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Presentation delivered by Sean Finlay at the NSW.net eResources Seminar held at the State Library of New South Wales October 25th 2011.

Presentation delivered by Sean Finlay at the NSW.net eResources Seminar held at the State Library of New South Wales October 25th 2011.

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Randwick Library and Federated Search Randwick Library and Federated Search Presentation Transcript

  • Randwick City Library
    • eResources Seminar
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
    • Presentation summary:
    • What did we want from EHIS?
    • How did we promote EHIS?
    • What was the result?
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
    • What is integrated search?
    • Information retrieval technology that allows the
    • simultaneous search of multiple searchable resources using a single query.
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
    • What did Randwick want?
    • Increase database usage and site access.
    • Single search “Google style”.
    • To simplify eResource searching.
    • Embedded widget on Library web page.
    • Integrated search across all subscription databases.
    • To include AMLIB database.
    • Full text search option.
    • Web 2.0 functionality.
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
    • What did EHIS offer:
    • True federated search including AMLIB (tiering).
    • Search widget.
    • Good user interface.
    • Broad filtering / search refinement options.
    • myEBSCOhost.
    • Sharing of information.
    • Linking to social media.
    • Added bonus – EBSCO Discovery; Mobile.
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
    • Testing EHIS (NSW.net, Sept 2010):
    • Connector to AMLIB.
    • Widget and our CMS.
    • Relevancy ranking.
    • Search performance.
    • Simplicity of use.
    • Information sharing.
    • Patron and staff feedback.
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  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
    • Database promotion strategy:
    • To present the service to the community.
    • To increase usage.
    • To differentiate the service.
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
    • Actions:
    • Branding.
    • EHIS the “gateway” to databases.
    • Target staff - Ref-Ex Training, Induction.
    • Target students - school presentations.
    • Target teachers - Exec presentation.
    • Target patrons within the library - public PCs.
    • Merchandising - brochures, book marks.
    • Target other non-users – Radar, posters.
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search “ Two Girls working with test tubes for a science class ." Online image. Microsoft Office. 11 Oct 2011.
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
    • Dramatically shifted users’ attention from eResources page to Library index page (Google Analytics).
    • Has yet to significantly increase page views.
    • Increase in database usage:
    •  
    EBSCO databases Encyc. Britannica The Times Digital eLibrary 2009-10 322 718 69 428 2010-11 5157 945 360 653 % increase 1602 132 522 153
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
    • EHIS had a positive impact on database collection.
    • A service is only as good as its promotion.
    • Promotion is constant.
    • Website redesign.
  • Information Services Librarian Randwick City Library Service
    • Sean Finlay