ALCTS CMS Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group

ALCTS Collection Evaluation & Assessment Interest Group and Electronic Resources Interest Group Joint Discussion at ALA Midwinter 2019

  • 1.  ALCTS Collection Evaluation & Assessment Interest Group and Electronic Resources Interest Group Joint Discussion at ALA Midwinter 2019

    Posted Jan 10, 2019 09:58 PM

    ALA Midwinter Meeting 2019

    ALCTS Collection Evaluation & Assessment Interest Group and Electronic Resources Interest Group Meeting


    The ALCTS Collection Evaluation & Assessment Interest Group and the Electronic Resources Interest Group invite you to a panel discussion about evaluating and assessing electronic resources, scheduled for:


    Sunday, January 27, 2019

    1-2 pm

    Hyatt Olive 8, Ballroom C


    Panel presentations:


    1. Accessibility for All: Auditing Materials for Accessibility Issues

    In order to serve all patrons, libraries must create and distribute accessible materials. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach that calls for multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement that can be applied to creating online materials. This presentation will cover: Definitions of ADA compliance and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), what information to ask for from vendors when making collection purchases of electronic resources, licensing terms, free tools to check materials for accessibility, and future directions of performing accessibility audits on library e-resources.


    Panelist: Beth R. Bernhardt is the Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications for the University Libraries at University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is the main conference director for the Charleston Library Conference, and co-editor of the Charleston Conference Proceedings series.



    1. Accessibility pilot project: goals, issues, and setbacks

    In recent years, the University of Washington has been focusing on improving the accessibility of its libraries. This includes the accessibility of the libraries' electronic resources. While it is impossible to control what vendors provide in terms of accessibility, it is important to determine how accessible the resources are and where there can be room for improvement. The first step can be as easy as finding a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) for each vendor. While this is a good first effort, it doesn't tell us much about the actual usability of the resource. We have started taking accessibility assessment one step further by doing some basic testing using keyboard navigation to fulfill the basic functionality of the resource. Can we perform a search? Can we retrieve a PDF? This session will discuss some of the complications and potential benefits of this project.


    Panelist: Hana Levay is the Collection Assessment Librarian at the University of Washington. Previously, she was the Information Resources Librarian, also at the University of Washington. She has years of experience working with usage statistics, citation data, and other bibliometrics to quantitatively assess electronic resources. Her focus has recently shifted to include more qualitative assessment methods including accessibility such as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines/WCAG 2.0 compliance. She was previously co-chair of the NISO SUSHI maintenance committee and has worked on projects such as designing an in-house serials review tool to consolidate various assessment metrics in one place to aid decision making.



    1. Assessing the Ebooks You Purchased-What Do We Know about Usage?

    The University of Texas at Dallas has been actively involved in the transition to electronic books since the middle 1990s.  The library is a hybrid model and a set of liaisons selects both print and electronic resources.  The liaisons are actively involved in evaluating usage as compared to print materials and they assist in the instruction and promotion of resources.  The library selects individual books, subscriptions and publisher collections of ebooks, as well as Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) and Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA).  This session covers criteria and evaluation processes for making decisions about ebooks.


    Panelist: Ellen Safley, Dean of Libraries, University of Texas at Dallas


    Time for questions and answers will follow the presentations.

    Lisa Jochelson
    Lead Acquisitions Librarian, (on furlough)
    US Department of State