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Maximizing the Value of Electronic Resources


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WiLS Staff, Fall 2015
Each year, WiLS travels the state to host a series of get-togethers, giving members of the library community an opportunity to talk with one another about challenges that affect us all and to propose potential solutions to those problems. This year, the topic of these meetings will be electronic resources: how to promote, grow, and evaluate the usage of the resources that your purchase for your user community so you get the most value out of them possible. You’ll have the opportunity learn tips and tricks for growing and assessing usage as well as hear how your colleagues are encouraging patrons to use their electronic resources and how they are making their decisions when it’s time to renew subscriptions.

This year, WiLS Regional Community Meetings will be held in Dodgeville, Fitchburg, Milwaukee, De Pere, Marshfield, and Hayward.

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Maximizing the Value of Electronic Resources

  1. 1. Welcome to WiLS Regional Community Meeting!  UW- Milwaukee Libraries
  2. 2. Maximizing the Value of Electronic Resources
  3. 3. Put your resources in front of your users.  Group them together in a way that aids in their discoverability. Too often we find resources are buried or hard to find.
  4. 4. ROTATE! Make sure that sparsely used resources get some spotlight time too, even if it’s not the “best in class.”
  5. 5. Promote…Promote…Promote
  6. 6. Work with a subject specialist.
  7. 7. Reach out to your vendor rep
  8. 8. Know More
  9. 9. Know more not everything
  10. 10. Reinforce training with written documentation
  11. 11. Menasha Joint School District
  12. 12. Meet users where they are
  13. 13. Access should be easy
  14. 14. Usage comparison
  15. 15. Infographics are an excellent way to communicate to stakeholders.
  16. 16. Make sure you explain the criteria you use in the evaluation
  17. 17. Understand outside factors
  18. 18. Compare Apples to Apples.
  19. 19. Question numbers
  20. 20. Include your staff in database evaluation
  21. 21. Example: Know More