Annual Conference Session
Title: Imagine a World Where All Content is Open: Implications for E-Resource Management and Discovery
Abstract: As the open access movement progresses, and more content becomes openly available, libraries grapple with questions of whether to curate open content, which content to collect, and then how to integrate it into their discovery layers, e-resource management tools, and workflows. From a user and researcher perspective, open content is only useful if it can be discovered, so there are serious implications that must be explored by those managing the acquisition and ongoing maintenance of electronic content. Most discovery and e-resource management systems are developed on a framework of commercial content. Providers of open content are not necessarily equipped or staffed to supply the metadata and e-resource management tools that we all rely on paid content providers to generate. In a customer-vendor relationship, there are clear expectations of services provided beyond the actual content. This allows librarians to leverage their subscription fees to expect accurate and properly formatted metadata. The provision or lack of this has significant staffing implications. In the case of some open content, these services may not be available, thus potentially deterring libraries from collecting open access materials. These are challenges that can be overcome, but bear some exploration in order to move toward a more open world sustainably.
• Sunshine Carter, Interim Collection Development Officer & Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Minnesota
• Jeffrey Daniels, Associate Dean of Curation, Preservation, and Publishing Services, Grand Valley State University
• Wendy Robertson, Institutional Repository Librarian, University of Iowa
• Michelle Reed, Open Education Librarian, University of Texas Arlington
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALCTS
Meeting Type: Discussion Group,Interest Group
Cost: Included with full conference registration.