Tech Improve: Enhancing User Experience: Providing a Visual Browser for Electronic Journal
The mission of Blessing Health Professions Library is to enhance learning, research, and patient care by effectively managing knowledge-based resources for the 21st century. This mission is accomplished with respect for our patrons through dedication to excellence, creative service approaches, and by providing a doorway to information access through new technology initiatives. This application encompasses two areas of our mission: creative service approaches and information access through technology initiatives. The library will purchase licensing of the BrowZine product for the use of Blessing Health System including Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences. This award would allow the library to enhance learning and patient care utilizing new technology initiatives at Blessing Health System. With the increasing transition to electronic-only journal holdings and full text databases, the ability to browse journals has become more difficult. BrowZine is a service that makes scholarly journals available in a visual, browseable format through the web or a mobile device. Patrons can browse and read e-journals by subject and view complete issues of journals, including the table of contents. The patron can create their own bookshelf and be notified when new issues are published. Articles can be saved for off-line reading and export them to other web services. This system would improve on the services provided by the library and increase awareness of the electronic journals that the library subscribes to.