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Undergraduate Foundation Collection: 2012-15
The Undergraduate Foundation Collection (UFC) is a suite of essential, foundational databases for meeting the needs of undergraduate learners from the smallest college to the largest university. Currently, 31 BC ELN partner libraries are participating in the UFC. Its license, and those of the underlying databases, will run until May 31, 2015.
The UFC was originally launched in 2008 with a two-year license term thanks to funding support from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development. In 2010 the UFC was converting to a model where costs are fully sustained by participating libraries.
Content and License Dates
The UFC consists of:
Together these two products include almost 10,000 fulltext journals covering the whole range of undergraduate academic disciplines. This content was decided through partner library feedback on the UFC survey in January of 2010.
Benefits of the UFC
The UFC provides direct financial benefits to libraries in a number of ways:
- discounted pricing for the core products and their "Complete" upgrades
- zero or low annual increases
- discounts on related products due to content overlap
The UFC also ...
- increases equity between institutions
- maximizes cost effectiveness
- enhances the effectiveness of AskAway
- provides ripple benefits in other negotiations
Tens of thousands of BC learners are benefiting from the UFC through increased access to content. The Undergraduate Foundation Collection is a tremendous achievement for BC post-secondary libraries.