Statewide Database Licensing Program
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During the 2003-05 biennium, the legislature (through SB12) authorized Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds to subsidize the purchase of basic electronic resources for Oregon libraries under the Oregon Statewide Database Licensing Program (SDLP). From 2005 to 2009 the LSTA funds provided a 50% subsidy for academic and public libraries and fully funded school and tribal libraries. As of October 19, 2009, LSTA funding was be used to fully subsidize the 22 databases provided by Gale/CENGAGE Learning for a cost of just under $400,000 per year. In 2014, a new contract with Gale/CENGAGE Learning was established adding additional new content for $350,000 per year. As of November 2010, LearningExpress Library is also fully subsidized. In 2015, a new contract with LearningExpress Library added the job seeking resource, Job & Career Accelerator and the digital literacy tutorials, Computer and Internet Basics.
If you do not currently participate in the Statewide Database Licensing Program, please contact Arlene Weible, Electronic Services Consultant, (503-378-5020) for information.
School libraries are automatically enrolled and access the databases via OSLIS.
The Statewide Database Licensing Program does not include the audio, e-books, and video service provided by Library2Go. The Oregon Digital Library Consortium is responsible for this service.
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Current contract / Access and Training Information
List of Databases
Business Insights: Global
Educator's Reference Complete
Gale Virtual Reference Library (title list)
Health & Wellness Resource Center
with Alternative Health Module
Health Reference Center Academic
InfoTrac Student Edition
National Geographic Kids
Nursing Resource Center
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Research in Context
Small Business Resource Center
Student Resources in Context
U.S. History in Context
Gale also offers a number of subject-focused resources that are subcollections of their primary databases, Academic OneFile and General OneFile. These databases offer an opportunity to perform focused searches on magazine and journal articles in specific fields of interest.
Business Economics and Theory Collection
Communications and Mass Media Collection
Criminal Justice Collection
Culinary Arts Collection
Diversity Studies Collection
Environmental Issues & Policy Collection
Fine Arts and Music Collection
Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection
Gender Studies Collection
General Science Collection
Home Improvement Collection
Information Science & Library Issues Collection
Insurance & Liability Collection
Nursing and Allied Health Collection
Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Collection
Pop Culture Collection
Small Business Collection
Tourism/Hospitality & Leisure Collection
U.S. History Collection
War and Terrorism Collection
World History Collection
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Several on-site trainings have been offered. Watch this page and the Oregon library listservs for future opportunities.
Every month, Gale offers 1-hour online trainings about a variety of their products. These webinars are free but require registration. Once you access the training calendar, click on any session that interests you. The pop-up page will have a description of the webinar and a registration link. Note the time zone for the training.
A handful of archived webinars which were conducted specifically for Oregon library staff are available on the Oregon Statewide Databases Library Support Portal.
LearningExpress also regularly offers free webinars.
Other Online Resources: Training and Promotion
There are a number of other online resources for learning more about and for promoting the statewide databases.
Gale's national support website offers a variety of training tools, include tutorials, tip sheets, and lesson plans.
is your portal for viewing and ordering free promotional materials
from Gale, including bookmarks, posters, and tent cards. Customizing some text, like adding your library's name, is an option. Any Oregon library staff member can use this login for access:
- user name: gale690228
- password: 690228
Information about promotional materials for LearningExpress Library can be found on the support page
for that database.
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The Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee (SDLAC) is a committee of the LSTA Advisory Council, which advises the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees. The primary responsibilities of the committee include the following:
- Advise the LSTA Advisory Council and the Oregon State Library in the drafting of requests for proposal, the review of proposals, the recommendation to license database(s), and the allocation of costs to participating libraries.
- Advise the Oregon State Library to negotiate for additional databases as needed, but will not assume a subsidy from the State Library.
- Advise the Oregon State Library on the need for and the content of changes to the OAR and ORS that have a potential effect on the Statewide Database
The committee meets minimally twice a year and more often during the proposal/procurement process. Additional information:
Driftwood Public Library
Position #1: Public Library Serving less than 25,000 [Term ends 6/30/2017]
Southern Oregon University
Position #2 - Academic Library from Oregon University System [Term ends 6/30/2017]
Position #3: School Library drawn from OASL Membership [Term ends 6/30/2017]
Ledding Library (Milwaukie)
Position #4: Public Library Serving 25,000 to 100,000 [Term ends 6/30/2018]
Statewide Open Education Library Services
Position #5: Academic Library from an Oregon Community College
[Term ends 6/30/2018]
Lake Oswego School District
Position #6: School Library drawn from OASL Membership [Term ends 6/30/2018]
Deschutes Public Library System
Position #7: Public Library Serving over 100,000 [Term ends 6/30/2016]
||Diane Sotak (Chair)|
University of Portland
Position #8: Academic Library from a Private Academic Institution [Term ends 6/30/2016]
Sage Library System
Position #9: Resource Sharing Network
[Term ends 6/30/2016]
||Marion Mercier |
Grand Ronde Tribal Library
Position #10: Tribal Library Representative
[Term ends 6/30/2018]
Committee Members - Non-voting
University of Oregon
LSTA Council Representative
Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum
Phone (Portland): 503-625-0501
Outside Portland: 800-650-8250
Orbis Cascade Alliance
Orbis Cascade Alliance Representative
Oregon State Library Staff (Non-Voting)
Library Support and Development Services and Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library
Electronic Services Consultant
Library Support and Development Services
- October 28, 2015 -(Draft)
- April 9, 2015 - (Word)
- October 30, 2014 (Word)
- February 20, 2014 (Word) (PDF)
- October 28, 2013 (Word) (PDF)
- August 19, 2013 (Word) (PDF)
- April 29, 2013 (Word) (PDF)
- January 10, 2013 (Word) (PDF)
- November 15, 2012 (Word) (PDF)
- January 20, 2012 (Word) (PDF)
- November 4, 2011 (Word) (PDF)
- July 12, 2011 (Word) (PDF)
- March 1, 2011 (Word) (PDF)
- October 29, 2010 (Word) (PDF)
- March 5, 2010 (Word) (PDF)
- November 6, 2009 (Word) (PDF)
- August 13, 2009 (Word) (PDF)
- March 4, 2009 (Word) (PDF)
- December 3, 2008 (Word) (PDF)
- November 5, 2008 (Word) (PDF)
- October 1, 2008 (Word) (PDF)
- September 3, 2008 (Word) (PDF)
- August 11, 2008 (Word) (PDF)
- June 9, 2008 (Word) (PDF)
- May 22, 2008 (Word) (PDF)
- April 14, 2008 (Word) (PDF)
- February 11, 2008 (Word)
- December 3, 2007 (Word)
- June 19, 2007 (Word)
- September 18, 2006 (Word)
- May 11, 2006 (Word)
- August 11, 2005 (Word)
- June 13, 2005 (Word)
- September 23, 2004 (Word)
- March 5, 2004 (HTML)
- November 12, 2003 (Word)
- October 20, 2003 (PDF)
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The Oregon Statewide Database Licensing Program was created by the passage of SB12
into law in July 2003. SB12 is a result of the Oregon Library Association's Vision 2010 and the work of the 2002 Senate Interim Task Force on Library Cooperation. The Statewide Database Licensing Program is an Oregon State Library program funded by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and supersedes the Oregon Statewide Database Licensing Group, the representative library steering group that negotiated and set policies for previous statewide database contracts (with University of Oregon as fiscal agent and Orbis Cascade Alliance as administrator).
For fiscal years 2004-08, EBSCO Publishing was selected to provide general periodicals for the Oregon Statewide Database Licensing Program.
From July 1, 2005 - July 31, 2008, the Oregon State Library was able to fully subsidize the cost of The Oregonian
through NewsBank. In May 2008, NewsBank proposed to raise the cost of the state license for The Oregonian
database from $54,000 to $150,000 for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. In making their recommendation to the Board, the Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee was very concerned about agreeing to such a large increase in the cost of this product, particularly in light of the modest use the database had in most Oregon libraries. The SDLAC discussed the possibility of trying again, in a year or so, to get a more reasonably priced statewide license to The Oregonian
In May 2009, and in conjunction with the State Library and DAS, SDLAC completed a rigorous proposal review process and selected the Gale/CENGAGE Learning proposal to provide general periodicals for the Oregon Statewide Database Licensing Program. Both the LSTA Advisory Council and State Library Board approved the recommendation and the State Library proceeded with the procurement process.
In August 2009, a new contract was signed to begin September 1, 2009. This contract will be in effect for two years, and then the State Library will have the option to renew for up to three years.
In early 2010, SDLAC members decided to add Opposing Viewpoints and LearningExpress Library to the statewide contract, and this was approved by the LSTA Advisory Council and the OSL Board. The first resource was available as of August 2010 and the latter as of November 2010.
In the summer of 2011, the contract with Gale/CENGAGE Learning was renewed for three years. As part of that, U.S. History in Context and GREENR were added to the statewide database contract at no additional cost.
State Library Staff
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Please contact Arlene Weible
(503-378-5020) with any questions or concerns. Gale Technical Support
If you want to contact Gale about a problem, please do not
use their generic technical support email address. Instead, try one of these three options:
- First, see if your question can be answered through the Oregon Statewide Databases Library Support Portal. From here you can download MARC records for ebooks, register library IP addresses, and more. Or, use the Contact Us form to make your request.
- If you want to email Gale directly, use email@example.com and start your subject line with "Oregon." The Consortium Installs group has been briefed about the specifics of the Oregon contract.
- If you prefer to call Gale, be sure to mention that you are part of the Oregon statewide contract. 1-800-877-4253 (press 4)
For tips on how to best search within the Gale databases, contact Electronic Search Assistance.
Phone: 1-800-877-4253 (press 4)
K12 school libraries connect to the databases via OSLIS
. LearningExpress Technical Support
If you have technical problems or questions about LearningExpress Library, please contact their customer service department. Representatives are available from 9am to 5pm EST, Monday - Friday.
Phone: (800) 295-9556