Alabama Libraries Subscribe to ProQuest Periodical Collections

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Bell & Howell Information and Learning has announced that the Alabama State Library has made several ProQuest periodical reference collections available to hundreds of K-- 12 school, public, and academic libraries across the state through the Alabama Virtual Library (AVL). Users can search the database collections and retrieve the relevant information they need from more than 2,000 journals.

Funded with an appropriation of $3 million from the Alabama legislature, the Alabama Virtual Library is a joint effort by five state agencies. According to the announcement, it is designed to allow every public school child, every student in a 2-- year or 4-year college, and every public library patron in the state access to thousands of reliable resources online.

"When we were choosing databases for the AVL, we looked for those that served as wide an audience as possible," said Lamar Veatch, director of the Alabama Public Library Service. "When we studied current database usage, we found that ProQuest already had a considerable user base in both the academic community and the general public.

"The public schools showed a strong interest in ProQuest, especially the K-12 community, and urged us to choose ProQuest because many teachers and students are already familiar with the database," said Veatch. "It's easy for them to find the information they need, especially since ProQuest is broken out into age-appropriate sections such as ProQuest KidQuest and ProQuest JuniorQuest. …