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Garofalo, Denise A. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2012
Libraries are all about collecting data. When it comes to collection development and assessment of e-resources, collecting data on usage of resources aids in decision making regarding these resources and provides data-rich evidence to support the value for the user of these resources. However, the author asserts that libraries should take some…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Services, Data Collection, Library Materials
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Ritterbush, Jon – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2012
Librarians frequently utilize product trials to assess the content and usability of a database prior to committing funds to a new subscription or purchase. At the 2012 Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference in Austin, Texas, three librarians presented a panel discussion on their institutions' policies and practices regarding database…
Descriptors: Users (Information), Libraries, Databases, Usability
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King, Douglas – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
In answering the question "What is the next trend in usage statistics in libraries?" an eclectic group of respondents has presented an assortment of possibilities, suggestions, complaints and, of course, questions of their own. Undoubtedly, usage statistics collection, interpretation, and application are areas of growth and increasing complexity…
Descriptors: Trend Analysis, Library Research, Use Studies, Library Services
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Emery, Jill – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
Twitter provides rapid information in a short form, and it is extremely easy to follow the updates of others because of myriad software applications with which it works on both mobile devices and traditional computing hardware. Currently, most academic librarians are using Twitter primarily as a tool at library conferences and seminars to capture…
Descriptors: Internet, Librarians, Use Studies, Information Networks
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King, Douglas – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
The author recently asked his colleagues, "How can libraries determine the value in collecting, managing, preserving, and/or cataloging e-resources?" hoping to challenge readers to come up with some thoughtful opinions and useful tips. Not surprisingly, he received a handful of substantially different but uniformly provocative and creative…
Descriptors: Cataloging, Library Role, Librarian Attitudes, Library Development
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King, Douglas – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
In the last issue, this journal asked a question on many librarians' minds, and it was pleased with the depth and variety of responses. As suggested by this journal editorial board member Oliver Pesch, readers were asked, "Many libraries have gone to federated searching to win users back from Google. Is it working?" Respondents approached the…
Descriptors: Internet, Web Sites, Computer Software, Synthesis
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Tijerina, Bonnie; King, Douglas – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
In a time of constant change, sometimes it is worthwhile to ruminate on the future and how things ought to be. "Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship" wanted to capture some of these ruminations from around the field in a new column called "E-Opinions from the Field" where readers are asked to send in their thoughts on a topic and respond…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Information Management, Management Systems, Futures (of Society)