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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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Soules, Aline; Golomb, Liorah – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
In this article, the authors compared the MLA International Bibliography database (MLAIB) across five vendor platforms to determine how and why seemingly comparable searches produced varying results. A number of tests were conducted using a variety of fields, terms, and parameters, and examples of results are provided. The authors' findings are…
Descriptors: Online Vendors, Navigation (Information Systems), Online Searching, Search Strategies
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Hulseberg, Anna; Monson, Sarah – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
Electronic resources, the tools we use to manage them, and the needs and expectations of our users are constantly evolving; at the same time, the roles, responsibilities, and workflow of the library staff who manage e-resources are also in flux. Recognizing a need to be more intentional and proactive about how we manage e-resources, the…
Descriptors: Library Personnel, Strategic Planning, College Libraries, Liberal Arts
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Betty, Paul – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
Increasing use of screencast and Flash authoring software within libraries is resulting in "homegrown" library collections of digital learning objects and multimedia presentations. The author explores the use of Google Analytics to track usage statistics for interactive Shockwave Flash (.swf) files, the common file output for screencast and Flash…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Educational Technology, Multimedia Instruction, Tutorial Programs
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Walker, Mary – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
Libraries are moving toward electronic resource management systems (ERMSs) to track their usage statistics, but these can be expensive to purchase and maintain. For some libraries, an ERMS can be cost-prohibitive, but they still need to justify the renewal of databases and e-journals to their budget officers or determine which e-resources should…
Descriptors: Management Systems, Electronic Libraries, Academic Libraries, Statistics
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Kusik, James P.; Vargas, Mark A. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
To establish a more direct link between its collections and the educational goals of Saint Xavier University, the Byrne Memorial Library has adopted a "holistic" approach to collection development. This article examines how traditional budget practices influenced the library's selection of resources and describes how holistic collection…
Descriptors: Library Services, Holistic Approach, Budgeting, Academic Libraries
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Pan, Denise – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
Auraria Library purchased Innovative Interfaces, Inc.'s Millennium Electronic Resources Management (ERM) to manage data about acquisitions, licensing, troubleshooting, and usage statistics of electronic resources. After 3 days of implementation, the software vendor enabled resources records to display. As a result, the electronic resources team…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Academic Libraries, Database Management Systems, Library Services
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Matthews, Tansy E. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
This article describes the development of the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA). The VIVA statistics-processing system remains a work in progress. Member libraries will benefit from the ability to obtain the actual data from the VIVA site, rather than just the summaries, so a project to make these data available is currently being planned. The…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Databases, Statistics, Statistical Studies
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Tucker, Cory – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
Usage statistics are an important metric for making decisions on serials. Although the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Libraries have been collecting usage statistics, the statistics had not frequently been used to make decisions and had not been included in collection development policy. After undergoing a collection assessment, the…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Statistics, Library Services, Decision Making
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Martin, Heath; Robles-Smith, Kimberley; Garrison, Julie; Way, Doug – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
Differing from those of their liberal arts and Association of Research Libraries counterparts, today's comprehensive universities face a variety of unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to assessing their collections. This article looks at the different needs and interests of comprehensive universities and focuses on the challenges…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Services, Evaluation, Case Studies
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Estelle, Lorraine; Woodward, Hazel – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
The Joint Information Systems Committee National e-Books Observatory Project will assess the impacts, observe behaviors, and develop new models to stimulate the U.K. higher education e-books market. The project has licensed a collection of e-books that are highly relevant to U.K. higher education in four disciplines and will evaluate the use of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Behavior, Information Systems, Use Studies
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Shadle, Steve – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
In April 2007, the University of Washington Libraries debuted WorldCat Local (WCL), a localized version of the WorldCat database that interoperates with a library's integrated library system and fulfillment services to provide a single-search interface for a library's physical and electronic content. This brief will describe how WCL incorporates a…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Academic Libraries, Library Networks, Online Catalogs
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Ford, Lyle; O'Hara, Lisa Hanson; Whiklo, Jared – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
The reference collection traditionally rewards serendipity by presenting key resources in a compact group. At the University of Manitoba Libraries, reference collection space is at a premium and, increasingly, electronic versions of reference materials are selected for purchase. However, our space saving comes at a cost: Our patrons can't browse…
Descriptors: Research Libraries, Reference Materials, Foreign Countries, Reference Services
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Emery, Jill – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
Social networking tools have been getting quite a bit of press in libraryland for the past couple of years. It is considered to be one of the key aspects of a library joining what is referred to as the Library 2.0 movement. In this context, social networking is seen as a library service or library outreach mechanism that utilizes popular social…
Descriptors: Information Science, Social Networks, Library Services, Librarians
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Grogg, Jill E. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
Library schools may be teaching some of the theoretical framework necessary to perform the duties of electronic resource librarianship. However, a gap remains "between practical needs, as expressed in position descriptions, and the theoretical way in which library school courses address those needs." To fill this gap, professional associations…
Descriptors: Library Schools, Resource Materials, Electronic Libraries, Theory Practice Relationship
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