The contracts for the Gale resources (including Opposing Viewpoints) Transparent Language, Credo Reference, and H.W. Wilson Core Collections expired as of July 1. There will be a gap in service before the new resources are selected, contracts signed, and the rollout process begins. An Online Resources Task Force, was formed this past Fall by the State Library of Iowa, and has identified the following as priority categories for the new selection of statewide digital resources.
- Online Encyclopedia/General Reference Tool
- Homework Help
- Legal Forms
- Business & Residential Directories
- Library Customer Engagement and Training
State Librarian Michael Scott:
“The State Library partners with libraries across Iowa to cost-share a variety of online resources aligning with our mission of expanding information to Iowans. With input from Iowa librarians, we are currently in the process of acquiring new digital resources that have been identified as priorities. We are excited at the potential these resources have to allow people to learn new skills, give students research and homework help, and provide librarians with more information sources to assist patrons. The process to secure and launch these resources will take a few more months. We appreciate your patience and believe the new resources will be worth the wait.
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