Boston and Oxford, (October 25, 2011) – LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network (LOUIS) and the State Library of Louisiana have signed a new statewide agreement to partner with Credo Reference (www.credoreference.com) in their efforts to promote information literacy and research effectiveness. Both organizations are pleased to announce this joint effort to support library users across the state.
"The agreement with Credo allows us to offer a solution that fulfills the broad diversity of needs across our member libraries," commented Sara Zimmerman, Executive Director, LOUIS. "We are confident that our students and faculty will be well-served by this new collaboration."
Under the agreement, students, faculty, researchers and patrons at all Louisiana academic, public and K-12 libraries will have access to the hundreds of highly-regarded reference titles that comprise Credo General Reference Premium. The agreement also includes over 10,000 Credo Topic Pages, which will be customized to encourage discovery and exploration by students and faculty.
"In a tough economy, this agreement with Credo Reference will help us provide a more consistent set of technologies and rich content to every resident across the State of Louisiana. Through our trial and review process it became clear to us that Credo Reference is much more than a content provider," commented Rebecca Hamilton, State Librarian, "they are positioned to be a true partner for Louisiana libraries. "
"We look forward to working closely with Louisiana libraries in our mission to support Information Literacy and promote lifelong learning." Said Mike Sweet, Credo's CEO. "It just makes sense for states to aggregate purchasing. Those states that are looking to save money and increase user accessibility should look to LOUIS and The State Library of Louisiana as the gold standard in statewide cooperation."
Credo Reference has been offering completely customizable, "best-in-class" reference collections for libraries since 2002. With its unique cross-referencing technology, Credo's General Reference service empowers librarians and effortlessly delivers authoritative answers to millions of researchers worldwide. Publisher and Subject Collections offer libraries deep reference content from highly-regarded publishers. literati by Credo, launching in 2012, will offer tools and services to improve Information Literacy. http://www.credoreference.com and http://corp.credoreference.com Follow the company on Twitter at @credoreference and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/credoreference.
LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network is a partnership with Academic Libraries, State and Private Libraries, Museums and Archives. With a centralized support staff of eight, commonly referred to as "LOUIS" and located on the LSU campus, LOUIS combines the collective resources to produce a dynamic library consortium. It provides information technology solutions to consortium members in a cloud computing environment: an integrated library system (ILS), a digital library, interlibrary loan, electronic scholarly resources, consulting, authentication, training, communication, and operational support. Established in 1992 by academic library deans and directors with support from the Board of Regents, LOUIS has 47 members and receives approximately $3 million annually in grants and membership fees to support consortium activity. www.louislibraries.org
Through its relationship with the states 337 public libraries, the State Library of Louisiana provides Louisianans access to more than eleven million items through its own excellent collection and electronic resources combined with a statewide online lending network of public libraries. The State Library also provides many other resources and services to all of the public libraries in Louisiana, to elected officials and to state government employees and remains committed to creating ever-increasing opportunities for citizens to experience the value of libraries and reading.