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) Serials Workflow Changes: Transitioning from Print to Digital Subscriptions
Netta Cox, North Carolina A&T State University
The session will describe the workflow changes from primarily creating new serial subscription check-in records and adding items into the Millennium Integrated Library system (ILS), to the database cleanup of cancelled serial subscription titles, in a continuing effort to reflect accurate holdings information in the Online Public Access catalog (OPAC) for users.
Prior to the cancellation of print serial subscriptions, microform, newspapers and standing orders, staff regularly set up new check-in records, created check-in cards, added new items , copy cataloged, and claimed print serial titles using the Millennium ILS. The workflow has shifted towards database clean up, i.e. updating check-in records of cancelled subscription titles, holding statements, notes and deleting check-in cards.
The shotgun session will compare and contrast the workflow of the Serials department before and after cancellation of serial subscriptions. The audience will learn the previous steps used to create a new serial tile check-in record, versus the steps to cancel serial subscription title check-in records using Millennium ILS and Ebsconet.
2) Textbook Affordability: Is There a Role for Libraries?
Charles Lyons, University at Buffalo
Try searching the library catalog, as many students do each semester, for the latest version of the textbook being used in a class on your campus and you will likely come up empty-handed. Many academic libraries – due to high prices, frequently-issued new editions, and a tendency to go missing from the collection – have very justifiably chosen to play only a marginal role in the provision of textbooks on campus. However, the dynamics of the textbook market are changing rapidly and this presentation will provide attendees with an overview of these market changes.
This session will focus specifically on the issue of affordability in the context of the increased availability of e-textbooks (electronic versions of textbooks). Topics covered will include: the bundling of supplemental materials with textbooks; shortening of revision cycles; development of a robust used-textbook market; proliferation of purchasing options and outlets; emergence of textbook price comparison tools; new business models for institutional access to e-textbooks; and open access and alternative textbooks.
The presenter has been leading an e-textbook initiative at the University at Buffalo that began this Spring and will roll out in the Fall of 2012 with the campus participating in the Internet2 / EDUCAUSE e-textbook pilot program. The presentation will include data on expected savings from this initiative.
3) Using Vendor Notification Slips to Promote Input into Book Purchasing
Lora Brueck, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Building on a previous poster session, results are reported from WPI's vendor notification slip program in which library liaisons forward slips in their subject areas to academic departments for feedback on which books to purchase. While the desired results were to get department input into spending the book budget, especially for departments who traditionally have not spent their allocations, other benefits have also come from the program.
4) Busting Ebook Myths
Beth Jacoby, York College of PA
We’ve all heard the myths about ebooks, such as Millennial students prefer ebooks over print, history and humanities students prefer print over ebooks, and younger students prefer reading on their smart phones. A survey was conducted among typical undergraduate students asking their preferences between print books or ebooks for academic work, and if ebooks, which computing devices they prefer to use for reading. Come hear the evidence that busts the ebook myths and points to the highly nuanced reading preferences of undergraduates. The results are broken down by subject major, student age, gender, and year in college.
5) Library Technical Services: Key Ingredients in the Recipe for a Successful Institutional Repository
Tammy Sugarman, Georgia State University
For several years, academic institutions have been establishing and maintaining institutional repositories (IRs) to collect, make accessible, preserve and showcase the institution’s research and scholarly output. At a majority of institutions, the library is the entity that takes on the responsibility of organizing and maintaining the repository. As the nature and purpose of IRs has evolved over time, the opportunities and challenges for units within the library have also shifted. What has been the impact of IRs on academic libraries and specifically, on technical services functions within the library? What are some of the contributions technical services units can make to insure the success of an IR? Attendees will walk away with ideas about additional ways technical services units can show their relevancy and contribute to the success of their institution.