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Results of the ELN Ranking Survey 2001/02
The results of the Ranking Survey are now available! Thank you for the overwhelming response (29 of our 32 partner libraries participated in the survey). The survey results have given ELN a clear indication of which web-based resources have the highest priority among our partner libraries.
(Ordered from Highest to Lowest Priority)
|Based on the survey results, the 5 databases of highest priority are:
ELN would like to propose the following schedule for database trials for the remainder of the 2001/02 fiscal year:
|Expanded Academic Index ASAP|
Although Gale's Expanded Academic Index ASAP scored in second place, it is not clear if ELN partner libraries view it as a replacement or an addition to EBSCO's Academic Search Elite/Premier database. Of the 1,648 full text titles in Gale's Expanded Academic Index, approximately 650 titles are duplicated in Academic Search Elite. (ASE has a total of 1,530 full text titles). Since there is significant duplication, ELN would propose that the Gale database be evaluated when the Academic Search Elite/Premier license comes up for renewal in July 2002. If ELN partner libraries respond overwhelmingly that this is not acceptable, then ELN will re-schedule the trial earlier. Please let your opinions be known!
Since a full comparative trial of Wilson OmniFile and EBSCO's Academic Search Elite database was conducted in April 2000, ELN proposes to re-examine the Wilson indexes upon renewal. This will be done in April-May 2002, well ahead of the July 1st renewal date, at which time ELN partner libraries will be offered pricing for upgrading to full text.
|Due to the trial of the health sciences full text database planned for October, further investigation of the SocioFile will be postponed until next year, unless timing and workload permits otherwise.|
|Canadian Newspaper Source|
|A comparative evaluation and trial will be planned to coincide with the renewal of Canadian Newsdisc, which happens August 2002. It is anticipated that this will be a fairly straightforward analysis for ELN partner libraries since the EBSCO interface is well known. ELN will provide a thorough content analysis of the two databases for comparison.|
|Consortia Canada Initiatives|
|In addition to the above-mentioned database trials, ELN will propose to Consortia Canada members, that national site licensing initiatives be undertaken and scheduled for the following databases which have wide appeal to libraries across the country:
|If acceptable to the members of Consortia Canada, trials would be scheduled in a staggered manner, perhaps over a period of a few years.|
|Discussion on the Consortia Canada listserv indicates that the next Consortia Canada offer will be for the ATLA (American Theological Library Association) Religion Index with a trial likely scheduled for this Fall.|
ELN welcomes feedback and comments from our partner libraries. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact: