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Tiered Approach to Licensed Collections

We conceive of the CDL as a virtual, collaborative library with content funding based on a co-investment model among UC campuses and the CDL. Access to materials encompassed by the CDL may vary according to campus location and user affiliation (UC, industry, public library partners). Creating conceptual tiers based on how material is licensed and who has access assists in differentiating between types of material and responsibilities for it. At this time, the CDL provides links to full-text electronic content in all Tiers. As content proliferates, this policy will be evaluated for its impact on available resources.

Tier 1

Material that is licensed for all 10 campuses (or 9 campuses if the content is non-medical and UCSF is excluded). The CDL negotiates the license and all UC users have access to this material. It may be funded, in whole or in part, by the CDL.

Tier 2

Material that is licensed, with the assistance of the CDL, for users at four or more campuses. Funding is generally shared by the General Libraries on the campuses involved.

Tier 3

Material that is licensed and funded by the General Library at only one campus for users on that campus.

Tier 4

Material that is licensed by individual subscribers or funded by units other than a UC campus general library, and to which access may be limited to specific groups such as UC law or business schools.

Sample text to describe access to a resource

This title has been licensed for electronic access by UC faculty, staff, and students, and on-site library users at some UC campuses. To determine if your campus has licensed access, contact a reference librarian at your campus library.

Last updated: April 30, 2015
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