We Don’t Need a Grand Slam,
but a Designated Hitter
Would be Nice….
Anne E. McKee, MLS
Program Officer for Resource Sharin...
Team GWLA:
 32 research libraries in 17 states in the “greater west.”
◦ 31 academic
◦ 1 privately funded public library f...
Current economic realities
•GWLA region one of hardest hit
•Southwest: tourism drops and housing defaults
•Northwest: bank...
Realities cont’d
 Dizzying pace of new technologies
 Pressure (real or perceived) from users
to utilize virtual world/so...
GWLA Survey
 Percentage of change in current budget:
◦ Roughly 1/3 increased, 1/3 decreased and
1/3 remained flat
 Howev...
Social Media/Devices du jour
 Most members are utilizing a variety of
social media choices and devices to
allow virtual u...
Where Do We Go From
Here
Or
Are We Still Even in the
Game?
1/29/2015
Base Hit
 User Driven Purchasing:
Experimentation within an environment of
controlled risk (Macicak/Schell, 2008 Charlest...
On Deck:
 Primo as discovery tool (enables both a
mobile and more traditional browser
interface)
 Promoting and/or empha...
Who’s Going to Step Up
to the Plate?
 Unbundling of e-content. Why are we
forced into purchase content our users
do not w...
Ninth Inning Observations
 DRM/Preservation
◦ Portico etc has helped alleviate the worry somewhat but
still major hurdles...
As all Arizona Diamondback
fans say:
“Oh well, there’s always next
season…”
Anne@GWLA.org
480-575-0340
1/29/2015
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Who’s on First? – What’s on Second? – The New Virtual Reality of Library Acquisitions by Anne McKee, Greater Western Library Alliance

  1. 1. We Don’t Need a Grand Slam, but a Designated Hitter Would be Nice…. Anne E. McKee, MLS Program Officer for Resource Sharing Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) 1/29/2015
  2. 2. Team GWLA:  32 research libraries in 17 states in the “greater west.” ◦ 31 academic ◦ 1 privately funded public library for science, engineering and technology Members Include:  27 members of the Association of Public and Land Grant Colleges (APLU, formerly known as NASULGC)  26 members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)  14 members of the Association of American Universities (AAU)  1 member of Hathi Trust  No shared acquisitions monies; all content packages must fit within each member’s current budget. 1/29/2015
  3. 3. Current economic realities •GWLA region one of hardest hit •Southwest: tourism drops and housing defaults •Northwest: bank foreclosures and unemployment •Rockies and plains: ongoing drought and drop in oil revenues •Midwest: manufacturing rust belt •Draconian budget cuts •threats of up to 60% reduction-over all reductions •approximately 20-25% •multiple rescissions (sometimes 2 or 3 in same budget cycle) •Members permanently lost library faculty and staff either thru attrition or lay-offs •40 employees alone at one library 1/29/2015
  4. 4. Realities cont’d  Dizzying pace of new technologies  Pressure (real or perceived) from users to utilize virtual world/social media  All content on any medium Conclusion: All factors combined to create not a perfect game but rather a perfect storm. 1/29/2015
  5. 5. GWLA Survey  Percentage of change in current budget: ◦ Roughly 1/3 increased, 1/3 decreased and 1/3 remained flat  However, more than 2/3rds reported that their current budget allowed for an increase in e-content, averaged approx. 7% increase  The percentage of total materials budget spent on e-content ranged from 44% to 88%  Moreover, 2/3rds+ reported that e- content was now preferred medium over1/29/2015
  6. 6. Social Media/Devices du jour  Most members are utilizing a variety of social media choices and devices to allow virtual users to access content ◦ Social Media:  Facebook  Microblogs (Twitter)  Bookmarking (Digg etc)  Photosharing ◦ Devices  Smart phones  E-book readers  MP3 and PDA devices 1/29/2015
  7. 7. Where Do We Go From Here Or Are We Still Even in the Game? 1/29/2015
  8. 8. Base Hit  User Driven Purchasing: Experimentation within an environment of controlled risk (Macicak/Schell, 2008 Charleston Conference Presentation) ◦ University of Texas, Austin  EBL pilot  Purchase and pay-per-view ◦ MyiLibrary Patron Select E-Book Program  Started in 2008 with 5 libraries  E-books are purchased thru this program  To date, libraries have spent approx $150K on program ◦ Another member library performed a “quick and dirty” survey on ebooks 2 years ago. Results show a 200% increase in usage over same printed material. 1/29/2015
  9. 9. On Deck:  Primo as discovery tool (enables both a mobile and more traditional browser interface)  Promoting and/or emphasis on all types of mobile versions of library materials  Partnering with campus on university-wide mobile app  Baylor University’s Fine Arts Library is testing “Variations” (online access to streaming audio and scanned score images in support of teaching , learning and research) ◦ Open source from Indiana University ◦ Enables music majors access to all audio reserves 1/29/2015
  10. 10. Who’s Going to Step Up to the Plate?  Unbundling of e-content. Why are we forced into purchase content our users do not want or require?  No single universal e-book format  Common sense licenses  Interlibrary loan with easy-to- implement/download technology  Non-proprietary apps 1/29/2015
  11. 11. Ninth Inning Observations  DRM/Preservation ◦ Portico etc has helped alleviate the worry somewhat but still major hurdles to overcome  Steep learning curve ◦ Not by students but by older library staff ◦ Staff can be very wary when using new technology  Data Migration  Alarming shift to “new normal” or “non-normal” in purchasing ebooks versus paper  Students have been clear that they don’t want the library sending stuff to the "social spaces" they use online. They want to be able to access from many devices; [however] they are not interested in having the library push information at/to them. (S. Bosch, Univ of Arizona) 1/29/2015
  12. 12. As all Arizona Diamondback fans say: “Oh well, there’s always next season…” Anne@GWLA.org 480-575-0340 1/29/2015

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