History and Review Process


Since 2008, BC ELN has licensed a common suite of resources, also known as the Undergraduate Foundation Collection (UFC). Originally licensed with seed funding from the Ministry as a part of a multi-sectorial bundle of resources, the current UFC consists of two resources from EBSCO: Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete.

At the time of renewal in 2015, it was decided that the UFC would be reviewed. This review aimed 

  • to certify that the consortium remained supportive of a common suite approach;
  • to guarantee that the resources licensed were the right ones;
  • to ensure that any future common suite provided value to BC's post-secondary students, individual insitutions, and the system.

Review Process

Mandate Survey

In Fall 2017, the Steering Committee issued a survey exploring whether BC ELN had the mandate to proceed with investigations into a common suite of resources. There was 100% participation from Partner Libraries. After reviewing the results, the Steering Committee felt there was sufficient interest and acknowledged value in continuing a common suite approach within BC ELN and decided to proceed with the review.

All Partner Meeting and Report

A facilitated discussion took place at the December 2016 BC ELN All Partner Meeting. At the meeting, Partner Libraries identified benefits and concerns related to a common resource suite and pinpointed key issues and ideas to explore during the investigation. Read the proceedings and report here.

Crucially, the report identifies criteria that Partner Libraries agreed were necessary to the creation of a common suite that would meet the needs of students, institutions, and the BC Post-Secondary system. These criteria include:

  • Providing equity to the BC post-secondary system
  • Offering value to individual institutions and the post-secondary system
  • Facilitating student transfer
  • Including more than one vendor
  • Offering discounts
  • Maintaining existing spend
  • Providing flexibility

During the discussion Principles to Guide the Investigation, including a proposed recommendation by the Steering Committee, were also identified.

Approach and Recommendation

Using this criteria, a "bifocal" approach was developed. This approach satisfies the desire for creating equity across the BC post-secondary system, faciliating student transfer, while offering insitutions value, flexibility, and discounts. This approach was approved by the BC ELN Steering Committee at the May Steering Committee teleconference.

Options were developed and explored by the Steering Committee at their July meeting. Based on meeting discussions, the Steering Committee identified a recommendation to present to All Partners.

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