FAQ for Members
What is a library consortium ?
The term consortia may be defined as “A cooperative arrangement of purchasing electronic recourses among a group of institutions, which will provide collective purchasing power and enable them to avail best possible bargaining facility to ensure highest discount price for electronic journals”.
How Consortium operates?
The Consortium will operate through its headquarter set up at the NML, New Delhi under the National Steering Committee consisting of members from amongst beneficiary institutions under the chairmanship of Prof.(Dr.) R.K. Srivastava, DGHS and Co chairmanship of Shri Deepak Gupta, Addl. Secy., MOH&FW. Subscription to electronic resources to selected MOH&FW supported institutions is to be paid directly by the ERMED-India Head Quarter from the fund made available by the MOH&FW. National Steering Committee will be responsible for making decision on policy issues.
Who are eligible to join ?
At the initial stage 39 institutions directly funded MOH&FW have been selected for the Consortium. The Consortium will follow provision of open ended membership for state medical colleges in near future. It may also be opened for all private medical colleges of different states depending upon the success of its field level implementation.
All the members are required to fill the membership form and sign an MOU with the NML-ERMED Consortium as well as with the publishers of electronic resources they are going to subscribe. The Consortium may charge 2-5% of actual investment as an annual membership fees from the institution.
Why should you join ?
Consortium offers the best possible discount price from 88% - 96% through negotiation between NML and Publishers. It will enable access to latest electronic information resources at highly discounted rate. It will facilitate desk top access to high quality e-resources to your students and researchers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.
What does the Consortium offer ?
You may subscribe to a number of electronic resources including full text and bibliographic data bases through this consortium. Details of which are given below:
- 2068 print journals will be available for cross sharing.
- Package of 1350 online e-journals will be available from 12 leading publishers in the field of medical sciences.
- Free of charge 80 titles of Immunology & Microbiology + CIP will access complete 102 neuroscience collection + MEDLINE + Current Content database will be directly available to members.
- About 300 open access free journals will be available.
How long the subscription will last
Subscription period is generally for a year (January to December) and it is required to be renewed every year.
How can you access the e-resources once subscribed
All resources subscribed through the consortium are accessible through the publisher’s website. If your institute have static IP address(s), your IP addresses can be configured to access these resources, otherwise, the publisher would assign Login ID and password to you for accessing these resources. NML is also trying to have services of JCCC for single platform access to online electronic journals.
How many IP addresses can an institute have ?
There is no limit on IP addresses that an institute can have. However, institutions should ensure that the IP addresses provided to the publishers are assigned to them in their campus.
What kind of training are planned for member institutions for promoting optimal utilization of e-resources offered by the ERMED-India Consortium ?
The training schedules are to be organized by the NML with the assistance of WHO for promoting optimal utilization of e-resources offered by the ERMED-India Consortium. Besides training programme annual meet of member institution are to be organized at convenient time.