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  • 1. THE MANY HATS OF THEE-RESOURCES LIBRARIAN:PRESENT CHALLENGES AND POSSIBLE FUTURES Jane Strudwick, Electronic Resources Librarian Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
  • 2. Institution Background Florida Atlantic University, a doctoral degree- granting university 17,300 FTE Part of a 12 institution state university system As of July 2012, the FAU Libraries is part of the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC)
  • 3. Library Background Three locations ILS Aleph (Managed for SULs by FLVC) Electronic Resources Services Serials Solutions 360 Core 360 Link 360 ERMS Summon Materials Budget 3,250,000
  • 4. Why E-Resources Librarians? New Features of Acquisitions Licensing Packaging New management and management tools Changes in Access Different then a catalog (based on knowledge base) Unmediated searching Teaching other librarians
  • 5. Why E-Resources Librarians Changes in Work Flows Different or added processes for selection, purchase, access, and evaluation Cross departmental work flows Skill set developed specific to these needs and, to an extent, the library
  • 6. The Hats & theCompetenciesThe electronic resources librarianunderstands the life cycle of electronicresources in its ongoing complexity ofmultiple stages and processes.(NASIG, 2012) Wonder Woman 03 photo by bbaltimore on Flickr
  • 7. The Hats & the Competencies Manage the Life Cycle of Electronic Resources Acquire and maintain subscriptions Establish and manage procedures to ensure access to electronic resources and provide support Manage evaluation processes for cancellation and retention decisions
  • 8. The Hats & the Competencies Acquire and maintain subscriptions Understanding collection development and knowledge of librarianship Negotiate contracts and maintaining advantageous relationships with vendors Reviewing and negotiating licenses
  • 9. The Hats & the Competencies Provide Access to Electronic Resources Knowledge of computing hardware used to access electronic information Authentication systems E-resources software and services The admin functions of proprietary databases Fundamentals of Web design and markup languages Ability to provide technical and reference support
  • 10. The Hats & the Competencies Manage evaluation process Understand complex range of data generated by and related to electronic resources Ability to collect, analyze, manipulate and provide meaningful interpretation of data and apply to real and timely decision making Evaluate or manage the creation of databases to store relational data
  • 11. The Hats & the CompetenciesOther Skills Effective Communication Prompt, consistent, verbal and written communications with a broad audience Supervising and Management Supervise, train and motivate Trends and Professional Development Including publishing and library marketplace Personal Qualities Flexibility with change
  • 12. The Challengesall of theabove
  • 13. The Challenges Silos Managing acquisitions ILS v. ERMS v. homegrown Access to Electronic Resources Multiple Access points and interfaces Data Collection and Analysis Tools not yet adequate for analyzing and reporting Communication conduits Data collection and management
  • 14. The Challenges Marketplace v. Budgets Journal cost inflation v. everything full text, and now Flux in publishing industry Consolidation of companies Rights of Licensee: archival, access, sharing
  • 15. The Challenges Transitioning to Web Scale Changes in search and discovery Discovery service & catalog Advocacy of metadata contribution by publishers and vendors to all discovery services Collection development impacts, especially prioritization of formats Waiting for the full realization of web scale management services
  • 16. The Possible Futures
  • 17. The Possible Futures Reorganization of workflows and departments Complete transition to one access point Web scale management and the end of the ILS No more local cataloging The print hangover is over Multiple e-resources librarians
  • 18. The Possible Futures Changes in publishing The breakup of journals and the end of the big database purchase Demand driven articles and book acquisitions Indexes native to discovery services No more need to develop federated interfaces per product, especially aggregators The e-resources librarian managing a single interface
  • 19. The Possible Futures Resource funding transitioning to Academic Departments Open access initiatives gaining momentum cost shifting to authors Data curation Compete for e-resource funding with other departments? E-resources librarians part of Division of Research
  • 20. The Possible Futures Library budgets permanently reduced Increased collaboration, purchasing at state level Decreased staff, new skill set Virtual Campuses The e-resources librarian employed by state system
  • 21. And in Conclusion
  • 22. Contact InformationJane StrudwickElectronic Resources LibrarianFlorida Atlantic Universityjstrudw1@fau.eduPresentation Link