It’s never easy to let an electronic resource subscription cease. As we were renewing our subscription to World Vital Records this year, we looked closely at our usage of that product compared with HeritageQuest. The Reference Services Committee was surprised to see that usage of HQ was slowly decreasing and the usage of WVR was increasing:
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We originally subscribed to HQ for its census images. We wanted to provide a product for US Census images to our home users, but unfortunately when HQ was acquired by ProQuest the indexing of the 1930 census stopped–it’s still listed as partial, as are many of the state indexes for the 1940 census. WVR now has the entire run, 1790-1940, as well as many databases that are included in AncestryLibrary (not available from home).
When we evaluated the content, the cost, and the usage, we made the choice to continue with World Vital Records and drop HeritageQuest. There might be some impact on the customers who used the product for county or family history books, but those can be obtained through interlibrary loan. This is effective December 31, 2013.