There's still time to take advantage of the special incentive pricing OCLC is offering to Minitex members on EasyBib Library Edition. Building on the popular citation management service EasyBib.com, the Library Edition adds features such as library branding, links to the library catalog, locations, hours and more.
To take advantage of this offer, five or more Minitex libraries must purchase new subscriptions before July 15. For more information on the special incentive pricing or for a price quote, please contact OCLC at http://www.oclc.org/easybib/ordering/.
The six institutions that participated in the EasyBib Library Edition beta saw increased usage from their students--anywhere from 65 to 100 percent more.
For example, the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University saw a 90 percent increase in EasyBib usage with Library Edition enabled; the Ohio State University saw an 84 percent increase. OSU's EasyBib site was used 10,651 times from Feb. 18th to March 14th compared to 5,787 times during the same period in 2010. Other beta sites report similar increases.
From the student point of view, EasyBib Library Edition makes life much easier. It provides intuitive, easy-to-use tools to cite and evaluate sources. There are links to the library's collections, virtual reference services and information such as hours and location. And it removes advertising from the site.
From the librarian's point of view, EasyBib Library Edition is a good fit for undergraduates and students who need a simple solution for the average research assignment. EasyBib Library Edition offers visibility online for libraries where their students are already going, with no work required on the library's part. Since more than 26 million students are already using the free version of EasyBib.com, training or library-led instruction can focus on teaching content instead of the tools themselves.
Libraries who have implemented WorldCat Local, WorldCat Local "quick start" or have visibility on WorldCat.org will find additional ROI for their subscriptions when they turn on EasyBib Library Edition. It uses the same settings and branding information already stored in OCLC Service Configuration, so sites can be fully functional in 24-48 hours. WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local also feature the ability to export citations to EasyBib.com and EasyBib Library Edition. (Note that a subscription to WorldCat Local is not required for this service).
Learn more about EasyBib Library Edition at http://www.oclc.org/info/easybib/. For more information on the special incentive pricing or for a price quote, please contact OCLC at http://www.oclc.org/easybib/ordering/.