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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)
      • http://www.oclc.org/reports/2005perceptions.htm
      • 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
    • 16.  
    • 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
    • 18.  
    • 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
    • 29.  
    • 30. Where the users are
      • OCLC Perceptions Report
      • AccessMyLibrary.com
      • EBSCOconnection.com
    • 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:
      • FOR ALL OHIO RESIDENTS
      • (COURTESY OF OHIO LIBRARIES)
    • 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]

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