In the last NetNews I talked about the imminent Email notification Service. Well, as many of you would know, it has now arrived. This free service allows people to subscribe to email alerts whenever there is a new ABS release in their areas of interest. I thought I would follow up with a progress report on this new initiative and its success to date.
As I expected, the service proved immediately popular. By mid-October the service already had 824 subscribers and it continues to grow, breaking the 1000 subscriber mark in late October.
There has also been plenty of activity every day with more people joining or changing what they subscribe to.
Subscribers include people from daily newspapers and other media outlets, industry associations, government departments, parliaments, and of course libraries. I expect it will become even more popular as people "tell their friends" about the service.
I would encourage you to subscribe - it's free, it's designed to simplify your life and it's easy to subscribe to - simply click on the Email Notification Service link on the ABS Home Page and follow the simple instructions. Unsubscribing is as simple as subscribing.
In the coming month, look out for the release of "e-commerce Stage II" that will enable users to purchase publications on-line with the option to have the ABS print and dispatch the product to the client.
This will be my last LEP Newsletter article, as I am moving to ABS' Corporate Planning section. I have enjoyed writing for NetNews and appreciate the strong interest in ABS information shown by LEP libraries. My replacement, Mano Georgopoulos, will continue to keep you informed of web site progress and no doubt seek your advice.
Signing off from NetNews, Gary Dunnet