VALA2004 Session 2 Wight

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The Gulliver Online Database Evaluation Tool

VALA 2004 CONCURRENT SESSION 2: Co-operatives & Consortia
Tuesday 3 February 2004, 11:55 – 12:30

Teresa Wight

Information Technology and Information Service Manager, Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation

VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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The Gulliver Consortium is a Victorian public library based group formed in 2001. Gulliver purchases electronic databases for members and selects databases after careful evaluation on specified criteria of content, statistical and technical features and vendor viability. After some months of evaluating databases using an Excel spreadsheet, an online version was developed to improve the administration of the tool and also the transparency of the evaluation process. The online tool is also flexible and can easily grow to accommodate a larger number of databases. Additional features will be added to the tool in future “upgrades”.