at a standstill
IEL is an electrical engineering and computer science database providing access to IEEE and IET journals and conference proceedings as well as IEEE standards. Currently 19 FinELib-organisations subscribe to the collection.
IEEE, the provider of IEL database, made a consortium offer that would have led to a significant price increase unless a substantial number of new subscribers were found. The consortium rejected this offer. Now IEEE is refusing to continue to work with the FinELib-consortium. Instead they are making direct offers to individual institutions. IEEE is disregarding the institutions’ requests to receive an offer via the consortium. The consortium steering group has instructed the FinELib office to insist upon receiving a consortium offer.