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Considerations for individual libraries purchasing online resources


With the governor's signature, Act 226 took effect in 2006.  One change the act brought is that libraries may provide remote access to electronic databases only to its residents.  This means that, contrary to the way databases were purchased and provided in the past, SCLS member libraries could begin to purchase online resources specifically for their own patrons, including access outside of the library, only for their own patrons.

This change gives SCLS member libraries flexibility in purchasing online resources, but there are things to consider before making any product decisions.

Patrons around the system will have access to different things.

While this statement may be obvious, there are considerations that may not be so obvious:

If you purchase a new electronic resource, consider notifying other SCLS libraries. SCLS will maintain a list of electronic resources purchased by SCLS libraries, and it will include any electronic resource for which SCLS is providing authentication.  Consequently, it is important for libraries to keep SCLS informed when they add a new database. 

SCLS will provide authentication for electronic resources available to patrons of individual libraries.


For more information about online resource authentication, contact Cindy Weber