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BadgerLink Procurement Update

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Before summer break officially begins for our school and academic staff, see below for the current status of the BadgerLink procurement process. We will continue to provide updates via Bulletin in the summer months. 

Request for Proposal (RFP)

The RFP was released in November, and vendors submitted proposals in January 2024. This spring, the evaluation process has been going forward, which will lead to awards and contracts for anticipated July 1, 2024 start date. In general, the RFP asked for responses to:

  • K-12 Resources - Full-text magazines, journals, and reference materials that meet the research needs and reading levels  for the K-12 community.
  • General Interest Magazines - Full-text magazines and journals that meet the research needs and reading levels for the general adult population.
  • Reader’s Advisory - Reader’s advisory content for children through adult fiction and nonfiction. 

Request for Bid (RFB)

The RFB was released on April 11, 2024 with responses due Thursday, May 30. Upon review of responses, awards and contracts are anticipated for July 1, 2024 start date. In general, the RFB asks for responses to:

  • Magazines, Journals, and Reference Materials for the Post-Secondary and Lifelong Learner Communities
  • Historic Wisconsin Newspapers
  • Genealogy and Local History
  • Encyclopedias in English and Spanish
  • Auto Repair Resources

Additional Collections

Through a sole source (non-competitive) agreement, a contract covering July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2026 has been signed with TeachingBooks for the Multimedia Resources on Children's and Young Adult Fiction & Nonfiction collection.

Through a RFP last year, the remaining two collections for newspapers, Newspapers Published in Large Wisconsin & U.S. Cities and Newspapers Published in Small Wisconsin Communities were awarded to ProQuest (U.S. Newsstream) and Wisconsin Newspaper Association (Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers), respectively. Those contracts are through June 30, 2025. 

The BadgerLink collection for Job Skills and Test Preparation is no longer procured, so access to the eight LearningExpress Library centers available through BadgerLink will end effective July 1, 2024.

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