Google Scholar & Libraries
Bill & Lorri (our new Electronic Resources Coordinator) went to yesterday's Google Scholar workshop up at Mt. Holyoke. I've put the link here for everyone else (myself included!)to get to the program's page & references. Take a look to see what's happening. It's pretty exciting - librarians are trying desperately to figure out how to get into the Google-dominated web world. Our patrons are out there Googling regularly, but both the OCLC survey & our own UCONN-run survey indicate that only 20-30% of the general public have ever gone to their library's website!
The Gale folks came today, as well, to talk about the same issue with a different approach - AccessMyLibrary.com, which is a gateway to Gale content that guides users who find interesting-looking articles through web searching back into their library (it runs appropriate authentication measures to allow the user to get the full-text of the article they've found via their library's subscription). It's still in Beta, but should be out by ALA. More on this later - or see them at ALA MidWinter & ask about it.
Have a great weekend all! I'm happy to report that my contract's been renewed & that I'll be able to continue to work with the good folks at iCONN for a while longer.