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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,

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