Finding alternatives when a major database is gone
Estelle Hu, MLIS, AHIP
What to do when a major database ceases publication?
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.
Usage statistics of each e-book title in the resource were carefully analyzed. Purchase decisions were made based on the assessment of usage.
Sustainable resources were acquired from other vendors, with perpetual access for library users.
This systematic process of finding alternative resources is an example of librarians' persistence in acquiring perpetual electronic resources when a major resource is cancelled.