Please read the following message regarding SCELC and think aboutthe next step.
how many libraries might want to participate and do we want as a group or
individually. i will volunteer to be contact person.
From Rick Burke at SCELC.
I would be interested in talking with you further regarding a possible
partnership with your group of libraries. A school like the Pacific School of
Oriental Medicine is what we call an "affiliate." Essentially, SCELC Affiliates
are libraries that aren't actually members, but they are still able to license
resources through SCELC at a discount. And yes, they can be non-California
libraries, and we could create a partnership with an MOU if you wish. (If your
group of libraries is a very informal association, then I am assuming that each
library would have the option whether or not to participate, and each library
would be individually responsible for any financial obligations regarding
subscriptions or purchases through SCELC. In that instance, an MOU might not be
Since our bylaws state that only nonprofit private academic and research
institutions can be members, our affiliate category makes it possible for other
types of libraries to take advantage of our discounted licensing opportunities,
and membership remains a possibility for those affiliates that might meet our
criteria for membership.
Would you be the primary contact for this group of libraries? We can work with
each library individually, or we can use you in the role of "conduit" to help
communicate SCELC offers to the libraries. Whatever works best for you. In our
experience, being able to communicate SCELC resource offers directly to the
libraries always works best, but it's helpful to have one person available as a
"group representative" to help draw attention to SCELC offers and provide
support to encourage participation in the licensing opportunities.
In order for any library to participate, they would just need to complete the
SCELC Affiliate application on our web site. There is no financial obligation
attached to becoming an affiliate; the application just provides us with the
essential information that we require in order for a library to participate in
any product offers. The application can be found on our web site at:
Further information and guidelines for the affiliates program can be viewed via
the descriptions on our web site of some of our other partnerships. For example,
you might want to look at the page concerning our partnership with the hospital
libraries in the National Library of Medicine's Pacific Southwest Region:
I hope some of this preliminary information is helpful, and I apologize once
again for the delinquent response. My contact information is my signature below;
feel free to contact me via email or telephone if you have further questions.