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Considerations for individual libraries purchasing online resources


Chapter 43 allows that a library may provide remote access to electronic resources exclusively to its patrons. This gives libraries flexibility in purchasing online resources, but there are things to consider before making any product decisions.

Patrons around the system will have access to different things.

While this statement may be obvious, there are considerations that may not be so obvious:

If you purchase a new electronic resource, consider notifying other SCLS libraries. SCLS will maintain a list of electronic resources purchased by SCLS libraries, and it will include any electronic resource for which SCLS is providing authentication.  Consequently, it is important for libraries to keep SCLS informed when they add a new database. 

SCLS will provide authentication for electronic resources available to patrons of individual libraries.


For more information about online resource authentication, contact Kerri Hilbelink