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Rethinking Subscription Databases


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Are the statistics your database vendors providing accurate, or are they just hot air? Douglas County Libraries re-evaluated the way they purchase and promote theirs and maybe you might consider doing that with yours.

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Rethinking Subscription Databases

  1. 1. Rethinking Subscription Databases Laurie Van Court Hutch Tibbetts Virtual Services Librarians Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO
  2. 2. You’re spending a lot of money… But, are you getting your money’s worth?
  3. 3. Increase your use, maximize your subscription dollars, and reduce your online collection costs
  4. 4. Take a look at yourself
  5. 5. Talk to your customers (and, they might be right beside you.)
  6. 6. Branch visits Highlands Ranch Lone Tree Parker Castle Rock Louviers
  7. 7. New Services
  8. 8. eLearning2Go
  9. 9. New Resources
  10. 10. eMedia2Go
  11. 11. Traditional database collection development <ul><li>Salespeople </li></ul><ul><li>Trials </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Selection/Purchase </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion </li></ul>
  12. 12. Forthcoming database collection development <ul><li>Needs assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Selection/Purchase </li></ul><ul><li>Trial/Evaluation/Promotion </li></ul><ul><li>Renewal/Cancellation </li></ul>
  13. 13. Paradox of choice
  14. 14. New Technologies
  15. 15. Less is more
  16. 16. Staff feedback <ul><li>Librarian’s corner </li></ul><ul><li>A-Z list </li></ul>
  17. 17. Staff feedback A – Z listing
  18. 18. Refinements Tabbed headings
  19. 19. Federated searches WebFeat results
  20. 20. Promotion on the old site Featured databases under Spotlight
  21. 21. Promotion on the new site Highlighted in rotating carousel
  22. 22. Promotion on the new site Databases featured monthly, together with Community Relations
  23. 23. The numbers
  24. 24. DCL vs. vendor-provided statistics
  25. 25. Differences <ul><li>Cross the board from vendors </li></ul><ul><li>Ranging from over by 418% to under by 86% </li></ul><ul><li>And what’s up with Gale? </li></ul>
  26. 26. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? <ul><li>And want to ask some questions </li></ul>
  27. 27. Thanks!