One of my new responsibilities as the Information Services Lead Librarian is looking over RINCs that are classified as REF – most often these are family histories or other genealogy titles.
This week for some reason there were a lot of these requests – maybe as the weather worsens people are turning to their winter activities, including hours of genealogy research. As I worked through the list I did a Google search for each title. I found the full text of several of them online from sites like HathiTrust or the Internet Archive. Other sources may have these titles as well.
I highly recommend a Google search as part of the verification process, even though it’s not specifically called out on the verification form. In some instances I added the author’s last name to make sure I hadn’t missed anything, and that brought up a result that wasn’t there in the first search.
So many of these books have been digitized in the last few years. Providing our customers with the link to the digital item lets them access the book immediately, often saving 8-10 weeks of waiting for the physical copy.