Database Planning for 2010

The Reference Services Committee is very committed to refining and improving the premium content choices for our customers in 2010.  We will be creating surveys for our staff and customers regarding these electronic resources.  In the meantime, please use this post to comment on your favorites, potential drops, subject gaps, print reference gaps that could be filled with electronic resources, etc.  Here are some questions to get you thinking:

  • Do we need both AllData Online and Auto Repair Reference Center (EBSCO)?
  • What have you been missing from your print reference collection?
  • Are we prepared to pick up electronic subscriptions for what will no longer be available in print (ie: ValueLine)?

Please post your comments and ask more questions!  Thank you!

Trial Requests for 2010

Please comment on this posting to add your requests for trials of new databases and online resources in 2010.

We currently have requests for:

In 2010, we will try to cluster our trials of products with similar content, for better comparison.  Your early consideration of  our electronic resources will help us create the BEST collection for our customers.

US Government Manual

2009-2010 Edition of United States Government Manual

“The 2009-2010 edition of the United States Government Manual is now available on GPO Access. As the official handbook of the Federal Government, the United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees. The Manual begins with reprints of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. The Manual is published as a special edition of the Federal Register (see 1 CFR 9.1).”


Changes for our Gale Databases in 2010

At yesterday’s Reference Services Committee meeting we decided to make a change to our Gale package.  This will take effect on January 1, 2010.

Dropping:  Health & Wellness Resource Center, Gale Directory Library

Adding:  Associations Unlimited

Our decisions were made based on 2009 usage statistics and the content of each product. 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Christa Werle or Terry Beck.

Top Ten GVRL Titles in October

Here are the 10 most used titles in our GVRL collection:

U*X*L Encyclopedia of World Mythology  
VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever  2010 ed. 2009
The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health  5v 2009
The College Blue Book  36th ed. 6v 2009    
West’s Encyclopedia of American Law  2nd ed. 13v 2005
Scholarships Fellowships and Loans 26th ed.  26th ed. 2v 2009
Encyclopaedia Judaica  2nd ed. 22v 2007    
Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions  8th ed. 2009
Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia  2nd ed. 17v 2004
Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law  2nd ed. 2v 2006  

Alexander Street Press Subscriptions End

Our Collection Development Department, who initially selected and has kept the budget for, has made the decision not to renew our subscription to our Alexander Street Press products.   After December 31st, 2009, we will no longer provide access to:

  • African American Music
  • Classical Music Library
  • Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
  • Theatre in Video

Notices will be added to our website informing users of our subscription expiration date.