Electronic ResourcesThe Orbis Cascade Alliance works with its members and other libraries in the region to purchase electronic resources. The Alliance's role may take various forms and can include activities such as resource selection, license & price negotiation, and serving as fiscal agent (billing, paying).
The Electronic Resources Program is run on an opt-in/opt-out model. Participants agree to a share of the group price to gain access to subscribed content. Invoicing is done by either the Alliance Office or directly from the provider.
Most of our business is conducted via email.
Electronic Resource Program participants are subscribed to an
unmoderated list announcing all new product opportunities, trial
requests, renewals and completed subscriptions. In addition, a second
list (ER-News) is used by the ER Program Manager to call attention to
announcements that might be of interest. The latter list does not
provide for discussion or posting by anyone other than the Program
Any staff from participating institutions can request to be
subscribed to either list. However, each institution appoints one
person as the official representative of that institution. This is the
only person that can officially commit an institution to participating
in a subscription.
Renewal of resources does not cover changes of vendors. In order to change vendors, the Committee may wish to review the resource, as it is offered by other vendors, up to six months prior to renewal. Central staff handles renewals according to a renewal calendar, also linked from the website.