From Stephen Cunetto and the MAGNOLIA Selection Committee:
Over the last couple of years we have heard from many of you that the Grolier online products were not meeting your needs. As a result of your comments/suggestions, we reviewed a couple of other products to see if they would be a better fit. This summer the Selection Committee met with Britannica and World Book to see if their products were a better match for the K-12 participants of MAGNOLIA. After their presentations, the Selection Committee discussed the pros and cons of each product and decided that World Book would be a better fit for our school libraries. We presented our report to the Steering Committee, who voted unanimously to switch from Grolier Online to World Book effective immediately.
We are in the process of updating the MAGNOLIA website, removing Grolier and adding World Book. We hope you will be pleased with the switch in products. This will be for school libraries only.
All other products for all libraries will remain the same for this year. The URLs are being added/updated on the MAGNOLIA K-12 website at http://library.msstate.edu/magnolia.
Note from Deborah: I talked with Stephen this morning; remote access/access from home is not yet set up for World Book. They hope to have this established quickly. There’s also a Customer Training Site, that has downloadable training materials, scavenger hunts (to introduce students to World Book) and other resources librarians and teachers may find useful: http://www.worldbook.com/training/