Thursday, December 17, 2009

IMPORTANT: Database Updates!

With hard economic times, come hard economic realities that libraries must face. Due to provincial cutbacks in funding to the Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library (LHCADL), Medicine Hat College Library Services will no longer have access to certain database resources that allow our patrons to access journal, magazine, and newspaper articles.

The databases that we will lose access to include:
  • Catholic Periodical and Literature Index (EBSCO)

  • Child Development & Adolescent Studies (EBSCO)

  • Communication and Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)

  • Family & Society Studies Worldwide (EBSCO)

  • Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index (EBSCO)

  • Gender Studies Database (EBSCO)

  • Health and Wellness Resource Center (EBSCO)

  • Hospitality & Tourism Complete (EBSCO)

  • International Political Science Abstracts (EBSCO)

  • LGBT Life with Full Text (EBSCO)

  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text (EBSCO)

  • Literature Online (LION; ProQuest)

  • New Testament Abstracts Online (EBSCO)

  • Old Testament Abstracts Online (EBSCO)

  • OmniFile Full Text, Mega Edition (H. W. Wilson)

  • Professional Development Collection (EBSCO)

  • ProQuest Education Journals (ProQuest)

  • ProQuest Science Journals (ProQuest)

  • Religion & Philosophy Collection (EBSCO)

  • Sociological Collection (EBSCO)

  • Vocational & Career Collection (EBSCO)

  • Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide (EBSCO)

  • World History Collection (EBSCO)
Thanks to the college’s membership with The Alberta Library (TAL) which allows access to a number of databases in common with other libraries in the province, and with the databases that the library purchases on its own, the college will still have a wide range of databases that cover the programs taught at Medicine Hat College.

Databases that we will add to supplement our content include:
  • Education Full Text (H. W. Wilson)

  • General Science Full Text (H. W. Wilson)

  • Humanities Full Text (H. W. Wilson)

  • Index to Legal Periodicals Full Text (H. W. Wilson)

  • Library Literature & Information Science Full Text (H. W. Wilson)

  • OmniFile Full Text, Select Edition (H. W. Wilson)

  • Political Science Complete (EBSCO)

  • Readers' Guide Full Text (H. W. Wilson)

  • Social Sciences Full Text (H. W. Wilson)

  • Wilson Business Full Text (H. W. Wilson)
These changes will be effective January 1, 2010.

Though there is a net loss of resources that might seem somewhat drastic, MHC Library Services’ administration has worked to ensure that the most comprehensive and critical resources are maintained to maximize the quality and quantity of academic literature that is available to our patrons. Despite the losses, you can still expect the same level of professionalism and service provided by the staff of Library Services as we move forward in the current economic environment.

If you have concerns regarding these matters, please contact Keith Walker (Director, Library Services) at: kwalker@mhc.ab.ca, or by telephone at: 403-529-3867.

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