Volume 2 Number 1
In Her Own Words
For sometime now various
database products and services have been offered to all SUNY libraries. Starting in the
late 1990s, the offerings have been made under the rubric SUNYConnect. SUNYConnect
means working together, sharing a library management system. In addition, SUNYConnect
SUNYConnect databases have also included an online encyclopedia
(Encyclopedia Britannica Online). However, as many of you know, last year Britannica made
the decision to start offering EBO access for free.
After reviewing the new site, SLiCAT advised SUNY OLIS to discontinue the paid service and
request a refund from Britannica. The paid site will continue to be available (through
April , 2000) via http://www.eb.com:180/. After that
date, Britannica Online will not technically be considered part of the SUNYConnect
suite of databases.
Alfred also provides credit to the New York State Library for providing access to the "Health Reference Center." The NYS Library is providing all New York libraries access to this medical/consumer health database through its EmpireLink program. Recently, EmpireLink provided access to an extensive array of databases via the Dialog@Carl Basic Collection.
Slowly (maybe too slowly for some of us) SUNY and New York State are offering an assortment of online databases to their communities.