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We have great stuff, but it’s overpriced and undervalued. …

We have great stuff, but it’s overpriced and undervalued.
We have to make sure it gets used.
We have to find a way to keep it.
We have to find a way to get more of it for everyone.

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  • 1. My point, which really isn’t very fresh after all…
    • We have great stuff, but it’s overpriced and undervalued.
    • We have to make sure it gets used.
    • We have to find a way to keep it.
    • We have to find a way to get more of it for everyone.
    • Meanwhile, there are concurrent sessions on digital copyright, KnowItNow, audiobooks, and service fees. I’m not trying to chase you away; just presenting your options. 
  • 2. A Fresh Look at Databases: Yarmando’s Perspective Don Yarman Ref & Adult Services Conference September 2006
  • 3. OCLC's Perceptions of Libraries & Information Resources (2005)
    • The library brand is "books." There is no runner-up.
    • People do not begin searching for information with the library.
    • Younger people recognize no value that librarians add to searches.
    • People do not trust paid-for information more than free information.
  • 4. No one was doing my job last year
  • 5. Over time, things look great…
  • 6. … but the real story is that usage of statewide subscriptions is dropping off
  • 7. So let’s take stock
    • What do we have statewide?
      • Do we even know?
      • If we don’t know, how can we expect them to know (or care)?
    • If it’s not meeting users’ needs, what is?
      • What can we drop?
      • What is missing from the statewide “core” that libraries individually have to provide?
  • 8. The Money
    • What OPLIN pays for
      • Annual subscription
      • Permanent, owned content
    • What LSTA pays for
      • Statewide Core Electronic Info Collection
    • What libraries pay for
      • OPLIN group contracts
      • Regional consortia
      • Other arrangements
  • 9. OPLIN pays for EBSCO
    • About $1.5 million
    • 27 databases & 9 different interfaces
    • Most are shared with LCO ($1,188,830)
    • Exceptions:
      • NoveList & Novelist K-8 ($198,000)
      • Consumer Health Complete ($175,000)
  • 10. Same thing; different color.
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  • 15. OPLIN also pays for
    • Ohio Capitol Connection - $108,500
    • Britannica - $125,000
      • 3 editions (academic, school, public)
      • Enciclopedia Universal en Espa ñol
      • Annals of American History
      • World Data Analyst
    • Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated
      • Permanent content ownership – hosting fee
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  • 17. The rest is LSTA
    • AccessScience
    • American National Biography
    • Britannica balance
    • NewsBank
    • Oxford Reference
    • ART Collection
    • Literature Collection
    Five year grant July 2003 - June2008 About $1 million each year We’re entering Year 4
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  • 19. What do we do after LSTA?
    • Libraries Connect Ohio Plus (INFOhio, OhioLINK, OPLIN, State Library ALAO, OELMA, and OLC )
    • Statewide Resource Sharing Commission Electronic Licensing Task Force
    • Concerned Metro/ETM library directors
  • 20. The Gospel of Sanville
    • We are trapped into paying an increasing amount of money for a decreasing share of available content.
    • Only by working together can we break the vendor hold on us.
    • Lots of models: war chest, NPR, etc.
  • 21. Vendors Don’t Buy It
    • They won’t extend the metro discounts to the small community libraries.
    • They’ll charge what they think they can get away with.
    • Libraries can negotiate better deals on their own than OPLIN can for a group.
  • 22. HeritageQuest, for example
    • They earn about $100,000 in Ohio
    • But their group contract price is $265,000
    • Based on their relative sizes, that would be $20-25K for Columbus & Cuyahoga
    • They really pay $6000
    • Working up from the $6000 deal, Ohio should only have to pay $72,000.
  • 23. Public libraries have common needs beyond the current “core” definition
    • The 25 largest libraries each year pay over $6.5 million for electronic databases.
    • There is no single database that all of them buy. There are only a few that more than half of them buy.
    • But there are common subject areas.
  • 24. RefUSA, for example
    • They earn over $900,000 in Ohio
    • Their group offer was $1.14 million
    • Ultimately, only $653,000 was “pledged.”
  • 25. So this spring… $783,000 for spotty access
    • Auto Repair Ref Center
    • Alldata
    • HeritageQuest
    • eLibrary
    • CultureGrams
    • Associations Unlimited
    • LegalForms
    • Literary Ref Center
    • SIRS Researcher
    • SIRS Discoverer
  • 26. Hope endures
    • Awareness of the problem is dawning throughout the state, particularly among influential directors.
    • Multi-agency partnership. OLC involvement is key.
  • 27. Leverage Investment
    • Keep the stats climbing; make more use of what we have.
    • Smarter metasearching
    • Meeting users where they are
  • 28. How?
    • Weed
      • The “shelves” are too full. “MedLine?”
    • Rearrange
      • Design for users, not librarians
    • Promote
      • A little effort centrally will go a long way
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  • 30. Where the users are
    • OCLC Perceptions Report
  • 31. EBSCO content indexed by commercial search engines
  • 32. IP Address recognized
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  • 34. Authentication
    • Premise: let’s not make the user jump through hoops. It’s more important to quickly connect Ohioans to these resources than it is to keep Kentuckians out.
    • Nevertheless, we should make an effort both to keep unauthorized users out and to get clean institution-level stats.
  • 35. This is NOT the best way
  • 36. The plan
    • Instead of hundreds of Ohio institution accounts enabled for EBSCO Connection, we enable one account:
  • 37. Use automation to connect Article Citation LCO IP “ For All Ohioans” Ohio IP Enter card number *Library Card* Driver’s License Other Geo-locate? *ARTICLE*
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  • 40. My point…and I do have one
    • We have great stuff.
    • We have to find a way to keep it.
    • We have to make sure it gets used.
    • We have to find a way to get more of it for everyone.
  • 41. Questions?
  • 42. Thanks for coming. For problems: OPLIN Support Center [email_address] , 888-96-OPLIN For discussion: Don Yarman [email_address]