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  • Web Resources:Getting the Most For Your MoneyLeah KrausVirtual Branch DirectorFayetteville Free Librarylkraus@fflib.org@leahkraus73
  • Building a Web Resources CollectionOur options Our time & budgets
  • How do we decide?
  • The Web Resources Family
  • Web Resource Type 1: Databases
  • Web Resource Type 2: Free Resources
  • Web Resource Type 3: eBooks/Media OverDrive Freegal 3M Cloud Library OverDrive Freading Zinio Hoopla
  • How Do We Decide?
  • 1) Look at what you’ve gotResource Subject How Cost Renewal Area funded? dateNovelist Reader’s By our $1,000/year Feb 1st Advisory libraryJob & Career Job & Career By the $0 March 1stAccelerator ConsortiumGrolier Encyclopedia By the State $0 Sept. 1stOnline libraryFreegal eMusic By our $4,000/year Dec 1st library
  • Resource Subject How Cost Renewal Rep contact How to find Area funded? date statsNovelist Reader’s By our library $1,000/year Feb 1st AdvisoryJob & Career Job & Career By the $0 March 1stAccelerator ConsortiumGrolier Encyclopedia By the State $0 Sept. 1stOnline libraryFreegal eMusic By our library $4,000/year Dec 1st
  • Resource Subject How Cost Renewal Rep How to Usage Cost per Area funded? date contact find stats 2012 use 2012Novelist Reader’s By our $1,000/year; Feb 1st 500 visits $2 per visit Advisory libraryJob & Job & Career By the $0 March 1stCareer ConsortiumAcceleratorGrolier Encyclopedia By the State $0 Sept. 1stOnline libraryFreegal eMusic By our $4,000/year Dec 1st 6,000 song $0.66 per library downloads song
  • 2) Figure out what you needAbout how many times per month do you use the following to help a patron:Access Newspaper Archives ________Rate the usefulness of this resource: not useful 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 very usefulBiography Resource Center ________Rate the usefulness of this resource: not useful 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 very usefulBritannic Reference Center ________Rate the usefulness of this resource: not useful 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 very usefulCareer Cruising ________Rate the usefulness of this resource: not useful 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 very usefulCultureGrams ________Rate the usefulness of this resource: not useful 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 very useful
  • Consider Core areas of patron need:Audiobooks Hobbies/Crafts/Antiques & CollectiblesBiography Job & CareerBusiness Info Language Learning/ESLCommunity Information Newspapers – CurrentConsumer Information Newspapers – HistoricaleBooks Online Instruction – Computer, internet,eMusic technology, office skillseMagazines Online Instruction – General interestEncyclopedias/dictionaries Online practice tests and study guidesFinancial Reader’s AdvisoryGenealogy ScienceGeography Tax/legalHealth TravelHistory Tutoring/Homework Help
  • Which type of information would you most hope to find available on your library’s web site :Consumer Info (i.e. Consumer Reports) not needed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 absolutely essentialEncyclopedias/ dictionaries not needed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 absolutely essentialFinancial Information not needed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 absolutely essentialGenealogy Resources not needed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 absolutely essentialHealth Resources not needed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 absolutely essentialLocal Newspapers- Current not needed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 absolutely essentialLocal Newspapers - Historical not needed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 absolutely essential
  • This is a list of the online resources Fayetteville Free Library currently subscribes to. PleaseRANK these in order of importance to you.Ancestry.com - Library Edition least important 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 most importantConsumer Reports least important 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 most importantFreegal (Music Downloads) least important 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 most importantHelpNow! Homework Help least important 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 most importantNovelist least important 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 most importantOptimal Resume not important 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 very importantOverDrive Digital Library (eBook & audiobook downloads) not important 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 very importantPost-Standard Archives not important 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 very important
  • ResultsPlease indicate how strongly you feel this content area should beavailable to all patrons? % indicated ‘absolutely essential’ or ‘very important’Local Newspapers – Current 100%Job & Career 97.9%Genealogy 94%Online practice tests/guides 92%Online instruction-computer/office skills 89.6%Local Newspapers – Historical 87.7%Consumer Information 87.7%Health 82%Language Instruction /ESL 80.8%Business Directory 75%Online Instruction – General 57.1%Book – Readers Advisory 52.1%Science 42.9%History 43.7%Books – Young Children 43.4%Geography/Countries 38.7%Biography 29.2%Hobbies/Crafts 23%
  • ResultsIf funds are not available to continue the same selection of online resources in thefuture, which current resource(s) would you be willing to drop?Tumblebooks 62%Ferguson’s Career 40%ReferenceUSA 18%Universal Class 16%Heritage Quest 14%Learning Express - Basic 14%Learning Express –Computer 12%Newsbank 0%
  • Results Please RANK these in order of importance and priority of use to your library staff and patrons. Newsbank Most important Reference USA Learning Express – Basic Heritage Quest Learning Express – Computer Universal Class Tumblebooks Fergusons Career Least important
  • 3) Explore the possibilities • Key strategies: • Benchmarking: • San Jose Public Library • Cleveland Public Library • Jefferson County Public Library • Hennepin County Library • Kent District Library • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh • Skokie Public Library • Houston Public Library • Columbus Library • Salt Lake County • Teamwork
  • 4) Find the Funds • Key words: • Negotiation • Reallocation: “We need to act effectively as collective buying agents”
  • Resource Subject How Cost Renewal Rep How to Usage Cost per Area funded? date contact find stats 2012 use 2012Novelist Reader’s By our $1,000/year; Feb 1st 500 visits $2 per visit Advisory libraryJob & Job & Career By the $0 March 1stCareer ConsortiumAcceleratorGrolier Encyclopedia By the State $0 Sept. 1stOnline libraryFreegal eMusic By our $4,000/year Dec 1st Jim 6,000 song $0.66 per library Petersen, downloads song (571) 730- 4300
  • Finding the Funding (cont.)
  • 5) Get the word out Strategies: 1.Create a strong virtual presence 2.Create a physical presence 3.Meet non-users where they are
  • 6) Do it again! Considerations: 1)Do comparable free resources exist? 2)Are we acting as a collective buying agent? (Cost per use) 3)Are we meeting community needs? (content, interface, usability)
  • Questions? Leah Kraus Virtual Branch Director Fayetteville Free Library lkraus@fflib.org http://fflib.org @leahkraus73 @fayettevillelib