background and Context

  3. Direct Cost Savings and Other Benefits of the UFC

  4. Content Overview & Overlap with Previously Licensed Content

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Process and Timeline