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The Many Hats of the E-Resources Librarian: Present Challenges and Possible Futures

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The Many Hats of the E-Resources Librarian: Present Challenges and Possible Futures

  1. 1. THE MANY HATS OF THE E-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  Differentthen a catalog (based on a knowledge base)  Unmediated searching  Teaching other librarians
  5. 5. Why E-Resources Librarians Changes in Workflows  Different or added processes for selection, purchase, access, and evaluation  Cross – departmental workflows  Skill set developed specific to these needs
  6. 6. The Hats & the Competencies“The electronic resources librarian understandsthe life cycle of electronic resources in itsongoing complexity of multiple stages andprocesses.”(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 to support cancellation and retention decisions
  8. 8. The Hats & the Competencies Acquire and maintain subscriptions  Understand collection development and knowledge of librarianship  Negotiate contracts and maintaining advantageous relationships with vendors  Review and negotiate 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 the above
  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
  14. 14. The Challenges Marketplace v. Budgets  Journal cost increasees v. everything full text  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 E-resources funding transitioning to academic departments  Open access initiatives gaining momentum – cost shifting to authors  Data curation  Compete for e-resource funding with other departments? The e-resources librarian position under Division of Research
  20. 20. The Possible Futures Results of permanent library budget reductions  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

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