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CITSIG Interest Group Week Recording and Slides!

  • 1.  CITSIG Interest Group Week Recording and Slides!

    Posted Mar 18, 2023 02:29 PM
    Edited by Laura Sill Mar 18, 2023 02:47 PM

    It is my pleasure to share the recording and slides (attached) for a wonderful set of presentations made during the CITSIG meeting on Friday, March 10th at 10:00 a.m.  

    • A-Z Database List Management: Getting started with a policy and workflow – Sonali Sugrim, Electronic Resources Librarian, Queens College Library
    • Tools to Tackle Backlogs – Kim Carter (Copy Cataloging Assistant), Taylor Parks (Cataloging Librarian), Peter Rolla (Head of Cataloging & Systems), Loyola Marymount University
    • Organizing a Successful Workload Analysis Project – Catherine Sassen (Principal Catalog Librarian), Kevin Yanowski (Department Head, Cataloging & Metadata Services), Sian Brannon (Associate Dean for Collection Management), University of North Texas Libraries

    I also invite you to fill out the participant evaluation survey and to check out the the list of all Interest Group Week recordings .

    Here are the questions asked during the session with responses provided by presenters:

    • Did you remove anything from the A-Z list or create guidelines about what could (or could not) be included?
      • Yes. We limit the list to only databases. We included ebook and journal collections on our list but those are for collections that we have complete coverage or most of the titles. For example, we only list AVON on the list for streaming. We have a few titles from Kanopy and those are exclusively searchable in our discovery layer. These are all documented as part of our policy/workflows.
    • @Sonali Great presentation-- this is a great workflow process for managing the A-Z list-- especially limiting too many hands in the pot for fluidity and conciseness in a A-Z list--
      • Thank you
    • @Sonali - Do you have a solution to managing database URLs in more than one platform (Alma and Springershare)?
      • I advise getting control over admin accounts. This helped to ensure that I was the main contact and received the changes from vendors. In addition, whenever, I make a change it is for both platforms - Alma and A-Z Database List. This project ensured that all of our resources were consistent on both platforms. Yearly, we review URLs and our proxy file and make changes. This has limited the number of Ad hoc changes. I hope this answers the question. Thanks.
    • What ILS are you switching to
      • Ex Libris Alma
        We are going to Alma - we looked at a few others, but from a systems perspective we decided that Alma made the most sense for us
    • For the time-study people: did anyone feel like you were micromanaging them?
      • Since it was discussed as a group beforehand, with desires for end results - it was a group effort.

    Thank you again to Sonali, Kim, Taylor, Peter, Catherine, Kevin, and Sian for sharing their innovative work!

    Laura Sill (she/her)
    Head of Acquisitions / Chair ALA Core CITSIG
    The University of Chicago Library
    1100 East 57th Street, Room 172
    Chicago, IL 60637 USA
    T: 773.702.0357