Statewide Database Licensing Project
This "home page" for the SDL project has a lot of information crammed onto it, so here is a table of contents:
SDL Needs Assessment
The Statewide Database Licensing (SDL) project is currently conducting a needs assessment and has released two surveys, one for library staff, and one for library users. Both surveys are now live, and available to be completed at the following links:
The library audience for both surveys includes all types of libraries that participate in SDL: public, private academic, and community and technical colleges, hospital and research libraries, and K-12 schools, both public and private. In the case of K-12 schools, the end user survey is intended for classroom teachers and administrators, rather than students, but college and university students are strongly encouraged to take the survey.
Note: Since the six state-funded institutions of higher learning do NOT currently participate in SDL, it is not necessary for them to promote these surveys to their staff or students.
We anticipate that the staff survey will take 20-30 minutes to complete, while the end user survey should take only 5-10 minutes. The surveys will be available through February 20, 2015.
All library staff who are aware of the library’s electronic resources, especially research databases, are encouraged to take the staff survey, and all participating Washington libraries are encouraged to promote the user survey to their clientele, through their web sites, social media, patron newsletters, and any other appropriate media or opportunities.
Here is some suggested language that can be used to promote the two surveys—please feel free to adapt as desired:
- Promoting the end user survey:
To help us serve you better, please take this brief survey (5-10 minutes) about online resources at the library. Thank you!
- Promoting the library staff survey:
Attention all library staff: Please complete the State Library's database licensing survey which will help to determine the future of the Statewide Database Licensing (SDL) project. Thank you for your participation.
Background: On July 14, 2014, The Library Development Program of the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State (OSOS), announced the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Needs Assessment of its Statewide Database Licensing (SDL) Project. The assessment activities to be completed include surveys, interviews, comparative usage data analysis, and so forth. We anticipate that the work will be completed by March, 2015.
A goal of the assessment it to determine if the current ProQuest package of databases continues to meet the needs of participating Washington libraries, their staff, and the citizens of the state. If you have suggestions or comments on this proposed needs assessment process, please contact project staff and/or members of the SDL Advisory Committee.
ProQuest Renewal for 2014-2015
Information on the ProQuest renewal for July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 is available on the ProQuest renewal page. The cancellation form is also located there.
SDL E-Mail Distribution List
One way to keep informed about the Statewide Database Licensing Project is to subscribe to the SDL project's e-mail list, WALIBSDL, or to the State Library's eNewletter, WSL Updates. To subscribe to these and other WSL e-mail lists, visit the WSL e-mail distribution lists page.
Changes in ProQuest Content
The Statewide Database Licensing (SDL) project announced content changes in the ProQuest package in January 2012. As of January 1, 2012, ProQuest lost the rights to its McClatchy newspaper titles, which included the Tacoma News-Tribune, and the Tri-Cities Herald. Content from the online SeattlePI.com is no longer available through ProQuest either.
In compensation, ProQuest upgraded the Washington Newsstand to its “Western Newsstand” product, which includes approximately 130 titles from the entire western half of the United States, with newspapers from a number of states, such as Alaska, California, Arizona, and even Oklahoma. This additional content was made available to Washington libraries on Thursday, July 12, 2012.
The Western Newsstand title list is available on the ProQuest Package Product Descriptions page.
ProQuest Provides Statewide Resources Again
The Washington State Library, the Statewide Database Licensing Project, and its Advisory Committee announced that ProQuest was again selected to provide a suite of database products to the nonprofit libraries of Washington State. The current contract with ProQuest began on July 1, 2011.
The package is similar (but not identical) to the one provided in the previous contract, and includes a periodicals collection, Washington and national newspapers, resources for children and students, and more. For a complete listing of the package contents, visit the ProQuest Package Product Descriptions page.
A document providing access instructions for the ProQuest product package is available here: ProQuest Access Instructions.
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 SDL staff, with your comments or suggestions.
ProQuest Marketing Toolkit
ProQuest has prepared marketing toolkits for Washington libraries to use in promoting databases to their patrons. There are specific toolkits for academic, K-12, public, and special libraries.
These are general tools that are intended to provide suggestions and ideas for marketing and promotion. Consequently, some of the specific examples that are cited may be for products that are not part of the Washington State package, or some suggestions may not even refer to specific products, but to generic types of resources. Please adapt these suggestions and materials to meet your specific situation. Your suggestions for improving the resources are also welcomed. Send comments to Will Stuivenga (contact information at the bottom of this page).
Other promotional materials are also available for many ProQuest databases on the ProQuest Training materials page: www.il.proquest.com/en-US/support/training/materials.shtml
Want to learn more about ProQuest? Sign up for an online class. Special online training for K-12 libraries is also available.
Other training materials, such as Quick Reference or Quick Start Guides, are available on the Proquest Training page: http://www.il.proquest.com/en-US/support/training/. Training materials for K-12 are here: http://www.proquestk12.com/trainingsupport.shtml. ProQuest also provides a LibGuides site, with extensive resources available.
ProQuest trainers are also available to provide hands-on in-person training at no cost to Washington Libraries.
For K-12 training, contact Jeff Cutler at firstname.lastname@example.org by phone: (800) 521-0600 x 7330 or (801) 455-9775.
For public, academic or special libraries interested in ProQuest training, contact Karen Hinton at Karen.Hinton@proquest.comor (865) 712-5440.
Training for products from other vendors available through group purchases sponsored by the State Library is generally available by contacting the vendor directly. Or Will Stuivenga can provide contact information.
Previous (2010) SDL Needs Assessment Survey Results
Back in 2010, in preparing to negotiate a new contract for statewide database licensing in Washington State, we created two needs assessment surveys, one for staff at libraries of all types throughout Washington, and another for the users of public libraries in Washington. The following results comprise a summary of the survey for public library staff.
This summary aggregates responses and comments from all users that took the survey. 588 library staff started the survey, with 74.1% (436 library staff) completing it.
Interested parties may download the report (pdf) and complete results (xls) below:
Electronic Resources for Library Users: Survey Report and Complete Results
This report provides a summary of the survey for public library users.
The survey was administered by providing a link and image for public libraries to put on their websites. In the interest of user anonymity, we did not collect any information about which users came from which libraries, which means that we cannot parse out data based on library size. This summary aggregates responses and comments from all users that started the survey. 1,209 library users started the survey, with 90.1% (1,089 library users) completing it.
Interested parties may download the report (pdf) and complete results (xls) below:
SDL Mission Statement
Through Washington libraries, all Washingtonians will have access to a range of electronic database products with which to address their informational and educational needs. And, Washington libraries will be able to leverage their resources to gain more cost effective access to database products.
SDL is a project coordinated by the Washington State Library to give Washington state citizens access to online commercial databases through their local libraries at a discounted cost.
With guidance from the project's steering committee, the project uses federal LTSA grant funds to underwrite expensive licenses to full-text magazine and newspaper databases. Initiated in 1998, this project pays one half the annual costs. Libraries' local funds pay the rest. Local library shares are determined by the statewide advisory committee.
Libraries participating in SDL include:
- 22 Four-year academic libraries
- 36 Community and technical colleges
- 60 Public libraries and library systems
- 26 Medical and special libraries
- 23 Tribal libraries
- Approximately 2,200 K-12 libraries
The basic database package includes:
- Access to several Washington daily newspapers, 5 national newspapers, and the Western Newsstand (about 140 papers covering the entire Western half of the United States) as well as over 5000 magazines, periodicals and journals, of which over 3600 are available in full-text.
- Customized database packages for different audiences including eLibrary, CultureGrams, and SIRS Discoverer for the K-12 audience as well as content intended for public library audiences and academic research purposes.
- Remote access from homes or businesses.
SDL also coordinates group purchases of other databases purchased and funded with local library funds.
STATEWIDE DATABASE LICENSING PROJECT
Washington State Library
PO Box 42460
Olympia, WA 98504-2460
Will Stuivenga, Project Manager
(360) 704-5217 (Will Stuivenga)
(866) 538-4996 (Toll free)
(360) 586-7575 (Fax)
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