Funding and access to all provincially funded (Tier 1) e-resources ended on December 31, 2015. How does this affect access at your library? Read on to find out!
What stays the same?
- If your library is currently licensing a product that it had access to last year, the website link for that product will not change. You do not require a new link for access in 2016.
- The usage statistics and Annual Survey data covering activity in 2015 will be posted on the E-Resources section of the SOLS site. An announcement will be sent when the 2015 numbers are available.
What’s different for 2016?
- SOLS no longer coordinates access to e-resources. Links for new products must be obtained directly from the vendors.
- If you did not renew access to any of these products, you’ll need to remove all e-resources links from your website.
- Libraries are responsible for collecting their own usage stats and Annual Survey e-resources data for 2016 and beyond. The vendors can assist with this, don’t hesitate to contact them for assistance.
- The Compass website has been removed, and vendors can provide libraries with marketing and training materials on request. Don’t be shy about asking, it’s included in your license agreement!
- Compass 101 and 201 are no longer being offered, however, SOLS will continue to provide training in areas such as e-resources evaluation and promotion, and training opportunities will be posted in the SOLS Training Bulletin.
As always, please contact me if you have questions.