Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but.........
I just got off the phone with Mary Barber at the State Librarian's office. Her
contact information is below. There has been a miscommunication regarding the
ProQuest portion of the CA state contract. I will try to relate what Mary Beth
told me just now.
* ProQuest (the CA package) is available to all students of California, the
contract mandates access for all students, public or private or home schooled.
* However, the private schools are NOT allowed to provide a direct link to
these ProQuest resources. IP access through a private school will not be
allowed. That was ProQuest's deal with the state.
* An individual student would need to contact ProQuest directly through
ProQuest's website and request access to the California package of resources.
The student must state that they are an individual student and are not
accessing the resources through their school. ProQuest will then issue that
individual student their own user name and password.
* This does not effect Teaching Books.net or Encyclopedia Britannica - both
of those services and resources are available to private schools.
Mary Beth said she clarified this information with the head of sales at
ProQuest within the last two weeks and is sorry that ProQuest has not relayed
this information through their sales reps to us.
I spoke to our rep Laura Fingeret this morning (before Mary Beth) and she was
being totally transparent with me saying that she was 95% sure that the
ProQuest package would not be available to private schools but she was still
awaiting confirmation from her management. She was very apologetic about the
inconvenience and confusion that this has caused among all the BAISL schools.
Bottom line is if you want to provide access to ProQuest products through your
school website or SSL or Canvas or anywhere school related you will need to
continue with or start your own ProQuest subscription for your school.
Unfortunately this means I won't have that extra $5K to spend elsewhere but I'm
sure glad that I found out before dropping our ProQuest subscriptions.
I'm going to forward this email to Mary Beth just to reconfirm that I have
everything correct so hopefully she doesn't have to speak to each individual
school. If you still want to speak with her directly her contact information
Mary Beth Barber
Special Projects and Assistant to the State Librarian
California State Library
P.O. Box 942837
Sacramento, CA 94237
Director of Library and Research Services
Bellarmine College Preparatory
960 W. Hedding St.
San Jose, CA 95126