Orbis Cascade E-Resource Licensing


The E-Content Group (ECG) was a standing group that run from 2019-2023, operating under the auspices of the Alliance Shared Content & Technical Services (SCTS) Team. It was composed of five (5) staff from Alliance member libraries with expertise and interest in e-resource acquisition, licensing, and vendor management. The group also included Program Manager-SCTS and E-Resources Specialist.

Outcomes for this working group included:

  • Review of Alliance-wide licenses for e-resources to ensure alignment with Alliance values and the strategic plan. The ECG will work to draft model license language when appropriate. 
  • Evaluation of internal cost allocations for e-resources on a regular basis to ensure equity across Alliance e-resource subscribers. The ECG will propose new or amended allocation as needed. 
  • Determination of how Open Access (OA) can be incorporated into the Alliance SCTS program. The ECG will consider opportunities to support and promote OA in a consortial context. (Anticipated to start no earlier than Year two of the strategic plan.)


To codify Alliance licensing best practices, and to provide a guide for consortial and institutional licensing, the ECG created the “Licensing Best Practices” document. The document was approved by the SCTS Team and community in August 2020; minor revisions are made as needed:

In March 2024, the Orbis Cascade Alliance endorsed the ICOLC Statement on AI in Licensing.

  • Jesse Holden (Program Manager for Shared Content) is a member of the ICOLC AI Task Force.

In February 2024, the Orbis Cascade Board of Directors issued a Statement on American Chemical Society Article Development Charges.

In July 2021, the ECG co-presented a session on accessibility with the Accessibility Standing Group (ASG) at the Alliance Summer meeting:

In May 2021, the ECG provided an overview of various Open Access (OA) Acquisitions models to the SCTS community:

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