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Decision-making for acquiring databases for library collections

Dear Readers: In preparing for a presentation at an upcoming conference, colleagues and I are asking for input on the question: On what basis (or bases) does your library or consortium make decision(s) to purchase (or license) high quality, expensive full text and/or archival databases (not journal packages, not e-books - but historical, governmental, archival, news, etc).

What are the various factors that motivate the decision, perhaps in order of importance for your organization, and how do you know that your criteria have been or are being met?

Replies on list (or off) are welcomed.

Thank you, Ann Okerson