Managing e-Resources in Libraries
Managing electronic resources is still a daunting task for many--from licensing to purchasing to cataloging to collecting data to making resources accessible to users. Can managing electronic resources be handled with the current commercial or homegrown systems? How are standards helping our processes and decisions? Are our workflows the most efficient for managing our electronic collections?
- Managing multiple formats (including digital audio/video and data)
- Managing/delivering content at the article level
- New acquisitions models
- Preservation and archiving electronic information
Collection Development & Assessment
Can collecting data be easier? How can we analyze best what we collect? How do we show value to our larger organizations? Are our collection and analytic processes as efficient as they could be?
- Extracting and analyzing electronic resource data
- Creating value for the customer
- Calculating ROI and showing value to funding bodies
- Local content
- Free resources
Workflow & Organizations
Many organizations have seen an "organizational shift," a change in workflows and management, to properly staff and manage e-resource in their libraries while other institutions have incorporated electronic resources work throughout the library just as work with print in distributed. How have workflows and personnel decisions changed? What type of leadership has helped create change? Where do we still need to open communications?
- Leadership and collaboration
- Collaborative relationships in e-resources delivery to users
- Communications: intra-departmental communication, collegial and managerial communication issues.
- Preparing personnel for change
External & User Relationships
In the digital world, libraries don’t stand alone. They work closely with consortia, vendors, other libraries, and their users. Our resources and abilities to meet users transcends the walls of each individual library. Are all these relationships working? Are we getting the most out of our relationships with other organizations or groups?
- Relationships/issues between librarians, vendors, subscription agents, publishers
- Working with faculty and groups on campus
- Consortial relationships
- Collaborative relationships in e-resource delivery
- Marketing/promoting e-resources to your users
- User Experience
Emerging & Future Technologies
So much of what we do in libraries today is driven by technology, and so many of the problems we face can be solved, at least in part, by employing or developing new technologies. How are current technologies being used? What emerging technologies are on the horizon? How we can we employ them effectively to meet the information needs of the library, internally and externally?
- New technologies to reach users in the digital environment
- Latest tools and ideas for use in libraries
- Use of open-source software in libraries
- Use of mobile devices in libraries
- Evaluation and assessment of technologies
Scholarly Communication & Licensing
How do we deal with new models of scholarship that are emerging? How do we accommodate new forms of content?
- Licensing issues
- Locally digitized materials
- Rights metadata
- Scholarly communication
- Educating on open access
Library as Publisher
What role does the library play in the creation and distribution of the products of scholarship?
- Institutional and discipline repositories
- Data curation