Membership Information

Membership Model

The Consortium's by-laws recognize two classes of membership. These are: 1) University of Toronto Library, and 2) libraries in publicly funded hospitals and health care institutions, including the Academic Health Science Centres affiliated with the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine.  Our members include, but are not limited to: fully and partially affiliated teaching hospitals, community hospitals, health laboratories and public health departments in and around the greater Toronto area.

See our by-laws for details about who qualifies for membership.

For a list of our current members, see our Directory.
 

Selected Benefits of Consortium Membership:

 Electronic Information Resources

  • Negotiations by Consortium Office with vendors for collective licensing of electronic resources
  • Significant savings on consortial licenses for OVID, ProQuest and EBSCO databases and full text resources
  • Centralized management of consortial licenses, including invoicing and bill payments
  • Licensing Subcommittee and Consortium Office actively pursue opportunities for group licensing of relevant electronic information resources
  • Electronic Resources Subcommittee evaluates resources' content, platform, interfaces, etc.
  • Voicing collective user concerns to vendors re: performance and quality standards

Resource Sharing and Discounts

  • Cooperative resource sharing initiatives and collection rationalization
  • Free lending of books and journal articles among member libraries
  • Lowest available UTL document delivery fee ($5 per article versus $7 for Associate members of UTL, $20 for others)
  • Free book loans from UTL (versus $7 for Associate members of UTL, $20 for others)
  • Reduced rate for Urgent UTL service ($5 per title or article, versus $15 for Associate members of UTL and others)
  • Free faxing from Gerstein
  • 13% discount with Login Canada booksellers
  • Resource Sharing Interest Group shares expertise and information and works to optimize methods of sharing resources among member libraries

Communication and Member Support

  • Management of three Consortium listservs for timely sharing of information and expertise
  • Development and maintenance of the Consortium Web site
  • Consultation with individual libraries
  • Networking and mentoring among members
  • Identifying and sharing member expertise
  • Learning opportunities via participation on Consortium committees and working groups
  • Consortium specific CE courses at low or no cost to members
  • Clearinghouse for other courses and conferences
  • Liaison and communications with Gerstein Science Information Centre