Massachusetts libraries and residents have access to electronic resources for many years, with statewide access beginning in 1998 through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Since that time, libraries and residents of the Commonwealth have seen access to electronic content grow as the Massachusetts Library System negotiated further statewide content and the Library of Last Recourse (Boston
Public Library) offered statewide access to a myriad of resources through their eCard program. Additionally, the automated resource sharing networks, some of whom licensed electronic database content before 1998, continue to supplement the statewide offerings.

The current statewide electronic resources contracts expire after June 2012. Please take the time to answer a survey that will help the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, as well as the Massachusetts Library System, the Library of Last Recourse and the Massachusetts automated resource sharing networks plan for the next round of statewide licensed electronic resources that will be available for July 2012 and beyond.

The survey will be available from April 27, 2011 through May 17, 2011.
Please click on this link to take the survey now:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/statewidedatabases

Marlene Sue Heroux
Reference Information Systems Specialist
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
98 North Washington St., 4^th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Office: 617-725-1860 ext. 250; toll-free (Massachusetts only)
800-952-7403 ext. 250
Email: marlene.heroux@state.ma.us