In the first faculty meeting of the 2014-15 academic year, Dean of Library Information Services Laura Davidson rolled out information on upcoming changes to Carlyle Campbell Library’s resources. NCLIVE, a consortium including almost all academic, public, and school libraries in North Carolina, has announced its resource selection decisions for 2015-17—decisions which significantly impact the resources Carlyle Campbell Library provides for students, faculty, and staff.
Beginning on January 1, 2015, many of the resources to which Meredith subscribes via NCLIVE will be changing, including some of our most-used EBSCOhost databases. NCLIVE has attempted to obtain comparable resources to replace its discontinued subscriptions, and, as a result, Meredith now has access to ProQuest Central, a multidisciplinary database with full text from thousands of scholarly, trade, and popular periodicals, which serves as an alternative to EBSCOhost’s Academic Search Complete. To aid faculty in determining how resource changes impact their disciplines and classes, the library has created a comparison chart (available at http://infotogo.meredith.edu/2015) to outline new database subscriptions that should satisfy the needs previously served by discontinued databases.
Though the NCLIVE changes include subscriptions to many new and exciting academic resources in a broad range of disciplines, the fact remains that some resources that NCLIVE is discontinuing will not be replaced with comparable NCLIVE content. The library is currently evaluating how to respond to these resource changes, and faculty feedback will be crucial to this process. Library departmental liaisons are drawing on a list of core periodical titles created through consultation with individual academic departments and programs to address potential gaps in academic resources. Faculty are encouraged to contact their liaison librarian with any questions they have, for more information about the resource changes, or to offer any feedback.