Common Suite

What's changed with how tier inequities are being treated?

In the first Common Suite recommendation, monies for tier inequities (called harmonized spend) were apportioned to those few institutions that were paying more than their tier ideal cost. Those monies could be used towards one of the resources in the flexible options list. We’ve simplified this in the modified proposal. Now, institutions who are overpaying compared to their tier ideal will have their common suite fees reduced by the amount that was previously referred to as harmonized spend. This will be their new baseline spend.

Why can't we just keep Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete?

During conversations and in the Support Survey, many libraries voiced an interest in returning to ASC and BSC (UFC). However, this is not a viable option because it does not meet the needs of all Partner Libraries. First, during the review process, the largest 4 year institutions indicated that subscribing to a large multi-disciplinary aggregated resource (including ASC) would not meet their institutional needs. Second, retaining ASC and BSC would also leave no ability to adjust for tier inequities and/or add another vendor’s product(s).

If ASP and BSP were not in the common suite, what kinds of increases could my institution expect to see on other products with EBSCO?

EBSCO de-duplicates pricing when institutions subscribe to resources that contain overlapping content. BC ELN partner libraries have benefited from this de-duplication via reduced pricing for opt-in licenses through the consortium, other consortia such as COPPUL and e-HLbc, as well as individual library subscriptions.

If ASP and BSP were no longer licensed, pricing for other resources could rise substantially. Some of the resources that may experience increases if ASP weren't licensed follow (not a complete list):

I'm not saving more money. Why isn't my institution paying less than we were under the UFC?

In the case of this particular common suite, the aim is not to save partner libraries *more* money than they were already spending on Academic Search and Business Source (UFC). This agreement has excellent pricing. The aim is to identify and address the concerns of some partner libraries, by instituting a new common suite approach, while retaining value for individual institutions and the system as a whole.

Why were Academic Search and Business Source retained in the Common Suite?

In terms of ASP, a significant majority of partner libraries feel that this resource has value to both individual institutions and the system as a whole. It is also the foundation upon which costs for other EBSCO products through BC ELN, e-HLbc, COPPUL, and individual subscriptions are based through EBSCO's de-duplication pricing process. If ASP were removed from the common suite, everyone’s EBSCO prices would increase significantly for many products. As for BSP, the vast majority want BSP at a minimum. The desire for the complete levels vary.

What is the difference between the Premier, Complete, and Ultimate tiers of Business Source?

The title lists for Business Source at the Premier, Complete, and Ultimate levels are nearly identical; we have confirmed with EBSCO that this is indeed the case. The primary difference between these tiers is the number of titles that are available in full text.


...for both Journal/Magazine title lists, as well as the “Other” content title lists, that the base index across each tier of Business Source (Premier, Complete, Ultimate) is effectively the same.

What is the difference between the common suite and other BC ELN licenses?

Most BC ELN licenses are negotiated such that each institution may chose to opt in. With the common suite, however, all BC ELN institutions participate. The large numbers and guaranteed revenue entice vendors to offer deep discounts and provide partner libraries with the best monetary value.

Is Harvard Business Review still included in the shared suite of resources?

Yes. Harvard Business Review is included in Business Source Premier, therefore, all institutions will continue to receive access to that resource.


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