The Nassau BOCES School Library System (NBSLS) provides a variety of subscription-based online resources to component school districts. NBSLS will incorporate this service as a component of its Library Automation and Resource Sharing Service. As the aggregating agent, NBSLS can provide the greatest cost savings to libraries, complete with current information from vendors, and standardized training in the effective use of the databases.The 2020-2021 catalog is now accessible and will be online for this year. Some vendors have not provided BOCES specific trials due to the resources they are providing due to COVID-19. Individual trials can be reuqest directly from the vendors.2020-2021 Price Sheet - Please RIGHT CLICK the link below to download the document if you prefer to work within an excel document. If you do not right click, it may open as an online document (ex. Google Sheets). If you are a Google district, the document may open automatically in Google Sheets. (Updated 6/8/2020 to add BrainPop)Please remember to change DISTRICT - NBSLS_PRICE_SHEET_2019-2020 to your own district's name. Ex. NASSAU BOCES SLS - NBSLS_PRICE_SHEET_2020-2021.5/11/2020 - AT THIS POINT IN TIME ALL ORDERS NEED TO BE EMAILED TO LIBRARY@NASBOCES.ORG
UPDATES AND REMINDERSThere have been a few changes made to the 2020-2021 price sheet.1) Buncee, Flocabulary and BrainPop have moved to the Erie 1 Contract. You will need ot contact Elaine Zseller EZseller@nasboces.org to purchase these resources. Checkology will be available to schools for free in the fall. You can request access throguh the website https://get.checkology.org/ . The free site will be available as of August 10, 2020.2) There are a total of 8 color-coded tabs on the spreadsheet. Red for the Notes page, Greens for the 3 Signature pages, Blues for the Database Pages, Light Orange for GVRL and Dark Orange for eBooks.You can scroll through the tabs by clicking on the arrows in the lower left-hand corner of the spreadsheet.2) The spreadsheet has been set up to filter by Supplying Vendor. Clicking on the drop-down icon will allow you to limit the number of vendors that you are looking at.3) At the bottom of the Online Database Options page (light blue tab) you will find subtotals for all of the tabs.4) Non-database vendors have been moved to the Library Resources tab. This includes: Library Trac, MediaFlex, NoodleTools, OverDrive, Springshare (LibGuides) and TurnItIn.5) Selection Boxes - Selection boxes are editable. Simply delete the resources you don't want.Selection Box -Selection Box after unwanted items were deleted -
Why are Databases better than Search Engines?
Historical InformationBeginning in 1990 NBSLS provided Internet access to school districts as part of a partnership with Hofstra University. NBSLS trained library media specialists and district administrators to use the Internet as an instructional tool. NBSLS frequently offered training to districts. A significant part of the library automation service included training in the use of library automation software.
Districts turned to NBSLS for leadership regarding electronic resources. Initially, NBSLS members accessed full-text data through CD-ROM purchases. As the use of the Internet expanded, districts explored the use of online databases. NBSLS held more than four dozen meetings to discuss the implementation of online databases within the school library. During the period of 1996 – 99 NBSLS members met to evaluate online databases. During this time, using Electronic Doorway Library monies and other grant funds, NBSLS provided free access to two electronic databases for 56 school districts. Members ranked the use of these databases as a prime NBSLS service. District members requested that NBSLS become an aggregating agent so that districts could take advantage of scale pricing, NBSLS expertise, and the NBSLS training facilities.
NBSLS support shall include:
- Evaluation of databases based on selection criteria
- recommendation of databases for vendor negotiation
- negotiation of price and licensing agreements with vendors
- authorization and authentication strategies
- notification to districts of proposed service
- a checklist of projected in-district technical requirements
- centralized subscription billing and payment
- training in the use of the online database
- workshops on the use of online databases to support the curriculum needs of students
- Evaluation of the success of the service
Management and Control of the ServiceNBSLS will negotiate pricing, establish district accounts, supervise the timely access of the databases, address technical issues as possible, and provide access to training.
Cost Basis for ServicePrices for databases will vary. Costs for each database will be determined after negotiation by NBSLS personnel with individual vendors. All elements of the service including vendor negotiation, billing and workshops will be covered by an NBSLS coordination fee.
Judy Ashby, Program Supervisor
Bridget Sitler, Program Specialist