Nominate Your Favorite Database of 2013

Fall is in the air, in New York at least, and here at LJ that means we’re gearing up for our reference bonanza: the annual reference supplement. Our popular “Best Databases” feature will appear in the supplement, and I’d love to hear from you with your nominations. Which database knocked your socks off this year?

We’re looking for titles in categories such as the ones listed below—or make up your own category. We’d also like 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, which will appear in print in the November 1, 2013 reference supplement and then online. Nominations will close on September 9, 2013. 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 Buy
Best Integration of External/Outside Content
Best Original Content
Your Patrons’ Favorite Database(s)

Henrietta Verma About Henrietta Verma

Henrietta Verma is Senior Editorial Communications Specialist at NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, Baltimore, and was formerly the reviews editor at Library Journal.


  1. Zinio is my favorite new BEST database. Popular magazines can be downloaded as a pdf and seen just as you would in print. Why am I so excited about Zinio?
    • They are available 24/7
    • There is no wait for an issue to return; it is unlimited for the number of people looking at the same issue.
    • You get to keep it for as long as you would like
    * There is never an overdue fee
    • You get to see it new; not ripped or torn or soiled or missing articles by previous persons
    • It is fun to use; some magazines are interactive to you can click to see maps, recipes, videos, websites, contents from the title page and email texts (e.g., National Geographic Traveler)
    • Issues are never missing unless you forgot to download the previous month’s issue
    • There is no processing involved so you get it as soon as it is available
    • Saves staff time from processing, filing, checking out, returning, refiling, weeding, etc.
    • Other than the weight of your iPad (or other device) each issue is weightless so no heavy magazines to carry
    • You can check out as many current titles as you would like
    • You can log into your account on other devices wherever there is Internet access (e.g., I can log into a computer with Internet access or another iPad and see my magazines)
    • Some magazines are no longer in print (e.g., August 2013 is the last printed issue of PC World)
    • Downloading these magazines does not count toward the 50 item checked out limit of our library

  2. Liverpool Public Library’s subscription to Library Journal has a typo in the name. It is not Livermore Public Library as the mailing label states.

    • Henrietta Verma Henrietta Thornton-Verma says:

      Thanks for letting us know, Gina. I just contacted our subscription department and they will take care of the correction.