Wednesday, November 8 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
23 Now It’s Legit: Setting up a Formalized Database Subscription Recommendation and Review Process

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Like most academic libraries, the Sojourner Truth Library operated for years on a flat database budget while receiving numerous faculty purchase requests for recurring database subscriptions. There was no formal process; we would receive database requests and trial feedback unofficially through e-mail, making it difficult to chronicle requests and collect meaningful information to aid in database purchasing decisions. To help formalize the process and record important decision-making information, a working group of librarians developed an online database recommendation form and database trial feedback survey which we made available to the campus community on the library website. Under this new process, a database purchase recommendation could now lead to a systematic review of existing subscriptions in the requestor’s discipline, analysis of usage statistics, and discussions with faculty, to properly address existing budget constraints. This poster highlights the database subscription recommendation/evaluation process at STL, shares the local forms we created to streamline and formalize the process, and illustrates how the new process performed during the first year of implementation.

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Colleen Lougen

Electronic Resources Librarian, SUNY New Paltz
Colleen Lougen is the Electronic Resources Librarian at SUNY New Paltz. She is the library liaison to the School of Business, Economics and Mathematics Departments, and the Health and Wellness Center. She has worked in libraries for twenty years. Prior to her current position... Read More →

Wednesday November 8, 2017 6:00pm - 6:45pm EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401