Non-Member Participants

Libraries that become active participants gain many of the same benefits Alliance members now realize by purchasing electronic resources as a group. We are also interested in working with consortia that are able to participate as a single entity (e.g., one contact person, one source for billing).

The Alliance charges administrative fees, but our intent is to keep such fees minimal. All fees are set on a cost-recovery basis. Individual academic, not for profit libraries located in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Hawaii are eligible to join the program. Libraries pay the following fees to participate:

  • One-time enrollment fee of $1,000
  • $25 administrative fee per invoice
  • 3% administrative fee is added to the group price negotiated with vendors

Participants in the ER Program will be able to:

  • Subscribe to an email list that provides information on new resources under consideration, product trials and opportunities to be included in quotes for new or renewing resources.
  • Realize the savings provided through a consortial purchase of a resource
  • Receive information about ER purchasing opportunities offered by other consortia when those deals are better than what the Alliance can negotiate.
  • Suggest resources for purchase that your institution might be considering on its own to see if there‚Äôs enough interest to move it forward into a consortial purchase.
  • Have licensing done by the Alliance when possible.

Staff at libraries participating in Electronic Resources Nonmember Program are invited to subscribe to two email listservs.

  • ER-Nonmember is the official lists with offers, trials, communication with Alliance staff.
  • ER-News is an optional list where vendor announcements are sent.

Please send your name, title, institution, and email address to eresources@orbiscascade.org. In the subject line or body of the message, request to be added to the ER-Nonmember and/or ER-News listservs.

If this program is not right for your library, you might consider these other options: