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Expanding access to commercial e-resources
Access to commercial e-resources is essential for quality research and education. But high subscription costs present a major barrier for libraries – and their users – in developing and transition countries.
In 2012, we enabled our partner libraries to save an estimated US$215 million in subscription fees, and we achieved an average discount of over 97%.
EIFL-Licensing in action…
- Achieving efficiency gains across the network (for example in terms of time and legal fees) through our central negotiations and licensing activity.
- Working with partner library consortia to promote greater awareness, participation and usage of e-resources across the EIFL network through a wide range of initiatives.
- Building local capacity in the licensing and management of e-resources.
- Developing effective tools to support advocacy.
- We have negotiated agreements with over 25 vendors for more than 60 e-resources.
- Our portfolio of licensed resources covers a comprehensive range of subject areas and includes e-journal and e-book collections, and reference and bibliographic databases.
- In 2012, we achieved average discounts of more than 97% and estimated savings of over US$215 million - an increase of 23% on 2011.
- Participation in our agreements, and usage, are increasing rapidly as a result of awareness-raising campaigns across the network. The number of subscriptions increased by 49% in 2012, and there were over 7 million full text downloads from EIFL-licensed resources - an increase of 62% on 2011.
EIFL-Licensing Programme Manager: Susanna Lob, susanna.lob [at] eifl.net