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CRS ERPCC Forum @ Midwinter 2018: Slides Available!

Saturday, February 10, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, US/Mountain

Join us! The ALCTS Continuing Resources Section Education, Research, and Publications Coordinating Committee (CRS ERPCC) will be holding a forum at Midwinter 2018 in Denver.
When:   Saturday, February 10, 4:30-5:30pm
Where:  Colorado Convention Center, Room 304

Our program will feature two presentations:

PubMed Central— Publishing Trends of Journals Containing Articles by NIH-Funded Authors that are not Selected for the NLM Collection
Diane Boehr, Head, Cataloging and Metadata Management Section, National Library of Medicine

The NIH public access policy mandates that all articles containing NIH-funded research must be deposited into PubMed Central (PMC). NLM conducted a study of the characteristics of journals containing articles from NIH-funded research that were not selected for the NLM collections from August 2015-August 2016 and compared the results to a similar study done by NLM on journals from the first year of the public access program (2008-2009). While many similarities were found between the two studies, the 2008/2009 journals not acquired for the collection were generally outside the area of medicine.  In 2015/2016 there are many more articles being published in journals classified as primarily medical, but that come from publishers that do not follow best practices promoted by professional scholarly publishing organizations. Librarians should be aware of this trend and could help inform their researchers about journal best publishing practices.


Factors in Staff Satisfaction with E-Resource Troubleshooting Tools
Robert Heaton, Collection Management Librarian, Utah State University Libraries 

With the advent of cloud computing and “freemium” web applications, e-resource managers have unprecedented access to software tools that facilitate productivity, communication, and project management. One application of these tools is to the work of troubleshooting access issues. A growing body of literature addresses troubleshooting, including the tools that support its complex workflows. How these tools are selected and whether troubleshooting staff are happy with them are less fully developed in the literature. To identify the tools used and to answer these questions, a small-scale survey of the author’s peer institutions (midsize land-grant universities) was conducted in 2016. This presentation reports on the troubleshooting tools used at these institutions, the troubleshooting activities they are used for, how satisfied staff are with the tools in accomplishing those activities, and some of the factors predicted to correlate with staff satisfaction with the tools. The results are far from conclusive but are suggestive of future research questions.