From the eResources Portal (October 17, 2012):
We were notified yesterday by Knowledge Ontario that the KO eResources package will expire on December 31, 2012 and will not be renewed. Although there was support from the Ontario colleges to continue with this collective purchase, KO was unable to gather enough support from some of the other sectors involved to maintain the package beyond the current subscription term.
While this news is disappointing, we have already started to work towards facilitating collective purchasing opportunities for some of the key college products within the KO package. OCLS has already had one meeting with the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) to see what synergies might be possible in terms of the KO databases. Together with OCUL, we will be approaching Gale and Career Cruising to see if there are opportunities for a cross-consortium purchase.
Based on the survey Knowledge Ontario sent to the college libraries this summer you identified CPI.Q, several other Gale databases, and Career Cruising as "must haves" or highly valuable to the colleges. If you have further feedback or comments on which databases are most important to your college that differ from the information you provided on the survey, please let us know. We welcome any suggestions or recommendations you might have as we do our best to minimize the impact of this situation on college library resource access and budgets.
We wanted to make you aware of this announcement as soon as possible so that you can plan your budgets and access accordingly. As always, we can help you acquire any of the databases that you are currently receiving through the KO eResources package; however it should be noted that the pricing will be substantially different from the cost of the KO package. We will send out more information regarding offers for Gale products or Career Cruising once we have more details.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Your eResources team,
Virginia & Coralee
The colleges currently own a limited selection of titles from GVRL that were purchased under the Knowledge Ontario (KO) eResources deal. For a list of titles, please see the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) Free Titles resource page in ERMA.