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  1. 1. My point, which really isn’t very fresh after all… <ul><li>We have great stuff, but it’s overpriced and undervalued. </li></ul><ul><li>We have to make sure it gets used. </li></ul><ul><li>We have to find a way to keep it. </li></ul><ul><li>We have to find a way to get more of it for everyone. </li></ul><ul><li>Meanwhile, there are concurrent sessions on digital copyright, KnowItNow, audiobooks, and service fees. I’m not trying to chase you away; just presenting your options.  </li></ul>
  2. 2. A Fresh Look at Databases: Yarmando’s Perspective Don Yarman Ref & Adult Services Conference September 2006
  3. 3. OCLC's Perceptions of Libraries & Information Resources (2005) <ul><li>http://www.oclc.org/reports/2005perceptions.htm </li></ul><ul><li>The library brand is &quot;books.&quot; There is no runner-up. </li></ul><ul><li>People do not begin searching for information with the library. </li></ul><ul><li>Younger people recognize no value that librarians add to searches. </li></ul><ul><li>People do not trust paid-for information more than free information. </li></ul>
  4. 4. No one was doing my job last year
  5. 5. Over time, things look great…
  6. 6. … but the real story is that usage of statewide subscriptions is dropping off
  7. 7. So let’s take stock <ul><li>What do we have statewide? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do we even know? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If we don’t know, how can we expect them to know (or care)? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If it’s not meeting users’ needs, what is? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What can we drop? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is missing from the statewide “core” that libraries individually have to provide? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. The Money <ul><li>What OPLIN pays for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual subscription </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permanent, owned content </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What LSTA pays for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Statewide Core Electronic Info Collection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What libraries pay for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OPLIN group contracts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional consortia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other arrangements </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. OPLIN pays for EBSCO <ul><li>About $1.5 million </li></ul><ul><li>27 databases & 9 different interfaces </li></ul><ul><li>Most are shared with LCO ($1,188,830) </li></ul><ul><li>Exceptions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NoveList & Novelist K-8 ($198,000) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer Health Complete ($175,000) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Same thing; different color.
  11. 15. OPLIN also pays for <ul><li>Ohio Capitol Connection - $108,500 </li></ul><ul><li>Britannica - $125,000 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 editions (academic, school, public) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enciclopedia Universal en Espa ñol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annals of American History </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>World Data Analyst </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Permanent content ownership – hosting fee </li></ul></ul>
  12. 17. The rest is LSTA <ul><li>AccessScience </li></ul><ul><li>American National Biography </li></ul><ul><li>Britannica balance </li></ul><ul><li>NewsBank </li></ul><ul><li>Oxford Reference </li></ul><ul><li>ART Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Literature Collection </li></ul>Five year grant July 2003 - June2008 About $1 million each year We’re entering Year 4
  13. 19. What do we do after LSTA? <ul><li>Libraries Connect Ohio Plus (INFOhio, OhioLINK, OPLIN, State Library ALAO, OELMA, and OLC ) </li></ul><ul><li>Statewide Resource Sharing Commission Electronic Licensing Task Force </li></ul><ul><li>Concerned Metro/ETM library directors </li></ul>
  14. 20. The Gospel of Sanville <ul><li>We are trapped into paying an increasing amount of money for a decreasing share of available content. </li></ul><ul><li>Only by working together can we break the vendor hold on us. </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of models: war chest, NPR, etc. </li></ul>
  15. 21. Vendors Don’t Buy It <ul><li>They won’t extend the metro discounts to the small community libraries. </li></ul><ul><li>They’ll charge what they think they can get away with. </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries can negotiate better deals on their own than OPLIN can for a group. </li></ul>
  16. 22. HeritageQuest, for example <ul><li>They earn about $100,000 in Ohio </li></ul><ul><li>But their group contract price is $265,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Based on their relative sizes, that would be $20-25K for Columbus & Cuyahoga </li></ul><ul><li>They really pay $6000 </li></ul><ul><li>Working up from the $6000 deal, Ohio should only have to pay $72,000. </li></ul>
  17. 23. Public libraries have common needs beyond the current “core” definition <ul><li>The 25 largest libraries each year pay over $6.5 million for electronic databases. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no single database that all of them buy. There are only a few that more than half of them buy. </li></ul><ul><li>But there are common subject areas. </li></ul>
  18. 24. RefUSA, for example <ul><li>They earn over $900,000 in Ohio </li></ul><ul><li>Their group offer was $1.14 million </li></ul><ul><li>Ultimately, only $653,000 was “pledged.” </li></ul>
  19. 25. So this spring… $783,000 for spotty access <ul><li>Auto Repair Ref Center </li></ul><ul><li>Alldata </li></ul><ul><li>HeritageQuest </li></ul><ul><li>eLibrary </li></ul><ul><li>CultureGrams </li></ul><ul><li>Associations Unlimited </li></ul><ul><li>LegalForms </li></ul><ul><li>Literary Ref Center </li></ul><ul><li>SIRS Researcher </li></ul><ul><li>SIRS Discoverer </li></ul>
  20. 26. Hope endures <ul><li>Awareness of the problem is dawning throughout the state, particularly among influential directors. </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-agency partnership. OLC involvement is key. </li></ul>
  21. 27. Leverage Investment <ul><li>Keep the stats climbing; make more use of what we have. </li></ul><ul><li>Smarter metasearching </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting users where they are </li></ul>
  22. 28. How? <ul><li>Weed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The “shelves” are too full. “MedLine?” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rearrange </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Design for users, not librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Promote </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A little effort centrally will go a long way </li></ul></ul>
  23. 30. Where the users are <ul><li>OCLC Perceptions Report </li></ul><ul><li>AccessMyLibrary.com </li></ul><ul><li>EBSCOconnection.com </li></ul>
  24. 31. EBSCO content indexed by commercial search engines
  25. 32. IP Address recognized
  26. 34. Authentication <ul><li>Premise: let’s not make the user jump through hoops. It’s more important to quickly connect Ohioans to these resources than it is to keep Kentuckians out. </li></ul><ul><li>Nevertheless, we should make an effort both to keep unauthorized users out and to get clean institution-level stats. </li></ul>
  27. 35. This is NOT the best way
  28. 36. The plan <ul><li>Instead of hundreds of Ohio institution accounts enabled for EBSCO Connection, we enable one account: </li></ul><ul><li>FOR ALL OHIO RESIDENTS </li></ul><ul><li>(COURTESY OF OHIO LIBRARIES) </li></ul>
  29. 37. Use automation to connect Article Citation LCO IP “ For All Ohioans” Ohio IP Enter card number *Library Card* Driver’s License Other Geo-locate? *ARTICLE*
  30. 40. My point…and I do have one <ul><li>We have great stuff. </li></ul><ul><li>We have to find a way to keep it. </li></ul><ul><li>We have to make sure it gets used. </li></ul><ul><li>We have to find a way to get more of it for everyone. </li></ul>
  31. 41. Questions?
  32. 42. Thanks for coming. For problems: OPLIN Support Center [email_address] , 888-96-OPLIN For discussion: Don Yarman [email_address]

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