Annual Conference Session
This session will include three 15 minute presentations with time for Q&A at the end.
1. Purchasing ebooks from the textbook adoption list. Are we making a difference? - Beth Bernhardt UNC Greensboro
For three years UNC Greensboro University Libraries has teamed up with the bookstore to identify ebooks that were on the textbook adoption list to purchase for the collection. The presentation will include what types of ebooks were purchased, identify ebooks and investigate their usage, and also look at cost savings for students. The presentation will also include some other types of resources faculty have asked the library to fund to help lower the cost of textbooks for their students.
2. Revamping workflows and enhancing communication: how Mississippi State University Libraries improved electronic resource processing - Bonnie Thornton, Mississippi State University, Presented by Preston Salisbury, Mississippi State University
Electronic resources provided by libraries have ushered in an era of substantial growth, dynamic workflow changes, and inter-departmental collaboration at academic institutions. Librarians, in partnership with Systems staff at Mississippi State University (MSU), recently coordinated and implemented a change in their e-book acquisitions and cataloging processes that exemplifies this current era of cooperative communication within technical services. These changes emerged with the goal of improving the library experience of both patrons and librarians when searching and accessing electronic resources provided by MSU.
The collaborative efforts of Systems, Cataloging, and Acquisitions librarians and staff at MSU led to the successful implementation of a target project. The project sought to reduce user frustration by improving OPAC displays of electronic resources in a shared catalog setting. By shifting e-resource record uploads to an individualized target as opposed to the ILS, OPAC displays are cleaner and there is less confusion on the patron end. It also provided departments in technical services the opportunity to review and revamp their workflows to ensure quality access to these resources. This presentation will give a detailed overview of origins of the project, as well as a detailed discussion of the adjusting change in dynamics between library departments and the subsequent effects on the workflows in Systems, Acquisitions, and Cataloging.
3. Multiplicity: amending e-serials duplication in WorldCat - Charlene Morrison and Hayley Morena, OCLC
Duplication in our library catalogs and databases has long been a standing quality issue that affects discovery for users. It’s understandable how frustrating it can be for catalogers and users alike to deal with large sets of results that represent the same resource. The WorldCat database has been susceptible to such duplications due to the various methods available for adding bibliographic data. During a continuing resources session at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle it was brought to our attention the issues faced with e-serials duplication. We had also received recommendations from a member library on a possible metadata element that can help us identify potential duplicates for e-resources. The OCLC Metadata Quality team took into consideration the thoughts surrounding the problem, to find ways in removing some of these serial duplicates. After an initial data analysis, OCLCE records were identified as a large subset of these duplicates. Script languages such as PERL and the creation of merging macros were used to automate the detection and merging of these records. The results of the project helped us identify 713,783 OCLCE serial record candidates, we approximately merged 157,000 duplicate sets. In the presentation, we will provide a brief background on the project, discuss the scripts and macros used for identification and merging of duplicates, and finally elaborate on future efforts to remove duplicates in other sets of records by using what we learned from the project. Attendees would find this presentation helpful as it can give them insight on how they too can find ways to amend duplication in their local systems.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALCTS, ALCTS_CRS
Meeting Type: Discussion Group,Interest Group
Cost: Included with full conference registration.