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Statewide Database Licensing Project

ProQuest Renewal for 2013-2014

Information on the ProQuest renewal for July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 is available on the ProQuest renewal page.

New ProQuest Content

The Statewide Database Licensing (SDL) project announces content changes in the ProQuest package. 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 as well.

In compensation, ProQuest has 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 are pleased to announce 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.

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.

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 jeff.cutler@proquest.comor 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.

New ProQuest Platform

ProQuest has rolled out a new search platform for their products. For more information, visit the ProQuest platform migration web site.

For a schedule of webinars on the new platform, visit http://www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/pq-train. Live versions are listed first, but also scroll down for a list of webinar recordings available for watching at any time. ProQuest also provides a new platform YouTube channel.

Electronic Resources for Library Staff: Survey Report and Complete Results

In approaching 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.

adopted 1998

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.


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