Patron-Driven & Tools

Patron-Driven Acquisitions
We are continuing to expand our patron-driven or demand-driven programs. Acquiring materials through ILL requests continues as does purchasing of eBooks through the library catalog. We are now using YBP for eBook DDA profiling. Since the eBook DDA program is funded by individual subject areas rather than a large pool, we have developed a method for tracking this program. Evidence-based eBook programs were also explored with GVRL and Elsevier this year.

Research Tools
There are a number of tools available to help make researcher easier.

LibX - The library now makes accessing the library catalog, electronic resources and other library-related services and tools even simpler! Using the LibX open source product, we created a toolbar just for the University of Library users. The toolbar is available for both Internet Explorer and FireFox users. In addition to providing a tool that searches the library catalog, WorldCat and our digital collections, it also provides linking and cues. The toolbar help you to work more effectively and cut down on navigating to resources. For example, if you use Amazon.com, you can simply select the library icon and it will search the library catalog for you. If it is not available in the library catalog, you can click on the link to search WorldCat. From there, you can easily submit an ILL request.

UMissMe Bookmarklet - This tool is an easy way to add the library's proxy information to a URL. If you are off-campus and using resources the library subscribes to, it will make it easy to authenticate and get access. If you receive e-mail alerts to articles, you can click on this bookmarklet to easily access the article.

RefWorks - Try this citation management tool to help you with your research and writing!