[Libs-Or] Update from the Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee about Statewide Databases

Nichols, Jane Jane.Nichols at oregonstate.edu
Thu Oct 10 13:28:01 PDT 2013

Hi everyone,

I write with an update about the Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee's (SDLAC) recommendation of product(s)/vendor(s) for the next procurement by the State Library. Since I last wrote, Committee Members conducted Round 2 evaluations which focused on vendor demos & hands-on review of the proposed products. This year the RFP included multiple categories, a strategy used by other State libraries, with the hopes of meeting as many Oregonians information needs as possible given budget constraints. The RFP called for the 4 categories listed below. At the end of Round 2, scores were tallied, points were assigned to vendors who proposed in multiple categories as were points for cost proposals. The following vendors received the top scores in each category:

Category 1: General Periodicals Database Package: Ebsco, Gale, Proquest
Category 2: Academic Journals Database Package: Ebsco, Gale, Proquest
Categories 3 & 4: General Reference Database Package: reference works & current issues (Cat. 3 & 4: Ebsco, Gale, Proquest)

After much discussion with State Library librarians and State Procurement officers, it was decided to conduct another round of evaluations. In this round the 3 vendors that proposed in all 4 categories have been invited to submit best and final offers on resources for all 4 categories by October 16.  SDLAC anticipates making its recommendations to the LSTA Council by the end of October 2013 with a final decision on the next statewide contract made by State Library Board by the end of December 2013.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions,

Jane Nichols
Learn more here:

Jane Nichols
Collection Development Librarian
Associate Professor
Oregon State University Libraries & Press
jane.nichols at oregonstate.edu<mailto:jane.nichols at oregonstate.edu>

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