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ER&L 2012

April 1–4, 2012

Austin, Texas

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ER&L 2012 | April 2–4, 2012 | Austin, Texas and Online

Exploring ideas, trends and technologies in eresources and digital services.

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Knockdown/Dragout - Web-scale Discovery Service vs. Niche Databases: Data-Driven Evaluation Methods

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 11:35 AM–12:20 PM Central Time (US & Canada)
Amphitheater 204

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Collection Development and Assessment


Analyzing coverage overlap; data-driven decision making

Learning Objectives

Following this session, participants will have a sampling of multiple data points beyond simple usage data to inform renewal/cancellation decisions for specialty subject databases, and  participants will be able to formulate strategies to inform renewal/cancellation decisions for specialty subject databases.


As web-scale discovery services are more widely adopted, many ask if we really need subscriptions to specialty-subject databases - particularly those with consistently low usage.  Often there's much more to the story than simple usage data.  This presentation will investigate a wealth of  data sources that can provide critically informative information.


Dr. Anne Prestamo, MLIS; EdD, Oklahoma State University Libraries