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The Many hats of the electronic resources librarian

  1. 1. THE MANY HATS OF THEE-RESOURCES LIBRARIAN:PRESENT CHALLENGES AND POSSIBLE FUTURES Jane Strudwick, Electronic Resources Librarian Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
  2. 2. Institution Background Florida Atlantic University, a doctoral degree- granting university 17,300 FTE Part of a 12 institution state university system As of July 2012, the FAU Libraries is part of the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC)
  3. 3. Library Background Three locations ILS – Aleph (Managed for SULs by FLVC) Electronic Resources Services – Serials Solutions  360 Core  360 Link  360 ERMS  Summon Materials Budget – 3,250,000
  4. 4. Why E-Resources Librarians? New Features of Acquisitions  Licensing  Packaging  New management and management tools Changes in Access  Different then a catalog (based on knowledge base)  Unmediated searching  Teaching other librarians
  5. 5. Why E-Resources Librarians Changes in Work Flows  Different or added processes for selection, purchase, access, and evaluation  Cross – departmental work flows  Skill set developed specific to these needs and, to an extent, the library
  6. 6. The Hats & theCompetencies“The electronic resources librarianunderstands the life cycle of electronicresources in its ongoing complexity ofmultiple stages and processes.”(NASIG, 2012) Wonder Woman 03 photo by bbaltimore on Flickr
  7. 7. The Hats & the Competencies Manage the Life Cycle of Electronic Resources  Acquire and maintain subscriptions  Establish and manage procedures to ensure access to electronic resources and provide support  Manage evaluation processes for cancellation and retention decisions
  8. 8. The Hats & the Competencies Acquire and maintain subscriptions  Understanding collection development and knowledge of librarianship  Negotiate contracts and maintaining advantageous relationships with vendors  Reviewing and negotiating licenses
  9. 9. The Hats & the Competencies Provide Access to Electronic Resources  Knowledge of computing hardware used to access electronic information  Authentication systems  E-resources software and services  The admin functions of proprietary databases  Fundamentals of Web design and markup languages  Ability to provide technical and reference support
  10. 10. The Hats & the Competencies Manage evaluation process  Understand complex range of data generated by and related to electronic resources  Ability to collect, analyze, manipulate and provide meaningful interpretation of data and apply to real and timely decision making  Evaluate or manage the creation of databases to store relational data
  11. 11. The Hats & the CompetenciesOther Skills Effective Communication  Prompt, consistent, verbal and written communications with a broad audience Supervising and Management  Supervise, train and motivate Trends and Professional Development  Including publishing and library marketplace Personal Qualities  Flexibility with change
  12. 12. The Challenges…all of theabove
  13. 13. The Challenges Silos  Managing acquisitions  ILS v. ERMS v. homegrown  Access to Electronic Resources  Multiple Access points and interfaces  Data Collection and Analysis  Tools not yet adequate for analyzing and reporting  Communication conduits  Data collection and management
  14. 14. The Challenges Marketplace v. Budgets  Journal cost inflation v. everything full text, and now  Flux in publishing industry  Consolidation of companies  Rights of Licensee: archival, access, sharing
  15. 15. The Challenges Transitioning to Web Scale  Changes in search and discovery  Discovery service & catalog  Advocacy of metadata contribution by publishers and vendors to all discovery services  Collection development impacts, especially prioritization of formats  Waiting for the full realization of web scale management services
  16. 16. The Possible Futures
  17. 17. The Possible Futures Reorganization of workflows and departments  Complete transition to one access point  Web scale management and the end of the ILS  No more local cataloging  The print hangover is over Multiple e-resources librarians
  18. 18. The Possible Futures Changes in publishing  The breakup of journals and the end of the big database purchase  Demand driven articles and book acquisitions  Indexes native to discovery services  No more need to develop federated interfaces per product, especially aggregators The e-resources librarian managing a single interface
  19. 19. The Possible Futures Resource funding transitioning to Academic Departments  Open access initiatives gaining momentum – cost shifting to authors  Data curation  Compete for e-resource funding with other departments? E-resources librarians part of Division of Research
  20. 20. The Possible Futures Library budgets – permanently reduced  Increased collaboration, purchasing at state level  Decreased staff, new skill set  Virtual Campuses The e-resources librarian employed by state system
  21. 21. And in Conclusion
  22. 22. Contact InformationJane StrudwickElectronic Resources LibrarianFlorida Atlantic Universityjstrudw1@fau.eduPresentation Link