MidSouth eResource Symposium: 2011


Dr. Peter Ryan, Associate Provost, and Frances Coleman, Dean of Libraries, Mississippi State University

Keynote Speaker

Matt Goldner, Product and Technology Advocate, OCLC

Managing a 21st Century Library Collection
We all know that the shift to e has had a dramatic impact on library collection management. Added to this change is the complete shift of the information landscape and user behaviors for seeking information. As librarians we must be asking for solutions that will enable us to simplify and unify the management, discovery and access of our physical, licensed electronic and digital collections. We must at the same time be looking to the future and ensuring that this next generation of library systems have the flexibility for the un-thought of future collection needs. This presentation will lead us on an exploration of current issues to be solved, ways to work together for solutions, and how we prepare for the unknown.


Using Drupal to Track Licenses and Organize Database Information

Amanda Yesilbas, E-Resource Librarian, Florida Center for Library Automation

Dealing with e-resources is often challenging because there is so much peripheral material like vendor contacts, statistics, logins, passwords, and websites that need to be tracked. This coupled with the complex multi-steps of licensing can make the task of collecting and managing all the data on e-resources a chore. The Florida Center for Library Automation is using Drupal, the open source content management system and web building tool, to create an easy to use system for tracking, managing, and sharing information with its consortia members. The unique and flexible features of Drupal allow data to be easily entered into the system by simple forms and then served out in different and usable views such as a license tracking calendar. It also has the added benefit of making data fully searchable. This presentation will introduce Drupal and demonstrate how it can be used to easily organize data on e-resources. This free open source project could possibly help any institution that finds an ERM either out of reach or too heavy for their needs.

Sustainable Collections: The Pay Per View Model

Elizabeth R. Lorbeer, Associate Director for Content Management, & Nicole Mitchell, Reference Librarian, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham

With significant reductions for collection spending, academic libraries can no longer afford to support their library’s excessive spending on content. Purchasing large bundles of content is no longer thrifty and the notion that someone will need it at some time in the future can arguably be considered wasteful spending. The presenters will share their library’s story of switching to a pay per view model and working with their School of Optometry faculty to decide what materials would be acquired through this new method. In exploring a solution, the presenters will share their library’s experience of subsidized pay-per-view by setting up deposit accounts with journal publishers and migrating their book acquisition purchases to a patron driven model.

Deliver the Ebooks Your Patrons and Selectors Both Want!

Gail Herrera, Assistant Dean for Technical Services & Automation, University of Mississippi

Over the years, the University of Mississippi Libraries has purchased ebooks as one-time collections, individual purchases and as subscription collections. Last year, we began a patron-driven ebook pilot program. Using the vendor’s selection tool, I worked with subject selectors to determine potential ebooks that would be appropriate for the library collection. The records for these titles were then loaded into the library catalog. As patrons triggered purchases by using an ebook, they were added to the library collection. Come learn about the setup, workflow, decisions and outcomes.

eBooks on EBSCOhost

Scott Wasinger, Senior Director of Sales, eBooks and Audiobooks, EBSCO Publishing

NetLibrary pioneered eBook delivery to libraries in 1998. After enjoying early success and weathering a rapidly evolving market in later years, it was acquired by EBSCO Publishing in March 2010 where it has been completely transformed and rebranded into eBooks on EBSCOhost. The transformation spans platform, business models, collection development, and content. End users can now extend the value of the EBSCOhost platform to eBooks, searching across databases and eBooks. Librarians can manage and develop their eBook collection on EBSCOhost, choosing from multiple options including multi user purchase, subscription, short-term lease, and patron driven acquisition.



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