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Statewide Database Licensing Program

Program Description

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.
To participate, eligible academic (public and private non-profit), public, and tribal libraries must sign a terms of use agreement and endorse and abide by the Oregon Library Association (OLA) ILL Code (PDF). 

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 Statewide Databases

LearningExpress Library
Current contract / Access and Training Information  
Gale/CENGAGE Learning

Current contract

List of Databases

Academic OneFile
Business Collection
Business Insights: Global
Computer Database
Educator's Reference Complete
Gale Virtual Reference Library (title list)
General OneFile
Health & Wellness Resource Center
        with Alternative Health Module
Health Reference Center Academic
InfoTrac Newsstand
InfoTrac Student Edition 
Kids InfoBits
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.


Agriculture Collection
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
Popular Magazines
Psychology Collection
Small Business Collection
Tourism/Hospitality & Leisure Collection
U.S. History Collection
War and Terrorism Collection
World History Collection



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Frequently Asked Questions

Go to the Frequently Asked Questions​ page to get more details about the Statewide Database Licensing Program.
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Statewide Database Training & Promotion

On-Site Training
Several on-site trainings have been offered.  Watch this page and the Oregon library listservs for future opportunities. 
Webinar 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.

Gale Promo 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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Advisory Committee & Meeting Minutes

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. 
TheThe The SDLAC welcomes suggestions for resources to include in the SDLP. Submit your suggestions using this form. See the FAQ​ for more information about the selection process.
Additional information:
Committee Members

Brenda Herren-Kenaga
St. Helens Public Library 
Phone: 503-366-8241
Email: brendah@ci.st-helens.or.us
Position #1: Public Library Serving less than 25,000 [Term ends 6/30/2020]
      Karen Kunz
Oregon Institute of Technology 
Phone: 541-885-1769
Email:  karen.kunz@oit.edu
Position #2 - Academic Library from an Oregon Public Academic Institution [Term ends 6/30/2020]
Len Bryan (Chair)
Hillsboro School District
Phone: 503-844-1544
Email:  bryanl@hsd.k12.or.us
Position #3: School Library drawn from OASL Membership [Term ends 6/30/2020]

Jennifer Croft
Coos County Library Service District
Phone: 541-269-1101 x227
Email:  jcroft@coastlinelibrarynetwork.org
Position #4: Public Library Serving 25,000 to 100,000 [Term ends 6/30/2021]

Linda Crook
Lane Community College
Phone: 541-463-5824
Email: crookl@lanecc.edu
Position #5: Academic Library from an Oregon Community College 
[Term ends 6/30/2021]

Kelly Knudsen
David Douglas School District 
Phone: 503-261-8300 ext. 3799
Email: kelly_knudsen@ddsd40.org
Position #6: School Library drawn from OASL Membership [Term ends 6/30/2021]
Catherine Jasper 
Deschutes Public Library System
Phone: 541-617-7091
Email: catherinej@deschuteslibrary.org
Position #7: Public Library Serving over 100,000 [Term ends 6/30/2019]

Lynda Irons
Pacific University
Phone: 503-352-1409
Email: larremol@pacificu.edu ​
Position #8: Academic Library from a Private Academic Institution [Term ends 6/30/2019]
Lisa Tattersall
Washington County Cooperative Library Services 
Phone: 503-846-3271
Email: lisat@wccls.org​
Position #9: Resource Sharing Network
[Term ends 6/30/2019]
Position #10: Tribal Library Representative 
[Term ends 6/30/2021]

Committee Members - Non-voting 
Richenda Hawkins
Linn-Benton Community College
Phone: 541-917-4641 LSTA Council Representative


Thomas Richards
Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum
Phone (Portland): 503-625-0501
Outside Portland: 800-650-8250
Email: thomas@oetc.org 
OETC Representative

Orbis Cascade Alliance
Orbis Cascade Alliance Representative
Oregon State Library Staff (Non-Voting)

Susan Westin
Program Manager
Library Support and Development Services and Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library 
Phone: 503-378-5435
Email: susan.b.westin@state.or.us

Arlene Weible 
Electronic Services Consultant
Library Support and Development Services
Phone: 503-378-5020
Email: arlene.weible@state.or.us

Meeting Minutes

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History of the Statewide Database Licensing Program in Oregon

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 database.
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.

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Contact Information for Gale and LearningExpress

State Library Staff
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 gale.consortium.installs@cengage.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)
     Email: gale.contentQA@cengage.com 
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
     Email: customerservice@learningexpressllc.com

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