Himmelfarb Library Faculty Publications

Title

Conducting a journal assessment using an enhanced MS Access database

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2-26-2011

Journal

Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries

Volume

Volume 8, Issue 1

Inclusive Pages

35-49

DOI

10.1080/15424065.2011.551489

Keywords

Library Collection Development; Databases; Journal Assessment; Microsoft Access; Surveys

Abstract

An existing Microsoft Access journals-specific database providing aggregated subject and other department-specific title information was enhanced to support the ease and efficacy of conducting a survey of George Washington University School of Medicine faculty to ensure the journal collection reflected their educational and professional needs. Additional evaluative data points were recorded in the database. MS Access then facilitated the creation of the surveys, recording results from returned surveys and creation of results summaries for departments. The surveys expanded the knowledge of full-time faculty about departmental holdings at the title level, while enabling the serials team to obtain better information to support collection development.