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Ever wonder if your patrons really understand the value of the services your library offers? How much would they need to pay out-of-pocket if they purchased their books, movies and other library services in stores?

This has been around a while, but in these hard economic times for libraries it is worth another look. Check out the following calculator:  www.ocln.org/value-of-service

At the bottom of the page you can find information on how to put this calculator on your library website. You can get the code by going to "view", then display the page source and copy it into a page on your site.

Permission is granted to other libraries to adapt this calculator for use on their own website.  The Denver Public Library has adapted this nicely to equate to every $1.00 in taxes spent on the library, and how much patrons receive in return: http://denverlibrary.org/news/dplnews/roi_calculator.html

Here are a couple of other examples:

http://www.fresnolibrary.org/serv/calculator.html

http://www.vermontlibraries.org/library-use-value-calculator

This thought-provoking and useful tool might give your patrons a new perspective about the benefits of the services your library provides. To quote Dean Corner at Maine State Library:  "The next time you hear the phrase 'what’s in your wallet?,' make sure your library card is up-to-date."

AP Interactives
This resource combines graphics, text, audio, video and photos from The Associated Press into unique interactive packages on critical news topics and issues.
Mar. 24, 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Biography Resource Center
Current, comprehensive and easy to use, this online biographical reference database is designed to meet the needs of school and academic libraries in the areas of literature, science, multicultural studies, business, entertainment, politics, sports, government, history, arts and newsmakers.
Mar. 3, 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Mar. 19, 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Books & Authors
Looking for a new entry point for your patrons to discover the world of current genre fiction and essential non-fiction in your library? Books & Authors offers new ways to explore countless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics.
Mar. 2, 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Mar. 26, 11:00 a.m. (ET)

Business & Company Resource Center
This database brings together a wide variety of global business information, making it easy for users to research business case studies, competitive intelligence and career and investment opportunities.
Mar. 12, 2:00 p.m. (ET)

Global Issues in Context - New!
This new resource ties together a variety of sources to present a rich analysis of issues — social, political, military, economic, environmental, science related, health related, cultural — and headlines in world hot spots. It helps users think critically about global connections and the interdependence of all nations.
Mar. 2, 3:00 p.m. (ET) - Public/Special
Mar. 5, 2:00 p.m. (ET) - K-12
Mar. 9, 3:00 p.m. (ET) - Academic
Mar. 17, 3:00 p.m. (ET) - Public/Special
Mar. 23, 3:00 p.m. (ET) - K-12
Mar. 26, 1:00 p.m. (ET) - Academic

Health & Wellness Resource Center
Gale's Health & Wellness Resource Center has established itself as the "go-to" consumer health reference in libraries everywhere. Its recently updated interface makes it easy to find good answers to common health questions for researchers of all ages.
Mar. 13, 1:00 p.m. (ET)

History Resource Center
With its unique combination of primary and secondary sources, History Resource Center places the tools of the historian in the hands of the researcher. Award-winning encyclopedias from Charles Scribner's Sons, Gale and Macmillan Reference USA are presented along with primary materials drawn from some of the world's most notable libraries via Primary Source Media.
Mar. 9, 2:00 p.m. (ET)

Literature Resource Center
Uniquely relevant to today's curriculum, Literature Resource Center's rich critical, biographical and contextual materials support interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy and the development of critical-thinking skills.
Mar. 6, 11:00 a.m. (ET)
Mar. 18, 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Nursing Resource Center
This comprehensive resource supports nursing programs at two-year community colleges, four-year colleges and vocational education high schools, as well as public libraries nationwide. Designed to match the "Nursing Process," it provides homework assistance and NCLEX-RN test prep and helps students prepare for clinical exams.
Mar. 26, 3:00 p.m. (ET)

PriceIt! Antiques & Collectibles
Coins, collectibles, antiques...do your library patrons often wonder how much their favorite things are worth? Are you looking to provide your patrons with a way to earn extra cash in this tough economy? Join us at this webinar to learn how Price It! Antiques & Collectibles can answer these questions and many more.
Mar. 20, 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Science Resource Center
Science Resource Center is an in-depth, curriculum-oriented one-stop resource that provides articles and science information at multiple reading levels. The Science Resource Center reflects curriculum trends and focuses on key concepts taught in school classrooms.
Mar. 19, 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Testing & Education Reference Center
This newly enhanced resource provides users with in-depth information on colleges and universities, graduate and professional programs, distance learning opportunities, corporate training, available scholarships and awards, and much more. Available online practice tests include college entrance exams and certification and licensing tests.
Mar. 11, 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Mar. 26, 2:00 p.m. (ET)

A reminder from EBSCO:

Dear EBSCO Customer,

We are pleased to announce that, in accordance with our pledge to continually improve customer access to EBSCO products, we are expanding our IP address ranges.

IMPORTANT - Action Required: If you need to allow access through firewalls, proxies, filtering software or other security features, we ask that you please add these IP addresses (140.234.*.*, and 63.208.197.*) to your firewall exception list by March 1, 2009, to ensure full, unrestricted access to all EBSCO Publishing online products.

This FAQ provides complete details of all URLs and IPs to use EBSCO and our affiliated products to their fullest extent.

Visit EBSCO''s Support Site (http://support.ebscohost.com) to learn about new features, search among thousands of FAQs, download Flash tutorials, Help Sheets or User Guides, or communicate with Technical Support at any time, using the EBSCO Support Form (http://support.ebscohost.com/contact/askus.php).

Sincerely,

Marcie Brown
Technical Communications Manager
EBSCO Publishing
10 Estes Street
Ipswich, MA 01938

Facts on File is very excited to announce the launch of their newest online database, U.S. Government Online.

Ideal for civics and social studies classrooms and projects

, U.S. Government Online is an easy-to-use online resource that includes essential resources:

  • Essays
  • Primary Sources
  • Images and Videos
  • Tables, Charts, and Maps
  • News Articles
  • Special Features
  • And much more!

Contact OHIONET (christinem@ohionet.org or maryc@ohionet.org) for pricing. Click here for a detailed description of this outstanding new database.

iPod Compatible Titles Coming to NetLibrary
NetLibrary and Recorded Books will offer a comprehensive and growing collection of more than 1,000 bestsellers, classics and Modern Scholar titles that are compatible with a wide range of MP3 players, including Apple’s iPods and iPhones, Microsoft Zunes, Sony® Walkmans and more.

Introducing Sony Reader Mobile Collections
OCLC NetLibrary is introducing five new Sony Reader Mobile Collections specifically to be read on the Sony eBook Reader. Libraries that purchase these “Mobile Collections” will receive a Sony Reader PRS-505 along with a preselected set of titles tested for compatibility on the reader, prepaid access fees, and the required Adobe license to download eContent. Below are answers to frequently asked questions about this offer. If you have additional questions, please contact salesoperations@oclc.org. This offer is available through June 30th, 2009.

New Subject Sets Available for 2009
Each new Subject Set contains quality frontlist content with no title duplication from set to set, or from previously introduced Subject Sets. There are ten new eBook and five new eAudiobook Sets, including the following fields:

  • 2009 Taxes & Personal Finance Resources
  • General Education & Business
  • Hot Topics & Special Interest
  • Personal Growth & How To
  • eAudiobooks

Additional discounts are available on the Subject Sets. Contact OHIONET for more details.

Rosen Publishing, proud sponsor of Teen Tech Week, is pleased to offer you a FREE trial to its award-winning, critically acclaimed Teen Health & Wellness database.

Get started right away!
URL: www.teenhealthandwellness.com
Username: teentech
Password: teentech

Your trial is available now and ends on 03/27/09. Feel free to give access details to your library's teens--Rosen wants their feedback, too!

To celebrate Teen Tech Week, Rosen Publishing is giving participating TTW libraries and their teen communities an opportunity to win a free subscription to the award-winning Teen Health & Wellness database with its Share Your Personal Story: Podcast and Writing Contest. The Teen Health & Wellness database contains real-life, personal stories of teens who have faced tough issues firsthand. Have your teens share their true stories--either by podcast or writing--for publication in Teen Health & Wellness, and give them a chance to win an iPod Shuffle.

All stories that meet the submission guidelines will be published on Teen Health & Wellness. Three teens will be selected at random from the pool of submissions to win an iPod Shuffle. And one library will be selected at random to win a free twelve-month subscription to Health & Wellness.

Contest details are available here.

OCLC has expanded the FirstSearch® Base Package to include the OAIster database on FirstSearch and the CAMIO® and ArchiveGrid® databases at no additional charge to subscribing libraries and library groups. In addition, in May Base Package subscribers will receive access to an entry-scale, hosted version of CONTENTdm® with secure systems support at no additional charge, to support their efforts to increase access to library-provided digital content.

The goal of these Base Package additions is to provide libraries with access to more digital resources, and to do so in a way that highlights their unique online presence. Connecting these resources through WorldCat® also allows users to more easily find high-quality materials through local libraries.

OCLC is contacting all Base Package subscribers with a letter with more information.  Please contact Christine Morris at OHIONET (christinem@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 29) if you have any questions.

A Better Way to Research, Teach, and Learn History!

Eight award-winning databases from ABC-CLIO offer in-depth research power with remarkable ease-of-use. These authoritative databases answer a complete range of research needs, from simple reference inquiries to in-depth topic analysis.

Read more about these exciting resources here.

Editorial Cartoons and Questions are a special feature of all the databases from Facts On File News Services. Lively and topical, they can show the range of opinion on a host of key issues, from the world economy and the new U.S. presidential administration, to Reconstruction, to the continuing debate over evolution and intelligent design. Each cartoon is accompanied by questions that prompt critical thinking about the meaning of the cartoon, the point of view behind it, or the means used to convey the message. All cartoons are linked to resources elsewhere in the database that help answer the questions.

Look for each database's listing of Editorial Cartoons and Questions in the Special Features section, the central lower panel of the home page. All Editorial Cartoons are searchable. Also, Curriculum Tools in all databases contain suggestions for students on analyzing and evaluating Editorial Cartoons, and for educators on how to incorporate Editorial Cartoons into classroom discussion and activities.

Contact Mary Conroy (maryc@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 16) or Christine Morris (christinem@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 29) for more information about Facts on File News Service databases.

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