Monday, June 04, 2007

Godfrey Library’s online access update

Info for new and continuing card holders explained

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from Godfrey’s news service. All inquiries should be addressed to Richard Black, Director richard@godfrey.org

Godfrey Library Update
4 June 2007

Godfrey will now offer a variety of subscription packages. The recent changes to the website reflect what is available. Those who have a current membership should use the Blue portal or window to enter. Those who are renewing or subscribing may choose to use either the Blue or Red portal or window depending on whether or not they are [also] subscribing to NewspaperArchive.com.

For the last couple of years, we have been able to offer the NewspaperArchive.com content as part of the $35.00 membership fee. When it came time to renew our contract, we discovered that the renewal fee would be prohibitive and would not allow us to continue to offer the product at the current $35.00. What we were able to do was negotiate a price that would allow us to offer the content at an increased price on a “per user” basis. What we have done is split the subscription fee so that those who want to use NewspaperArchive.com can continue to use it at a price of $65.00 (including all of the current content of the Godfrey Scholar) and those that do not need NewspaperArchive.com can continue to use the Godfrey Scholar material at the standard $35.00 fee.

As part of the negotiation, we were able to pay an additional fee which will allow members whose membership is still current access to NewspaperArchive.com without additional cost until their current subscriptions expire.

Those who renew or subscribe after May 31st will be required to pay the additional $30.00 if they want access to NewspaperArchive.com. If you are familiar with the individual subscription fees for NewspaperArchive.com, I am sure you will agree that the additional cost is very reasonable.

The other two windows or portals (Green and Gold) will accommodate a similar agreement that will be forthcoming that will allow Godfrey Scholar’s access to the World Vital Records material.

Many of you have expressed concern about the possible loss of the Newsbank obituaries. That contract has expired. As you may know, Newsbank has changed their marketing strategy. We do not know if we will be able to continue to offer that material. We will keep you posted in the next few days as that process unfolds.

You will see significant additions to the Godfrey Scholar Program in the weeks ahead. Much of this material will be unique to Godfrey. We will be adding over 30 thousand mortuary records, approximately 90 thousand Jewish cemetery records, bible records, digitized books and other material.

We appreciate you continued support.

Richard E. Black, Director
Godfrey Memorial Library
134 Newfield Street
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 346-4375
www.Godfrey.org
richard@godfrey.org

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