South Carolina Virtual Library Announces a new Partnership with Britannica

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South Carolina institutions and agencies are experiencing budget reductions in these tough economic times and Discus, SC's Virtual Library, is no exception.

South Carolina institutions and agencies are experiencing budget reductions in these tough economic times and Discus, SC's Virtual Library, is no exception.  In light of a $346,000 reduction in funding, the Discus Database Assessment Committee and Discus staff met in late October to review license renewal options.    

Discus is now partnering with Britannica Digital Learning to offer a new suite of encyclopedia products for 2009.  (Grolier Online subscriptions will soon be discontinued.)  

New products include:

Britannica Online Elementary - PreK – Grade 5
Compton’s Encyclopedia – Grades 6 - 8
Encyclopedia Britannica – Grades 9 - 12
Britannica Learning Zone – PreK – Grade 2
Enciclopedia Juvenil  - Spanish-language resources

Unfortunately, as part of this budget process, Discus will be losing access to two South Carolina newspapers: The State and The Greenvillle News.  However, all Gale resources and SIRS products will remain unchanged.  
 
During the month of December Discus staff members will be updating brochures, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, as well as the Discus Web site, to reflect these changes.  The updated material and information will available in the Toolkit on the Discus homepage.

For more information, please contact Amy Duernberger, Discus Program Director at 803-737-7736 or aduernberger@statelibrary.sc.gov.

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