Massachusetts Newspapers Online – July 5, 2012 Update

MLS has requested pricing from NewsBank and ProQuest for statewide access to Massachusetts newspaper content.

We have yet to receive pricing from NewsBank but have been told to expect it by next week.

ProQuest sent pricing that was valid for only nine days ending June 30th.  This did not give MLS sufficient time to plan a collaborative purchase program.  We asked ProQuest to extend the offer and they declined.  We now await a new price quote.  Our representative hopes to have prices to us by next week.

It is clear that these vendors are aggressively selling their products to individual libraries as MLS awaits the information we need to plan a collaborative purchase.

We will inform you as soon as we have pricing and we will provide an online form for libraries to pledge a reasonable amount to participate.  The pledge request will be based on user base size for a library and whether or not a title in these vendors’ collections covers your library’s community.

We apologize for the delay and appreciate your patience.  We hope we can finalize this program as soon as possible.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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