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October 22, 2008

10 Ways to Help You Drive Usage

From Gale:
Gale offers ten ideas that we can implement together to ensure that your database and eBook usage shoots through the roof. These suggestions illustrate initiatives Gale is taking to help you double usage of your Gale databases in the coming months, bringing more value to your library.

By focusing on the needs of your patrons and bringing more power to users, Gale helps you increase the value of each resource you receive from them.

Please peruse the PowerPoint and let Gale know what you think. Gale is also very interested in hearing about the best practices you have already used in your library to drive usage. Check out Rule #9 about ways to download audio!

Here's the direct link: Download rules_that_drive_usage.pdf

October 14, 2008

OCLC and Questia link records from WorldCat to eBook previews

OCLC and Questia Media Inc. are linking records in WorldCat.org to previews of more than 67,000 eBook titles from Questia.com.

By clicking the Questia Read tab in WorldCat.org, users will be able to access the table of contents; preview the first 20 pages of a book and the first page of each chapter; and read available publisher descriptions for each of the more than 67,000 books in the Questia.com online library collection. Online access to the complete work is available through a subscription account. More than 5,000 eBooks are available free of charge.

By linking records in WorldCat.org to Questia eBooks, authenticated Questia users can view the location of the nearest library holding a physical copy of the virtual book they find in Questia.

The Questia online library focuses on books supporting academic research in the humanities and social sciences and contains high-quality previously published digital content from more than 260 renowned university and commercial presses.

 

From OCLC Abstracts October 13, 2008  ·  Vol. 11, No. 41  ·  ISSN 1932-4847