Trial Databases

Spring Break is behind many of us and the end of the semester is rapidly approaching. It is a time when everyone looks forwarded to warmer weather, graduation, and days out on the quad. Also, for some reason, it is also the most popular time to trial databases from publishers. Over the course of my first year, I have received offers to trial a new product or a database that we currently do not subscribe to at least once a week. In the past two weeks, however, I have had calls from representatives to trial 13 different databases. I think that trial databases are a great opportunity to try new products and show faculty and students the different types of sources available to them. To promote trials in the past, I have sent emails, posted notes to the message boards, talked to individuals and provided short demonstrations. However, I do not think that the trials are reaching their greatest potential. Any suggestions?

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