Common Suite

Does BCELN have an exit clause in their licence agreement?

"Exit clauses" typically refer to termination clauses in licenses that focus on what conditions licensees can leave an agreement before the end of the contract term, when no breech of contract has occurred. For any multi-year all-in agreement, like the common suite, BC ELN includes a "termination on the basis of financial exigency clause" in its license that enables participants to leave early or triggers a renegotiation of pricing in the case that one or more institutions experience financial crisis.

Why was there no side by side comparison of EBSCO's Academic Search/ Business Source products and ProQuest Central

At the 2015 renewal, pricing and trial of ProQuest Central was provided to partner libraries. At that time, the vast majority of libraries showed no interest in moving to ProQuest Central. At the time of the common suite investigation in 2017, there had been no change in interest levels. During conversations with partners, an almost unanimous desire for Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, and at leas one Complete was expressed. Hearing limited interest in ProQuest's competing product from stakeholders, a side by side comparison was not undertaken.

Why are we losing content? Was it because of the multi-vendor criteria originally discussed?

The decision to downgrade was based on a number of factors: 1.) At the 2015 renewal of the UFC, some partner libraries stated that they did not value both Completes. 2.) At the All Partner Meeting in November 2016, partner libraries created a list of criteria to use in developing the common suite that included incorporating more than 1 vendor while adding no additional costs. 3.) There was an acknowledged desire to address inequities in pricing between peer institutions.

How much overlap is there between CBCA and Canadian Reference Centre?

There are 132 titles that appear in both CBCA and Canadian Reference Centre.

CBCA has 1,843 titles. 7.2% of these overlap with CRC.
CRC has 1,257 titles. 10.5% of these overlap with CBCA.

View the complete title lists and analysis for details.

With the increasing access and use of discovery services like EDS, why do we need Academic Search?

For institutions with large collections and significant access to publisher packages, the implementation and use of discovery reduces but does not erase the value of aggregator resources like Academic Search and Business Source. In conversations with partner libraries, we've learned that even though these institutions have access to a broad range of collections, 1st and 2nd year students still rely heavily on aggregator resources. However, smaller institutions without the same wealth of content are dependent on aggregators for providing content.

What are we trying to accomplish with the common suite?

While there were a number of criteria being used in the formulation of the common suite there are two primary goals at the forefront - the BC ELN common suite must (a) bring financial benefits to individual partner libraries in terms of cost savings as well as (b) provide a baseline equity of resources across the province.

Are there concerns about using aggregator resources in fostering information literacy?

Most BC ELN partner libraries have individual strategic goals around information literacy. Each library has different methods, tools, and collections to support these goals. For sites with larger collections, information literacy teaching may rely less heavily on aggregator resources. However, for many smaller sites with small collections budgets and limited or no access to publisher packages, information literacy depends on the library collections available to them.

How are the Completes for Academic Search and Business Source priced?

Within the modified proposal, one Complete upgrade is included in each institution's base cost (no new spend is needed). Each institution can choose whether to upgrade to Academic Search Complete or Business Source Complete based on their needs and priorities. A second optional upgrade is available for additional cost (new spend is needed). After recent negotiations, the second upgrade has been discounted a further 20% off of the consortial prices posted on the Common Suite Web. The model the vendor is using is based on institution type (2 year/ 4 year) and FTE.

What is the cost of the common suite for my institution?

In general, your institution's cost for the common suite consist of your current spend for Academic Search (AS) and Business Source (BS) as well as what you are currently spending on CBCA. Some institutions that have paid more than those in their tier will see their AS/BS costs reduced to promote tier equity. Details can be found in the Costs section.

What do you mean by tier inequities and how are they being addressed?

Tier inequities are when institutions in the same tier pay different costs for the same product(s). In the case of the common suite, tier inequities are the result of inconsistency in Academic Search pricing that happened at the outset of the Academic Search license over a decade and a half ago and were exacerbated over time. Inequities are as much about sites underpaying as they are about sites overpaying an identified tier ideal cost.


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