Finding alternatives when a major database is gone

Title

Finding alternatives when a major database is gone

Subject

Databases
Collection development (Libraries)
Textbooks
Statistics
Book Selection

Description

Question: What to do when a major database ceases publication?

Setting: An urban, academic health sciences library with four campuses serves a university health sciences system, a college of medicine, and five other health sciences colleges.

Methods: Usage statistics of each e-book title in the resource were carefully analyzed. Purchase decisions were made based on the assessment of usage.

Results: Sustainable resources were acquired from other vendors, with perpetual access for library users.

Conclusion: This systematic process of finding alternative resources is an example of librarians’ persistence in acquiring perpetual electronic resources when a major resource is cancelled.

Creator

Hu, Estelle

Source

Journal of Medical Library Association, 104(2)

Date

2016-04

Rights

This resource may be copyright-protected. You may make use of this resource, with proper attribution, for educational and other non-commercial uses only. Please contact Chinese American Librarians Association (http://www.cala-web.org) for permission to reproduce.

Format

text; journal article

Language

eng

Identifier

http://dx.doi.org/10.3163/1536-5050.104.2.011

Extent

150-153

Collection

Citation

Hu, Estelle, “Finding alternatives when a major database is gone,” CALASYS - CALA Academic Resources & Repository System, accessed May 31, 2020, http://ir.cala-web.org/items/show/653.