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Applying for Associate Membership
BC ELN Associate Membership allows libraries to claim "affiliation" status with BC ELN (affiliation status does not extend to the host site, Simon Fraser University). Libraries can choose to be members only and not subscribe to any of BC ELN’s services. However, membership is a requirement to participate in any of these services.
Associate Members must meet all the following requirements:
- Embrace the vision, mission, values and principles of BC ELN.
- Be operational in British Columbia.
- Be part of a post-secondary institution.
- Have a library available to their BC students.
- Have consent to offer credentials by the Province of British Columbia through the Degree Quality Assessment Board or;
- Be designated by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education in BC, or;
- Have authority from the Government of BC to offer credentials (includes institutional charters passed by the BC Legislature).
- Provide accredited Full Time Equivalent (FTE) student numbers annually.
- Have adequate and dedicated library staffing levels.
Further, all BC ELN Associate Members must:
- Meet all the requirements listed for the BC ELN services they subscribe to.
- Understand and comply with procedural requirements of any BC ELN product(s) or service area(s) the member participates in, including the automatic renewal approach to database licensing.
- Comply with Terms and Conditions of licenses signed by BC ELN on the members' behalf.
- Promptly pay invoices for BC ELN coordinated products and services. At the discretion of BC ELN, prepayment may be required.
- Libraries applying for BC ELN Associate Membership are required to pay BC ELN an application fee of $500. The applicant is responsible for any travel expenses incurred by the BC ELN Office during the application process.
- The application fee is non-refundable regardless of the decision of the BC ELN Steering Committee regarding the application.
- The application fee is a one-time fee while the library remains a member. If a library withdraws from BC ELN or becomes ineligible for membership and chooses to reapply, the application fee may be required again at the discretion of the BC ELN Director.
Annual Associate Membership Fee
All libraries accepted to be BC ELN Associate Members are required to pay the following:
- a membership fee annually as approved by the BC ELN Steering Committee;
- service specific fees of those they subscribe to;
- all fees are outlined on the Associate Member Fee Schedule.
Service Specific Requirements
Associate Members participating in the Research Database Licensing service must:
- Agree to comply with the licenses negotiated by BC ELN including protecting appropriate access guidelines;
- Pay for all vendor licensing costs for databases that they choose to subscribe to;
- Be able to provide accurate FTE counts;
- Have IP addresses that are distinct to their institution;
- Provide secure authentication if off-campus database access is allowed;
- Have technical support at a workable level so that BC ELN licensed databases can be accessed by users;
- Have appropriate staffing levels so that instructional support to their institution's users is available for licensed databases.
Associate Members participating in additional BC ELN services (e.g. Arca, AskAway, WriteAway) must:
- Commit to the service guidelines, policies, procedures, and requirements as outlined on the BC ELN website.
- Provide professional staff time to service, as appropriate, and as defined on the website.
- Promptly pay any Service Support Fees required for participation.
Associate Member Application Process
If all BC ELN membership requirements are met, institutions may apply for Associate Membership. The following steps outline the process:
- If you wish to initiate the application process, please fill out the Associate Member Application Form.
- The application form is reviewed by the Steering Committee Executive.
- A visit is made to the applicant site.
- The BC ELN Executive Director brings a recommendation to the Steering Committee on whether or not to grant Associate Membership to the applicant site.
- The BC ELN Steering Committee makes a decision.
- The applicant site is informed of the outcome.
- If Associate Membership is granted, the applicant site signs an Associate Member Letter of Agreement.
Note the process can take from 4-6 months to complete.