A blog from the Ontario Library Service

E-Resources Planning for 2016

As recently announced, provincial funding for a province-wide core suite of e-resources (Tier 1) will no longer be available to Ontario public libraries effective January 1, 2016. All current Tier 1 vendor agreements will end on December 31, 2015. What does this mean for 2016?

By securing licensing and negotiating set prices for e-resources for all public libraries in Ontario, SOLS creates value by working with vendors to provide libraries with cost effective options for digital content. Strength in numbers is our theme here!  When libraries purchase together, it lowers the overall cost and allows smaller libraries to stretch their budgets even further.

In the fall, we will offer two models for licensing digital content for 2016:

  • Provincial Licensing (Formerly Tier 2): These offers will be posted in mid September of this year. Libraries will have the opportunity to choose from a suite of products, and discounts will increase with volume. SOLS will aggregate these orders and invoice participating libraries.
  • Supplemental Licensing (Formerly Tier 3): These additional discounted offers will be listed in early October, and libraries will order through SOLS. The vendors will then invoice libraries directly.

SOLS recently issued a Provincial Licensing RFQ to digital content vendors, and sent a survey to all public libraries in Ontario to gather feedback on their priorities for licensing digital content in 2016 and beyond.  We thank you for your responses! The results of both the RFQ and the survey are now being reviewed, and will determine our choices for the fall listings.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions!