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The 24 Hour Library – Increasing Your Database Use. Presented by: Justine Shaffner Library Services Consultant - Public jshaffner@bcr.org 800-397-1552 x140 http://blogs.bcr.org/publiclibraries/. Appropriateness Accessibility Staff Awareness Patron Use. Appropriateness.

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the 24 hour library increasing your database use

The 24 Hour Library – Increasing Your Database Use

Presented by:

Justine Shaffner

Library Services Consultant - Public

jshaffner@bcr.org

800-397-1552 x140

http://blogs.bcr.org/publiclibraries/

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Appropriateness
  • Accessibility
  • Staff Awareness
  • Patron Use
appropriateness
Appropriateness
  • Evaluate new databases
    • Worth it?
    • Staff opinions
    • Patron input?
    • Dedicated web page
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Appropriateness
  • Form for potential databases
      • Suitability
      • Scope
      • Ease
      • Speed
      • Searches
      • Cost
      • Restrictions
      • Use statistics available?
      • Purchase?
usage statistics
Usage Statistics
  • COUNTER – release 3

http://www.projectcounter.org/

  • SUSHI

http://www.niso.org/workrooms/sushi

● BCR Free Friday Forum –

Making Sense of the Standards Menu: COUNTER, SUSHI, and SERU

http://www.bcr.org/training/schedule/programdetail.php?programid=227

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Appropriateness
  • Selection meeting
    • Current databases
      • Database budget
      • Look at statistics & cost
        • Cost / # of sessions
      • Staff (& patron) input
    • New databases
      • Staff evaluations
    • Well rounded collection
    • Timing
accessibility
Accessibility
  • Website
    • Annotated links
    • Search platform
      • Speed
        • Subject groupings
        • Catalog & website?
      • Results display
    • Featured database
    • Single authentication
    • Catalog search
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Accessibility
  • Cataloging database contents
    • Books
    • Journals/magazines
    • MARC records
    • Collection Development
    • Fiscally responsible
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Accessibility
  • Promotional materials
    • Guides
    • Pathfinders
    • Bibliographies
    • Bookmarks
      • Steps to reach it
      • Tips
      • Hard copy & electronic
staff awareness
Staff Awareness
  • Spread the word
    • Staff meeting demos
    • Emails
    • Use stories
    • Practice for information services assistants
    • Volunteers
patron use
Patron Use
  • Bookmarks
    • At all desks
    • On shelves
      • Use your imagination
  • One on one promotion
    • Look for opportunities
      • Make assumptions and generalize!!!
    • Don’t wait to be asked
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Patron Use
  • Larger audiences
    • Storytimes
    • Talks
    • Schools
      • School tours
      • Teachers and media specialists
      • It’s not the Internet

http://www.bcr.org/training/schedule/programdetail.php?programid=248see “handout for teachers”

        • Citations!!!!!
    • Meeting room users
    • Library programs
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Patron Use
  • Outside the library
    • Blogs, local media, RSS Feeds, Twitter, Facebook
    • Direct marketing
      • It’s advocacy
      • It’s not sales (well, they already bought it…)
      • Think like a business owner
      • Community groups
    • Join local groups
      • Public speaking
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Any Questions?

Justine Shaffner, MLS

Library Services Consultant – Public

BCR

jshaffner@bcr.org

800-397-1552 x140

http://blogs.bcr.org/publiclibraries/