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  • 1. LIBRARY COMMITTEE MEETING April 8, 2009
  • 2. Agenda Book checkout system  Book Ordering  Digitization  Digital Library  Library Arrangement 
  • 3. Little Things The water library no longer carries Lake Line  as of mid-2007. Do we want to begin to hold that periodical?
  • 4. Book Checkout System There are 3273 books in the checkout system.  About 330 have been checked out in the last 3  years. No weeding decisions will need to be made for  several years The highest value of the system is for locating  books once they are checked out. So we are barcoding theses to help locate them when necessary.
  • 5. Book Checkout System Most items have been checked out only 1  time. The most popular items are (exploded pieces in the graph):  Limnology: inland water ecosystems  Fishes of Wisconsin  Stream ecology: structure and function of running waters  Limnology: lake and river ecosystems  Louis Agassiz: a life in science  Number of Times Ecology and classification of North American freshwater invertebrates Checked out  An introduction to the aquatic insects of North America 10  8 Through the looking glass: a field guide to aquatic plants  7 Fisheries techniques  5 4 3 2 1
  • 6. Center usage of checkout system There has been a drop off in the system  usage. This is likely due to the fact that some CFL members are not added to the system. 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0
  • 7. Checkout System: Thoughts? Anything that can be improved. Is there any  other information you’d like.
  • 8. Book Purchasing Current proposed books add up to $757  We have been allotted $1000  We have an extra $243. Plus we should have  a back up or two in case one cannot ship in time.
  • 9. Digitization We’ve finished digitizing the first round of  archives A-L Currently 25% of our reprint collection is  digitized. 75% of our faculty-authored reprints are  digitized Aim is for 100% of CFL related publications to  be digitized.  Problem: No comprehensive list of all individuals (including LTER and students) who might have published.
  • 10. Digital Library: Why Our digitized collection is difficult to access  and pretty confusing Our collection does not allow us to share  publications with those outside the CFL, or even those associated with the CFL, but off the network We lack the ability to share with other people  and institutions CFL publications and research
  • 11. Digital Library: Why Freely available  science correlates to higher citation impact (and hence more readers) in Increase in citation of free journals poorer countries From Science 2/20/09 “Open Access  and Global Participation in Science” James A. Evans1* and Jacob Reimer2”
  • 12. Digital Library: Key components Access: CFL members should be able to  access everything Authentication: Those outside CFL should be  able to access some items, but only what we allow them to access Usability: Navigation and search should be  powerful and intuitive or else it will not be used Adaptability: Should be able to be updated and  modified easily
  • 13. Digital Library Two test libraries have been set up using  content management systems These systems, Drupal and Joomla, are both  free and open source and supported by a broad community of users
  • 14. Digital Library: Joomla http://joomlalib.uwcfl  .org/ (then click library) Nice looking, easy  to maintain This would best be  served by categorizing by author
  • 15. Digital Library: Joomla Weak search  interface Best for browsing or  searching for specific title
  • 16. Digital Library: Joomla Metadata is  weak, just pasted in Items such as date  are altered
  • 17. Digital Library: Drupal http://uwcfl.org/libdr  up/ Bibliographic  software like we have now This is a much  stronger but much more complex system Interface not as nice  Much more  extensible (to a
  • 18. Digital Library: Drupal Search interface is  more powerful Still not as good as  Endnote Biblio has “filters”  but these can be overwhelmed by number of authors
  • 19. Digital Library: Drupal The display page  contains much more information Transferring  information is easy
  • 20. Digital Library: Drupal Drupal lists all  publications Other users can see  a hyperlink (if allowed) or can request a copy of the article Authenticated users  are given a download link
  • 21. Digital Library: Thoughts What’s necessary, what’s not, what would we  like in the future (photos, gov. docs, etc.)
  • 22. Library Floor Plan At last year’s library seminar there was an  interest in adding furniture to the library A grant for furniture will be submitted to UW  friends of the library if we decide to go this route.
  • 23. Library Floor Plan: Proposed Revisions