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The GMR works with the MCLS (Midwest Collaborative for Library Services) to negotiate offers of health-related online packages (ebooks, ejournals, databases, etc). Our representative is Diana Mitchell and she does the negotiating on behalf of GMR members.These offers are available to all GMR members in the 10-state region, though on occasion offers are only available to hospital libraries. For more information about MLCS, go to


If you are interested in keeping up with potential offers, consider subscribing to the GMR-ELG listserv. The listserv address is: gmr-elg at 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 ELG listserv. 

To subscribe to GMR-ELG, send the command SUBSCRIBE GMR-ELG BARACK OBAMA to listserv at, replacing "Barack Obama" with your first and last name. Make sure the subject line is left blank! To view the archives of this list, you will need to register and get a password. Go to the listserv command center: Link Indicator and create a password. Then you can go to this page Link Indicator to view the list archives.

As an offer comes in from MCLS, an advisory committee will review the offer first to see if it is worthwhile to pursue for our region. 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 MCLS in Michigan.  The role of the GMR was to get the process started.

Trials and Special Offers

Trials and special offers will be listed on a secure page.

What's the password? The password will be sent out to people on the list. You can also email Irene and she will send you the password.

Advisory Committee

An advisory committee has been created to review offers as they come in. The committee consists of hospital librarians (small and large hospitals) as well as academic health science libraries (small, medium and large institutions).Their main duty is to review offers as they come in from MCLS and to determine if an offer is worth promoting to the rest of the region.


Here are some resources and guides for improving the licensing of electronic resources. This information is intended to help librarians and other information professionals improve their capacity for licensing resources and demystify this challenging but important part of librarianship.

    An exhaustive resource for librarians, including model licenses, licensing vocabulary, licensing terms and descriptions, a bibliography, additional resources, and more. LIBLICENSE-L discussion list and instructions for joining are available as are the archives of the list.
  • Shared E-Resource Understanding (SERU) (NISO)
    Sponsored by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), SERU is an attempt to establish a statement that describes common understandings around e-resource subscriptions, allowing libraries and publishers to forgo a license by referencing the common understandings. The benefits of SERU include easier transaction of electronic resource subscriptions, rapid acquisition and minimal delay for access, and time and cost savings for both libraries and publishers.

*List compiled by staff at NN/LM MAR

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