CLiC is seeking bids for a multi-year contract for one or more database packages to offer through the CLiC state package. Subscription service to start July 1, 2017. Deadline for proposal submission is October 31, 2016.
Answers to questions asked by vendors not directly answered in the RFP will be posted here.
Q: Is the proposal submitted final?
A: Consider this the start of a conversation, or rather, the “beginning of a beautiful friendship.” This RFP is issued with the intent of soliciting conversations with and proposals from (including cost quotes) database and e‐resource vendors that have products able to satisfy the needs of a statewide consortium of all library types. We are working towards terms that both parties are happy with.
Q: Are extra points given to proposals if the company works with minority or women-owned businesses?
A: It is CLiC’s policy to comply with all federal and state laws which prohibit unlawful discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status and other protected categories. While companies certified as minority and women-owned business enterprises are certainly welcome and encouraged to submit responses to the RFP, CLiC does not award additional “points” based on company-ownership factors.
Q: In the current package, special libraries are excluded. Should they not be included in my proposal?
A: CLiC serves school, public, academic and special libraries. We would love to have special libraries included. It was understandable and unfortunate that special libraries were not able to participate in the EBSCO package due to restrictions imposed by the vendor’s contractual relationships with selected publishers.
Q: Do for-profit higher education institutions currently particulate?
A: Yes, please see the supporting documentation.
Q: What is the biggest issue you have with your current package?
A: The biggest issue we have is true for any electronic resource regardless of vendor or product. Libraries have difficulties letting patrons/students know they have the resource available. The ability to continually market a resource is often reflected in a library’s statistics.
Q: Should there be one account or an account for each library?
A: CLiC will be the overarching umbrella for the contract. Each library will need their own access and statistics. CLiC will supply the vendor with a list of participating libraries along with all pertinent information.
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