Tier Definitions
Tier Definitions

Tier

Category

Description

1

Academic

High school or pre-collegiate academy, single location, not school district level

Medical

Heath care provider, private practice, or clinic

Government or Corporate

Public library, museum or archive, nonprofit single office non-research government organization

2

Academic

Two- or four-year college, community college, or technical college without graduate program

Medical

Community level hospital or outpatient clinic (non-teaching or research)

Government or Nonprofit

Charitable organization, professional society, independent research library, local or municipal government office

3

Academic

University and research programs offering Master and Doctorate programs

Medical

Teaching or research hospital

Government or Nonprofit

Local government agency or ministry, private or nonprofit research institute

Corporate

Small, single-site organization

4

Contact Publisher

Academic

Large university system, multi-campus, centrally administered academic institution (not a consortium or shared digital library, but a single organization or institution, public or private, with one or more campuses in the same city)

Medical

Small healthcare network

Governement or Nonprofit

Regional government agency or ministry, private, nonprofit research organization or healthcare network

Corporate

Single organization with regional campuses, not multi-national

5

Contact Publisher

Academic

National or regional university system, consortia of academic libraries (includes groups of universities who share access or large state-wide licenses)

Medical

Large healthcare network, consortia of medical libraries and affiliated hospital (includes groups of medical libraries or hospitals engaging in shared access)

Government or Nonprofit

National government agency or large research institute using a shared network

Corporate

Large organization or corporation with a domestic presence in several locations or an international presence in several countries

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