The Ministry of Education is providing support on behalf of PreK-12 schools for the Multitype Database Licensing Program (MDLP). This program helps libraries across the province to pool funds to jointly purchase licenses to electronic information resources, giving students, teachers and library patrons access to more than 18,000 online journals, newspapers, reference books and more.
“Quality online resources are key to a successful learning experience for students,” Education Minister Don Morgan said. “Through this program, we are ensuring Saskatchewan students, regardless of their location, have access to a large variety of materials that individual organizations may not be able to fund on their own.”
A wide range of provincial partners, including provincial and First Nations school libraries, post-secondary libraries, public libraries, and special libraries, such as the legislative library and libraries in the health regions, have access to research appropriate materials through the MDLP.
Demand for access to digital resources is rising. In 2013-14, preK-12 schools increased their access to the online resources by more than 40 per cent compared to 2012-13.
The Ministry of Education’s contribution on behalf of preK-12 schools for 2014-15 is $186,132, a three per cent increase from 2013-14. The Ministry of Education has contributed to the program since the 2001-02 fiscal year.
For more information, visit the Ministry of Education’s website at www.education.gov.sk.ca/Multitype-Database-Licensing-Program.