VALE FY10 Database Renewal Pricing

Dear VALE Members,

I know everyone is eagerly awaiting the VALE FY10 database renewal packets but there have been unusual delays this year, in large part due to continuing negotiations to obtain flat renewal pricing or to minimize  increases.

State funding of Academic Search Premier remains unknown at this time but it is our understanding that support for it remains a high priority of the State Library.  We do not expect to have more information until July after the State Legislature has passed the budget.

We hope to send them by Wednesday 4/29 or Thursday 4/30 at the latest.  Please note, they will be sent as pdf attachements to the the Directors’ listserv and an announcement will be posted to the VALE list when they have been sent.

Thank you, Judy

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OLE Project Seeks VALE Input

The OLE Project is preparing its Open Library Environment Requirements document and will soon make this available for comments from VALE. It is an important opportunity for the VALE community to see the accumulated document that reflects workflow and process modeling exercises conducted around the country. VALE members should reflect on this information and ask themselves (and one another) “does this capture the essence and the extent of the work we do?” OLE will look with interest at VALE’s commentary. Are all possible library activities represented? Is anything missing?

We need to understand that our current library system and our habits, customs and policies have strongly shaped the way we conduct the library operations of lending, reserves, acquisitions, cataloging, and periodicals management. It is important, as we review the forthcoming OLE documents, to try to separate ourselves from the constraints of our current ILS and, even more difficult, our habitual practices. Are the generic workflows, activities and processes all there?

More coming soon.

Kurt W. Wagner

William Paterson University


Sharon Yang

Rider University


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