The Federal Libraries Consortium was established in July 1995 to use the collective purchasing potential of government libraries to realize cost savings for its members in the acquisition of library materials (goods and services).
The Consortium has a solid foundation, built on the goodwill of the members and their commitment to contribute to the community of federal libraries. With a grassroots origin that was recently formally incorporated in Library and Archives Canada, the Consortium plays a significant role in maximizing library resource expenditures and obtaining resources that might otherwise be unaffordable by many libraries within the government system.
From an analysis of needs assessment data, the following opportunities have been identified:
Consortium staff actively negotiates with vendors and suppliers of information products and services for the best deals possible for the federal libraries. We offer vendors a focal point to penetrate the government library market, evaluations of new products, product surveys, demonstration opportunities and vendor fairs/focus groups. Vendors are chosen based on the priorities established by the Consortium Advisory Committee, in consultation with federal libraries. Inclusion in the Consortium Vendor Directory does not imply an endorsement of the supplier.
Details of agreements with vendors are made available to libraries through the Consortium's listserv. They are also posted in a password-protected area on the Consortium website.
The Consortium keeps federal librarians informed about new trends in electronic licensing, information products and library software development. The Consortium concentrates the buying power from the smallest library to the largest department.
For more information, contact:
Federal Libraries Consortium
Library and Archives Canada
Place de la Cité
550 Blvd de la Cité
Gatineau QC K1A 0N4