Get the most for your money (or how to improve awareness of the Online Resources)

MOREnet Members have access to a wide range of informational resources through the Online Resources funded by state appropriations through the Missouri State Library. There are a number of general, academic, health, K-12 and business periodical databases through EBSCO and newspapers including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star and the Springfield News-Leader from NewsBank. The State Library has just recently announced the return of the Discovering Collection from Gale and the addition of the Learning Express Library. All of these resources are available at no extra charge as a part of your MOREnet membership.

Below are a few suggestions to make sure your patrons of aware of these resources.

Your Library Website

The link to your online databases web page should be prominently displayed on the home page. Use terms your patrons are familiar with, such as “newspapers” instead of NewsBank. If patrons can access from home make sure this is clearly stated on your website and include any instructions they may need.

If you do not currently have a library Web page or have a Web page that you are unable to update freely, please contact Debbie Musselman with the Missouri State Library at for information about the free REAL EZ Web website program managed by MOREnet.

Patron Access from Home

It’s easier than you think, so if you don’t currently have this available or if you’ve looked at this in the past, we now have some new options so please contact MOREnet Technical Support at (800) 509-6673 to discuss this.

Promotional Materials

A number of promotional materials are available at and have been updated with the addition of the Discovering Collection and Learning Express Library. They are available for you to download and reproduce or I can send you copies. In addition to updating current items like the patron computer table tents, we will be adding new items like a calendar poster and bookmarks which will be reproduced and distributed at various conferences. News Release templates are also available on this web page. Feel free to tweak them to fit your own needs!

Additional suggestions are available at If you’ve used other tricks or tools to promote these resources to your patrons I would love to hear about it so I can share it with other libraries.


Jeanne Sullivan
REAL Program Manager
(800) 509-6673

Jeanne Sullivan | Friday, October 19, 2007 | |


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