Databases Ain't Sexy (?)

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Presentation given 11/11/09 for B. Chad's Adult Resources class at Pitt/SIS. Emphasis is on administration and management of subscription electronic resources,

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Databases Ain't Sexy (?)

  1. 1. Databases Ain’t Sexy(?)<br />(with apologies to poet Vanessa German)<br />Leigh Anne Vrabel<br />Senior Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh<br />11/11/09<br />
  2. 2. “I don’t want to buy anything, sell anything, or process anything. “ Idealism versus reality.<br />Flickr photo from Josh Smith, Creative Commons license CC BY-SA 2.0<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshsmith/<br />
  3. 3. Allegheny County Databases 101<br />Pennsylvania POWER library<br />Electronic Resources Evaluation Committee (EREC)<br />Individual library collection decisions<br />
  4. 4. POWER Library<br />Selection = shrouded in mystery…<br />2010 state budget reduces Library Access line item 57.1% <br />http://palibraries.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=239<br />Tech support handled by the state<br />Statistics currently gathered by the Electronic Information Network (eiN)<br />
  5. 5. EREC<br />Committee made up of librarians / library directors countywide<br />Meets monthly about trials, renewals, tech innovations<br />Products purchased available to all Allegheny County patrons<br />http://articles.einetwork.net<br />Transitioning to a new method of gathering user statistics<br />
  6. 6. EREC in a Nutshell<br />Evaluate<br />Negotiate<br />Advocate<br />Charge expanded in 2007 to include free web resources <br /> <br />Charge expanded in 2008 to include other emerging formats<br />
  7. 7. Individual Purchases<br />Cost-effective versus access restrictive<br />Service “ghettos”<br />Ability to offer specialized resources<br />
  8. 8. As electronic resources continue to evolve, librarians’ workloads increase exponentially.<br />
  9. 9. Nuts and Bolts<br />Pricing models<br />In-library vs. Remote Access / Authentification<br />Full-text vs. Abstracts<br />Negotiations<br />
  10. 10. Dances With Vendors<br />Make friends with Outlook<br />Learn to say NO<br />Negotiate telephone behavior<br />Be organized<br />Advocate for your patrons’ true needs<br />Don’t take anything personally.<br />You can read more here:<br />http://libraryalchemy.wordpress.com/2009/08/27/dances-with-vendors-confessions-of-a-clumsy-alchemist/<br />

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