- Review LALINC Bylaws.
- Review initiatives and services offered by LOUIS, as explained on the LOUIS website, to see if they meet your needs.
- Review the criteria for membership to see if your library qualifies.
- Submit LALINC Application to the Chair of the LALINC Executive Board.
- Upon approval to join, appoint an additional point-of-contact for LOUIS, when available.
The criteria for membership is explained in the LALINC ByLaws, Article III.
This article explains who can join LALINC and, subsequently, LOUIS. You must be a member of LALINC to join LOUIS. You must have a library director in place.
The library director will be the point of contact for LALINC but can appoint another individual as the point-of-contact for LOUIS. This point of contact is referred to as the LOUIS System Administrator (SA). The SA will coordinate all LOUIS activities for their library.
LOUIS offers many initiatives and services, and there are LALINC regulations as to what you must use and what is optional to use. Membership fees are charged and shared equally based on initiatives and services used. The costs for each initiative and service is calculated based on the cost charged by the vendor and the cost for LOUIS staff to support the initiatives and services.
For new members or for new services added by existing members there may be a startup cost and there is always a yearly cost. The yearly costs factors into the membership fee. Members support the consortium via their membership fee, based on criteria that is controlled by the LALINC Executive Board. When FTE is a criteria, it is obtained from the Board of Regents.
The Board of Regents does support the consortium at various levels each year and the support is shared equally among public academic libraries within the membership. The Membership Fee will reflect the support of the Regents each fiscal year.