I’d greatly appreciate feedback on a sticky issue, and it would be wonderful if the responses came from individuals working in a variety of academic libraries serving fashion students. (Fashion schools, colleges, universities, public, private, etc.)
Libraries subscribe to a variety of online databases that suit the information resource needs of students in the institution as a whole (ex: Academic Search Premier for all students) as well as students in specific programs (Mergent Online for business students.) When a single, unique class wants or needs a very specific information resource (say, for example, an annual summary report for a very focused field, or a database that serves only one class in the entire school), what entity is typically expected to bear the expense? The library, or the department in which the class is based?
I’d greatly appreciate any response you can provide. You may respond here or directly to my e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.