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Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, Technology and Resources | No Comments »


This past week (Oct. 8-13) I had the privilege and pleasure of visiting several libraries on the Eastern side of the mountains. I hope to post some pictures and additional details in later blog entries, time permitting!

My trip culminated in attending the WLMA (Washington Library Media Association) conference in Yakima, where the Washington State Library as is our custom, sponsored a booth in the exhibit hall. I attended several informative conference program sessions as well as spending time staffing the WSL booth. This trip provided me with the opportunity to visit and talk with librarians, library staff, and teacher librarians along the way, in various venues and settings.

During the course of my visits, it came to my attention that information about the “new” statewide ProQuest contract, and the revised content that came with it, had somehow not trickled down, or gotten through to everyone. A number of people were not aware of some of the content that should be available to them through the Statewide Database Licensing (SDL) project’s current contract with ProQuest.

The new SDL contract with ProQuest went into effect on July 1, 2011. Under the terms of the new contract, some of the previous content was removed from Washington accounts, and some new content was added in its place.

The new content consists of:

  • SIRS Discoverer
  • History Study Center
  • ProQuest Learning: Literature
  • ProQuest Family Health (included in “ProQuest”)

All of these, except ProQuest Family Health, are specifically aimed at the K-12 audience, and the SIRS Discoverer interface and significant content are aimed at the lower grades. Material in both SIRS Discoverer and eLibrary are identified by reading level, and searches can be limited or sorted by reading level.

More recently, a larger newspaper database, the Western Newsstand (included in “ProQuest”), was added to the package, to compensate for the loss of three Washington newspapers.

Previous content that is no longer included in the Washington contract is as follows:

  • eLibrary Elementary (the standard eLibrary is still included)
  • World Conflicts Today (this content is now included in the History Study Center)
  • Ethnic NewsWatch (was included in “ProQuest”)
  • Alt-Press Watch (was included in “ProQuest”)

Unchanged content that we had previously, and still have now includes:

  • eLibrary
  • ProQuest Research Library (included in “ProQuest”)
  • ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry (included in “ProQuest”)
  • ProQuest National Newspaper Core (included in “ProQuest”)
  • ProQuest Washington Newsstand (now down to only 5 current titles; included in “ProQuest”)

You will find a complete list of the current and the previous package contents, along with the relevant links, product descriptions, title, lists, etc., on the SDL ProQuest package web page here: http://www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PQ

Please note: Items listed above that are described as “included in ProQuest” are items that you access through the standard ProQuest search platform. The items NOT so described run on their own platforms, and require separate individual links for access.

If you are a school librarian, I recommend that you check your school or district’s web site, and if you do not have access to the “new” content, please make every effort to contact whoever is in charge, and ask them to add links to the new content, and drop links to the content that is no longer available. Without these links, you are not getting full value for your subscription.

If you are a public librarian, you may want to double check that your library is offering all of these resources to your staff and patrons.

Keep in mind that access to ProQuest for K-12 school (public or private) is via your local ESD. That is, while the State Library pays half the cost of the statewide contract centrally using federal LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funding made available through IMLS (The Institute for Museum and Library Services), the other half of the cost is divided between all of the participating libraries, and access, while inexpensive, is not free. Your school or district needs to pay its share of the subscription cost through your local ESD.

Without the participation of ALL Washington libraries, this project would not succeed. It’s the combined purchasing power of practically the ENTIRE state (K-12, public, private academic, community college, and even hospital and medical libraries) that makes this project sustainable.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thank you for your participation and support!

Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager
Washington State Library | Office of the Secretary of State
360.704.5217 | fax: 360.586.7575
will.stuivenga@sos.wa.gov

SDL Chooses ProQuest Again

Monday, May 9th, 2011 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, News, Technology and Resources | No Comments »


ProQuest logoThe Washington State Library, and the Statewide Database Licensing Project, and its Advisory Committee  are pleased to announce that ProQuest has again been selected to provide a suite of database products to the nonprofit libraries of Washington State. The package will include a periodicals collection, a collection of Washington and national newspapers, and a collection of resources for children and students.

Contract negotiations with ProQuest are currently underway with the goal of providing a seamless transition to the new, slightly revised package of database content that ProQuest is offering to libraries in Washington. Pricing for individual libraries is not anticipated to increase, but uncertainty about the LSTA funds that Washington State will receive under the newly adopted U.S. budget makes exact predictions difficult.

All currently participating public, academic, and special libraries are requested to fill out and return an "Intent to Participate" form, which can be found on the project web site: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/SDL. Schools and school districts should contact their respective Educational Service Districts. For questions, please contact SDL Project Manager, Will Stuivenga, at will.stuivenga@sos.wa.gov or 360-704-5217 or toll- free: 866-538-4996.

WSL Updates for April 7, 2011

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | No Comments »


Volume 7, April 7, 2011 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) MATH AND SCIENCE LITERACY TRAINING FOR LIBRARIANS

2) TARGET STORE GRANTS SUPPORT READING PROGRAMS

3) IFFLA SOCIAL MEDIA SURVEY

4) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for March 31, 2011

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | No Comments »


Volume 7, March 31, 2011 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) RESOURCE SHARING GRANT Q&A SESSION

2) FIRST TUESDAYS – SEARCH THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

3) FUNDING FOR LIBRARY SUPPORT STAFF CERTIFICATION

4) NEW YORK TIMES AVAILABLE THROUGH LIBRARIES

5) MAKING SENSE OF THE CIVIL WAR

6) CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK (SOME FREE, SOME NOT)

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WSL Updates for February 3, 2011

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | No Comments »


Volume 7, February 3, 2011 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) WSL OFFERS ONLINE TRUSTEE ORIENTATION

2) SUPPORT FOR CATALOGING COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES

3) SNAPDRAGON FUNDS SCHOOL LIBRARIES

4) PERCEPTIONS OF LIBRARIES 2010

5) YA READING FOR PLEASURE GRANTS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES

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WSL Updates for January 13, 2011

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Institutional Library Services, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library | No Comments »


Volume 7, January 13, 2011 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) NEW DIGITAL COLLECTION – NORTH PEND OREILLE HERITAGE

2) LIBRARY SNAPSHOT DAY FEATURES WSL ILS

3) FIRST TUESDAYS – WTBBL NEEDS YOU!

4) WASHINGTON LIBRARIES HELP JOB SEEKERS

5) BOOKS FOR CHILDREN GRANTS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for December 23, 2010

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | No Comments »


Volume 6, December 23, 2010 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) NAVIGATING THE RIVER OF CHANGE WITH PNLA

2) GRANTS FOR NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES

3) EARLY LEARNING GRANTS AND SPONSORSHIPS

4) CONNECTING TO COLLECTIONS – ARCHIVED WEBINAR SERIES

5) PROQUEST PLATFORM MIGRATION MATERIALS

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WSL Updates for September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 Posted in Digital Collections, For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | No Comments »


Volume 6, September 30, 2010 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SDL NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEYS

2) WSL CONTRIBUTES 115,000 PAGES TO CHRONICLING AMERICA

3) FIRST TUESDAYS PRESENTS SUMMER READING PREVIEW

4) FREE PRESERVATION WORKSHOPS

5) LAURA BUSH 21ST CENTURY LIBRARIAN GRANTS

6) STRETCH DONATIONS FOR NOLO BOOKS

7) TRAVEL GRANTS TO ATTEND ALA MIDWINTER

8) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for September 2, 2010

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | No Comments »


Volume 6, September 2, 2010 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) FIRST TUESDAYS PRESENTS the Career Bridge database

2) CONNECTING THE DOTS WEBSITE

3) FIND AN EARLY LEARNING FAIR IN YOUR AREA

4) BOOKS FOR BABIES

5) CIRCLE OF LEARNING SCHOLARSHIPS

6) ALA ANNUAL CONFERENCE FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

7) UPCOMING FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES

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