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Getting to the Core of the Matter: Competencies for New E-Resources Librarians

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As the amount of content created and acquired in electronic format continues to increase, establishing the knowledge and skills necessary for the job is essential for electronic resources librarians. New librarians are entering this emerging field, but are they well equipped to perform the duties of an electronic resources librarian? Two librarians share their experiences transitioning from the world of library school to applied work experience as electronic resources librarians. What gaps arose in their knowledge, and what training could have been useful? Using NASIG's Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians as a guide, the presenters will discuss what they learned in library school, what they learned on the job, and how library schools and organizations can better prepare e-resources librarians for the future.

Roën Janyk
Web Services Librarian, Okanagan College
Roën Janyk is the Web Services Librarian at Okanagan College in Kelowna, B.C. She received her MLIS three years ago from the iSchool at UBC.

Emma Lawson
Electronic Resources Librarian, Langara College
Emma Lawson is the Electronic Resources Librarian at Langara College in Vancouver, B.C. She received a MA from the University of Toronto in 2008 and a MLIS from the iSchool at UBC in 2010.

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Getting to the Core of the Matter: Competencies for New E-Resources Librarians

  1. 1. Emma Lawson, Langara CollegeRoën Janyk, Okanagan CollegePhoto credit: Hans
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  3. 3. Emma Lawson• BA 2007, MA2008, MLIS 2010• Work Experience &MLIS• First professionaljob post-MLIS in2011Photo Credit: Canucklibrarian
  4. 4. Roën Janyk• BA 2008, MLIS 2010• Work Experience & MLIS• First Professional LibrarianJob in 2010Photo Credit: the wandering reader
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  19. 19. Electronic Resources: Materials that require computer access, whether though apersonal computer, mainframe, or handheld mobile device. They may either beaccessed remotely via the Internet or locally.e-journals, e-books, full-text (aggregated databases), indexing and abstracting databases, reference databases(directories, encyclopedias, etc.), numeric and statistical databases, e-images, e-audio/visual resources.Image Credit: Jovike
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  21. 21. Core Competenciesi. Life Cycle of Electronic Resourcesii. Technology: Providing Accessiii. Research Skillsiv. Effective Communicationv. Supervising and Managementvi. Trends and Professional Developmentvii. Personal Qualitiesopensourceway
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  23. 23. Knowledge of collection developmentKnowledge ofacquisition processKnowledge oflicensingAble applyinformationorganizationprinciples toelectronicresourcesCore Competency 1: Lifecycle of Electronic ResourcesImage credit Saad Faruque
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  25. 25. Core Competency 1: Job Tasks opensourceway
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  29. 29. Road Block: Licensing• What should you look for?– Liabilities– Warranties– Perpetual Access Rights– Embargos– Permitted uses• ILL, printing, sharing, course packs, LMS– Communication of Cancellations– Consortial Agreements
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  32. 32. Road Block: Budgeting• Do you have signing authority?• Where can you view fiscal information?• Is previous years’ information easily accessible?• Who gets a copy of what?• Where should fiscal information be stored?
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  34. 34. Road Block: Usage• Are statistics available?• COUNTER reports: Meaning & Comparisons• Do you have access to statistics interface?• SUSHI information available?• How can you create meaning from these statistics?
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  50. 50. oMinimal and basic required/core courseson technologyoOther courses focus on less relevanttechnologyImage Credit: mattcornock
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  52. 52. Core Competency 3: Research Skillsopensourceway
  53. 53. Core Competency 3: Research DataImage Credit: Karsten Thiesemann
  54. 54. Core Competency 3: Research AnalysisImage Credit: jwyg
  55. 55. Core Competency 3: Research ApplicationPhoto Credit: kenteegardin
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  112. 112. opensourcewayCore Competencies: Recommendations
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  114. 114. Recommendations• Partnerships• Course Options• Currency of Courses• Teaching Technologies• Resource “Tool Kits”Image Credit: sberg1115• Licensing &Contracts• Case Studies• CollectionDevelopment• Complete Courses• ContinuingEducation
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  116. 116. ReferencesAmerican Library Association. (2009). ALA’s core competences of librarianship. Retrieved fromhttp://www.ala.org/educationcareers/sites/ala.org.educationcareers/files/content/careers/corecomp/corecompetences/finalcorecompstat09.pdfFleming-May, R.A. & Grogg , J. (2010). Finding their way: Electronic resource librarians’ education, training andcommunity. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/EResourcesLibraries/finding-their-way-electronic-resources-librarians-education-training-and-community-presented-byJohnson, S., Evensen, O. G., Gelfand, J., Lammers, G., Sipe, L. & Zilper, N. (2012). Key issues for e-resourcecollection development: A guide for libraries. The Hague, NL: IFLA. Retrieved fromhttp://www.ifla.org/files/assets/acquisition-collection-development/publications/electronic-resource-guide-2012.pdfNASIG Core Competencies Task Force. (2012). Core competencies for electronic resources librarians. Retrievedfrom http://www.nasig.org/files//CoreComp/CoreCompetenciesF.ERLibrariansDRAFT2012.5.17.pdfAll photos are available through creative commons licenses
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  118. 118. ContactEmma Lawson, MA MLISElectronic Resources LibrarianLangara CollegeVancouver, B.C. Canada• elawson@langara.bc.ca• @emmalawsonRoën Janyk, MLISWeb Services LibrarianOkanagan CollegeKelowna , B.C. Canada• rjanyk@okanagan.bc.ca• @rjanyk

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