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1 Thank You, but Not Yet A Report on Free Trial Access to Korean Databases by Joy Kim University of Southern California

2 Summary Background Participating Vendors Participating Institutions Databases Available Usage Statistics Feedback from the Vendors Vendors Future Plans Evaluation of the Program What Next?

3 Background (how the free trial came about) The Korean Consortium of North America sponsored an open meeting on Korean databases in 2002 Two of major three vendors attended & explored the idea of a consortial arrangement for overseas libraries The vendors decided to offer free trial to all interested for 3-6 months, which eventually extended to a whole year

4 Participating Vendors Nuri Media Dong Bang Media

5 Participating Institutions ( Over 30 individuals at 21 institutions) 1. Australian National University 2. Columbia University 3. George Washington University 4. Harvard University 5. National Endowment for Democracy 6. OCLC 7. Portland State University

6 Participating Institutions cont. 8. Queens Borough Public Library, NYC 9. University of British Columbia 10. University of California, Berkeley 11. University of California, Los Angeles 12. University of Hawaii 13. University of Illinois 14. University of London, UK

7 Participating Institutions cont. 15. University of Michigan 16. University of Sheffield, UK 17. University of Southern California 18. University of Toronto 19. University of Washington 20. World Mission University, Los Angeles 21. Yale University

8 Databases Offered Thousands of full text journals, references, documents, classics, ebooks, multimedia, etc. Nuri Media Dong Bang Media

9 Usage Only Five Institutions Used Actively

10 One Universitys Usage Statistics

11 Vendors Future Plans Dong Bang Media Willing to Extend the Free Trial, 6 Mos. At a Time Willing to Offer Special Discount to Overseas Users Exploring Document Delivery Service (pay per item)

12 Vendors Future Plans cont. Nuri Media Will Not Extend the Free Trial May Open All Databases for One Purchase per Year Exploring Document Delivery Service (pay per item)

13 Unanswered Questions Low Usage: What were the Barriers? Technical Problems? Lack of Training? Not Enough Publicity? Scholars Prefer Hardcopy? Overseas Korean Studies Premature?

14 What Next? A Workshop on Electronic Resources for End Users (Scholars) at AAS? Grant Possibilities Vendor Support (Recruit the 3 rd Co,KSI) Cooperative Project for CKM and CKS

15 Vendors Comments A meaningful experience. Although not led to sales, achieved other goals. Assessed the Overseas Market. (Conclusion: Sales Potential not High.) Publicized the Company and Products Identified Potential Buyers Service to the Korean Studies Community.

16 Questions? Comments? Contact: Joy Kim Tel: Fax:


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