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BC ELN 2008-9 Ranking Survey: Public Results

The 2008-9 Ranking Survey results are now available. The annual survey asks delegates from each partner library to identify up to three titles, in ranked preference, considered to be suitable candidates for a BC ELN consortium license.

The highest priority titles, as identified by the survey results, are:

BC ELN will obtain additional information and where feasible, coordinate trials for the above titles.

26 libraries participated in this year's survey (see Appendix B, below). A total of 3 declined participation.

Discussion and next steps

BC ELN's proposed actions with respect to the three highest-priority titles are described in the table below.

BC ELN 2008-9 Ranking Survey: public results

Titlecomments, proposed activities and dates

Ebsco Canadian Points of View Reference Centre

1st overall in aggregate votes (15)

Actions: Will initiate discussions w/ vendor

Proposed schedule: Fall 2009

Brief Description: Canadian Points of View Reference Centre is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides information on 100 key topics of interest to Canadian researchers, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide. Topics covered include: environment, health, human rights, crime, race, technology, substance abuse, and many more.


Sociology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection

2nd overall in aggregate votes (12)

Actions: Product investigated in previous years and found to be too expensive for consideration. Will contact vendor for updated pricing.

Proposed schedule: Summer 2009

Brief Description: The SAGE Full-Text Collections are award-winning, discipline-specific research databases of popular peer-reviewed journals. ... Sociology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection includes the full text of 37 journals published by SAGE and participating societies, encompassing over 45,900 articles and up to 56 years of backfiles.


Oxford Journals Collection

3rd overall in aggregate votes (9)

Actions: Will initiate discussions w/ vendor

Proposed schedule: Fall 2009

Brief Description: As a major international publisher of academic and research journals, Oxford Journals publishes and develops titles in partnership with the world's most prestigious learned societies. Our goal is to bring high quality research to the widest possible audience.



Appendix A: Ranked titles, in descending order (highest aggregate scores first)

NB: the aggregated score is the sum of the points assigned by each partner library where a ranking of 3 (most important) is assigned a score of 3 points, a medium ranking is assigned a score of 2 points, and a ranking of 1 (lowest priority) a score of 1 point.

Title & DescriptionlowMed.HighAggregate score
1.Canadian Points of View Reference Centre
22315
2.Sociology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection
03212
3.Oxford Journals Collection
1129
4.Arts and Humanties Full Text
2028
5.Europa World Plus
0128
6.World Development Indicators Online
2117
7.Health Sciences: A SAGE Full-Text Collection
0306
8.Book Review Index Online PLUS
0115
9.CICA Handbook
3105
10.CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics Online
1205
11.Gale Virtual Reference Library
0115
12.Historical Abstracts
0115
13.ARTstor
1014
14.Bowker's Book Analysis System
1014
15.LC Classification Web
1014
16.SocINDEX
1014
17.Arctic and Antarctic Regions
0013
18.Biological Sciences
0013
19.Books 24x7 IT Pro Collection
0013
20.Ebrary
3003
21.Global Market Information Database (GMID)
0013
22.MyiIibrary
1103
23.Safari Tech Books Online
1103
24.America: History and Life
0102
25.Asia Studies Full Text Online
0102
26.Chronicle of Higher Education
0102
27.Design Abstracts Retrospective
0102
28.Management & Organization Studies: A SAGE Full-text Collection
0102
29.Mergent Online
0102
30.Web of Science
0102
31.Design Profiles
1001
32.Film & Television Index with Full Text
1001
33.Nature journal online
1001
34.Social Work Abstracts
1001
35.Westlaw-eCarswell
1001



Appendix B: Participants and non-participants

 Participating institutions
1. BCIT
2. Camosun
3. Capilano
4. CNC
5. COTR
6. Douglas
7. ECUAD
8. Justice Inst.
9. Kwantlen
10. Langara
11. North Island
12. Northern Lights
13. Northwest
14. Okanagan College
15. Royal Roads
16. Selkirk
17. SFU
18. TRU
19. TWU
20. UBC
21. UNBC
22. UFV
23. UVIC
24. VCC
25. VIU
26. Yukon
 
 Non-participants
1. Columbia College
2. Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific
3. Nicola Valley Institute of Technology