32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Friday, November 9 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Re-Thinking Acquisitions Workflow in a Shared – Bib Environment: Finding Workflow Solutions During a Time of Change at the University of South Florida Library

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On June 28, 2012 the University of South Florida (USF) Library in partnership with the other libraries of the state university system transitioned to a shared catalog or Shared Bib Production Environment (SBPROD). This environment was created by taking existing bibliographic records from the individual library (Aleph) catalog environments and merging them to create an updated integrated (Aleph) library catalog environment. In responding to the new shared catalog environment, a team of acquisitions, electronic resource, and cataloging librarians as well as staff members at the USF Library coordinated efforts to review, plan and implement new workflow procedures. The new workflow procedures were designed to accommodate a growing emphasis on acquiring electronic books as directed by collection management policy decisions with an expanding purchase on demand program. The principal objectives the library team worked to find solutions for included:

  1. The integration of benchmarks related to cataloging and acquisitions processes needed to comply with new statewide shared bib best practices.
  2. The implementation of new acquisitions procedures for electronic books.
  3. The implementation of new procedures for budget control.
  4. Modifying existing acquisition workflows used for print materials to accommodate electronic resources to improve timely patron access to online content in a shared bib environment.

This poster session will benefit both new and veteran technical services librarians and staff who possess responsibilities in planning for and in the implementation of workflows in support of electronic resources acquisitions and purchase on demand programs during times of significant organizational and technological change.


John Abresch

Coordinator of Collections, University of South Florida
John Abresch is an Acquisitions/Collections Librarian in the Academic Resources Department at University of South Florida Library. John’s professional responsibilities are with acquisitions functions as well as engaging in collection planning activities. His research interests... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2012 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
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