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Licensing Tier Models

Pricing models are a key point of negotiation with vendors. Typically vendors come to the negotiating table with their company's “standard” pricing model. eHLbc’s approach, whenever possible, is to encourage vendors to accept an eHLbc licensing model as the way to determine prices for individual member  libraries.

eHLbc Licensing Model Overview

Needing to meet the needs of its diverse membership, eHLbc's licensing model takes into account the differences between health and post-secondary library communities to achieve a cohesive pricing model that is equitable, rational, and coherent.

Post-Secondary institutions are divided into tiers based on (1) type of institution and then (2) FTE (fulltime equivalent students). Many tier models used by both vendors and other consortia follow the same approach. 

Health Authorities are also divided into tiers based on the Patient Safety & Learning System Cost Sharing Formula, which is the formula used by the Ministry of Health to allocate the global BC health care budget.

Government & Health Professional Organizations are priced by head count and often align with tiers used in the post-secondary sector.

eHLbc Tiers and Definitions

Post-Secondary Tier Structure

  • Institutions with predominantly two-year programs:
    • Tier 1A: Colleges up to 2,000 FTE
    • Tier 1B: Colleges from 2,001 - 4,000 FTE
    • Tier 1C: Colleges from 4,001 FTE +
  • Institutions with predominantly four-year programs
    • Tier 2: Teaching Universities and Technical Institutes
  • Universities
    • Tier 3: Small Universities
    • Tier 4: Medium Universities
    • Tier 5: Large Universities

The full-time enrolment figures corresponds to funded FTEs and is taken from AVED institutional budget letters (whenever possible).

Health Authority Tier Structure

  • Tier 1: Small health authority receiving <10% of BC's global health care spending
  • Tier 2: Medium health authority receiving between 10 and 20% of BC's global health care spending
  • Tier 3: Large health authority receiving >20% of of BC's global health care spending

Government and Professional Health Organizations Tier Structure

The pricing model used is based on FTEs or tiers or may vary depending on the licensed product and vendor agreement.