The Federal Libraries Consortium (FLC)

About the FLC

The Federal Libraries Consortium (FLC) was established in July 1995 to consolidate the purchasing potential of government libraries to save costs for its members when acquiring library materials (goods and services).

Our Plan 

Originally a grassroots organization, the FLC has a solid foundation based on the goodwill of its members and their commitment to contribute to the community of federal libraries. Formally incorporated into Library and Archives Canada (LAC), the FLC plays a significant role in maximizing library resource expenditures and obtaining resources that might otherwise be unaffordable by many libraries within the government system. 

Opportunities for the FLC are identified here from an analysis of needs-assessment data: 

  • Resource pressures on libraries mean that collaboration on procurement to maximize cost benefits, reduce administrative duplication, leverage procurement expertise, and provide access to otherwise unattainable resources are the key components of the value proposition and the primary goal of the FLC.

  • Recognizing the rising cost of the procurement process and the need for standardized approaches that address accountability, the current climate in government suggests that a best practice model (recognized by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat) like the FLC provides an opportunity to better position and leverage resources within the federal government system.
  • LAC has the opportunity to revitalize its role by encouraging the high-quality service delivery of federal libraries to government and citizens through cost-effective procurement and expanded access to information resources—the primary focus of the FLC.
  • The consortium model is recognized throughout the library and vendor communities as a cost-effective way of doing business. By maximizing the FLC's buying power, libraries and vendors reduce procurement costs to benefit all parties. A consortium, acting on behalf of the federal library system, is welcomed by both the vendor and library communities.

Vendors and Suppliers

Consortium staff members negotiate with vendors and suppliers of information products and services to arrive at the best deals possible for federal libraries. They offer vendors a focal point to work within the government library market, evaluate of new products, product surveys, and provide opportunities for vendor fairs and focus groups.

Details of agreements with vendors are made available to libraries through GCPedia. The FLC keeps federal librarians informed about new trends in electronic licensing, information products, and library software development. It concentrates the buying power from the smallest to the largest of federal libraries.

Members Directory and Vendor Agreement

From now on, the Members Directory and the Vendor Agreements can be accessed from the Federal Libraries Consortium website on GCPedia.

Each department can now update its entries in the Members Directory on GCPedia.

Departments without access to GCPedia can obtain information by contacting the Consortium Coordinator:

Federal Libraries Consortium
Library and Archives Canada
Place de la Cité
550 de la Cité Boulevard
Gatineau, QC K1A 0N4
Telephone: 613-410-9752
Fax: 819-934-7539

FLC Discussion List

FL-CONSORTIUM-BGF-L - is a closed electronic mailing list for members of the federal libraries community.

The list, which uses the LAC Internet server, is a forum for distributing news and information of interest to federal libraries and for discussing issues of common concern. This includes cost-saving initiatives, vendor agreements negotiated on behalf of libraries acquiring goods and services, and promotion of new and improved information products.

Messages can be posted in English or in French.

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