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OUR MISSION The mission of LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network is to manage and operate the Louisiana Online University Information System as stipulated by the Louisiana Academic Library Information Network Consortium (LALINC). To achieve this mission, LOUIS provides library automation services, access to and delivery of electronic information, and training opportunities for library staff. LOUIS promotes cooperation and communication among multi-type libraries, researches and implements new information technologies, and maximizes the purchasing power of Louisiana academic libraries.

LOUIS STRIVES TO: Ensure that Louisiana’s academic libraries are the premier source for authoritative information to support the research, teaching, and learning needs of their communities; Foster an environment of communication, cooperation and collaboration within the state; Identify, evaluate, and implement state-of-the-art information technologies; Be a leader in providing library information services and a model of collaboration.

OUR GOVERNANCE LOUIS is a project of the Louisiana Academic Library Information Network (LALINC). LALINC membership elects an executive board that oversees activities, budgets and funding for LOUIS. The LOUIS Executive Director reports to the LALINC Executive Board.


delivering value – equitably Through LOUIS, from Shreveport to Houma, from New Orleans to Lake Charles, from Monroe to Hammond, all students and faculty members at publically funded academic libraries have equal access to critical library resources and technologies. The initiatives that LOUIS provides support all academic programs, such as nursing, engineering, computer science, natural sciences, humanities, and workforce development. These resources and technologies might otherwise be cost prohibitive to public colleges and universities in the state. LOUIS effectively levels the playing field for all students and faculty by making resources and technology available anywhere, anytime.


Centenary College of Louisiana Dillard University Louisiana College Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Our Lady of Holy Cross College Our Lady of the Lake College St. Joseph Abbey Seminary College Tulane University Tulane University Law School Xavier University

LCTC Baton Rouge Community College Bossier Parish Community College Delgado Community College Fletcher Technical Community College Louisiana Delta Community College Northshore Technical Community College Nunez Community College River Parishes Community College South Louisiana Community College SOWELA Technical Community College


Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport Louisiana State University in Shreveport Louisiana State University Law Center Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium Pennington Biomedical Research Center

SU Southern University Southern University Law Center Southern University at New Orleans Southern University at Shreveport

UL Grambling State University Louisiana Tech University McNeese State University Nicholls State University Northwestern State University of Louisiana Southeastern Louisiana University University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Louisiana at Monroe University of New Orleans SPECIAL LIBRARIES AND MUSEUMS

Louisiana State University and A&M College Louisiana State University Ag Center Louisiana State University at Alexandria Louisiana State University Eunice Louisiana State University Center for Energy Studies

The Historic New Orleans Collection Louisiana State Museum Notre Dame Seminary State Library of Louisiana

Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

—Ray French, Charlotte Rayner, Gary Rees, Sally Rumbles, et al., Organizational Behaviour (2008)


delivering value – collaboratively LOUIS is widely recognized as a model for a cost-effective collaboration in higher education. Its centralized organization works in conjunction with its engaged and active membership. Louisiana academic libraries founded the collaboration in 1992:

to address the common needs of all academic libraries; to ensure equal access to resources, services, and technologies; to maximize purchasing power; to share expertise; to support research, teaching, and learning.

LOUIS is an excellent example of what can be accomplished in higher education when all campuses work collaboratively toward a common goal. In this case, the common goal was to enhance access to library and information resources for every student in every college and university in Louisiana, regardless of the size or location of the campus and to do so in the most cost-effective way. Its success is due to the dedicated efforts of dozens of academic librarians for over 20 years, to the knowledge, experience, and hard work of the LOUIS Team, and to the willingness of the leadership of LSU, especially LSU Libraries and the LSU Computing Center, to make their library and computing resources available to accomplish this important goal for Louisiana.


Dr. Carolyn Hargrave Vice President for Academic Affairs & Technology Transfer LSU System

resources and technology Resources

Academic Search™ Complete (EBSCOhost®) African American Newspapers, 1827-1998

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text™ (EBSCOhost®)*

AHFS Consumer Medication Information

Dissertations & Theses A&I (ProQuest)

Alt HealthWatch™ (EBSCOhost®)

Economía y Negocios (EBSCOhost ) ®

Environmental Issues & Policy Index (EBSCOhost®)

AGRICOLA (EBSCOhost®) America’s Historical Newspapers Louisiana State Package

ERIC® (EBSCOhost®)

Annual Reviews

Fuente Académica™ (EBSCOhost®)

Arts & Sciences I Collection (JSTOR®)

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (EBSCOhost®)

Arts & Sciences III Collection (JSTOR ) ®

Arts & Sciences IV Collection (JSTOR )

Gale Virtual Reference Center Library (GVRL Titles)

Arts & Sciences V Collection (JSTOR )

GeoRef (EBSCOhost )

Arts & Sciences VII (JSTOR )

GreenFILE (EBSCOhost )

Art Full Text™ (EBSCOhost®) Art Index Retrospective™: 1929-1984 (EBSCOhost®)

Health Source®: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCOhost®)

Biography Resource Center (Thomson Gale™)

History Reference Center® (EBSCOhost®)

Biological Abstracts (EBSCOhost®)*

Hospitality & Tourism Index™ (EBSCOhost®)

Biological Abstracts® Archive: 1926-1967 (EBSCOhost®)






Book Collection: Nonfiction (EBSCOhost ) ™


Business Source® Complete (EBSCOhost®) Chronicle of Higher Education* CINAHL Complete (EBSCOhost )* ®


CINAHL Plus with Full Text (EBSCOhost ) ®


Cochrane Library (Wiley)* Communication & Mass Media Complete™ (EBSCOhost®*) Compendex (EI Village 2)* Computer Science Index™ (EBSCOhost®) Computer Source (EBSCOhost ) ®

Information Science & Technology Abstracts™ (EBSCOhost®)

Criminal Justice Abstracts (EBSCOhost )* ®

Science & Technology Collection™ (EBSCOhost®)

MedicLatina™ (EBSCOhost®)

Scifinder Scholar (Chemical Abstracts Service)*


Scribner Writers Series (Thomson Gale™)

Mental Measurements Yearbook™ (EBSCOhost®)

Social Work Abstracts (EBSCOhost®)*

Military & Government Collection™ (EBSCOhost®)

SocINDEX™ with Full Text (EBSCOhost®)

MLA Directory of Periodicals (EBSCOhost®)

Springer Ebooks (Springer)*

MLA International Bibliography (EBSCOhost®)

Teacher Reference Center™ (EBSCOhost®)

National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts (EBSCOhost®)*

The Serials Directory™ (EBSCOhost®)

NetLibrary 9*

Vente et Gestion (EBSCOhost®)



Web of Knowledge (ISI Web of Science)*

Nursing Education Videos (Alexander Street Press)*

World History Collection™ (EBSCOhost®)


Nursing Reference Center™ (EBSCOhost®)* Oxford English Dictionary (OED Online) (Oxford University Press)

LibGuides (Springshare)* Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts™ with Full Text (EBSCOhost®) Literary Reference Center™ (EBSCOhost®) Literati by Credo MAS Ultra™ – School Edition (EBSCOhost®)

Zoological Record (Thomson Reuters)*

Philosophers Index*


Premier e-Journals (Sage)* Primary Search® (EBSCOhost®)

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source™ (ProQuest)

LexisNexis Academic

WorldCat (OCLC FirstSearch) *Available as an additional opt-in purchase.

JSTOR Biological Sciences* Legal Collection™ (EBSCOhost®)


Oxford Reference Online*

Professional Development Collection™ (EBSCOhost®)

LearningExpress (LearningExpress, LLC)

Twayne Author Series (Thomson Gale™)

Newspaper Source (EBSCOhost ) ™

Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts™ (EBSCOhost®)

Literature Resource Center (Thomson Gale™)

CQ Researcher ™


MathSciNet (American Mathematical Society)

PsycARTICLES® (EBSCOhost®)* Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection™ (EBSCOhost®)

Integrated Library Services Technologies Integrated Library System (ILS) – SirsiDynix Symphony Interlibrary Loan System (ILL) – OCLC Atlas ILLiad Integrated Digital Library Sysem (DL) – OCLC CONTENTdm Authentication Protection – OCLC EZproxy Discovery Platform – EBSCO Discovery Service™

PsycINFO® (EBSCOhost®)

Resource Linking – EBSCO LinkSource®

RDA Toolkit (ALA)*

Readers List – EBSCO A-to-Z®

Regional Business News™ (EBSCOhost®)

Government Printing Office (GPO) Repositories – Marcive GPO

Religion & Philosophy Collection™ (EBSCOhost®) RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (EBSCOhost®)* Sanborn® Maps of Louisiana (ProQuest)*


delivering value – cost-effectively For more than two decades, cost effectiveness has always been a top priority, and maximizing the purchasing power of the consortium remains a key focus in every initiative undertaken. The ability of LOUIS to negotiate contracts on behalf of all academic libraries in Louisiana gives it enormous leverage, driving down prices and allowing LOUIS to provide the best possible return on the members’ (or State’s) investment. LOUIS has maximized the investment

LOUIS is Cost-Effective Cost avoidance through group purchases:


by providing more than $222 million in cost savings/avoidance, while also providing the highest quality library resources and technologies to students and faculty. Because of the collaborative approach to purchasing library resources, and through sharing technology and expertise, for every $1 spent, LOUIS provides $8 worth of value for Louisiana’s colleges and universities.

LOUIS has maximized its investment by providing more than

$222 million in cost savings


That’s an payoff for Louisiana!


LOUIS makes it possible for our library to provide an outstanding range of electronic resources to our students, faculty, and staff despite limitations on both our time and our budget.

Lauren Wade McAdams Reference Librarian Baton Rouge Community College

louis initiatives LOUIS initiatives are researched, purchased and implemented collaboratively. Members avoid costly duplication in acquisitions through these collaborative efforts. Integrated library system software offers libraries intuitive, robust technologies that support business management and access to the scholarly resources. Resource sharing further enhances a library’s collection by allowing reciprocal lending and borrowing between members. The digital library was established to provide electronic access to unique historical treasures. The electronic databases provided by LOUIS support the core curricula in all two and four-year colleges and universities.

67% of members participate in ILS 100% of members participate in resource sharing 33% of members participate in the digital library 96% of members participate in electronic resources LOUIS provides its members with at least 61%, and as much as 100%, of all electronic resources to support research, teaching and learning

We are proud to be associated with a network that provides high quality service at an economical cost. With technology at the center of education, the collective resources provided through LOUIS are invaluable to our students and beneficial to all of higher education.

Dr. Jim Purcell, Commissioner of Higher Education Louisiana Board of Regents

Reliable, affordable cooperative sharing of software, scholarly online resources, information, and support essential to Louisiana’s public universities and colleges.

Dr. Robert Bremer University Librarian Nicholls State University


member funding vs state funding The LOUIS community has always worked diligently to make the most of its funding. Despite economic challenges in higher education and reduced funding for LOUIS, members have opted to work to keep the collaboration in place.

$4,500,000 $4,000,000 $3,500,000 $3,000,000 $2,500,000 Member $$


Regent $$

$1,500,000 $1,000,000 $500,000 $0 70/30












Members currently provide eighty-eight percent (88%) of the funding for LOUIS; the other twelve percent (12%) is provided by a Board of Regents grant.


doing more with less $30,000,000 $25,000,000 24,361,076

$20,000,000 $15,000,000




19,189,164 Cost Without LOUIS

16,910,860 $10,000,000

Cost With LOUIS

$5,000,000 $500,000 $0













LOUIS saves the State millions of dollars each year through its initiatives and services.


looking towards the future Facing financial adversity, LOUIS responded by developing a business driven philosophy to offer a fair and flexible cost-sharing arrangement among member institutions. A new strategic plan and a sustainable funding model have been implemented. A business model is being developed to ensure that the two decades of collaboration continue in the new education climate. Changes in higher education and in new technologies will spark a new, even more effective era of collaboration among LOUIS members. As the state of Louisiana faces challenges supporting higher education, LOUIS’ strong stewardship provides both a model for success and a mechanism to further increase efficiency and access for students and faculty throughout the state.

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LOUIS has been phenomenal in providing resources and services for students, faculty and the entire Southern University community. We would not be able to purchase these resources without LOUIS.

Emma Bradford Perry Dean of Libraries Southern University

Because LOUIS provides vital resources and services throughout the region, it ensures that Louisiana institutions of higher education meet SACSCOC standards of accreditation. Therefore, I state without equivocation that LOUIS is critical for these institutions. In fact, LOUIS allows them to maintain not only SACSCOC accreditation, but NCAA and program-level accreditation as well.

Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D. President SACSCOC



Contact: Sara Zimmerman LOUIS Executive Director

Phone: 225.578.3705 Fax: 225.578.6400 Email: sara@lsu.edu

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Profile for LOUIS Libraries

LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network  

Electronic brochure for LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network. Provided by EBSCO, 2013.

LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network  

Electronic brochure for LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network. Provided by EBSCO, 2013.