The eighth annual Electronic Resources and Libraries 2013 conference was held in Austin, TX from March 17th through the 20th. Presentations at the conference varied on the topics of Collection Development, eBooks, emerging technologies, linking, e-resource management, scholarly communication, search and discovery, and workflows and organization.
In sync with the technocratic nature of the group, conference goers kept each other in the know using the Twitter tag #erl13 and many were able to attend the ER&L hosted Idea Drop House at the SXSW music festival. ER&L also made it possible to attend the conference virtually, streaming most sessions online. More information about ER&L can be found at their website.
Summary of Presentations:
Mike Eisenberg, of the University of Washington Information School discusses the “Google Generation” in “Listening to Users: What the “Google Generation” Says about using Library and Information Collections, Services and Systems in the Digital Age.
Developing Terms: Techniques for Electronic Resource Management. Jill Emery, of Portland State University spoke on TERMS (techniques for electronic resource management) project and the benefits of codifying the e-resources workflow into their 6 steps will benefit libraries.
Internal and External Clients: Why Do We Treat One Better Than the Other? Dawn McKinnon and Amy Buckland, of McGill University Library, offer their tips and tricks to evaluate the internal/external customer service climate in your organization and how libraries can change their culture to be more effective with customer service.
Improving Communication and Relationships Between Librarians and Publishers: A long-time veteran of both libraries and the publishing industry, Don Tonkery of Content Strategies, offered his tips and tricks on how libraries and publishers can communicate more effectively and build better business relationships.
What Would Google Do? Data Mining, Discovery, and Search Suggestions: Proactively Improving Search Relevance and the User Experience: Elizabeth German, Web Service Coordinator at the University of Houston, Lesley Moyo, Director of Research and Instruction Services and Tracy Gilmore, Technical Services librarian at Virgina Tech University and Andrew Nagy, Serials Solutions gave a presentation on how they worked together to evaluate academic user search behavior and how they used that information and a number of tools to improve searching in their libraries.
Instructing Future Librarians on E-Resources Management: The lack of e resources education in today’s library science programs prompted one librarian, Lori Duggan of Indiana University, to create a demo e-resources training program. She presented on the details of her course and its outcome.
You have A Problem, We have a Solution: The Future of e-Resource Management and Troubleshooting in a unified 2CUL Context: 2CUL (e-Resource collaboration between Cornell and Columbia universities) discuss their expectations of information sharing and planning in their new cross-institutional environment.
What Can Web Analytics Tell You About Your New Discovery Tool?: A presentation by Monica Moore and Lauren Ajamie from the University of Notre Dame, where they discussed how libraries can use online analytics tools, like Google Analytics, to test effectiveness of library discovery services.
Unified Resource Management in Action: Alma’s Impact at Boston College and Virginia Commonwealth University: Two flagship schools discuss their experience with the transition and implementation to Ex Libris’s new management system, ALMA.
Open URL Link resolvers: Measuring Effectiveness Overtime: One librarian from the University of Michigan University Library, Kenyon Stuart, details his experience gathering and processing data to identify common problems and successes with link resolvers.
Extreme E-Resource Endeavors: From PDA to POOF! To Interface Management and More…: The 2CUL group discusses their experience with implementing PDA in their libraries, and they’ve adapted their patron driven acquisitions workflow to fit their new cross-institutional environment.
KBART Phase II: The Next Step Towards Better Metadata: Chad Hutchens, of the University of Wyoming Libraries discussed the purpose of the NISO/UKSG working group, KBART, and how the group has been working on a new proposal to further standardize data transfer and consortia metadata.
Large Scale Digital eBook Initiatives: Checking in With Google Books, HathiTrust, Project Gutenberg and More. Naomi Eichenlaub of Ryerson University, updated her audience on the history of ebooks and what actions major eBook providers are currently taking.
I Steam, You Stream: The Growth of Streaming Video Collections and Ways to Manage Them. Susan Marcin of Columbia University and Jesse Koennecke of Cornell spoke on how libraries learned to stop worrying and love streaming video collections. They also gave some advice on how to approach the point where streaming video and copyright meet.
Rachel L. Frick, director of the Digital Library Federation Program at the Council on Library and Information Resources, presented “The Courage of Our Connections: Thoughts on Professional Identities, Organizational Affiliations and Common Communities. She gave her thoughts on how data can give librarians an active role in the scholarship process.