Spring 2014 Trials of Potential Vendors / Resources

Minitex Cooperative Purchasing needs your feedback!

Following is a list of vendors/products that Minitex is considering offering. Please try out one or more of the following resources and send your thoughts, comments, and questions to cpers@minitex.umn.edu.


Docuseek2 is a new streaming platform for independent documentary and social issue film, serving schools, colleges and universities. Launched in October 2012, Docuseek2 features premium exclusive content from leading educational distributors, with flexible licensing options and a rich set of search tools. Docuseek2 currently streams over 400 titles addressing a wide range of subjects, with notable depth in anthropology, the environment, urban studies, the global economy and American Studies.


Two- and Four-year Academic Libraries.

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FactCite: Lincoln Library Online

FactCite includes eight research databases. It was named "Best Overall Reference K-12" in the LMC/ARBA Best in Reference awards. FactCite subscriptions are affordable at $594 per building. Subscriptions to individual databases and for multiple sites are available. Contact Lincoln Library Press for a quotation at 800-516-2656 or factcite@thelincolnlibrary.com.

Database Description Audience
FactCite – American History Includes more than 6,000 illustrated articles on people, places, and events in American history. Factcite – American History includes eras in American history, American Indians, U.S. states, and much more. Grades 4-10
FactCite – Biography for Beginners Based on the acclaimed print series, the online edition includes more than 600 illustrated biographies of notable figures, including presidents and first ladies of the United States, explorers, inventors, authors, African-American leaders, notable women, and important people from the Colonial and Revolutionary War eras. Grades 3-10
FactCite – Countries and Cultures Covers the countries of the world. The entries include standards statistics, rankings, and curated web links. Topics covered include "life in...;" land and environment; language and religion; population; history; government; strategic interests and alliances (supports Model UN competitions); economy; and infrastructure (including Facebook users and number of cellphones). Grades 4-11
FactCite – Essential Information Covers most areas of the curriculum. Sections include Education, Language, and Logic; Philosophy and Religion (covers the world's major religions); Literature (includes literatures of 35 countries); Arts Grades 7-12
FactCite – Mythology Presents tales of more than 700 gods, goddesses, heroes, places, and events, using a unique multidisciplinary approach that connects mythology to art, music, science, and literature. The database includes Greek and Roman mythology (with Easy Reader versions of key Greek and Roman entries for elementary researchers), and Norse, Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and other world mythologies. Grades 2 - 12
FactCite – Science FactCite – Science includes the elements, the planets, ecosystems, animals, and plants. Grades 4-11
FactCite – Shapers of Society Profiles 100 historic figures who influenced world history, using narrative biography, timelines, primary source documents, historic photographs, and graphic-novel style illustrations. Indices by Lexile measure, historic era, and field of endeavor. Grades 6-11
FactCite – Sports Champions Includes narrative biographies of more than 700 current and historic champions, with test-yourself quizzes, indices by Lexile measure, place of birth, historic era, and sport. A mathematics component, scheduled for release in fall 2014, will invite students to compare athletes using mathematical calculations and sports statistics. Grades 5-10
FactCite – World Biography Features more than 10,000 biographies of notable people (mostly historic) from around the world. Thousands of entries are illustrated. Grades 4-11


K-12 Libraries.

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RDA Toolkit

RDA: Resource Description and Access is the new standard for resource description and access designed for the digital world. Built on the foundations established by AACR2, RDA provides a comprehensive set of guidelines and instructions on resource description and access covering all types of content and media. The content of RDA has been developed in a collaborative process led by the Joint Steering Committee for the Development of RDA.

RDA Toolkit is an integrated, browser-based, online product that allows users to interact with a collection of cataloging-related documents and resources including RDA: Resource Description and Access. RDA Toolkit is published by RDA Co-Publishers: American Library Association, Canadian Library Association, and Facet Publishing, the publishing arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.


K-12, Two- and Four-year Academic, Public, Special, Libraries

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Swank Digital Campus Film Streaming Program

Digital Campus provides the education sector with access to course-related films providing students the opportunity to view relevant and engaging films online via course management system. Students can conveniently view assigned films – freeing up valuable class time and eliminating the time constraints of sharing copies. Swank offers a growing library of over 20,000 major entertainment titles and documentaries from the vast majority of Hollywood and Independent Studios such as Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Sony, NBC Universal, Lionsgate, Miramax, Touchstone, MGM, New Line Cinema, Fine Line Features, and National Geographic.

Licensed films are available 24/7 to students for the duration of the license. There is no restriction on usage. Students can view as many times as they would like, and professors can project in class as well. A title list can be found at the Swank Digital Campus website.

Once films are added to an institution's account, they can be accessed either through a URL or through a link that is embedded in a webpage or CMS. Digital Campus works with virtually any learning management system that offers a password-protected environment, such as Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, etc. Movies are delivered through Swank's server using Silverlight software, which is available through a free download and is compatible with both Macs and PCs.

Pricing is flexible and based on duration of streaming. Minitex members receive excellent pricing, over 10% off normal rates: semester-long stream for $125/title and year-long stream for $186/title. You can license just one title or hundreds depending on your need. There is no start-up fee and you can purchase access at any time throughout the year.


K-12, Two- and Four-year Academic Libraries.

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