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ERIC Number: EJ853775
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
Business Intelligence: The Smart Way to Track Academic Collections
Kelly, Debra
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v28 n4 p48-53 2005
University collections are a vital source of knowledge for researchers and often a source of pride for universities. Without an effective way to manage and query them, however, collections often go underutilized. Parts of a collection can remain untapped for years, and the larger it grows, the more difficult management becomes. Unfortunately, improving collections management usually comes at a cost--at a time when budget cuts have forced most departments to reduce spending, any plan for improving management must include how those improvements can increase efficiency and drive down costs in the long run. At the University of California, Berkeley, in an effort to ensure that the academic community obtained the greatest value from its collections, the Museum Informatics Project (MIP)--a department of Information Systems and Technology (IST)--launched a business intelligence initiative designed to provide collections managers with the ability to improve collection tracking, make ad hoc queries to their collection databases, and write their own reports without MIP intervention. Such a system would enable collection managers to dramatically improve efficiency while eliminating a costly burden for MIP. In this article, the author discusses the important role business intelligence plays in the management of large academic collections with its flexibility, self-service capabilities, and relative ease of implementation. In addition to the primary drivers of staff efficiency and improved collection reporting and analysis, Web-based access to business intelligence capabilities offers institutions the potential for opening up their collections and demonstrating their value to a wider audience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California