There are a couple well-known tools available to compare database titles for an institution. However, these tools are limited by the very limited number of databases they compare and by their inability to combine content of the same vendor to analyze it against content provided by another vendor. In this same regard, Serials Solutions’ Overlap Analysis falls short also. In a series of tightly focused tutorials, this pre-conference will instruct participants in creating an MS Access database from start to finish using actual vendor title and holdings lists and in designing the appropriate queries to compare title and holdings content of multiple vendors. The focus will be on merging content offered by the same vendor and on holdings coverage and overlap, and an example will be made of alumni access databases offered by three different vendors whose content had to be analyzed to make a purchase decision.
Participants are asked to bring laptops installed with MS Office, as they will be supplied with the appropriate title lists and create their own Access database for content analysis during the tutorials.