September 11, 2006
Director, Communications & Public Information
RFR for Statewide Electronic Resources Released
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners announces that its' Request for Responses (RFR) 07-100, for Statewide Electronic Resources was posted today on the Commonwealth's procurement Web site (www.comm-pass.com) by the Operational Services Division of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
This RFR is intended to elicit proposals from database providers for licensing Internet web-based access to one or more commercial electronic databases hosted by the bidder for all members of the six multitype Massachusetts Regional Library Systems for a period of up to five years, beginning on July 1, 2007. Publishers of databases, value-added resellers or third party vendors representing periodical, encyclopedia, directory, reference, book, newspaper, newsletter and multimedia databases are all welcome to submit proposals based on the scope as described in the RFR.
Proposals are due no later than 3 PM, October 20, 2006.
For further information, contact Deborah Shalit, Contracts Specialist, at 617-725-1860, x241.
The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.