As part of the budget crisis response, our library is trying to figure out if they can drop some of the search in databases they subscribe to, especially the ones used by relatively few people, and ones that are covered by other databases.
So they sent a question to us about the MLA database, and we talked about it at our meeting. And two of us, two out of 25 or so at the meeting, said that we think MLA is important.
Good old boy said that he hadn't used a database in years, so he didn't much care. (And I was in shock the rest of the afternoon. How do you teach students to find critical or theoretical work without using some database? Even if you never look up stuff to read for yourself, or try to keep up even a bit in your field.)
But still, only two of us spoke to using MLA at all.
I'm pretty sure EEBO is going away for us. And there's talk of the on-line OED going away, too.
Of course, I realize that people being fired is way, way more important than not subscribing to a database. But as I think about trying to teach or research without access to recent work, I'm pretty much ... I don't even have words, because I'm at such a loss.