Discover The Library!: Libraries and Learning innovation at Leeds Metropolitan University

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Presentation given by Julie Cleverley from Leeds Metropolitan University at the PPRG seminar in Birmingham on 8 November 2013.


  • 1. Targeted marketing strategies that work CILIPs Publicity and Public Relations (PPRG) GroupDiscover The Library! Libraries and Learning Innovation, Leeds Metropolitan University Julie Cleverley Journals and Electronic Resources Manager

2. Leeds Metropolitan University c 3000 staff and 26000 students 2 campus libraries - City campus and Headingley campus 1.4 million visits to the libraries per year 450,000 books and e-resources including c90000 journals 99% of journal titles available electronically 3. Resource Discovery Project make journals easier to find (2010 annual student survey) problems finding journals (need one access point) but amount of info that is available is good (2010 exit polls) online journals hard to navigate, and the process of actually finding a journal article difficult. (2009 focus group) 4. Discover - EBSCO Discovery Service Content high percentage of EBSCO resources at Leeds Met User interface EDS preferred in our evaluations Admin interface for both stats and customisation Customer service EBSCO has good track record with us Fast & simple implementation. Soft launch September 2011 Main/Full launch January 2012 5. Promoting Discover 2012-13 Project objectives: To raise awareness of Discover. To encourage usage of Discover by Library staff, academic staff and students To increase usage of specific databases accessed via Discover 6. To raise awareness of Discover 7. Marketing Materials 8. Promotion to Library Staff Discover Project and Implementation group Naming the new service competition Discover training hours Resource of the Month training hours Pens given to Library staff 9. Promotion to Academic Staff Staff invited to demos, focus groups and the launch event University wide enews bulletins News items throughout the year 10. Promotion to Academic Staff Universitys annual Course Leader Conference in summer 2012 University wide new staff induction sessions promoting Discover and highlighting features such as permalinks for use in online module handbooks and on the VLE Publicity on the Staff and Researcher pages of the Library Online website 11. Promotion to Postgraduates and Researchers Advanced Discover guide More in depth searches, depth of results How they can be managed - RSS feeds, exporting results to Endnote and RefWorks and creating bibliographies Personalisation creating folders and changing preferences 12. Promotion to Students Library inductions Promotional materials given away at the Library Help and Information Point Discover: Your Library search engine Skills for Learning workshops 13. Promotion to students: Freshers Fair 14. Promotion to Students: subject specific search boxes 15. Promotion to Students: Discover road shows 16. Promotion to Students: news items Discover your Library? news article on the Universitys website Promotion to Students via topical news items 17. Whats new library display 18. Evaluating awareness Anecdotal evidence collected at road shows 2013-14 Reading lists more closely related to the Library collections Featured in the university-wide You said we did for 2012 NSS 2013 NSS results - comments about resources had decreased and positive comments up 18% Mentioned in course reviews, teaching sessions and one-to-ones: "a brilliant tool which made searching for specific work much easier and less time-consuming". Praised by the Students Union Executive as an example of how the Library listens to and responds to the needs of students. 19. Discover usage statistics 20. Discover usage statisticsA comparison of monthly searches on Discover in 2011-12 and 2012-13 A comparison of monthly sessions on Discover in 2011-12 and 2012-13 21. To increase usage of specific databases accessed via Discover Other subscribed databases EBSCO databases %age increase in full text downloads between 2011-12 and 2012-13 Academic Search Complete 5% Art Full Text 206% Business Source Premier 37% CINAHL Plus Full Text 179% PsycArticles 13% Sport Discus 15%%age increase in full text downloads (JR1) and successful section requests (BR2) between 2011-12 and 2012-13 Annual Reviews 50% Berg Publishers 49% BioMed Central 76% BMJ 6% Brill 24% Cambridge University Press 33% DawsonEra (BR2) 79% MyILibrary (BR2) 305% Nature Publishing Group 17% Springer 132% Taylor & Francis 21% 22. Conclusions Successful marketing campaign Met objectives Engaged those delivering and receiving Relatively inexpensive 23. Whats next? Resource list system linking to Discover Annual review of Discover Embedded promotion of Discover in student inductions and by all staff on the front line services Embedding of LibGuides into Discover profile


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