Online Resources

  • 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 2021-2022 catalog is now accessible and will be online for this year.  Individual trials can be reuqest directly from the vendors.   

    2021-2022 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. 
    Orders can be emailed to or mailed in.


    There have been a few changes made to the 2021-2022 price sheet.  
    1)  BrainPop has fully transitioned to the Erie 1 Contract.  You will need to contact Elaine Zseller to purchase these resources.  
    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 Yellow 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 Example
    Selection Box after unwanted items were deleted -
    Selection Box with Deletions  

    Why are Databases better than Search Engines?


    Historical Information

    Beginning 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 Service

    NBSLS 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 Service

    Prices 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. 


    CoSer: 533.020

    Judy Ashby, Program Supervisor
    (516) 608-6630

    Bridget Sitler, Program Specialist
    (516) 608-6646