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)
Kelly Smith February 14th, 2008
If you are interested in writing a report on the 2008 ER&L Conference for the column “Serials Spoken Here” in the journal Serials Review, please contact Kurt Blythe [kcblythe at email.unc.edu]. The deadline for submissions will be February 13.
Nancy Beals September 20th, 2007
A wiki has been created for commenting on the preservation issues that face electronic resources. I would like to ask for volunteers who are interested and willing to devote some of their time to an ad hoc group that has formed to examine these issues further.
We will be taking a look at archiving/preservation models for our paid resources (like LOCKSS, CLOCKSS and Portico) and assess and organize them. Then we will post what we find on the ER&L Projects wiki.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Nancy Beals at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bonnie Tijerina March 14th, 2007
What is the ER&L Forum?
Bonnie Tijerina (ER&L Conference Coordinator) and conference planners have created this blog for a few reasons:
1. We had several blogs on the ER&L Learning Community (Moodle) site and wanted one place for them all to live.
2. We wanted a neutral place to migrate discussions that were beginning on the blog that was erams.org
3. To fill a need for continued discussion after the ER&L Conference
4. To create a place to share ideas and for conference planners to get feedback about future ER&L Conferences, programs, etc.
Why do we need ER&L Forum?
We need a place to focus on improving the current state of libraries, to create and share what we are doing, and to define the future direction of products, services and content. To create a community, an understanding, and a vocabulary about how we need to manage and make accessible our electronic content which is taking over more and more of our materials budgets.
Who Should Care?
Those who are eager to visualize a library not built around a print resource management model but willing to conceptualize the library which is focused on user access and library management of online resources & services.
Librarians, Technologists, E-Resources Vendors, Library Administrators, Creators, Publishers & Preservers of e-content, and all others who want to ensure proper access to electronic content for library patrons.
How Can I Contribute?
This blog is open for everyone to post comments. You can easily add entries as well. If you are already a member of the ER&L Community, it’s simple. Just login to this site using your username and password you use on the ER&L Community website. If you’re not an ER&L member, just become a member and posting will be simple for you as well!