Marketing of e-resources
UN/WB/UL partnership Workshop and
May 2013, Kericho
What is marketing and why market?
- Making known of an e-resource with an aim of
increasing access and use of a resource, to
support quality teaching and research output.
How to market e-
TRAINING- Effective training and most
valuable promotional tools of an e-collection.
Helps to limit anxiety associated with
• Top- down training-
• Training as part of library Programme/project
• One-on-one training- to individual users.
• Training as part of information literacy
Programme(also known as freshman’s kitty”).
Tips on effective training:
• Esthetic value
• Keep it simple and to the point
• Timely- when required- not during CATS and exam
• Right audience- use appropriate databases as
• Acquire promotional tools from the
publisher/consortium/parent institution - makes it
• Demonstrate search and access of e-resources at
events initiated by the institution
Other marketing tools
Share user names
the issue of
Alerts: thematic e-
resources of the
(URLs); share links
flask disks and T-
Pins: these are
buttons with a
e,g Data junkie,
data queen, I love
Word of mouth:
formal or informal
Screen severs- E-
Web page alert- An
posted on the
library Web page
Increase in availability of resources in electronic
Reduced costs of computers and related
CHALLENGE: in-effective marketing of
e-resource MUST contribute to the Library's
mission of providing support for instruction and
research for its primary clientele
Authentic and reputable source
Within library budget
Hardware & software – standard
Product must be net-workable
- What is the means of accessing data (e.g.,
are passwords required)?
- Is the resource available at all times (e.g.
- Are there special security requirements
beyond what the library usually provides?
- Is the resource stable (i.e., is the software
• Is the data current? How often updated?
Does the content include abstracts? Full text?
Does the vendor have a good reputation and
provide good service?
Does the vendor provide support materials?
Electronic resources available to
Electronic resources have a direct or indirect
Paid for- scholarly reputable databases – as
direct payment and access by individual
institutions or through consortium’s Access to
resources through consortium’s - 2 ways:
1. negotiating for discounted access and usage
of e-resources with publishers on behalf of the
2. negotiating for discounted through pulled
“Free” – available through programmes
such as Research4life programme.
Free- open source in the Internet. In most
cases NOT authentic.
“Free” – available through programmes such as
Research4life programme. Such programmes
negotiate for e-resources with the publishers on
behalf of clients. In this model, cost of access to
resources is pegged on country GDP.
Free- open source in the Internet. In most cases
1. Some users may harbor a distrust of all
electronic formats, while other users may not be
aware of newly available resources that would
meet their needs
2.The cost of e-resource (initial cost and the ever
increasing annual subscriptions). Initial costs for
infrastructure (hardware, networking) and staff
• Simply attempt to get the attention of our patrons – be
courteous, approachable and friendly
• Improve the acceptance of the new service- basic
training on search and navigation
• Enhance awareness of what is available and its value
to users- basic marketing strategy; pins, poster, library
hour, library screen savers,
• Guide clients to the appropriate resources- carry out a
basic needs assessment to understand your user
needs and to guide them to the appropriate e-content.
• Develop a feedback mechanism. This will assist
improve and develop an effective marketing strategy
that best meets user needs.
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