Outside In to Inside Out - Caltech Best Practices

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  • 1. Outside-in to inside-out
    Changing from cataloging inventory to scholarly metadata management
  • 2. 2007-2011
    • 8.5 FTE to 6.5 FTE – 65% staff, 35% pro to 15% staff, 85% pro
    • 3. Automate with approval plan, PromptCat, batch processing
    • 4. Items cataloged >21,198 despite heavy weeding
    • 5. Document policies and procedures – reduce ad-hoc decisions & time spent finding info or figuring out how to do things
    • 6. Improved withdrawal = better holdings quality & maintenance
    • 7. Regularize database maintenance and quality control
    • 8. Culture shift: improve communication with meetings & wiki, decrease number of request channels
  • To infinity and beyond!
    • Citation services
    • 9. Theses work flow
    • 10. Identity management
    • 11. NACO certification
    • 12. Linked data project(s)
    • 13. ORCID
    • 14. LOD-LAM
    • 15. New programmer = new development work
    Image courtesy of and copyrighted by Pixar
  • 16. “It may be time to unbundle the inventory function from the human knowledge function" to fulfill library mission”-Karen Coyle
    laura@library.caltech.edu
    http://library.caltech.edu/laura