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Libraries Save with BCR

Libraries are seeing significant savings by purchasing their Britannica Online annual subscriptions through BCR. Currently, 184 libraries have subscribed through BCR's Britannica Online Group Subscription. If these libraries had purchased Britannica Online through individual subscriptions, they would have paid more than an additional $120,000. The BCR group subscription provides Britannica Online to a total of 607,476 users.

Britannica Online provides thousands of hypertext links, hundreds of articles not included in the print version, the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, Nations of the World and Britannica Classics. These are all available at a cost of 49-cents per FTE based on the following formulas according to library type:

    Academic 100 percent of fall enrollment FTEs
    Community College 75 percent of fall enrollment FTEs
    Secondary School 100 percent of fall enrollment FTEs
    Elementary School 50 percent of fall enrollment FTEs
    Public 5 percent of the population served
    Business/Government  100 percent of employees with web access

New at SilverPlatter

SilverPlatter Information has released a new database and a new service that may be of interest to BCR member libraries.
  • Aerospace Database is a new product now offered to libraries at a 20 percent pre-publication discount. The discount is valid on all orders received before August 31.

  • SilverPlatter has created a new Health & Safety web site that provides information on its suite of Health & Safety products. Go to

Business & Industry Databases Modified

Due to a configuration change, SilverPlatter's Business & Industry databases will now contain only data from 1998 to the present.

New Wilsonweb Software Released

The H.W. Wilson Company has released a new version of Wilsonweb software: version 3.3. Among the changes in the new version is a new screen layout to make Wilsonweb more user friendly.

For questions or to subscribe to any reference database -- CD-ROM, online or Internet-accessible -- contact BCR's
Jim Hensinger or Karen Graham .