As Savannah Schroll Guz observed in last year’s Best Databases article, “not all databases are created equal.” And don’t librarians know it. Last fall, when we asked for your best-database nominations, we heard from public, academic, and legislative librarians—even a prison librarian—and all had strong views on what made the grade.
The overall winner, Credo Reference, and runners up Fold3 and Web of Knowledge headed a list of resources from the well-known—Gale Virtual Reference Library, Encyclopedia Britannica—to esoteric favorites such as Rock’s Backpages and Visual DX. The resulting article was one of our most popular last year.
It seems clear that it was useful to you (12,500 page views can’t be wrong!), so we’re doing it again. And, again, we’re asking for your input. Were you wowed by any new databases this year? By resources that have been around a while but that you hadn’t used before? Or did you find new reasons to appreciate last year’s winners?
We’re looking for nominations in the categories listed below (or feel free to make up your own) and a short explanation of what makes the resource “most-improved,” “best buy,” “most ambitious,” etc. A bulleted list of reasons is fine. We’ll be using your reasons as direct quotations within the article itself, which will appear in print in the November 1, 2012 reference supplement and then online. Nominations will close on October 3, 2012. However, please let me know if you are not comfortable with being quoted directly.
Suggested Database Categories:
Greatest Content Upgrade
Greatest Usability Revamp
Most Ambitious (in scope or content)
Most Improved (overall)
Best Integration of Media
Most Unlikely Hit (with users)
Most Elegant (aesthetics and functionality)
Best Integration of External/Outside Content
Best Original Content
Your Patrons’ Favorite Database(s)
Take it away! The comments section below will be perfect for getting the ball rolling, or I’m at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your nominations.