A consortium agreement means that CRIStin, on behalf of a group of participating institutions from the public sector, negotiates licensing agreements with various suppliers. The agreement focuses on access to electronic resources such as e-journals, reference databases, dictionaries and encyclopedias.
Criteria for agreements
The work of consortium agreements are based on mutual obligations between CRIStin and the participating institutions. Participating institutions are responsible for ensuring that employees and students meet the term of conditions relating to the use of the service. CRIStin shall work to ensure that participating institutions have a lower price than they would otherwise have achieved outside the consortium. CRIStin follows international guidelines based on the International Coalition of Library Consortia regarding its consortium agreements and licensing work.
CRIStin consortium team works with the so-called "open consortia". This means that an institution may participate in one or more of the agreements we have negotiated.
Institutions that can participate in our consortia are the following:
- University- and college libraries
- Research institutes (research units outside the higher education sector and industry)
- Health Authorities
- Institutions belonging to central government
- Public libraries
- County Libraries
Please contact us if you have any doubts on whether your library falls into these categories.