GMR E-Licensing Group Formed
The E-Licensing Working Group of the RAC has reviewed the findings from the questionnaire that was sent out to GMR members in May. Along with choosing 3 products that had high interest from members, the group also has determined some next steps. Onward!
A group is being formed for the purpose of participating in e-licensing discussions. The group is called: GMR E-Licensing Group. Any GMR member that is interested in participating in group purchasing or wants to keep informed about potential products and services that might be offered, is welcome to join. The group will communicate via a listserv. The listserv address is: firstname.lastname@example.org and it is live now, so you can sign up for it. General announcements about upcoming offers will be made via GMRLIST, and the discussion about the offers will take place on the GMR E-Licensing Group listserv. Those people who filled out the questionnaire and supplied their contact information, will be automatically added to this list. The initial message you receive from this list, will also have information about unsubscribing from it.
To subscribe to GMR-ELG, send the command SUBSCRIBE GMR-ELG BARACK OBAMA to LISTSERV@UIC.EDU, replacing “Barack Obama” with your first and last name.
Based on the results of the questionnaire, the Working Group has chosen to begin with Dynamed (database), STAT!Ref (ebooks), and Ovid Nursing Full Text Plus (ejournals). The negotiation process is what happens next with the vendors of these products. During the negotiation process, every effort will be made to ensure equitable offers across different types of libraries in our membership. The discussion of these offers will take place on the GMR E-Licensing Group listserv. The GMR is not involved with the negotiations for these products. The negotiations will be done by our contact at Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) in Michigan. The role of the GMR was to get the process started.
Some background: The E-Licensing Working Group of the RAC at the GMR has been in contact with the MCLS about possibly offering group purchasing of health-related online packages (ebooks, ejournals, databases, etc) to all GMR members in the 10-state region.