Commercial Digest (2 messages) Bob Persing 04 Oct 2013 19:56 UTC

Commercial Digest, a once a week digest of messages containing
informational content from commercial bodies (i.e., publishers, vendors,
agents, etc.)

This week's digest contains 2 messages:
1) Share your views on content discovery
2) Outsell's Information Management Benchmark - Request for your

Message #1:

Subject: Share your views on content discovery
From: "Oosman, Aalia" <>
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2013 08:32:11 +0000

Taylor & Francis conducted primary research throughout 2013 to produce a
comprehensive white paper entitled, Facilitating Access to Free Online
Content: Challenges and Opportunities for the Library Community. We have
noticed some key industry trends as a result of this research and would
like to conduct additional supplementary research to explore these
themes further via a follow up survey:

Primary research within the white paper revealed that 71 percent of
librarians surveyed struggle with the unknown permanence of free
content. Taylor & Francis initially asked survey recipients, "Has your
library implemented, or is planning to implement, any of the following
discoverability services?"

Our research revealed the following:

42% of survey respondents are planning to improve their end-user
interfaces for their library website (48% have already implemented) 35%
plan to improve their cataloging systems (38% have already implemented)
32% of survey respondents plan to conduct user research to understand
their users' needs and/or requirements (40% have already undertaken this)

To explore these responses further, we hope you will be able to spare
several minutes to complete some follow-up survey questions :

The results of the survey will be compiled into a presentation in which
Taylor & Francis and George Washington University Libraries will
co-present at the 33rd Annual Charleston conference, on November 9,
2013. The presentation will be uploaded online and we will also add the
results of this survey online and send out an announcement once the
results become available.

Best wishes and many thanks

Elyse Profera
Associate Library Marketing Manager
Taylor & Francis Group, 325 Chestnut Street, Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA

Message #2:

Subject: Outsell's Information Management Benchmark - Request for your
From: James Erickson <>
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2013 19:11:13 +0000


It’s that time of year again when Outsell, Inc. launches its 14th annual
Information Management Benchmark Survey of information managers and
librarians in industries, nonprofits, government agencies, and
educational and healthcare institutions.

The survey asks about information center budgets, content spending, and
staffing. All responses are confidential. The data will be presented in
aggregate form only. We ask that only one person from each information
center or library answer the survey to avoid duplicate responses from
the same organization.
Respondents completing the survey will receive the topline study
results. This report will provide concrete benchmarks you can use for
comparison of your library to peer organizations. Use it to justify
spending, hone your resource allocation decisions, and provide
management with key metrics about your library’s vendor portfolio.

In addition, respondents can enter a drawing for one of 15 Amazon gift
certificates of $25.00.

To enter the survey, point your browser to:
After answering introductory questions, you may download a PDF version
of the survey. The survey must be completed online. The survey will
close Friday, October 25th, 2013, midnight, Pacific Time.

Thank you for your participation in this important project and a special
thank you to those of you who have supported this research over the
years. We appreciate your time and contribution. If you have any
questions about the survey, please email James Erickson at

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