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Making It Your Own: 
Transitioning into a New
Electronic Resources Role

Kelly Blanchat Alana Verminski
Queens College,  C...
our situation &

unique backgrounds
transitions & change
catalysts & regular
encounters with “odd things”

that became trends
that produced change
6TERMS

techniques for 
electronic

resources

Cancel / 

Replace Acquire

management

Rewew Implement

Evaluate
Where’s
my invoice? 

How often are
MARC records
updated? 

  
   
   
    
      
    
 

Who is my
vendor rep? 

 
 
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.. .OUI' next steps

revamp and create new
workflows
“It can be tricky to find the right moment to
make suggestions for change.  Making
suggestions during the first week,  unl...
the first day What 0'“ We
get ourselves

into! ?

NO
USAGE
STATS
the first 60 days

 

 

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the first 6 months

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the first
and 2nd years

 

Publishers track each journal's article downloads
and make the data available to subscribing
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looking to the future

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the impacts of change

establish your own identity

build processes that benefit you and the
electronic resources workflow...
thank you! 

Kelly Blanchat Alana Verminski
kelly. blanchat@qc. cuny. edu amverminski@smcm. edu
@kellyblanchat www. alanav...
selected readings

Albitz,  R. S. & Shelburne,  W. A. (2007).  Marian through the looking glass.  Collection
Management,  ...
image credits

Transition by Daniel
htt s:  flic. kr ffuU6z

Bloukrans Bridge by NJR ZA
http: [/commons. wikimedia. org/ w...
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Making It Your Own: Transitioning Into a New Electronic Resources Role

Making it Your Own: Transitioning into a New Electronic Resources Role
Presented by Kelly Blanchat and Alana Verminski
ER&L Conference 2015
Austin, TX

Kelly Blanchat
Electronic Resources Librarian
Queens College, CUNY
kelly.blanchat@qc.cuny.edu
@kellyblanchat

Alana Verminski
Reference and Instruction Librarian
St. Mary's College of Maryland Library
alana.verminski@gmail.com
www.alanaverminski.com

Abstract:
Transitioning into a new role is challenging, especially one as vast and nuanced as electronic resources. With a new position comes endless opportunities, along with unknown or unexpected situations. Using entertaining anecdotes, presenters will share strategies to revamp legacy workflows, assess current practices, and make a new position your own.

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Making It Your Own: Transitioning Into a New Electronic Resources Role

  1. 1. Making It Your Own: Transitioning into a New Electronic Resources Role Kelly Blanchat Alana Verminski Queens College, CUNY St. Mary's College of Maryland
  2. 2. our situation & unique backgrounds
  3. 3. transitions & change
  4. 4. catalysts & regular encounters with “odd things” that became trends that produced change
  5. 5. 6TERMS techniques for electronic resources Cancel / Replace Acquire management Rewew Implement Evaluate
  6. 6. Where’s my invoice? How often are MARC records updated? Who is my vendor rep? The page isn’t loading. Why don’t we have access? We have 10 new products! Do you want a trial? 404 ERROR Is that access-only? Which content SHOULD we have? Is this a hybrid Do we have journal? a license? Platform migration! what's our Universal ID? My library barcode won’t work. I don’t like e- books. I want the vendor print! been paid? What hosting fee? ! Why hasn’t Off-cam pus access is down! !!! ! Can you find this article for me? Can we buy 1 e-book?
  7. 7. .. .OUI' next steps revamp and create new workflows
  8. 8. “It can be tricky to find the right moment to make suggestions for change. Making suggestions during the first week, unless specifically asked, is tantamount to disaster. The library staff will think that you are trying to take over and that you do not appreciate what was done before you came. ” Farmer, K. (2014). Overcoming workplace status quo. In Stickell, L. , & Sanders, B. (Eds. ). Making the Most of Your Library Career. American Library Association.
  9. 9. the first day What 0'“ We get ourselves into! ? NO USAGE STATS
  10. 10. the first 60 days so / 76 70 K as 50 56 so 44 M an ‘ 37 so 5‘ 27 1’ 24 Z3 Z0 14 n ,3 10 H H 8 A 9 G 9 10 no 5 7_ / Er / sf 7 7 -«g ’ 3 ‘Ox 4 - s. T . .——-Q. v-°""I"" 2 3 Q . — - / V. ’ 4~ ,2 -5-. I~ *5? _1, 0 raj? _f_ ‘U. _ _-fr ——_, , . ,~ ~ -: ~ v -; ~ , <»- -> -> 9- <~~ x—- J» »r- K ‘ ‘ WV , , 9‘ » , ., . ‘ N V ‘ ‘ V, ‘ t 2'! " . __. ~« .47‘
  11. 11. the first 3 months The_Fi| e.doc EBSCO: www. ebscohost. com ProQuest: www. proquest. com Gale: www. ga| e.com JSTOR: www. jstor. org
  12. 12. the first 6 months $/ ¢/W 2013
  13. 13. the first and 2nd years Publishers track each journal's article downloads and make the data available to subscribing libraries. The annual usage is a iourhals total number of article downloads tor a 'l he librarian compares a iournals CPU with the average cost of Interlibrary Loan (on average. 825 per article). Journals with a CPU significantly higher than $25 are reviewed more closely to determine If the usage rustrfies the cost of subscizplion. given year Final renewal decisions are based on usage stat. stics and recommendations trorn liaison librarians and academic departments. 4.. 8 The annual usage IS used to calculate a iournal‘s cost per use (CPU). The Journals annual cost is divided by its annual use. Librarians will consult with department faculty to learn if the journal IS still relevant. if access through Interlibrary Loan would be sufficient. and/ or if we should continue subscribing and check again next year.
  14. 14. looking to the future V ) >
  15. 15. the impacts of change establish your own identity build processes that benefit you and the electronic resources workflow make the position your own
  16. 16. thank you! Kelly Blanchat Alana Verminski kelly. blanchat@qc. cuny. edu amverminski@smcm. edu @kellyblanchat www. alanaverminski. com
  17. 17. selected readings Albitz, R. S. & Shelburne, W. A. (2007). Marian through the looking glass. Collection Management, 32(1-2), 15-30. doi: 10.1300/J105v32n01_03 Anderson, E. (2014). Electronic resource management systems: A workflow approach. Library Technology Reports, 50(3), 5-10. Davis, S. , Malinowski, T. , Davis, E. , Maclver, D. , Currado, T. , & Spagnolo, L. (2012). Who ya gonna call? Troubleshooting strategies for e—resources access problems. Serials Librarian, 62(1-4), 24-32. doi210.1080/0361526X.2012.652459 Emery, Jill and Stone, Graham (2013) Techniques for Electronic Resource Management: Crowdsourcing for Best Practices. In: 2013 ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, 27 June - 2 July 2013. Spagnolo, L. , Pennington, B. , & Carter, K. (2010). Serials management transitions in trubulent times. Serials Review, 36(3), 161-166. doi:10.1016/j. serrev.2010.05.011 Professor, W. (2003). The electronic resources librarian position: A public services phenomenon? Library Collections, Acquisitions and Technical Services, 27(1), 3-17.
  18. 18. image credits Transition by Daniel htt s: flic. kr ffuU6z Bloukrans Bridge by NJR ZA http: [/commons. wikimedia. org/ wiki/ File: Bloukrans_Bridge-001.jpg

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Making it Your Own: Transitioning into a New Electronic Resources Role Presented by Kelly Blanchat and Alana Verminski ER&L Conference 2015 Austin, TX Kelly Blanchat Electronic Resources Librarian Queens College, CUNY kelly.blanchat@qc.cuny.edu @kellyblanchat Alana Verminski Reference and Instruction Librarian St. Mary's College of Maryland Library alana.verminski@gmail.com www.alanaverminski.com Abstract: Transitioning into a new role is challenging, especially one as vast and nuanced as electronic resources. With a new position comes endless opportunities, along with unknown or unexpected situations. Using entertaining anecdotes, presenters will share strategies to revamp legacy workflows, assess current practices, and make a new position your own.

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