Chadwyck-Healey and BCR Offer
Consortial Purchase with Free Trial

By James Speed Hensinger

BCR, in cooperation with Chadwyck-Healey, is creating a consortial purchase of Chadwyck-Healey's 20 web-accessible humanities and social sciences databases.

BCR's special consortial pricing offers huge savings for all types of libraries, but particularly emphasizes discounted pricing for smaller institutions that ordinarily might find these valuable products too expensive. Large libraries can expect to save up to 20 percent on individual databases, while smaller libraries may see up to 90 percent savings.

Eight-week free trials are available from August 1 through October 31, 1998. The trials are IP-number limited and not password controlled. Sign-up for a trial on BCR's web site:.

Libraries familiar with the databases may subscribe immediately; all orders, however, must be placed with BCR no later than October 31. Consortium subscriptions are not available after that date. The initial creation of BCR's consortium requires the participation of at least 20 libraries. The subscription period will be November 1, 1998 through October 31, 1999. A mid-year open enrollment period is planned for April 1999.

Orders should be placed via BCR's electronic form at. More information is available on BCR's web page at and by contacting Jim Hensinger or at BCR. Chadwyck-Healey's pricing is based on two criteria:

Some of the more prominent databases available are: