E-resource Licensing

The Boston Library Consortium [BLC] works with members to identify appropriate consortial licenses for electronic resources, providing member libraries with discounted pricing and simplified invoicing and billing.  In 2014 the BLC signed an agreement with WALDO to license a variety of individual titles and aggregator databases at discounted rates for the members.  If you are interested in further information on the content currently available through the agreement between the BLC and WALDO, please contact the Executive Director.

In addition, the BLC manages a license with Elsevier for Science Direct for four of the BLC libraries – Boston College, Brandeis University, Tufts University, and Williams College – as well as an agreement with CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, for the SciFinder Academic service.

The BLC also works with the member libraries, primarily through the Heads of Resource Management Committee to identify services that will benefit the libraries.  In 2014, a number of the BLC libraries entered into an agreement with BrowZine,  a tablet-based service that allows the library to create a branded "news stand" to deliver subscription and open access journals to their institutional communities.

E-Book Pilot

In 2012, the BLC embarked on a pilot project to access the value of consortial e-book purchasing based on end-user demand [often referred to as demand driven or patron driven acquisitions].  As of 2014, nine of the member libraries – Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Northeastern University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts – Boston, University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, University of New Hampshire and University of Connecticut – are participating in the program which is managed through the e-Book Working Group.  Other BLC libraries interested in participating should contact the Executive Director.