Finding alternatives when a major database is gone
Keywords:Databases, Library Collection Development, Textbooks as Topics, Statistics as Topic, Book Selection
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.