What Does the MasterFile Downgrade Mean?

You may have heard that Ebsco’s MasterFile product that we provide for county library users is being downgraded in 2016 to save money in response to budget cuts.  The change will mean we now have access to MasterFile Premiere instead of Complete. You will notice this change on erec.einetwork.net in the next couple of weeks.

What does this change mean for your patrons?  MasterFile is a tiered product with several levels of access. The good news is that we still have a decent product in Premiere, which is a more comprehensive product than Main Edition (which is offered through PowerLibrary). The bad news is that we are losing about 1300 titles of books and magazines only available in Complete.

Here is the complete list of titles lost:
https://backstage.einetwork.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/copy-of-mfc-titles-lost-when-downgrading-to-mfp.xls

The DRC committee decided that the list of titles lost included mostly less popular, low demand items and the loss wouldn’t have a great impact.

In 2015 the top 20 titles retrieved in the database were:

  1. Consumer Reports
  2. Consumer Reports Buying Guide
  3. American Record Guide
  4. Time Magazine
  5. School Library Journal
  6. Billboard
  7. EDUCATION WEEK
  8. Library Journal
  9. Time.com
  10. Educational Leadership
  11. Money
  12. Foreign Affairs
  13. USA Today
  14. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
  15. PHI DELTA KAPPAN
  16. The Columbia encyclopedia
  17. Education
  18. SCHOLASTIC SCOPE
  19. CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
  20. People

All of these titles will still be available in MasterFile Premiere!

For a complete list of titles accessible through premiere visit: https://www.ebscohost.com/public/masterfile-premier

Dustin S.
Sewickley Public Library

 

 

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