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BadgerLink Procurement Update (7/3/2018)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Between April and June of 2018, the Department of Administration (DOA), on behalf of the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), solicited bids to determine which companies DPI could sign contracts with to provide 13 Collections that may be included in the new BadgerLink.

Last week, DOA announced the final 4 companies selected (see table below). Because the total cost of all selected Collections exceeds the current BadgerLink appropriation, DPI is now determining which Collections it will sign contracts for. The decisions will be based on factors including past and recent usage trends, cost, feedback from the library field about priorities, and the availability of other resources provided by the public, school and academic library community that meet similar needs. DPI will be sharing the final list of Collections that will comprise the new BadgerLink as soon as the contracts are signed.

Regardless of the final contracting decisions, the procurement process was structured to allow publicly funded Municipal agencies; e.g. Public Library Systems, Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs), Public Libraries, the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium, etc., to contract for resources the Department may not be able to fund.

Please direct any questions about the procurement to Martha Berninger at

Collection Vendor & Product
Collection #1: Educational resources for K-12, post-secondary and lifelong learners EBSCO Information Services: multiple databases
Collection #2: Current newspapers published in Wisconsin communities and U.S. cities ProQuest: U.S. Newsstream
Collection #3: Current newspapers published in Wisconsin communities Wisconsin Newspaper Association: Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers
Collection #4: Historic newspapers ProQuest: Library Edition - World Collection
Collection #5: Medicine, health (traditional & alternative), and associated health sciences EBSCO Information Services: multiple databases
Collection #6: Genealogy and local history ProQuest: HeritageQuest Online
Collection #7: Encyclopedias in English and Spanish Encyclopedia Britannica: Britannica School, Britannica Library, Escolar & Moderna, Merriam-Webster Unabridged
Collection #8: Job skills and test preparation EBSCO Information Services: LearningExpress Library
Collection #9: Multimedia collections of children's literature and children's books
Collection #10: Business EBSCO Information Services: Business Source Premier & Regional Business News
Collection #11: Full-text works of literature

Cengage Learning (Gale): LitFinder

update 7/25/2018: collection not contracted - resource no longer available ​​​​​

Collection #12: Language learning

Recorded Books, Inc.: Transparent Languages Online

update 7/25/2018: collection not contracted

Collection #13: Auto repair EBSCO Information Services: AutoMate