Online Resources Contract Awarded

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Missouri State Library and MOREnet are excited to announce that Gale, Cengage Learning™, has been awarded the contract for the general periodical, health, business and K-12 online resource databases. Similar resources, currently provided to MOREnet members by EBSCO, are available through June 30, 2009. The Gale databases listed below will be available to all MOREnet members as of July 1, 2009:

  • Business & Company Resource Center
  • Small Business Resource Center
  • Academic OneFile
  • General OneFile
  • InfoTrac Collections
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center with Alternative Health
  • Health Reference Center Academic
  • Student Edition (InfoTrac)
  • Junior Edition (InfoTrac)
  • Kids InfoBits
  • Custom Newspapers (InfoTrac)
  • Informe (Spanish periodical database)

A statewide panel of librarians met and evaluated the content and functionality of the vendor respondents to the online resources Request for Proposal (RFP). Gale Cengage Learning received the highest overall ranking, based on the requirements of the RFP. The cost savings gained through this procurement process will allow the Missouri State Library and MOREnet to continue to provide the fullest range of resources that funding allows.

MOREnet is working closely with Gale to ensure the transition to the new resources is as smooth as possible. User training, a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and promotional materials are being developed that will assist you with a successful transition. In addition, Gale has made a transition site available to all MOREnet members so you may become familiar with the content and their new interface. The URL for this transition site is http://galesupport.com/morenet and is available through June 30, 2009.

Please refer to the FAQ for additional information or contact MOREnet Technical Support at (800) 509-6673 with questions. MOREnet will continue to add information to the FAQ and to the KnowledgeBase at http://help.more.net.

NOTE: This change does not affect the other online resources currently available to all MOREnet members, including the Gale Discovering Collection, NewsBank and LearningExpress Library. A list of the online resources currently available to you as part of your MOREnet membership is at www.more.net/online.

Access to the Gale and NewsBank online resources are provided to MOREnet members through funding by the Missouri General Assembly. This appropriation is made to the Office of the Secretary of State and is administered by the Missouri State Library.