Tuesday, June 23, 2009

BadgerLink Content Update

The Department of Public Instruction intends to negotiate contracts with EBSCO, Gale’s LitFinder, TeachingBooks, and Heritage Microfilm’s Access NewspaperArchive to provide BadgerLink service.

EBSCO will be providing an expanded package of databases which nearly doubles the content currently available. Libraries in Wisconsin will now have access to thirty-two EBSCOhost databases, including many new ones that were previously unavailable on a statewide basis. EBSCO will also provide an expanded newspaper package. The package includes the following:

Academic Search Premier
Alt HealthWatch
Auto Repair Reference Center
Book Collection: Nonfiction – Elementary School Edition
Book Collection: Nonfiction – Middle School Edition
Book Collection: Nonfiction – High School Edition
Business Source Premier
Consumer Health Complete
Education Research Complete
Educational Administration Abstracts
Encyclopedia of Animals
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Health Source: Consumer Edition
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
History Reference Center
Humanities International Complete
Literary Reference Center
MAS Ultra – School Edition
MasterFILE Premier
Middle Search Plus
Military & Government Collection
Newspaper Source Plus
NoveList K-8
Primary Search
Professional Development Collection
Regional Business News
Science Reference Center

In total, the combined, unduplicated content of this package breaks down as follows:

8,140 full-text magazines & journals (of which, 5,609 are peer-reviewed journals)
1,557 full-text newspapers & newswires (of which, 1,535 are newspapers)
6,755 full-text books & monographs

The above package includes an upgrade to the Premier versions of Academic Search and Business Source; a major newspaper collection (Newspaper Source Plus); the leading reader’s advisory service (NoveList and NoveList K-8); all three versions of Book Collection: Nonfiction; two new health databases (Consumer Health Complete and Alt Health Watch); two new education products (Education Research Complete and Educational Administration Abstracts); high school level science and history resources (Science Reference Center and History Reference Center); an auto repair database (Auto Repair Reference Center), and a pair of literary/humanities collections (Literary Reference Center and Humanities International Complete).

Libraries with individual subscriptions to any of these products should contact EBSCO for a customized offer to migrate to replacement databases.

This is a very exciting time for us as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of BadgerLink.
--modified slightly from the original, published via wispublib, an email list administered by the Department of Public Instruction, by David Sleasman,

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