Elizabeth Winter March 25th, 2008
At the Workflow Roundtable, the group also discussed the ways in which they were using a variety of tools and technologies to assist with workflow-related issues.
Some of them were:
- A blog to track resource problems and experiences (to keep track for personal use, in case the same problem comes up again)
- Scanning/digitizing license agreements and keeping them on a shared drive so that they can be retrieved and emailed to library employees as needed.
- ERMs: Obviously, this is a major tool many libraries are working on using for many things; some mentioend using existing problem-tracking fields or creating customized fields for this purpose, so that library employees can see when resources are experiencing problems.
- Adapted ILS modules to deal with e-resources in lieu of an ERM, e.g., eTracker (Deberah England from Wright State Univ. presented on this during ER&L 2008)
- An internal listserv with a searchable archives feature for those who work with e-resources to share info.
- A wiki for communication between collection development and acquisitiosn regarding e-resource subscriptions (new purchases, renewals, changes, etc. We are doing this at Georgia Tech…a presentation I gave at ALA 2007 in part on this topic is available at http://r2consulting.org/ppnts/GTWikisEtc.ppt)