Information for eResource Vendors

As part of our eResource Management service, OCLS negotiates licence agreements for electronic library resources, obtains quotes and product information, arranges trials, manages content purchases and new subscription set up, and handles subscription renewals on behalf of the college libraries.

Information about the 24 applied arts and technology colleges, including current FTEs and IP ranges, can be found in the Colleges area of our website.

By working with OCLS, vendors will benefit from an efficient licensing process with a single point of contact, reduced administrative costs and time, and streamlined payment options. We appreciate discounted pricing and improved terms of access in exchange for providing these efficiencies and savings.

The eResource service achieves cost savings for the Ontario colleges through collective procurement and centralized management. OCLS does not charge administration fees or add commission to the cost of eresource products.

How vendors can work with us

Vendors interested in working with OCLS to negotiate a consortial licence for the 24 applied arts and technology colleges in Ontario should read our Vendor Policy, our Model Licence Agreement, and the information below.

OCLS uses an online tool called the eResources Voting Exchange (EVE) to manage the submission of new products and the selection of products for consortial trials and offers. EVE collects new product submissions from both vendors and college staff via a webform.

Three times a year (in April, June, and December), college staff review the submissions and rank those products they would like to see moved to the next stage of licensing agreements (i.e. trials and offer negotiations). This voting period is open only to the Ontario colleges.

OCLS uses the results of this ranking survey to determine interest in products before offer negotiations begin. The EVE process ensures that only products of interest to the colleges are moved ahead in the licensing process, thus ensuring cost and time savings for vendors, colleges, and OCLS.

Vendors wishing to submit a product to EVE for consideration must use the Product Submissions webform.

For any questions regarding eresources or the EVE submission and voting process, please contact:

Nicole Morgan
eResources Services and Support, Associate
Tel: 647-722-9321
Toll-free: (800) 268-5560 ext. 321