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The Statewide Database Licensing Project has selected a vendor.

Thursday, June 16th, 2016 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public | Comments Off on The Statewide Database Licensing Project has selected a vendor.

UpwardsThe Washington State Library and the Statewide Database Licensing Project 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 new contract with ProQuest is set to begin on July 1, 2016.

The package includes a periodicals collection, a collection of Washington and national newspapers, and resources for children and students, to name just a few. A complete listing of the content in the new ProQuest package is available along with detailed descriptions of the individual components on the ProQuest Package Product Descriptions page.

The SDL Advisory Committee had a key role in the selection process, advising on the RFP itself, and subsequently assisting with the scoring, and making vendor recommendations. Feel free to
contact members of the Advisory Committee, or Carolyn Petersen, with your comments or suggestions.

Statewide Database Licensing RFP released

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 Posted in Articles, For Libraries | Comments Off on Statewide Database Licensing RFP released

UpwardsThe Washington State Library announces the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Statewide Database Licensing (SDL) project. Proposals are solicited from firms interested in providing web-based digital products or services to nonprofit libraries in Washington State.

The RFP solicits proposals for products in several categories:

  • Aggregated periodical databases covering a wide variety of subject areas with content that will be of interest to all types of nonprofit libraries and their patrons;
  • Newspapers both national and local, with as many papers as possible from the State of Washington;
  • Resources designed for children and students (both K-6 and K-12) that include at least one search interface designed for the younger researcher, and with database content appropriate for elementary reading levels;
  • Products in other categories as described in the RFP.

The RFP is available on the OSOS web site procurements page and via Washington’s Electronic Business Solution (WEBS). Copies of the documents in Microsoft Word format (for convenience) are available by request from the RFP Coordinator.

  • The due date for Letters of Intent to Propose is March 11, 2016.
  • The due date for proposals is April 1, 2016.

The RFP Coordinator is Will Stuivenga: [email protected].


It’s that time! WSL Statewide Database Licensing Project – ProQuest Renewal.

Thursday, May 7th, 2015 Posted in Articles, Digital Literacy, For Libraries | Comments Off on It’s that time! WSL Statewide Database Licensing Project – ProQuest Renewal.

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The WSL Statewide Database Licensing (SDL) Project announces the 2015-2016 ProQuest renewal for all participating Washington libraries. Barring significant cancellations, pricing is not expected to change appreciably for the upcoming year. This contract is open to all non-profit LSTA-eligible libraries in Washington State.

For public, academic, and special libraries, the renewal is automatic. Invoicing from ProQuest will occur in June or July. If a public, academic, or special library wishes to cancel its ProQuest subscription through the statewide contract, please fill out, sign, and return a Cancellation form by or before May 27. For school libraries, renewal (or cancellation) is through your local ESD (Educational Service District).

The invoice period is July 1 through June 30, annually. Individual library costs can vary slightly from year to year, depending on whether libraries drop out, or new libraries join during the previous year. Exact costs will be calculated early in June, and sent to ProQuest for invoicing. If your library needs to be invoiced prior to June 30, please contact us so that we can request expedited invoicing for you.

Note: This is the final renewal that is available under the current contract with ProQuest. The SDL Advisory Committee is currently considering recommendations for the future of the project, based on the recently completed SDL Needs Assessment. Please feel free to submit your thoughts or suggestions to any member of the SDL Advisory Committee, or to Will Stuivenga, the project manager.

More information, including the Cancellation and Intent to Participate forms, can be found on the ProQuest SDL Renewal page. Questions? Contact Will Stuivenga, 360.704.5217 or toll free 866.538.4996.