These short “pecha kucha-like” sessions will feature 5 PowerPoint presentations of 6 minutes and 40 seconds each. We will have approximately 10 minutes at the end of the session intended for Q&A for all 5 sessions. Come for a lively, rapid-fire group of talks.
1) Acquisitions Socialism
Victoria Koger, Eastern Kentucky University
Do you divide your monographs budget by academic department, use a formula, tweak amounts every year, and/or take journal use into consideration? Have you wondered why some departments never spend as much as they are allotted and some never have enough? We made the big leap from assigning amounts for every department and program to one big pot for all monographs. This session will share why, how and what we have learned in the past few months.
2) Oh the Possibilities! Repurposing a Citation Study
Andrea A. Wirth, Oregon State University
Three years ago a citation analysis of the graduate works from the Oregon State University (OSU) Water Resources Graduate Program (WRGP) was underway. At that time the authors the study were focused on the task at hand which was to review how well OSU’s journal collections were supporting the WRGP five years into the program. After successfully completing the original study, the authors repurposed the data for a water resources subject guide and used the overall findings to make new connections with the water community at OSU and beyond. This short presentation seeks to demonstrate how a local citation study can evolve to support a myriad of uses that build connections with patrons and improve library services.
3) Running a Contest to Encourage Timely Monograph Ordering
Carol Cramer, Wake Forest University
An age-old problem: Whatever deadline you set for placing monograph orders, you receive a big burst of orders at the last minute. Acquisitions staff beg for book orders one month and get flooded with them the next. Librarians at Wake Forest University tried to mitigate this problem by running a contest: have 65% of your target spent by an early deadline, and your fund wins a share of a cash prize. The presenter will discuss how the contest idea was an effective incentive for selectors and how it served to make Acquisitions work more steady.
4) The Changing Landscape of Course Content: Electronic Textbooks and Electronic Course Packs
Heidi Schroeder, Michigan State University Libraries
This fall, Michigan State University (MSU) is implementing electronic textbook (eText) and electronic course pack pilot projects. Faculty and over one thousand students in several pilot courses will be using either eTexts from two major publishers or faculty generated electronic course packs. All course content will be accessible through MSU’s course management system via the Courseload platform. Courseload offers searching, highlighting, note taking/annotations, sharing, printing, the ability to embed and add other electronic content, user statistics, and more.
This presentation will describe these pilots in detail and will provide attendees interested in eTexts and electronic course packs an overview of one university’s experiences from initial planning to implementation and assessment. The central role of the MSU Libraries as part of the planning and implementation team for both pilots will be discussed, as well as pilot goals, logistics, challenges and concerns, vendor interactions, training, technical support, and accessibility issues. Research plans and procedures as well as future considerations and possible plans will also be outlined.
5) Library Serials and Electronic Subscriptions Project
Jo Flander, St. Cloud State University
Recently, in our work area, we completed a project that involved setting up a spreadsheet that includes information on our subscriptions to journals, databases, and standing orders to be shared with faculty, librarians, and other staff to view. The goal is to share data on subscriptions across campus, and obtain feedback on what to renew/cancel. Among other categories, the spreadsheet includes information on prices for the resources, statistics on usage, the current format (print, online, print plus online), and value to accreditation programs. For this session, the presenter will discuss the spreadsheet and provide comments on the outcome.