Web Resources: Getting the Most For Your Money

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Web Resources: Getting the Most For Your Money

  1. 1. Web Resources:Getting the Most For Your MoneyLeah KrausVirtual Branch DirectorFayetteville Free Librarylkraus@fflib.org@leahkraus73
  2. 2. Building a Web Resources CollectionOur options Our time & budgets
  3. 3. How do we decide?
  4. 4. The Web Resources Family
  5. 5. Web Resource Type 1: Databases
  6. 6. Web Resource Type 2: Free Resources
  7. 7. Web Resource Type 3: eBooks/Media OverDrive Freegal 3M Cloud Library OverDrive Freading Zinio Hoopla
  8. 8. How Do We Decide?
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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%
  17. 17. 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%
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. 4) Find the Funds • Key words: • Negotiation • Reallocation: “We need to act effectively as collective buying agents”
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. Finding the Funding (cont.)
  23. 23. 5) Get the word out Strategies: 1.Create a strong virtual presence 2.Create a physical presence 3.Meet non-users where they are
  24. 24. 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)
  25. 25. Questions? Leah Kraus Virtual Branch Director Fayetteville Free Library lkraus@fflib.org http://fflib.org @leahkraus73 @fayettevillelib

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