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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 2013, we enabled our partner libraries to save an estimated US$183 million in subscription fees, and we achieved an average discount of over 98%.
We also manage special licensing-related projects such as the EIFL eLibrary Myanmar initiative.
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 20 vendors for more than 40 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 2013, we achieved average discounts of more than 98% and estimated savings of over US$183 million.
- Participation in our agreements is increasing rapidly as a result of awareness-raising campaigns across the network. The number of subscriptions increased by over 30% in 2013, and there were more than 3.7 million full text downloads from EIFL-licensed resources.
EIFL-Licensing Programme Manager: Romy Beard, romy.beard [at] eifl.net