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How a Public Library Shared Its Databases, Built Relationships and Saved Taxpayers Money...

How a Public Library Shared Its Databases, Built Relationships and Saved Taxpayers Money

The scenario: On one side, a school district with 55,000 students lost its funding for online databases. On the other, a library district wasn’t generating enough use of its electronic resources. What did they do? Collaborate. Discover what Douglas County Schools and Douglas County Libraries did to create a successful partnership, overcoming cultural and financial obstacles, promoting information literacy, and increasing database use to benefit the whole county.

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  • 70 New Branches Overnight Linda Sturgeon Hutch Tibbetts Laurie Van Court Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO
  • Or, How a Public Library Shared Its Databases, Built Relationships and Saved Taxpayers Money
  • A little history
  • The Players
    • Douglas County Libraries
    • Douglas County School District
  • Comparisons
    • 2008 election results
  • Resources Total 2008 Logins: Selected Douglas County Libraries Databases 564 Science Resource Center 965 Opposing Viewpoints 1,859 Literature Resource Center 3,092 Biography Resource Center 262 EBSCO MAS Ultra School Edition 1,109 Student Resource Center Gold 192 EBSCO Middle Search Plus 1,106 ABC-CLIO History & Government 1,316 World Book Online 4,169 CultureGrams 306 EBSCO Kids Search 2008 Uses Database
  • Cultures Degrees of Magnitude 5 members, appointed 7 members, elected Governing Board 7 84 No. of Branches 247 5,158 No. FTE Employees (2008) $21,251,179 $451,390,619 2009 Budget 173,660 58,723 No. Reg. Customers (2008) Library District School District Category
  • Organization charts
  • Douglas County Libraries
  • Douglas County School District
  • School culture Site-based management An approach to school management that shifts responsibility for the governance and control of schools from the central school district authorities into the hands of teachers, administrators, community members, and others at the level of the individual school… Collins, John W. III, & O’Brien, Nancy Patricia (Eds.). 2003. The Greenwood Dictionary of Education. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
  • Is it simply good manners & playing well with others?
    • Photo copyright: Cornell Capa.; Time &
    • Life Pictures/Getty Images; May 01, 1946;
    • RM, personal/educational
    Or, is it something that can be uniquely relevant to facilitation activity?
  • School Liaison Program
  • Communication
    • Subject matter experts
    • Technical issues
    • Points of contact
  • Tools
    • Mailing list for school liaisons
    • Social networking tool for school media specialists
  • Behind the scenes
  • License agreements
    • Contract wording
    • Renegotiations
  • Gale relationship
  • Gale relationship Original proposal
    • Discounts off list price
    • Ownership of BRC and LRC digital archives
    • New additions: Global Issues in Context
  • Gale relationship Second proposal
    • Substantial reduction in price
    • 3-year term contingent on expected usage
  • AIRS package through BCR
    • Discount for middle and high schools
    • Elementary schools Kids Info Bits
  • Negotiating Be willing to sacrifice
    • Talking picture book
    • Online encyclopedia
  • Be open to trying something new
  • DCL/DCSD School Collaboration Costs $27,970.40 $21,011 $8,975 $7,180 World Book Online $ 7,020 N/A N/A TumbleBooks Library $ 7,155 N/A $0.00 $2,225 Kids InfoBits (added by Gale late in contract) N/A N/A $801 $3,590 CultureGrams $ 16,166 $6,868 $0.00 Opposing Viewpoints $45,019 N/A Literature Resource Center** $ 15,491 N/A N/A Global Issues in Context $19,717 N/A Biography Resource Center** $12,177 Gale Databases (packaging the following) Science Online Modern World History Online Ancient History Online American History Online N/A $0.00 $16,915.20 FactsOnFile (packaging the following) $15,000 $6,077.40 $15,000 AIRS Academic/Business/K-12 pkg. DCSD List Price DCL Cost 2008 DCSD Cost 2008 School portion DCL portion Product
  • Measuring success
  • Measuring success
    • Database vendors
    Traditionally
  • Measuring success In-house tracking
    • Within network
    • Outside the library
  • Internal tracking tools Database Time stamp IP address Referring URL
  • Quantifying results
  • Eliminating obstacles Bundling resources IP authentication
    • Elementary
    • Middle school
    Technical support
    • Referring URLs
    • High school
  • School resources
  • Elementary school resources
  • Middle school resources
  • High school resources
  • Marketing Icons
    • Developed in-house
  • Marketing School District website
  • Marketing School website
  • What’s next?
  • Any questions?
  • Thanks!