This interactive presentation combines skills and techniques used for reference, outreach, and e-resources management to share guidelines to promote library databases. We’ll provide tips and tricks for quickly and thoughtfully evaluating and using any database, focusing on database promotion both internally with frontline staff and colleagues and externally to patrons and stakeholders. You will brainstorm and discuss promotional activities at your own library, and afterward, be equipped to share your knowledge with others.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Apply techniques to quickly evaluate any database.
2. Explain the value of database promotion to different groups of people.
3. Develop outreach activities focused on database promotion.


Original broadcast July 16, 2020

Biography ~ Joanna Milner

Joanna has been digging up information and good reads for Multnomah County Library patrons for more than 20 years. She is currently the chair of the Oregon Library Association Reference Round Table and has served as a Mozilla Foundation Web Literacy Leader. She has presented programs on web literacy, dominating databases, and adult books with teen appeal.

Biography ~ Amy Coughenour
Amy has worked in libraries for over 10 years in areas including virtual reference, reference, instruction, distance education, scholarly communication, outreach, and electronic resources management. After starting in virtual reference and academic libraries, she now supports state government employees as a member of the Government Information and Library Services division of the State Library of Oregon.