A graphic design faculty person has asked about whether MICA might begin a subscription to WGSN. She said:
WGSN is an industry standard for trends forecasting. The website offers information on fashion, art, and design. I would love to use it in my Patterns class and can see other departments using this resource as well.
… I do know that it is expensive. I’m not sure if they have short-term contracts for academic institutions, but I thought I’d share to see if we might be able to gain access. I think the students and faculty could benefit from using this resource as a tool in the classroom.
I am now in contact with the sales department at WGSN and we will have a demo soon, and have a conversation re: subscription rates. But I wanted to ask this group whether / which other libraries are subscribing, and whether you consider the resource a good value for the amount of use it receives. Also, does everyone subscribe directly from WGSN, or is it available consortially? (We affiliate with AICAD, and with LYRASIS.)
Thanks for any information!