How long has the Group Licensing Initiative been in existence?
Who runs the Group Licensing Initiative?
What types of resources does the Group Licensing Initiative make available?
If electronic resources are more expensive than print, will I be able to realize a savings by participating in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative?
I worry that my hospital is too small to consider participating. Will I be able to afford the resources? -OR- I worry that my hospital is too large to consider participating. Would being a part of the group really benefit me?
A consortium approach to licensing makes electronic resources more affordable, although it is true that electronic journals are often more expensive than their print counterparts. The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative provides a level playing field to all participants, often enabling small libraries to purchase resources that would be simply unaffordable without a group discount. Also, many vendors offer a variety of licensing choices so that both larger and smaller libraries can customize their purchase according to their needs.
I am considering participation in the Group Licensing Initiative. What benefits or strengths do current participants feel were most important in their decisions to purchase through the HSLANJ GLI?
-Catherine M. Boss, MSLS, AHIP, Coordinator, Library Services, Booker Health Sciences Library, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ
The one big advantage for me was the opportunity to subscribe to BMJ titles--I saved $18,000 by going through the Group Licensing package in the first year.
-Susan M. Robishaw, MLN, AHIP, Geisinger Health System, Assistant Director, Health Sciences Libraries, Danville, PA
It’s expanding a colleague network in many ways, through price-sharing and resource-sharing. Working in a small library, there’s a feeling of being isolated, but sharing with the HSLANJ colleagues is very helpful.
-Beth Lewis, MLS, Director of Library Services, Talbot Research Library, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
The cost savings is hands down the number one benefit. Without Group Licensing we would not have been able to afford some of the electronic resources that we have. The GLI always gives me an awareness of other resources as well; for example I get AccessMedicine which I might not have been aware of, otherwise. We simply would not have anything comparable to what we own without group licensing.
-Robin Siegel, MLS, AHIP, Medical Librarian, Benjamin Weinstein Medical Library, CentraState Medical Center, Freehold, NJ