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Online Resource Grants

The purpose of the online  resource grants is to enable the purchasing of larger one-time online resources no one department can easily afford with its library allocation. In academic year 2019-2020, $180,000 is budgeted for such online collections.

One-time purchases typically include but are not limited to primary source databases, journal backfile collections, e-book collections, audio or streaming media collections. Some possibilities are listed on our one-time resource page. Please contact Ginger Williams ( to get pricing for any products outside this list. Acquisitions will verify eligibility and pricing, and can set up trials as needed.



  • The resource should be online, accessible by the entire campus, and come with persistent access rights. The review committee can make an exception for an extraordinary print/microform collection not available online.
  • The resource must  be a one-time purchase. Grant funds cannot be used to support ongoing subscriptions or temporary access to a subscription resource.
  • The resource should enhance the library collection and strengthen research initiatives.
  • All things being equal, priority is given to higher ticket items over inexpensive ones. The library may be able to purchase less expensive items with end-of-year funds.


Review Criteria

  • Value/Anticipated Use of the Resource: Priority is given to resources that benefit many departments or programs or greatly benefit one area. More than one source of personal/departmental support may be important. The resource does not necessarily need to be multi-disciplinary. The intent is that all subject areas be represented over the years.
  • Uniqueness: Priority is given to resources that enhance the library's collection rather than duplicate or overlap with existing collections.

Proposal Questions: (Link to Submit Proposal will be active in late December)

1. Name, Email, Department, Co-Nominators (if any)

2. Resource Name (include specific collections or add-on modules if applicable)

3. Resource Price (contact Ginger Williams,, for help verifying price

4. How would this resource significantly strengthen university research initiatives? Assess benefit to one or more departments or programs. Indicate range of classes and potential users (faculty, staff, graduates, advanced undergraduates, students in lower division classes.)

5. How unique is the resource? If we did not acquire it, what alternatives exist to the same or similar content?

6. Other information?

7. OPTIONAL: Upload a document supporting your proposal (letter of support, etc.). Consolidate multiple documents into one PDF.


Submission deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020, 5 p.m.


Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The review committee consists of two members of the Library Committee, a previous recipient, and two librarians.



Dec - Feb 14: Applications are accepted
Feb 16 - March 10: Application review
End of March: Grants are announced
April - May: Resources are ordered