January 24, 2022

New Article: “Oregon’s Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee Tries New Approach to Support Oregon Libraries”

The following full text article was published in the August 2014 issue OLA Quarterly published by the Oregon Library Association.


Oregon’s Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee Tries New Approach to Support Oregon Libraries


Jane Nichols
Oregon State University Libraries & Press


OLA Quarterly
Volume 20, Number 2 (2014)

From the Proposal Overview and Background Portion of the Article

Oregon State Library’s Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee (SDLAC) recently announced a unique approach to supporting academic libraries.
The SDLAC’s role is to advise on Requests for Proposals (RFPs), typically resulting in one vendor winning a contract to provide content for all types of Oregon libraries. A one size fits most approach means some libraries’ content needs, such as Oregon academic and K-12 libraries, are ill-fitting.
In an attempt to address this, the SDLAC recommended working with the Orbis Cascade Alliance (The Alliance) to off-set the cost of its group subscription to Ebsco’s Academic Search Premier database package. This came about as a result of the 2014 statewide database contract being awarded to The Gale Group, Inc. with highly favorable terms and because the Committee sought new ways to meet academic libraries’ content needs rather than persisting in a one-size fits most approach.

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