As we approach the end of the state fiscal year, and the time for the Libraries Connect Ohio (LCO) partners to renew purchases of the Ohio Web Library collection of databases, and the final version of the new state budget, changes to the Ohio Web Library collection are finally coming into focus.
OPLIN sustained budget cuts in 2008 that forced us to announce last September that NoveList would be discontinued as of July 1, 2009. We urge you to try http://aboutbooks.info for readers' advisory information.
In April we learned that Gannett newspapers had signed an exclusive agreement with ProQuest that prohibited sales of online access to library consortia; Gannett newspapers can now only be sold to individual libraries. That means that 9 of the 15 Ohio newspapers previously included in the Ohio Web Library will become unavailable to us on July 1.
Now, budget cuts to our LCO partners (State Library, OhioLINK, and INFOhio) have impacted their ability to contribute funds to Ohio Web Library purchases.
All of these factors have forced us to make the following revisions to the Ohio Web Library collection:
We have managed to retain access to all other Ohio Web Library databases, including EBSCO Masterfile, World Book, Science Online, Learning Express Library, Biography Reference Bank, and Oxford Reference Online.
We apologize for the tardiness of this news, but the volatility of the budget and the newspaper market has made it impossible to share definitive information before now. Please contact Stephen Hedges through OPLIN Support if you have any questions.
Finally, OPLIN will continue to provide both the Hannah Report and the Gongwer Ohio Report by email to public librarians (Gongwer) and public libraries and library administrators (Hannah). Please see http://lists.oplin.org/mailman/listinfo/oplin-gongwer and http://lists.oplin.org/mailman/listinfo/oplin-hannah for more information.