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Edward Hirst: Subscription databases, statistics, RDA…


I am Edward Hirst and I am the Technical Services Supervisor at Rowan Public Library in Salisbury, North Carolina. Some thing I struggle with is how expensive subscription databases are for libraries to provide, and why we can’t seem to get more use from them. Do you experience this at your library? I work with Statistics quite a bit, which are very important in the library world, yet I don’t think they show a complete picture of what is intended. How are others using statistics and what kind of data are you tracking? Some of my other challenges are adding ebook titles that expire to our catalog and working with RDA cataloging.


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