Statewide Database Licensing (SDL) Needs Your Help!

As many of you know, our contract with ProQuest will expire on June 30, 2011. Assuming we continue in the same direction we have been going, we will need to have a new contract in place before that date.

The first and most important step in this process is finding out what you, the libraries throughout Washington that benefit from this package, want and need in terms of a statewide database package. Equally as important, we’d like to hear if you think the project SHOULD continue, and if so, how: should we keep going as we have, or try a different approach?

To this end, we have developed two “needs assessment” surveys to help us determine which way the wind is blowing when it comes to database purchasing in Washington State.

Survey for ALL Library Staff

The first survey, linked below, is for library staff at all levels and from all types of libraries. If you work, even tangentially, with database products at your library, then we would appreciate your feedback. This survey will take 20-30 minutes to complete, and you may remain anonymous or provide your contact information at the end of the survey. We appreciate your time in filling out the survey and assure you that your feedback and comments will have a significant impact on our decisions moving forward. We would very much like YOU to determine how the SDL project moves forward.

The survey for ALL library staff is located here:

Survey for Public Library Patrons

The second survey is geared towards public library patrons (users, customers, members, etc), e.g. the public whom you serve.   A link will be posted on the SIL Databases & Research page:


Thank you for taking the time to complete and share these surveys. Please spread the word among staff at your libraries, so that we may have the broadest range of feedback possible to ensure a successful procurement process.

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