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Sunday, May 15 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Poster Session 1: Poster Board Number 102

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Poster Board Number: 102
Title: Utilizing Tags to Enhance an E-book Portal
Objectives and Methods: This poster describes the way in which the health sciences library used the tagging feature in its discovery system to create a portal for its e-book collections. Previously, the library listed the various titles by subject on a web page. However, this method was becoming unsustainable because of the rapidly increasing number of e-books added to the collection. The page was becoming a long list of titles and was not user friendly any more. Several options were explored for turning the page into an e-book portal. The most feasible one, given available resources, was to utilize the tagging feature in our discovery system and create a search box with predefined values so library users could find specific items by author, title, or subject or key words. The revised page now includes both the search box and a list of selected titles by subject area (www.hsl.lib.umn.edu/articles/ebooks/).
Results: The creation and use the predefined search box has allowed the library to design a portal for our health sciences e-book titles. It is easier for users to limit a search to health sciences-specific titles, and the library has seen an increase in usage of our e-book titles since the implementation of this box. The challenge lies in efficiently integrating e-book titles purchased through large packages that are of interest to our users.
Author: Nicole Theis-Mahon, Head, Technical Services, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Sunday May 15, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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