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Special Library Partner Optimization

Updated on 3/2/17

In order to give AskUsNow!'s special library partners more visibility within Maryland, our library partners across the state can now link directly to our special library partners / subject specialists websites and email webforms where deemed appropriate for their own websites.

For example: the Baltimore County Public Library may want to add a link to the MD Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in their disability information pathfinder. They would link to the LBPH website as well as to their email webform as created in QuestionPoint so customer's questions for LBPH would go directly to LBPH.

 

Example of how it might be on your library's website:

"The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides comprehensive library services to the eligible blind and physically handicapped residents of the State of Maryland. They can be contacted directly through their webform."

 

Sample Question

If you want to know what kinds of questions each institution can help with, we've put together a small list of actual AskUsNow! questions as they pertain to each of the special libraries.


Below are all of the blurbs and links you can use on your Maryland Library's website to further promote access to these wonderful subject specialists. Please feel free to use any or all or the blurbs provided. Please do at least use both URLS. All information is formatted as follows:

1. blurb,

2. library URL,

3. URL directly to QP email webform.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) ✓

1. The Carter Library and Information Resource Center is the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' central source for information, serving the needs of DNR staff, researchers, and the public. The DNR Library can assist with questions about state environmental protection programs, history of environmental protection in Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay, and ecology of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay.

2. library.dnr@maryland.gov or 410-370-5093

Maryland Nonprofits ✓  

https://marylandnonprofits.org/ or 410-727-6367

Maryland State Law Library ✓

1. The Maryland State Law Library provides legal information to the Maryland judiciary and other branches of State government, bar members and the public. Information specialists can assist with suggestions for beginning and advanced legal research, assistance in the location and use of sources and finding aids, and recommendations for alternative sources for legal help outside of the Library.

2. http://www.mdcourts.gov/lawlib/

3. http://www.questionpoint.org/crs/servlet/org.oclc.admin.BuildForm?&institution=11035&type=1&language=1

Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) ✓

1. The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) provides free, comprehensive library services to Maryland residents who cannot read or use regular print materials as a result of a temporary or permanent visual or physical disability. Books and magazines are available in audio, Braille, and large print formats, and are circulated through the mail. Patrons can also download reading material instantly through BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download).

2. http://lbph.maryland.gov/

3. http://www.questionpoint.org/crs/servlet/org.oclc.admin.BuildForm?&institution=11043&type=1&language=1

National Agricultural Library (NAL) ✓

1. Professional reference (research and specialized information center) staff at the National Agricultural Library can help you find the agriculture related information you need. Staff members answer questions using authoritative, pertinent resources and produce online guides to myriad food, farming, environment and agriculture topics. Let them help you.

2. http://www.nal.usda.gov/

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Central Library

1.  The NOAA Central Library provides information and research support to NOAA staff and the public. The library also networks with over 30 NOAA libraries across the nation. Disciplines covered include weather and atmospheric sciences, oceanography, ocean engineering, nautical charting, marine ecology, marine resources, ecosystems, coastal studies, aeronomy, geodesy, cartography, mathematics and statistics."

2.  http://www.lib.noaa.gov/askref.html or http://www.lib.noaa.gov/

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) ✓

1. The National Rehabilitation Information Center focuses on disability and rehabilitation research. Information specialists provide quick information and referral to agencies, organizations, and publishers providing services and support for people with disabilities. Their collection of more than 60,000 disability and rehabilitation research documents is open to the public and indexed on their website.

2. http://www.naric.com/

3. http://www.questionpoint.org/crs/servlet/org.oclc.admin.BuildForm?&institution=13009&type=1&language=1

Pathfinders for Autism ✓

1. Pathfinders for Autism is dedicated to providing accurate, timely, and accessible information to individuals with autism, their families and professionals. The Pathfinders for Autism Resource Center offers caring, knowledgeable staff to respond to calls and email inquiries. Our website provides an on-line, searchable database with information on services and programs throughout Maryland as well as articles, recommended reading, professional training, a calendar of autism-related events and more. In addition, we have a Walk-in Center, offering hands-on tools and resource exchange. The Resource Center is open from 9:30 am- 3 pm, Monday-Friday.  Please call us at 443-330-5370 to ensure someone will be available to meet with you before coming in.

2. http://www.pathfindersforautism.org/

Pratt / SLRC ✓

1.  The Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center is great resource for information and referrals!  Materials for patrons can be requested through interlibrary loan from the branch.  They have subject specialists in the following areas:

2.  http://www.slrc.info/ or http://www.prattlibrary.org/locations/central/ 

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