Thank you for looking into this Tana. I was already considering dropping
Ebook Central - I got sucked in on a 3-year deal after which it got really
expensive - but with Proquest treating independent schools this way I have
even less interest in spending my money there. There is no reason for them
to deny direct access to independent schools if they are letting public
schools provide direct access.
What I'm reading now:
Reading a new book every day!
Cathy Rettberg, Head Librarian
On Mon, May 21, 2018 at 12:47 PM, Perotin, Tana <tperotin@xxxxxxx> wrote:
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
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
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
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 is below.
*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