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This is a presentation given by Diana and Bobbi at the READS conference on October 5, 2006.

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READS Presentation

  1. 1. NHewLINK Databases Are Your Patrons Missing Links? READS Fall Program October 5, 2006
  2. 2. NHewLINK Overview <ul><li>What is NHewLINK? </li></ul><ul><li>Who can use NHewLINK and where and how can they use it? </li></ul><ul><li>What is available through NHewLINK and why use it? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you promote NHewLINK? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you know who is using what ? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you get training on NHewLINK? </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is NHewLINK? NHewLINK is the Granite State’s Information Connection that provides access to a wide range of online products from a number of vendors including Magazines, Newspapers, Books, Pamphlets, Pictures….. and covering a wide range of subjects from Business and Biography to Health and Genealogy and Student and Teacher Resources and More!
  4. 4. Who Can Use NHewLINK? <ul><li>Public Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Patrons </li></ul><ul><li>Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Adults </li></ul><ul><li>Kids </li></ul><ul><li>Public School Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Staff </li></ul>
  5. 5. Where and How Can They Use NHewLINK? <ul><li>In the Library </li></ul><ul><li>IP authentication </li></ul><ul><li>Username/Password </li></ul><ul><li>Patron Bar Code </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded Url </li></ul><ul><li>At Home </li></ul><ul><li>Username/Password </li></ul><ul><li>Patron Bar Code </li></ul><ul><li>Referring Url </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is Available Through NHewLINK? <ul><li>NHewLINK Vendors and Their Products </li></ul><ul><li>EBSCO MasterFile Premier Academic Search Premier </li></ul><ul><li> Business Source Premier Business Searching Interface </li></ul><ul><li> Health Source: Consumer Edition Consumer Health Complete </li></ul><ul><li> Student Research Center Newspaper Source </li></ul><ul><li> Primary Search Middle Search Plus </li></ul><ul><li> MAS Ultra: School Edition TOPICSearch </li></ul><ul><li> Searchasaurus Kids Search </li></ul><ul><li> Professional Development Collection ERIC </li></ul><ul><li> Library, Information Science & NoveList </li></ul><ul><li> Technology Abstracts NoveList k-8 </li></ul><ul><li>NewsBank The Union Leader & NH Sunday News The Concord Monitor </li></ul><ul><li>ProQuest Ancestry Library Edition (in library only) HeritageQuest Online </li></ul><ul><li>Thomson Gale Biography Resource Center </li></ul>
  7. 7. Ebsco Databases
  8. 8. Ebsco Kids Interfaces
  9. 9. Ebsco Student Research Center
  10. 10. Ebsco Health and Business Interfaces
  11. 11. NewsBank
  12. 12. Biography Resource Center <ul><li>The Biography Resource Center holds more than 427,000 biographies on 335,000 people. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Uses <ul><li>As BioRC provides information from a wide variety of sources, the database is particularly good at finding biographical materials on lesser-known individuals. </li></ul><ul><li>The magazine portion of the database helps find information on recently popular individuals. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Resources <ul><li>Most of the resources are taken from Thomson-Gales’ print titles, such as: </li></ul>
  15. 15. Print Sources <ul><ul><li>Contemporary Authors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encyclopedia of World Biography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newsmakers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contemporary Musicians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Historic World Leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Notable Twentieth-Century Scientists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contemporary Black Biography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Religious Leaders of America </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International Dictionary of Art and Artists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writers Directory </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. More than books! <ul><li>The database also carries 538,000 full-text articles from nearly 300 magazines. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Audience <ul><li>The information in this resource will be most helpful for young adults and adults. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Searching BioRC <ul><li>There are three primary ways to search BioRC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biographical Facts Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced search </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Name Search <ul><li>The name search is perfect for a simple search. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Name Search <ul><li>When to use the name search? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When looking for one specific person. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Advanced Search
  22. 22. When to Use Advanced Search <ul><li>Use the advanced search when magazine articles are needed from a specific time period. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Biographical Facts Search <ul><li>Search by any combination of: </li></ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul><ul><li>Occupation </li></ul><ul><li>Nationality </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnicity </li></ul><ul><li>Gender </li></ul><ul><li>Approximate birth or death </li></ul><ul><li>Place of birth or death </li></ul>
  24. 24. When to Use a Fact Search <ul><li>For finding people who fit into a desired age, race, nationality, gender, time period or occupational group. </li></ul><ul><li>Perfect for finding: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Spanish Explorer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An African-American Scientist </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Articles <ul><li>Don’t overlook the magazine articles available for each entry. </li></ul>
  26. 27. NoveList <ul><li>NoveList is part of the Ebsco family of products. </li></ul>
  27. 28. NoveList <ul><li>NoveList contains information about fiction books. </li></ul><ul><li>Includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annotations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject headings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Booktalks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And so much more! </li></ul></ul>
  28. 29. Audience <ul><li>NoveList’s target audience is librarians and school media specialists. </li></ul>
  29. 30. Getting your patrons to use NoveList <ul><li>Give a computer class on readers’ resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal folders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Series Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Author Read-Alikes. </li></ul></ul>
  30. 31. Personal Folders <ul><li>Teach your patrons to keep track of their books in NoveList. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They can maintain a list of 200 titles in each of their personal folders! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patrons can create their own lists of books they’ve read and titles they want to read! </li></ul></ul>
  31. 32. Personal Folders
  32. 33. Series and Sequels <ul><li>NoveList is a terrific way for your patrons to find titles in a series! </li></ul><ul><li>Unlike Amazon and other similar services, a series search in NoveList presents titles that are clearly marked as being part of a series. </li></ul><ul><li>Series order is also given. </li></ul>
  33. 35. Author Read-alikes <ul><li>Once your patron has finished reading the works of a popular author, show her how to find the read-alike sheet for that author! </li></ul>
  34. 38. HeritageQuest <ul><li>Genealogy & Local History Database </li></ul>
  35. 39. Users <ul><li>Any individual interested in researching their family history. </li></ul>
  36. 40. Family Histories <ul><li>Includes a collection of over 20,000 family and local histories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every word in each of the titles is searchable. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every page of each book is presented and can be easily downloaded or copied. </li></ul></ul>
  37. 45. Federal Census <ul><li>The entire U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1930 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These are completely new indexes created by ProQuest. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In addition to the ability to search by name , our census records can be searched by place of birth , age , ethnicity and other variables making this the most versatile census searching available online. </li></ul></ul>
  38. 50. PERSI <ul><li>PERSI™: The PERiodical Source Index </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a comprehensive subject index covering more than 6,500 genealogy and local history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>are more than 1.9 million article citations currently available </li></ul></ul>
  39. 53. Citations Only <ul><li>PERSI does not provide the full text article. </li></ul>
  40. 54. Bank Records <ul><li>Freedman’s Bank Records </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At the close of the Civil War, the Freedman's Savings & Trust Company was the primary bank for America's freed slaves and others from 1865-1874. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This collection documents more than 105,000 bank depositors and over 480,000 of their dependants and heirs. </li></ul></ul>
  41. 56. War Records <ul><li>Revolutionary War Pension Records </li></ul><ul><ul><li>details records of 80,000+ individuals who served in the Revolutionary War and contains both genealogical and historical information. </li></ul></ul>
  42. 60. Ancestry <ul><li>A Genealogy Database for in-library use only. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the sources in Ancestry and HeritageQuest are similar and some are different. </li></ul>
  43. 61. In addition to U.S. Federal Census records, there are other Canadian and U.K. records.
  44. 62. Immigration Records
  45. 63. Vital Records
  46. 64. Promotion <ul><li>Promote the services in a natural language – not “librarian speak.” </li></ul><ul><li>Staff training </li></ul><ul><li>Patron training </li></ul>
  47. 65. How Can You Promote NHewLINK? <ul><li>Instead of using “librarian” terminology like: </li></ul><ul><li>databases </li></ul><ul><li>periodicals </li></ul><ul><li>electronic resources </li></ul><ul><li>Use terminology like: </li></ul><ul><li>Find a book </li></ul><ul><li>Find newspaper articles </li></ul><ul><li>Searching for info about a famous person? </li></ul>
  48. 66. Staff Training <ul><li>Ask your staff to attend NHew Link training (especially for new resources). </li></ul><ul><li>Provide quick instructions and assignments for your staff to learn something new about a resource. </li></ul>
  49. 67. Patron Training <ul><li>Provide patron training, but don’t get discouraged if you encounter low participation. </li></ul><ul><li>Instead provide on-the-fly patron training. Let your patrons know where and how you found the information. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach patrons about the databases when they ask for information. </li></ul><ul><li>Be proactive! </li></ul>
  50. 68. Who is Using What? <ul><li>Statistics…. </li></ul><ul><li>Ancestry Library Edition emailed </li></ul><ul><li>HeritageQuest Online online at </li></ul><ul><li>Ebsco online at </li></ul><ul><li>NewsBank emailed </li></ul><ul><li>Biography Resource Center emailed </li></ul>
  51. 69. EBSCO Usage by Database June-August 2006
  52. 70. HeritageQuest Online
  53. 71. Training
  54. 72. Contact Us Diana Degen [email_address] Bobbi Slossar [email_address]