ATG Review: Bloomsbury Food Library

by | Sep 26, 2018 | 0 comments

Reviewed by: Erin Gallagher, Director of Collection Services, Reed College Library,

Name of the Vendor: Bloomsbury Digital Resources


Purchase Model: One-Time Purchase, Subscription

Cost/FTE: Pricing based on size and type of institution, with discounts available from consortia.

Type of Database: Aggregator, Original Content

Audience: Undergraduate, Graduate, General Public, Specialized

Library Type: Academic, Special, Public, K-12

What is included? Images, Lesson Plans, Reference Sources, Books, Articles

Comments: This is a delightful and comprehensive overview of the global history of food and food culture from pre-history to the present, with new content added regularly.  Students and researchers of all levels who study food history and culture will benefit from this resource, but the simple interface and easy navigation make it appropriate for a public audience as well.

Pros: This is a product that is still being built, and new content will be loaded every six months.  New content updates include new lesson plans, images, ebooks, etc.  Flexible purchase models (one-time or subscription).  MARC records provided.  COUNTER 4 compliant.  Article and book level DOI linking allows for easier integration with course management systems. Conforms to accessibility standards for most Level A and AA success criteria of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).  Tablet and mobile responsive.  Users will appreciate the linked/related content on each content page.  Can easily share, print, and cite documents.  Users can set up personal accounts to save and organize items.

Cons: Amount of content  in each section varies greatly; product currently includes 79 ebooks but only two lesson plans and two image collections.  Some dead/broken links in lesson plans.  Browse options for Timeline and World Map seem less effective than traditional searching.

Additional Comments: Who doesn’t love to read about food?  This reviewer greatly enjoyed poring over historic restaurant menus.

Reviewer Name: Erin Gallagher,

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