Every three years, the Traveler Digital Resource Program goes through a formal bid and evaluation process. The State Library Board approved the Traveler Advisory Committee’s recommendations at its February meeting.
Traveler resources will remain largely the same, with the addition of InfoBase’s Science Bundle, according to Katie Walton, manager of acquisitions.
The following resources will run from Aug 1, 2021 to July 31, 2024.
- ProQuest – a single source for scholarly journals, newspapers, reports, working papers, and datasets, along with millions of pages of digitized historical primary sources and more than 450,000 eBooks.
- World Book Online – a collection of resources for students of all ages.
- Mango Languages – provides language learning experiences with step-by-step lesson plans for 71 different languages. This database features ESL lessons for over 16 languages along with a text translator.
- InfoBase’s Science Bundle – a supplementary science resource for middle- to high-school grades that includes Science Online and Today’s Science.
The Arkansas Department of Education will continue funding LearningExpress Library through May 2024, and ABC Clio’s School Library Connection and 12 social studies databases through Nov. 2025.
This year the Traveler Advisory Committee, an 11-member group representing all types of public, school, academic, and special libraries, reviewed bids from 23 vendors. Many of these bids included high quality resources, which made it challenging to keep within the $800,000 annual budget. Committee members inform their decisions by gathering input from colleagues, assessing current offerings, evaluating usage statistics, reviewing vendor proposals, and considering the availability of funding.
Traveler training opportunities will be available later this year, Walton said.
The Traveler Statewide Digital Resource project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.