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Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle and America's News Magazines
RRLC member libraries and library systems, including all school and public libraries, now have free access to Newsbank Democrat & Chronicle, plus America’s News Magazines, a database of 26 of the top news magazines, including: Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Reports, People Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated. In addition,

    Access for libraries is via IP authentication or password. Libraries should send IP ranges for authentication to RRLC (rrlc@rrlc.org). Libraries that need password access should contact the RRLC office (585-223-7570).
    The Democrat and Chronicle online includes backfiles from 1999- date. It is complete full-text content of local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community. Paid advertisements are excluded.

Encyclopedia Britannica
Britannica Online is available to all public, school, academic, and non-profit libraries for a per FTE cost. A weighted FTE-based formula exists for each library type. Other products available from Britannica include Britannica Online School Edition (BOLSE), Annals of American History, World Data Analyst Online, Webster's Third New Intl. Dict. Unabridged Online, and Enciclopedia Universal en Español.  To sign up for any of these products or to renew your subscription, please fill out the Subscription form and return it to the RRLC office.

NOVELNY Databases (formerly EmpireLink)
Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY connects New Yorkers to 21st century information.  NOVELNY is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  The New York Library Initiative is a proposal for permanent state funding for NOVELNY, a pilot project for the Statewide Internet Library.

Databases currently available to NOVELNY databases participants are:

New York State libraries that are members of a New York State library system may participate directly in the NOVELNY databases program. The NOVELNY Databases Help Desk toll-free phone number is (877) 277-0250. The Help Desk phone is staffed by New York State Library database specialists, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information and to register for the databases, see the NOVELNY Databases page at the New York State Library web site at http://novelnewyork.org

Nylink Databases
Full Nylink members are eligible to purchase databases. If your library is not a full member of Nylink you may join the Cooperative Purchasing Program which costs $250.00 annually (in addition to fees for electronic resources) in order to purchase databases through Nylink. Libraries may also subscribe to a single database offered through Coop through RRLC. Nylink would bill RRLC directly and then we will bill the library.

3Rs WALDO Partnership  

  • RRLC is a part of the NY3Rs/WALDO partnership. Through this partnership RRLC member academic libraries are eligible to take advantage of WALDO's consortial database purchasing arrangements.
  • WALDO (Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization) is a consortium representing academic libraries in New York State and beyond.
  • WALDO offers: Favorable contract terms and conditions; favorable prices based on state wide volume aggregation; consolidated billing & single renewal cycle; prorated fees; rapid product availability; and new and competitive consortial procurement alternatives.
  • WALDO Support Services include: IP address management; database trials; database training; on-site consultation; and subscription facilitation.

WorldCat contains all bibliographic records (with holdings information) cataloged by OCLC member libraries including: books, manuscripts, computer data files, maps, computer programs, musical scores, films and slides, newspapers, videotapes, sound recordings, journals and magazines (though it does not include book chapters or individual articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers). The database currently comprises over one billion records and is updated daily. Access to WorldCat is available to middle and high school libraries, public libraries, and health care and special libraries that do not otherwise have access to WorldCat.

  • Setting up access to WorldCat
    Once you have your authorization and password, you can learn how to set up access for your library by downloading the instructions [pdf format]. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Miller or Georgia Learn at the RRLC office.

  • WorldCat Tutorial

    • What is World Cat?  Navigation Tips    Slide 2-9
      An introduction to the screen interface   

    • Basic Search     Slide 10-12
      Easiest way to search WorldCat   

    • Advanced Search   Slide 13-43
      Best way to make use of WorldCat’s   extensive searching capabilities

    • Working with Search Results   Slide 35-43
      Sorting, Limiting, Ranking, Library Ownership

    • Detailed Records    Slide 47-54
      Provides detailed information contained in a record

    • Expert Searching    Slide 55-59
      Allows for complex searching using Boolean and proximity operators

RRLC member libraries who would like more information about any of the shared database projects should call (585-223-7570) or email rrlc@rrlc.org the Council Office.

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