Would you like to have a better idea of which books your patrons really will use in your medical or health sciences library?

The Rittenhouse R2 platform has a flexible Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) feature that allows patrons to select titles themselves. The librarian can make the final decisions to order the items or not. In this way, the PDA feature helps patrons and librarians to work as partners, increasing book usage and patron engagement.

The librarians may pre-select which titles are in the PDA to make sure the book isn't already in the library's collection, and librarians can double-check about expensive books, to better budget funds.

This is a good time to request a trial to R2 and to try out PDA. The Oktoberfest special (22% discount for one consolidated order) is still valid through January 15th.

You can read more about the Rittenhouse R2 Patron Driven Acquisition Option PDA or the Rittenhouse Oktoberfest Special.

For more information about Rittenhouse, the R2 platform, or this offer, please contact Mary Conroy (maryc@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 16) or Christine Morris (christinem@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 29) at OHIONET.

OCLC and Ingram Content Group have launched a new e-book service option that provides libraries and their patrons short-term access to e-book content that is not in a library’s collection through WorldCat Resource Sharing.

The new e-book service option increases the amount of content available through WorldCat Resource Sharing. Through the collaboration, e-books from Ingram’s MyiLibrary e-book collection will be available to participating libraries and their patrons for a nine day period. The option will be available in ILLiad within the next several months. E-book loans are fee-based, set at an average of 15 percent of the MyiLibrary price set by the publisher for access to the e-book. The fee is managed through the WorldCat Resource Sharing interlibrary loan fee management (IFM) feature that supports payment of resource-sharing services through the library’s OCLC invoice.

The addition of Ingram’s MyiLibrary content provides access to more than 50,000 e-book titles, and is growing daily. Content from the world’s leading publishers, such as Taylor and Francis and Wiley are currently available through the new short-term access option. Records for all titles have been added to WorldCat under the symbol IDILL, so users will find these titles when they search the WorldCat database via WorldCat.org, WorldCat Local, WorldCat Local “quick start” and FirstSearch. Interlibrary loan staff can then facilitate access to the available titles by requesting them from IDILL. View the list of available e-book titles.

To support the new and growing e-book access program, Ingram will send “Conditional” messages to request that borrowing library staff take an action such as enabling IFM or adjusting their Maxcost setting to accommodate the cost of an e-book loan. Ingram will place the link to the e-book in the new field “Alert” to notify the borrower immediately that the request has been filled and to alert the library that they will have nine days from the date the e-book is “shipped” to use the link before it expires.

This short-term access option delivers e-books to users quickly, so they can begin to use requested titles right away. Once a request is updated to “shipped” status, it is immediately available for use with no delays for shipping, or the time required to pick up a requested print title. This supports the way many users make use of e-books to obtain specific parts of information for research. For example, often a chapter or section of an e-book is all they need to use. The MyiLibrary interface allows users to search the full text of titles to quickly identify the sections they need.

For more information view the “What’s New with OCLC Resource Sharing Services” webinar recorded on August 25, 2011.

The Taylor & Francis Group invites you to an online demonstration of the Taylor & Francis eBooks, the CRCnetBASE collection and Europa World Plus online. The online demo takes place on November 5th, with your choice of times: 10:30am or 2pm.

  • The Taylor & Francis eBook collection offers more than 20,000 titles in the social sciences and humanities.
  • The CRCnetBASE products are a collection of 33-plus different, subject-specific science and technical online libraries.
  • The highly acclaimed Europa World Year Book and Europa World Plus online, a versatile political and economic reference database, offers access to detailed information about more than 250 countries.

We hope you can attend!

Please e-mail Mary Conroy at maryc@ohionet.org to register and indicate whether you prefer the morning or afternoon session.   You will receive logon details  after you register.

OHIONET has successfully gathered more than ten academic libraries for a special consortium price for the Gale Encyclopedia of Religion Online. Access will start in April.   This version is the online equivalent of the second print edition -- a 15-volume set.  Our discount is  at least 50% off list pricing for this one time purchase price.

Brochure: http://www.gale.cengage.com/brochure/EncyReligion10404.pdf

Fact sheet: http://www.gale.cengage.com/pdf/facts/EncyReligion.pdf

Since we met the minimum group requirement, now all academic library members may participate--regardless of size or whether you have the print version or not--all at the same per library price.

Thanks to all who replied and helped us form the group.  This  saves money for all the participating libraries.  Library patrons will surely appreciate the convenient online access to this  multi-volume acclaimed reference work.

We are still able to add new subscriptions at the special price, so if you are interested and have not yet joined this group, please contact Mary Conroy at 800-686-8975 Ext. 16 or maryc@ohionet.org.