ShipIndex.org for librarians
Offer full access seamlessly to all of your patrons. Setting up a test run is easy, just request a free trial now and in no time you, your staff and your patrons will be granted access to all of the 2.3 million citations in the premium database. There is no commitment to setting up a trial and it's a quick and painless process. All we need is your contact info and your institution's IP addresses.
ShipIndex.org was created by Peter McCracken and Mike McCracken, two of the original founders of Serials Solutions, so we know the library industry, and we know what librarians expect from electronic resources. Our goal in the institutional implementation of ShipIndex.org is to create a useful, simple, and efficient tool for doing vessel research. As we developed the site, we talked with public and academic reference librarians, electronic resources librarians, technical services librarians, special librarians, and more, to develop a product that not only serves patrons effectively, but is easy for librarians to set up and implement.
To that end, we offer the following for easy implementation:
- IP-based access with unlimited simultaneous users
- For academic institutions, we offer access to all users, including those authenticated through the institution’s proxy server
- For public libraries, we offer a range of options, which allow institutions to select the best balance for them, their patrons, and their budgets:
- Access just at a central library
- Access at the central library and at all branch libraries
- Access for all individuals who are authenticated through the library’s proxy server
- SERU-based approach to licensing
ShipIndex has received a number of very positive reviews. These include the following:
The Charleston Advisor, October 2011:
The Charleston Advisor, a well-known and well-respected source for “Critical Reviews of Web Products for Information Professionals”, reviewed ShipIndex.org in its October issue, and a copy was distributed to all attendees at the Charleston Conference. ShipIndex got 4-1/2 stars, out of a possible 5, and a very positive review. The summary of the review includes this bit regarding content: "This unique, comprehensive and authoritative database provides a wealth of information about ships. Links to external content pull all of the information about each vessel together in one place. It is a perfect database for vessel research." Regarding pricing, the reviewer wrote, "The database is so reasonably priced it is ridiculous. You get a lot of information for very little money."
In addition, Charleston Advisor editors gave ShipIndex the 2011 award for "Best Content". The citation reads, "Everything you ever wanted to know about ships has been aggregated in this one Web site aimed at both researchers and hobbyists. The system is packed with information, has a strong user interface and a visually appealing look. This unique service was created by Peter McCracken, one of the cofounders of Serials Solutions."
Choice, June 2011:
ShipIndex received a “Recommended” review from Choice this summer (June 2011), which described the site as "a needed research tool for maritime history, [and] useful for academic and special libraries with interested clientele."
Pricing is based on the expected usage for the subscribing institutions, and is very reasonable. Our price should fit in to most budgets but if it doesn't quite, we can put banner text on the site crediting the service's sponsor – so if you have a ship enthusiast donor, they can help everybody and be appropriately acknowledged.
We offer a range of discounts to subscribing libraries, including consortial and multi-year discounts. Contact us at sales (at) shipindex.org to receive a quote for your institution, and to set up a free trial that can be used throughout your institution, or simply fill out the form to request a trial.