Public libraries rely heavily on aggregator databases, such as the products The Wilson Company offers, to provide their patrons with access to journals too costly to subscribe to either in print or online. My library subscribes to the Education Full Text Database, but it is not used as often as others. However, these databases are of great value, at least in the public library sector.
Steve Headley
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton Co.
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From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum []On Behalf Of Carol Edwards
Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 9:56 AM
Subject: [SERIALST] Value of database collections

I have a fairly basic question that I would appreciate getting the library perspective on. I have been approached by The Wilson Company to license our association journal for inclusion in the Education Full Text Database. I would like to know if these types of databases are of value, and do libraries subscribe to them? Do they still serve a purpose in this age of large platforms like Ingenta and endless linking through CrossRef?


Thank you,


Carol Edwards

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.