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Measuring Usability In The Database Review Process: Results From A Pilot, Ilana Stonebraker Dec 2015

Measuring Usability In The Database Review Process: Results From A Pilot, Ilana Stonebraker

Libraries Faculty and Staff Scholarship and Research

The objective of this study is to examine the impact of incorporating user experience study methods into library database purchase and renewal. Purdue University Libraries introduced a heuristic evaluation into an existing yearly database review. Commonly used in usability and human factors engineering, heuristic evaluation is an innovative and dynamic method for librarians to evaluate electronic resources and provide expert feedback to database vendors. A form was developed to streamline the process for the librarians involved. In total, eight librarians evaluated 37 databases as a pilot project. This paper describes the outcome of the pilot.


Academic E-Books: Publishers, Librarians, And Users, Suzanne M. Ward, Robert S. Freeman, Judith M. Nixon Dec 2015

Academic E-Books: Publishers, Librarians, And Users, Suzanne M. Ward, Robert S. Freeman, Judith M. Nixon

Purdue University Press Books

Academic E-Books: Publishers, Librarians, and Users provides readers with a view of the changing and emerging roles of electronic books in higher education. The three main sections contain contributions by experts in the publisher/vendor arena, as well as by librarians who report on both the challenges of offering and managing e-books and on the issues surrounding patron use of e-books. The case study section offers perspectives from seven different sizes and types of libraries whose librarians describe innovative and thought-provoking projects involving e-books.

Read about perspectives on e-books from organizations as diverse as a commercial publisher and an association ...


Implications Of Online Media On Academic Library Collections, Kirstin M. Dougan Sep 2015

Implications Of Online Media On Academic Library Collections, Kirstin M. Dougan

Charleston Library Conference

Libraries’ market share of discovery has been declining rapidly, and in some cases this is directly related to where the content users need and want resides. Music recording delivery models have changed dramatically in the last several years, with more performers and labels offering content directly to consumers via downloads only. Unfortunately, this model is one in which libraries cannot usually legally participate due to licensing agreements. Another issue at play is the growing presence of quality content on sites like YouTube, which users are already very familiar and comfortable with. In light of this, user behavior has been evolving ...


The Big Shift: How Vcu Libraries Moved 1.5 Million Volumes To Prepare For The Construction Of A New Library, Ibironke Lawal, Patricia Selinger, Barbara Anderson Sep 2015

The Big Shift: How Vcu Libraries Moved 1.5 Million Volumes To Prepare For The Construction Of A New Library, Ibironke Lawal, Patricia Selinger, Barbara Anderson

Charleston Library Conference

Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries (VCUL) has been faced with serious space problems for more than a decade. Initiatives to correct this include the digital shift. VCUL’s new policy stipulates that journal subscriptions should be electronic only, wherever available. Where publishers offer both print and online for the same price, the library donates the print instead of keeping them on the shelves. Replacing print series with the electronic version as they become available is another ongoing practice. Added to these is moving infrequently used or superseded materials to storage as a continuous activity. All these were short‐lived measures until ...


Remote Storage: Leveraging Technology To Maximize Efficiency And Minimize Investments, Eric C. Parker Sep 2015

Remote Storage: Leveraging Technology To Maximize Efficiency And Minimize Investments, Eric C. Parker

Charleston Library Conference

Libraries are increasingly using, or at least considering, remote storage facilities for their little‐used materials in order to free up valuable on‐campus library space for other purposes. This paper details the experiences of one library, Northwestern University’s Pritzker Legal Research Center, in preparing for, then doing, this work. This type of work can be expensive in terms of staff time, particularly when staff is already being asked to do many additional things. Because extra staff could not be hired, Pritzker has experimented with alternative ways to get this work done, using relatively inexpensive and readily available technology ...


From Collection Development To Content Development: Organization And Staffing For The 21st Century, Sara E. Morris, Lea Currie Sep 2015

From Collection Development To Content Development: Organization And Staffing For The 21st Century, Sara E. Morris, Lea Currie

Charleston Library Conference

The University of Kansas (KU) Libraries has a new organizational structure that resulted in the creation of the Content Development Department, with fewer librarians dedicated to stewardship of the Libraries’ collections. The impending retirement of three long‐standing and knowledgeable librarians prompted a review of the responsibilities of the new department and identification of the human resources needed to meet the collection demands of a user‐centered library. In an effort to determine how the Libraries can proceed, we completed an environmental scan of current activities and identified, through the literature and contacts with academic colleagues, how collecting practices and ...


Relax, Be Earnest: Marketing A Serials Deselection Project, Stephanie J. Spratt Sep 2015

Relax, Be Earnest: Marketing A Serials Deselection Project, Stephanie J. Spratt

Charleston Library Conference

Many libraries use the fear of public outcry as a reason to limit interaction with their communities while in the process of deselecting materials. This paper proposes that well‐written policies, process transparency, and a properly managed promotional plan are the best approaches to building goodwill and support among concerned constituents. “Throwing away books” does not have to be done in secret. A process for transforming internal goals into external communications and marketing events is provided along with a discussion of the partnerships and resources needed to accomplish that transformation. Outcomes of the project, including reutilization of space, updated library ...


Self-E 101: A Lesson For Academic Libraries In Connecting Self-Published Authors And Readers, Corrie Marsh, Mitchell Davis, Meredith Schwartz, Etta Verma, Eleanor I. Cook Sep 2015

Self-E 101: A Lesson For Academic Libraries In Connecting Self-Published Authors And Readers, Corrie Marsh, Mitchell Davis, Meredith Schwartz, Etta Verma, Eleanor I. Cook

Charleston Library Conference

SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard that enables public libraries to provide curated self-published e-books to library readers in a simple and elegant way. The session will give an overview of how the program was conceived, how it works and lessons academic libraries can take as it has been implemented across the country. Representatives from BiblioBoard, Library Journal and NC Live will discuss how SELF-e can represent certain populations on campus—i.e., student, alumni, or faculty. Ms. Cook will discuss Issues in collecting Self Published Books for Academic Libraries. Ms. Marsh will lead exploration with ...


The Challenge Of Evaluating And Developing An Interdisciplinary Collection: The East Asian Collection At The Public College, Ewa Dzurak, Kerry Falloon, Jonathan Cope Sep 2015

The Challenge Of Evaluating And Developing An Interdisciplinary Collection: The East Asian Collection At The Public College, Ewa Dzurak, Kerry Falloon, Jonathan Cope

Charleston Library Conference

When the faculty of the College of Staten Island, CUNY (CSI) introduced a new baccalaureate level program in East Asian Studies the library faced the challenge of evaluating the adequacy of its holdings to support the program and its future development. Multidisciplinary fields of study (e.g., East Asian Studies) that pertain to a specific geographical or cultural area present a unique set of evaluative issues because their subject content cannot be confined to set classification ranges, rendering the traditional methods of collection analysis inadequate. This poster will present the results of an evaluation of CSI’s East Asian Studies ...


No Crystal Ball: Planning For Certain Future Cuts When The Future Is Uncertain, Paoshan W. Yue, Gail F. Stanton, Karen S. Grigg, Beth Bernhardt Sep 2015

No Crystal Ball: Planning For Certain Future Cuts When The Future Is Uncertain, Paoshan W. Yue, Gail F. Stanton, Karen S. Grigg, Beth Bernhardt

Charleston Library Conference

This paper is a combined presentation from the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Many academic libraries have to make decisions about journal and database subscriptions before the university releases the upcoming budget. Often, it is necessary to not only make decisions for the following fiscal year without a final budget, but to plan ahead and forecast for an additional year. The University of Nevada, Reno Libraries approached it with a comprehensive collection review, covering print and electronic journals, journal packages, and databases. A wide range of data from various sources was brought ...


Library Of Congress Recommended Format Specifications: Encouraging Preservation Without Discouraging Creation, Ted Westervelt, Donna Scanlon Sep 2015

Library Of Congress Recommended Format Specifications: Encouraging Preservation Without Discouraging Creation, Ted Westervelt, Donna Scanlon

Charleston Library Conference

The Library of Congress has a fundamental commitment to acquiring, preserving and making accessible in the long term the creative output of the nation and the world. The Library has devised the Recommended Format Specifications to enable it to identify what formats will most easily lend themselves to preservation and longterm access, especially with regard to digital formats. The Library is doing this to provide guidance to its staff in their work of acquiring content for its collection, but we also seek to share this with other stakeholders, from the creative community to vendors to other libraries, each of which ...


Good Things Come In Small Packages: Getting The Most From Shared Print Retention And Cooperative Collection Development With A Small Group Of Libraries, Teresa Koch, Cyd Dyer, Pamela Rees Sep 2015

Good Things Come In Small Packages: Getting The Most From Shared Print Retention And Cooperative Collection Development With A Small Group Of Libraries, Teresa Koch, Cyd Dyer, Pamela Rees

Charleston Library Conference

In June 2013, the Central Iowa Collaborative Collections Initiative (CI‐CCI), inspired by a Charleston preconference on data‐driven shared print collections, was established. CI‐CCI went from being just an idea to a formal, MOU‐governed organization in just six months. It is consists of a group of five mid and small central Iowa private academic libraries. Members are Central College, Drake University, Grand View University, Grinnell College, and Simpson College.


Adios To Paper Journals—Removed And Recycled—One Mile Long And 75 Tons, John P. Abbott, Mary R. Jordan Sep 2015

Adios To Paper Journals—Removed And Recycled—One Mile Long And 75 Tons, John P. Abbott, Mary R. Jordan

Charleston Library Conference

This presentation uses Appalachian State University’s experiences as a stimulus for discussing how we have, and others may, successfully remove in a single swoop several thousand linear feet of little used bound periodicals. This effort opens library areas for new services and spaces. The program will be a resource and guide to others interested in large‐scale deaccessioning projects and includes three deaccessioning projects using online back files from 1) JSTOR; 2) ScienceDirect, Wiley, and Sage; and 3) journals outside of these packages.


Moving Librarian Collecting From Good To Great: Results From The First Year Of A Librarian Liaison Collaborative Monographic Purchasing Project, Genya O'Gara, Carolyn Schubert, Lara Sapp, Michael Mungin Sep 2015

Moving Librarian Collecting From Good To Great: Results From The First Year Of A Librarian Liaison Collaborative Monographic Purchasing Project, Genya O'Gara, Carolyn Schubert, Lara Sapp, Michael Mungin

Charleston Library Conference

As Collins (2001) found in his evaluation of how companies evolve from “good” to “great,” one of the key components of such a transition is to focus less on continuing tasks, and more on NOT continuing tasks. Today’s librarians are juggling instruction, reference, collection development, outreach, and the need to develop new expertise in emerging areas, such as data curation, multimedia resources, institutional repositories, and more. Librarians cannot responsibly continue all traditional tasks while facing shifting budget priorities and new responsibilities. As noted in ARL’s Issue Brief (2012), “never before have we been required to grasp so many ...


Keeping It Real: A Comprehensive And Transparent Evaluation Of Electronic Resources, Karen R. Harker, Laurel Crawford, Todd Enoch Sep 2015

Keeping It Real: A Comprehensive And Transparent Evaluation Of Electronic Resources, Karen R. Harker, Laurel Crawford, Todd Enoch

Charleston Library Conference

There will be a time when your library will need to evaluate all of your electronic resources. How would you do it? In response to a cut to our materials budget, we have developed a method that condenses a large amount of information into a few select criteria. In this day‐long workshop, we walked through the process using the Decision Grid process developed at the University of Maryland at College Park (Foudy and McManus, p. 533‐538) as a starting point. The workshop leaders first demonstrated each step of our process, and then the participants worked in small groups ...


Earnestly Seeking Greater Flexibility: The Pros And Cons Of Pay‐Per‐View Journal Access, Marija Markovic, Steve Oberg Sep 2015

Earnestly Seeking Greater Flexibility: The Pros And Cons Of Pay‐Per‐View Journal Access, Marija Markovic, Steve Oberg

Charleston Library Conference

This presentation sheds light on a relatively new phenomenon that needs more earnest consideration from all kinds of libraries: the switch to a pay‐per‐view (PPV) access model for journals. The presenters, one from a corporate library background and one from an academic background, have extensive experience in utilizing PPV. They detail pros and cons of PPV and how it allows for greater access for users with more financial flexibility for acquisitions budgets. Discussions among acquisitions and collection development librarians in recent years have focused on demand‐driven acquisitions (DDA) for e‐books. The presenters believe that PPV for ...


Self-Publishing And Collection Development: Opportunities And Challenges For Libraries, Robert P. Holley Sep 2015

Self-Publishing And Collection Development: Opportunities And Challenges For Libraries, Robert P. Holley

Purdue University Press Books

The current publishing environment has experienced a drastic change in the way content is created, delivered, and acquired, particularly for libraries. With the increasing importance of digital publishing, more than half the titles published in the United States are self-published. With this growth in self-published materials, librarians, publishers, and vendors have been forced to rethink channels of production, distribution, and access as it applies to the new content. Self-Publishing and Collection Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Libraries will address multiple aspects of how public and academic libraries can deal with the increase in self-published titles.

While both academic and public ...


Indiana Government Document Light Archive Explained, Bert Chapman Aug 2015

Indiana Government Document Light Archive Explained, Bert Chapman

Libraries Faculty and Staff Presentations

Describes details involved in preparing and implementing the Indiana Government Document Light Archive by the Indiana State Library, and libraries at Indiana University, Purdue University, and University of Notre Dame. Emphasizes how each of these libraries decided which agencies collections they would assume stewardship responsibilities for and how these institutions provide bibliographic control, preservation, and reference services to enable users to access these U.S. Government information resources.


A Game Of Spot The Difference: Librarians, Repository Managers, And Publishers, David Scherer Mar 2015

A Game Of Spot The Difference: Librarians, Repository Managers, And Publishers, David Scherer

Libraries Faculty and Staff Presentations

Many library publishing programs emerged from institutional repositories. This close relationship has led to the emergence of content platforms that are designed to operate under either use case, however, the missions and requirements of the two types of program differ. A repository for example, may be primarily concerned with the curation, preservation, and accessibility of their institution’s academic output whilst publishers must also concern themselves with external discoverability, search engine optimization, getting indexed in abstract databases and marketing their journals. In this session, you will hear from three successful library publishers who have embraced this external facing aspect of ...


A Continuum Of Publishing Opportunities: The Purdue University Library Publishing Division, David Scherer, Katherine M. Purple Mar 2015

A Continuum Of Publishing Opportunities: The Purdue University Library Publishing Division, David Scherer, Katherine M. Purple

Libraries Faculty and Staff Presentations

Formed in 2012, the Purdue University Libraries Publishing Division creates a collaborative environment uniting the Purdue University Press and Scholarly Publishing Services. The Publishing Division is dedicated to enhancing the impact and reach of academic research and scholarship through the development and dissemination of books, journals, digital collections, innovative electronic products, technical report series, and conference proceedings. Through the integration and collaboration of Purdue University Press and Scholarly Publishing Services, the Purdue University Libraries Publishing Division has become a leader in its capacity to produce high-quality publications serving a continuum of scholarly publishing needs across the University and beyond.

This ...


E-Books And A Distance Education Program: A Library's Failure Rate In Supplying Course Readings For One Program., Judith M. Nixon Jan 2015

E-Books And A Distance Education Program: A Library's Failure Rate In Supplying Course Readings For One Program., Judith M. Nixon

Libraries Faculty and Staff Scholarship and Research

When Purdue University’s College of Education decided to offer its first fully online master’s program in Learning Design and Technology, the education librarian volunteered to find and organize all the course readings by creating a LibGuide web page with links to the readings for each course. This paper analyzes these course readings, delivered to distance education students through links to the library’s electronic holdings, between January 2012 and June 2014. It categorizes the readings as journal articles, books (or chapters in books), and other openly available scholarly resources on the web. Since this book is primarily about ...


Notes On Operations: One Title, Hundreds Of Volumes, Thousands Of Documents: Collaborating To Describe The Congressional Serial Set, Suzanne M. Ward, Patty A. Glasson, Randall F. Roeder Jan 2015

Notes On Operations: One Title, Hundreds Of Volumes, Thousands Of Documents: Collaborating To Describe The Congressional Serial Set, Suzanne M. Ward, Patty A. Glasson, Randall F. Roeder

Libraries Faculty and Staff Scholarship and Research

As part of its participation in the Google Books government documents scanning project, the Purdue University Libraries agreed to contribute volumes of the Congressional Serial Set (CSS). Realizing that the results would be far more useful if the individual documents within this title were cataloged separately, librarians developed procedures to create brief records and began cataloging CSS documents from the 1890s. The University of Iowa became a partner in this collaborative pilot project, and its cataloging staff used the Purdue template and procedures to create records from the CSS for individual documents from two years in the 1890s. Purdue staff ...


Introduction To Academic E-Books, Judith M. Nixon, Robert S. Freeman, Suzanne M. Ward Jan 2015

Introduction To Academic E-Books, Judith M. Nixon, Robert S. Freeman, Suzanne M. Ward

Libraries Faculty and Staff Scholarship and Research

With so many advantages, it seems logical that librarians would be eager to switch from purchasing books in print to embrace the electronic format. However the transition to e-books in academic libraries has not been a smooth or quick one and the reasons are myriad and complicated. Aware that this is still a time of transition and that there are many issues surrounding the e-book, the editors set out to present the state of e-books in academic libraries today. They invited knowledgeable publishers and librarians to write about the current challenges, successes, and trends. In addition, there is a section ...