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Tracking the Spend: Department’s Top Buys Included Media Readers, Cabling, Switches

In the first six months of 2022, the department spent just under $600,000 on its five largest purchases of IT goods.

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A state department that deals with literature, history, media and education spent just under $600,000 in the first half of 2022 on its five largest purchases of IT goods.

According to the State Contracting and Procurement Registration System, the California State Library’s total spend on the five contracts from Jan. 1 through June 30 was $596,277, with rounding. The five largest buys were:
  • $246,867 for Humanware Victor Reader Stream handheld media players, in a Feb. 28 competitive contract with Sweetman Systems.
  • $226,471 for HumanWare Explore 5 Handheld Electronic Magnifiers, in a Feb. 1 competitive contract award to Sterling Adaptives.
  • $54,753 for a one-year subscription for Advanced URL Filtering, in a Master Agreements contract awarded Feb. 10 to Enterprise Networking Solutions (now Optm).
  • $38,506 for Dell PowerEdge R750 Server, in a statewide contract issued March 18 to PC Specialists.
  • $29,680 for switches and cabling (“N3224T-ON, 24x1G RJ-45, 4x10G SFP+, 2x100G QSFP28, 1xAC PSU, IO/PS, OS6”) in a Feb. 28 statewide contract award to PC Specialists.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.