From Patti Butcher at the State Library of Kansas:

The State Library of Kansas is announcing some changes to our statewide database package beginning August 1, 2010. The new focus of products available to everyone in the state, from preschool to seniors, allows us to expand our offerings in some needed areas.

Products to be added include:

From Gale Cengage Learning

  • Student Resource Center Gold
  • DISCovering Collection
  • Junior Reference Collection
  • Student Edition
  • Junior Edition
  • Kids InfoBits
  • History Resource Center – U.S.
  • History Resource Center – World
  • Books & Authors

From Learning Express Library

  • Job & Career Accelerator
  • Learning Centers – 4th grade through College
  • Microsoft, Adobe, Corel and Windows/Mac online classes
  • Occupation practice tests – air traffic controller to teacher

No changes are planned to the current ProQuest products (Heritage Quest and Nursing/Allied Health Journals). The current Gale package which includes Chilton’s Auto Repair, Literature Resource Center, and OneFiles will remain. WorldBook Encyclopedia will continue as part of the statewide package.

As of July 31, our contracts with OCLC for WorldCat and the Ebsco products will end. These include Searchasaurus, Kid Search, TopicSearch, Student Research Center, ERIC, Professional Development Collection, Newspaper Source, and Novelist. We are currently planning statewide training on the new products for this fall. Watch for more information via the listservs, SLK News, and regional systems.

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