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Benefits and Responsibilities for e-HLbc Full Members

e-HLbc has the primary purpose of licensing electronic health resources to ensure that students, researchers, educators, professionals, and practitioners across the province have consistent and equitable access to critical health resources.  This page outlines the benefits, privileges, and responsibilities associated with e-HLbc membership.


e-HLbc serves as the catalyst for collaboration amongst health, government, and post-secondary libraries around the province. This collaboration translates into benefits on many levels.

Benefits for Learners, Educators, Researchers, and Practitioners

  • Streamlined access to a Core Suite of resources and Boutique Licenses, available on the internet 24/7 in urban, rural, and remote areas;
  • Provision of high quality health information in 11,000 journals, 1,500 full text journals, and 360,000 records to evidence-based reviews in the fields of nursing, evidence-based medicine, psychology, psychiatry, dentistry, and related health disciplines;
  • Improved learning outcomes for post-secondary medical and health science programs throughout the province through consistent access to health information resources.

Financial Benefits for Member Institutions

  • Licensing on behalf of 40+ members garners the power of numbers to achieve substantial cost savings of 20 - 90% off list prices;
  • Access to a greater number of resources through membership in the consortium results in reduced interlibrary loan processing costs.

Administrative Benefits for Member Institutions

  • Reduced staff time spent on negotiating pricing and license agreements with vendors and managing license renewals;
  • Support for database troubleshooting, platform migrations, invoicing, and statistical analysis.

Privileges for Member Institutions: Participation in Governance and Strategic Planning

e-HLbc depends on the participation of member institutions in the governance of the consortium and in establishing strategic directions and priorities.

All member institutions:

  • Attend Steering Committee meetings and have the final vote of approval for major financial decisions, including but not limited to, annual expenditure plans, fee structures and membership levies;
  • Provide input and direction for the consortium during the Strategic Planning processes;
  • Guidance in the acquisition of new resources through participation in the e-HLbc Electronic Suggestion Box and Ranking survey;
  • Participation in occasional surveys, feedback instruments, task groups, and consultation which help to shape policy and service development.

Member Requirements & Responsibilites

e-HLbc's success as a consortium is a direct result of the collaboration between the post-secondary and health sectors who share in the common vision, mission and goals of e-HLbc.

e-HLbc membership requires that all members:

  • Subscribe to the Core Suite resources;
  • Pay licensing and administrative fees annually;
  • Abide by the conditions and requirements of the various vendor licenses negotiated by e-HLbc;
  • Abide by the conditions and requirements of the various vendor licenses negotiated by e-HLbc; - See more at: http://ehlbc.ca/membership/how-become-member#sthash.RcdPpO1n.dpuf
    Provide secure and authenticated access to resources, restricted to its bona fide members; 
  • Possess technical support at a workable level so that users can access the e-HLbc resources;
  • Attend the e-HLbc semi-annual Steering Committee meetings.

Membership Fees

The majority of e-HLbc's operating revenues consist of administrative and licensing fees derived from full and affiliate members.  The consortium's full revenues and expenditures is detailed in the Financial Framework Policy

Full Member Fees

Members agree to three-year fees which consist of the following:

  • Core Suite Licensing Fees: Member institutions are invoiced annually for the Core Suite, based on the fee schedule detailed in the Business Case for Renewal.
  • Administrative Fees: Member institutions are invoiced annually for staffing, basic administrative overhead, and technical and clerical support, based on the fee schedule detailed in the Business Case for Renewal.

Boutique Licensing Revenue

Fees for Boutique Licenses are sufficient to cover the costs of opt-in/opt-out resources.  Licensing fees for boutique resources are provided on a cost-recovery basis.  No additional administrative fees are levied.