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Richland County (SC)

South Carolina: Richland County Pubic Library Collection Development Head, Jo Griffith will continue to grow her Gale Virtual Reference Library collection based on the following reasons:

I had some initial misgivings about our patrons finding and using the virtual reference titles in our beginning collection. I am pleased to report that the usage statistics present a different picture. From the beginning to now we have had a steady rise in all the resources we chose. I attribute much of that to the fact that we made the decision to put them on our Research Tools page by title in the respective subject areas.

From June of 2004 when we added the first fifteen selections to now, we have reached retrievals as high as 1,450 in a single month. With the recent additions bringing our collection total to 32, I expect that number to rise dramatically. The branch managers have relayed to me their gratitude at having access to reference material that has heretofore been available only at Main. That our smallest branch thirty-five miles away can get to such resources fits our mission to serve the information needs of all the residents of the county.”

>Tampa-Hillsborough County (FL)
  • I can offer higher quality, expensive reference titles to every library branch, not just the main library or our regional libraries (ex: New Catholic Encyclopedia - one of our most used GVRL eBooks that I could only afford for the main library in print).
  • GVRL saves shelf space by moving the low demand but important reference works online (ex: Something About the Author).
  • I can measure/evaluate the use (searches and documents viewed) with the GVRL collection to determine the importance of a particular title to our collection, and help select similar titles for our collection.
  • Incorporating the GVRL eBooks into our PowerSearch with InfoTrac OneFile makes it easy to search and get reference works and articles in one search.
  • Access to reference titles from home is great; it extends our reference collection — on demand — beyond the library building. About half of the use of the GVRL eBooks is from outside the library.

– Andrew Breidenbaugh, Coordinator of Reference & Information Services