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Event ALA Annual 2017 - Placing the User at the Center of Electronic Resources [panel session]

by Michael A. Rodriguez on Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 12:59 pm

Please join the LITA/ALCTS Electronic Resources Management Interest Group for an engaging, innovative panel session on “Placing the User at the Center of Electronic Resources.” The session will include four presentations on strategies to improve how users access and use electronic resources, to apply user experience design to vendor relationships, and to contextualize eresources in web culture. The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A.

Please join the LITA/ALCTS Electronic Resources Management Interest Group for an engaging, innovative panel session on “Placing the User at the Center of Electronic Resources.” The session will include four presentations on strategies to improve how users access and use electronic resources, to apply user experience design to vendor relationships, and to contextualize eresources in web culture. The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A.

Speakers: Kelly Blanchat (Yale University), Lindsay Cronk (University of Rochester), Erin DeWitt Miller (University of North Texas), and Athena Hoeppner (University of Central Florida).

Moderators/Co-Chairs: Buddy Pennington (University of Missouri-Kansas City) and Michael Rodriguez (University of Connecticut)

Making a Better Electronic Resource with …Internet Culture?
Kelly Blanchat, E-Resources Support Librarian (Yale University)

Did your smartphone come with a user guide? Mine didn’t. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I picked up one of those tiny booklets. Increasingly we have grown accustomed to the visual cues and critical thinking required to get up and running with a new digital tool, app, or game. In part, this trend has been possible because the design – or user experience – built into everyday digital tools makes them readily accessible, in many cases more user-friendly than library electronic resources. Though a library’s e-resources serve a distinct purpose from everyday technology and therefore shouldn’t necessarily keep up with erratic trends, our users experience both worlds. This duality can make e-resources appear to be behind-the-times, poorly designed, and inherently confusing. Is there anything integral in internet culture that can help make e-resources more accessible and user-friendly, and less daunting?

UX vs. "Us vs. Them": Reconsidering Approaches to Vendor Relationships
Lindsay Cronk, Head of Collection Strategies (University of Rochester)

Too often, our conversations with vendors are limited to topics of cost and content. In the midst of such discussions, it can be challenging to remember why we are in negotiations in the first place- our users. What if we applied User Experience (UX) frameworks to these interactions? In this fifteen minute presentation, we will explore how deepening the conversation to talk about resources from a UX perspective can strengthen our relationships with vendors and our users, improving our collections in the process. Outlining practical approaches, the small victories along with the inevitable disappointments, and the ongoing benefits of UX in vendor negotiations, this brief presentation sets out to imagine library-vendor relationships in a new framework.

Get to Know Your Patrons through Usability Studies
Erin DeWitt Miller, Head, Media Library (University of North Texas)

Usability studies are useful tools for identifying design flaws in online resources – but they also provide insight into the people that use those online resources. They can help us understand into what our patrons need, how they look for information, and problems they encounter with library resources. Usability studies involving library resources can make it possible to identify user issues, plan instruction or training, develop online help pages or guides, make collection development decisions, and more. This year, two usability studies were conducted in the University of North Texas Libraries in order to better understand how our patrons use our e-book and online video platforms. This session will briefly cover these two studies and what we learned from them and will include tips on how to conduct practical usability studies at your own library, even if you are on a small budget with a limited amount of time!

Last But Not Least: UX of Linking and Content Delivery
Athena Hoeppner, Electronic Resources Librarian (University of Central Florida)

Of myriad aspects of the discovery ecosystem, the presence of an identifiable, functioning link to full content likely has the largest impact on user experience and overall satisfaction. The presenter will explore the UX of linking within the discovery and delivery ecosystem. She will review literature about linking and OpenURL and user behavior and preferences and discuss findings from the transition from SFX to Full Text Finder. She will conclude by discussing options for improving UX through link resolver setting, link labels, and other approaches to provide identifiable, predictable, working links to content.

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Discussion Slides from Midwinter 2016 IG meeting: "Give us the tools and we will finish the job"

by Robert Heaton (non-member) on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 05:18 pm

Thanks to everyone who presented at or attended our session at Midwinter in Boston! We had a great session about how librarians are using different software tools to meet e-resource-management needs. Here is the list of presenters and their affiliations and tools:

Thanks to everyone who presented at or attended our session at Midwinter in Boston! We had a great session about how librarians are using different software tools to meet e-resource-management needs. Here is the list of presenters and their affiliations and tools:

Christine Turner, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, CORAL
Jessica Brangiel, Swarthmore College, Trello
Elsa Anderson, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Google Apps
Lenore England, University of Maryland-University College, Microsoft Visio and JIVE
Kelly Smith, Eastern Kentucky University, LibAnswers & LibChat

Check out the presentation slides for more information on how these tools replace or supplement (or are) ERM Systems, improving workflow management, allowing librarians to track resource-related administrative metadata, facilitating internal or external communication, and more. (You'll see both the individual presentations' files and an "all slides" file with everything in the order presented during the session.)

Chime in here or contact us directly with any questions. Watch the listservs around mid-April for a call to fill a 2-year staggered Interest Group cochair term to begin after ALA Annual in Orlando this year.

Robert Heaton, Utah State University (robert.heaton@usu.edu)
Buddy Pennington, University of Missouri-Kansas City (penningtonb@umkc.edu)
Cochairs, ALCTS/LITA Electronic Resources Management Interest Group

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Discussion Utilizing ERMS in Libraries: continued from ALA Annual 2015

by Robert Heaton (non-member) on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 11:20 am

Our session at Annual was way too short to cover everyone's questions, so let's use this forum to continue the conversation.

Our session at Annual was way too short to cover everyone's questions, so let's use this forum to continue the conversation.

If you were able to attend, you know that Wendy Vermeer presented on Innovative Interfaces' ERM, and Rose Reynolds presented on the open-source CORAL. If you have questions about either of these systems or specifics about the implementation process, etc., post your questions as a response to this discussion. I'll try to make sure someone can answer each question. Feel free to open up discussion about other related tools and processes, and ideally we'll have some representation of those areas in this group.

I've attached the slides from our panel here, in addition to the conference scheduler, for your convenience.

Robert Heaton
Electronic Resources Management IG cochair

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Event Electronic Resources Management

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

The theme of the session will be "Meeting the Challenge: Successful electronic resources management in the absence of a perfect system".
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The theme of the session will be "Meeting the Challenge: Successful electronic resources management in the absence of a perfect system".
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will focus on the best practices, creative approaches and local techniques that individual libraries use in order to manage and perform daily responsibilities. Potential topics include but are not limited to local workflows used to counter failed or missing functionality in existing systems, successful strategies for managing collections in the absence of an ERMS, or best practices for using non-ERMS systems and software for electronic resources management.

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Event Electronic Resources Management Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 01:07 am

Timezone:
US/Pacific (-7)

Timezone:
US/Pacific (-7)

This session of the ERM Interest Group focuses on the role that library initiated ERMS continue to play in the ERM marketplace. Major developments are taking place with the focus on ILS and ERM integration in systems such as ExLibris’ ALMA, Innovative’s Sierra and the Kuali OLE project but many libraries still choose to develop their own ERMS or turn to solutions created and offered by other libraries such as CUFTS, CORAL, ERMes and Gold Rush. This session includes presentations from representatives of these library initiated ERMS and will highlight the value and impact that these systems continue to have on the ERMS marketplace both now and in the future.

Did you attend this Interest Group meeting? Take our post-conference survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/alctsevents2012

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Event Electronic Resources Management Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm

A panel of speakers discussing new holistic ILS systems that merge the ILS with the discovery interface and ERM functionalities, such as Kuali OLE and Ex Libris’s Alma. Also the standard NISO group updates.

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Discussion Libraries Thriving Learning Community Now Accepting Applications

by Laura Miller on Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 08:02 am

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?

 

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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Discussion Invitation to share your research through Libraries Thriving

by Laura Miller on Sun, Jul 31, 2011 at 11:37 am

Please excuse cross-postings and feel free to forward this message. 

Libraries Thriving

 A Collaborative Space for E-Resource Innovation. Thinking and Doing.

http://www.librariesthriving.org

 

Members of the Educational Community,

 

Please excuse cross-postings and feel free to forward this message. 

Libraries Thriving

 A Collaborative Space for E-Resource Innovation. Thinking and Doing.

http://www.librariesthriving.org

 

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 (laura.warren@credoreference.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!

 

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