During the LSTA 5-year evaluations Quality Metrics compiled lists of databases made available through the statewide programs. Please find attached/linked a spreadsheet that compiles these resources for ease of comparison, specifically those that are publicly described on state library websites and affiliates, and those that are associated with LSTA funded database programs. We hope that this document is useful to you!

Often statewide database programs are supported in part through LSTA funding, as well as state funding, library cost-shares, grants, and external, but often complementary, consortial programs. Each statewide database program is approached, funded, and made available in slightly different ways. Although the individual states often note when a particular resource or platform has been supported by LSTA funds, they may not note what funding or percentage of support this comprises, or which resources specifically are made available due to LSTA funds.

It may also be difficult to discern which populations have access to a particular resource. For example, some resources may be only available to state library employees, and are not licensed for the entire state, other resources may be available to all. Importantly for comparison purposes, this spreadsheet does not differentiate between those resources, although they are available on the information that was compiled for each of your individual states.

This spreadsheet shows only resources licensed at the time of evaluation by each state program (January 2022) that were likely to have been funded in whole or part by LSTA funds, as well as freely available federal resources often highlighted on states A-Z database lists.  For more information about the compilation of this spreadsheet, please review the fuller methodology/notes tab on the spreadsheet.

After you have had a chance to review, could you please fill out the very brief survey, which asks a few questions about the usefulness of this type of resource in reviewing your own program, and if there is other statewide comparative database information that would be helpful to you in reviewing your database program.