Electronic Resources Interest Group (ALCTS - Association For Library Collections & Technical Services) Community
Topic: Dr. Sarah Sutton presents on Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians, followed by open discussion
After 12 years as a practicing electronic resources librarian and earning a Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University, in 2012 Dr. Sarah Sutton accepted a position on the faculty of the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University. Her dissertation research on core competencies led to the creation of the recently published Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at ESU, Dr. Sutton continues to pursue research on librarian competencies, to promote the Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians, and serves on the NASIG Executive Board.
In July 2013, NASIG endorsed and published Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians providing long needed standards upon which libraries may base electronic resource librarian (ERL) position descriptions, supervisors may base ERL performance evaluations, and LIS master’s programs may base electronic resources curriculum development. In this presentation, Sarah Sutton, who chaired the task force that developed them, aims to briefly describe the Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians, their history and development including the research from which they were derived. The aim of this presentation is also to provide a synopsis of some of the uses to which the Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians have so far been put in libraries, both anticipated (e.g. curriculum development) and unanticipated (e.g. workflow and personnel re-organization). It will conclude with an audience discussion of the planned and potential future impacts of the Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians.
Electronic Resource Librarians can't work in a vacuum. Collaboration with colleagues in our libraries, on our campuses, or within our consortia as well communication with subscription agents and vendors are an important part of an ERL's responsibilities. The discussion will center on the research and experience of electronic resources librarians as they work with other players on the electronic resources scene to foster effective relationships.
The presentations will be followed with a question and answer session, as well as an open forum for audience members to share experiences with the panel participants and each other.
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Libraries Thriving Learning Community—Fall 2011
Organized by Credo Reference and LYRASIS
Could you use a sounding board for a project at your institution that you have always wanted to accomplish?
Would you like to join a community where colleagues challenge and support one another's learning and growth toward shared e-resources goals?
Do you want to engage in conversations and actions—to become critical colleagues—to transform what it means to have a thriving library?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you are ready to become a member of a professional learning community organized by Credo Reference and LYRASIS.
The Libraries Thriving Learning Community invites us to think about and engage on key current issues with the aim of developing approaches, solutions and responses that demonstrate the effectiveness of individual library professionals as well as libraries’ effectiveness within the institutions of which they are a part. From October through December 2011 community participants will engage in a variety of interactions, primarily online, with occasional in-person meetings, to explore and experiment with the kinds of individual and institutional actions needed for libraries to thrive. Sharing a vision for collaborative, creative, and positively-focused libraries and library professionals, Credo Reference and LYRASIS are providing facilitation and technical support for this unique community.
For more information and to apply, visit the Libraries Thriving Learning Community page: http://www.librariesthriving.org/learning-community-community-topics.
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A Collaborative Space for E-Resource Innovation. Thinking and Doing.
Members of the Educational Community,
Have you written about e-resources but don’t know where to share your finished product with other information professionals? Have you recently presented on e-resource innovation? Libraries Thriving would like to give you an opportunity to share your hard work!
Libraries Thriving is an online community dedicated to communicating the value of libraries and their ability to impact the learning moment. Comprised of librarians, faculty, publishers, library vendors, researchers and other educators, this collaborative community is for sharing ideas and working together towards the common goal of increasing innovative use of e-resources. One component of the site is a Research and Resources Reading Room, which provides access to e-resource innovation research. We’d like to add your research to the list! If you’re interested, please e-mail Laura Warren (email@example.com) to get the sharing process started.
Don’t have research you’d like to share? There are other opportunities for participation in the community as well, including posting in the discussion forums, attending free educational seminars or participating in the fall learning community. I invite you to sign up for the newsletter (http://www.librariesthriving.org/libraries-thriving-learning-community-2011-signup) to stay up to date on what’s happening in the community. You can also like Libraries Thriving on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/libsthriving), connect with Libraries Thriving on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Libraries-Thriving-Collaborative-Space-EResource-3975729?home=&gid=3975729&trk=anet_ug_hm) and follow Libraries Thriving on Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/libsthriving).
Let the collaboration and e-resource innovation begin!
Implementing and Managing Webscale Discovery Services: Implications for E-Resources Librarians - ALA Annual Meeting, New Orleans 2011by Christine Turner on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 11:04 am
The ALCTS Continuing Resources Section, Electronic Resources Interest Group (ERIG) invites you to join us on Saturday, June 25th 2011 from 10:30 a.m. – noon in Room 397 of the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.
Kate Montgomery, Electronic Resources Librarian, Tulane University, “What a Difference a Year Makes”
Post-Katrina, many of Tulane’s lost collections were replaced with online versions. The result was that Tulane has built an online collection which includes many esoteric and specialized electronic resources which are more challenging for our patrons to discover than standard aggregator fare. To improve access, we started with implementing a federated search product in 2008, which did improve the “findability” of our resources by including database search features in addition to federated searching, but which also has several limitations. Thus in the spring of 2010 a taskforce was formed to review web-scale discovery products. After reviewing three products over the course of the summer, the taskforce decided that none of the then-current products covered enough of our resources nor did they suit enough of our needs at that time to justify a purchase.
One year after the first go-around and our taskforce and our library both have a better idea of what we are looking for in a web-scale discovery product. In addition, the products themselves have improved in several important ways, not limited to much larger central indices.
The presentation will cover changes in our product analysis and evaluation methodology, improvements including new features and functionality that makes web-scale discovery a more viable option for us, and our final selection process.
Jesse Koennecke, Electronic Resources Librarian, Cornell University Library, “Bringing it all Together: Discovery Service as a Part of the Whole”
Cornell University is nearing the conclusion of a process to envision our library’s future online presence and select a discovery service that will be a core part of the bigger picture of information access for our users. By the end of May, we should have made a decision and be in the process of implementing our choice. Our “finished” product will likely use a discovery system as a core piece in an overall discovery environment that breaks down silos and provides users with access to not only to articles and books, but to resources such as experts in the field, dynamically curated resource lists, and the relevant services that they need. I will present on the process our Discovery & Access team, including several e-resource staff, has been going through to develop a vision, architecture, and planning for the future of our information discovery at Cornell and how a discovery services fits into this. In addition, I will discuss how we plan to continue the maintenance of this overall system as new products and new types of information are integrated into it. This has implications for many staff throughout the library, especially in the e-resources area, as we determine where we feel we need to put our best efforts to maximizes the value of the end-product for our users.
Stefanie Buck, Instructional Design/Ecampus Librarian, Oregon State University Libraries, “Implementing and Managing Web-scale Discovery Systems”
Oregon State University selected Serial Solutions’ Summon product as our web-based discovery system in 2009. One of the unique aspects of our implementation of Summon has been the integration of the consortial catalog, Summit. The consortial catalog gives our users access to the combined catalogs of 30+ academic libraries in Washington and Oregon and is a vital resource. Currently linked from within our library catalog, our users are used to streamlined access to Summit. When OSU selected Summon for our web scale discovery service, integrated access to the Summit catalog was a requirement. We will provide some background on the integration of the consortial catalog into Summon as well as report on some usability testing we have done to see how well the integration has worked and what our future plans are.
Mike Buschman, Director, Product Management, Summon™ Web Scale Discovery Service and Wendy Zieger, Bridgeman Education, Account Executive for North & South America, “What’s going on behind the curtain? Learn what it takes to get content discoverable.”
- What goes on between a content provider and a discovery service?
- What’s in it for the content providers (in this case, Bridgeman Education, a subscription image database)?
- How does data get transferred and indexed?
- How does content get mapped to allow for web-scale discovery?
- How do you decide what gets displayed?
- What are the complexities (such as copyright concerns, contractual obligations, etc.) for a content source like Bridgeman Education being indexed by a discovery service like Summon?
- How do you measure success?
These presentations will be followed by panelist/audience discussion.
Chair, ALCTS CRS ERIG
Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, ALCTS CRS ERIG
The ALCTS Continuing Resources Section, Electronic Resources Interest Group (ERIG) is seeking proposals for presentations at our program at the ALA Mid-Winter meeting in New Orleans, LA. The ALCTS CRS ERIG meeting will be on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. – noon.
Implementing and Managing Webscale Discovery Services: Implications for E-Resources Librarians
Many libraries and librarians are scrambling to roll out discovery layer services which make library, institution and wider community sponsored resources discoverable from a single search box. How does the dream of a “Google-like” search box for all scholarly materials bump into the realities of implementation?
Consider contributing to a panel discussion on a topic, such as:
- Criteria and process for selecting a discovery service
- Trade-offs between data and content supplied by different vendors
- Determining what to include in the default search
- Presenting an advanced search and subject scopes
- Impact on or integration with other discovery tool (ILS, database and e-journal lists, etc) workflows
- Effects on library resource usage and collection development decisions
- Usability testing
- Assessing use and impact of a webscale discovery service
- Lessons learned and next steps
Each panelist/group will have approximately 15 minutes for the presentation, and audience questions and discussion will be encouraged after the presentations.
Email proposals by Wednesday, May 11th to Christine Turner, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include:
- Presentation title
- Brief summary of proposed presentation
- Names and positions of presenter(s)
- Email address(es) of presenter(s)
We look forward to hearing from you!
Chair, ALCTS CRS ERIG
Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, ALCTS CRS ERIG