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Spring 2020


In this study, researchers observed the impact of various promotional materials, such as print flyers, social media, email, and other web platforms, to market three electronic resources at a mid-sized, urban, commuter college academic library. Links to article databases were shortened and then tracked through a link shortening tool, which were observed over a two month period. The results created a data-driven picture of users’ promotional preferences, highlighting strengths, areas for improvement, and best practices in marketing e-resources. These best practices can be implemented at other libraries and the study methodology can be applied to other institutions tailoring their promotional efforts of e-resources.


Originally published as Abrams, K., & Tidal, J. (2020). Optimizing Library Marketing with Short URLs. Marketing Libraries Journal, 4(1), 48-80. Retrieved from

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