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Reengineering the Library: Issues in Electronic Resource Management
Call Number: 025.174 REEN
Publication Date: 2018-02-28
In terms of both overall spending and usage, library collections are now primarily electronic. The previously solitary electronic resources librarian has now been joined by other personnel in reorganized technical services departments and units who increasingly share more complex and diverse types of work related to managing electronic resources. In this book, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) gathers a variety of perspectives to examine recent developments in electronic resources management (ERM) and how this work fits into the overall mission of the contemporary academic library. Thoroughly grounded in experience and everyday best practices while also considering how ERM can best fulfill the mission of today’s academic libraries, this book’s contributors discuss issues such as
- interdepartmental workflows such as instruction, metadata, and user support that impact electronic resources management;
-- strategies for controlling costs;
-- license arrangements to allow text and data mining;
-- managing the transition from dedicated ERM systems to integration into library service platforms;
-- new analytics and assessment techniques; and
-- operational improvements for better usability, troubleshooting, and customer support
Inside this collection, readers will discover a thoughtful consideration of problems and opportunities in electronic resources management that combines the power of new ideas with practical experience.
Licensing Digital Content: a Practical Guide for Librarians
Call Number: 346.7304 HARR
Publication Date: 2018-02-28
Of the second edition, ARBA declared, “Harris’s book has become the standard for libraries and has yet to have an equal published that is either as useful or as clear.” Covering the basics of digital licensing for librarians, the new third edition provides a freshened look at all the key issues as well as updated sample agreement clauses. Giving library professionals and students the understanding and the tools needed to negotiate and organize license agreements, Harris uses a plain-language approach that demystifies the process. Her guide
-- explains licensing terminology and discusses changes in technology, including developments such as text and data mining;
-- points out opportunities for cost savings;
features many useful tools such as a comprehensive digital license checklist;
-- provides sources of additional information on the global aspects of licensing; and
-- walks readers through educating organizations that have signed license agreements.
In its new edition, this resource remains a must-have for all information professionals who deal with licenses for electronic resources.
Getting Started with Digital Collections: Scaling to fit your organization
Call Number: 025.84 MONS
Publication Date: 2017-02-01
Digital collections have already changed the ways users access and interact with an institution’s materials. And small or medium-sized libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies face a unique set of challenges in regards to digital collections. They may have been unable to jump on the digitization bandwagon at its beginning due to competing priorities or lack of resources, and may now be struggling to get a digitization program in place to meet the evolving needs and expectations of their own users. The good news is that digital projects can scale down to fit the size of any organization. Providing an entry point for librarians, archivists, and curators who are new to digitization, Monson’s well-researched guide shows how even smaller institutions can successfully endeavor to make their content digitally accessible. Clearing aside the jargon and acronyms to hone in on the practicals, this book will help readers get a digitization program off the ground, offering guidance on
-- how to efficiently harness existing workflows, especially in departments seeing a decline in workload;
-- the pros and cons of the two common service models for state and regional digital repositories;
-- how to evaluate and choose among the digital asset management systems, comparing four proprietary and six open source systems;
-- hardware options for image capture;
-- choices in metadata models MODS, VRA Core, Dublin Core Element Set, and EAD;
-- understanding the characteristics of various file formats and using them effectively to create master and derivative files;
-- bitstream copying, data redundancy and other strategies to safeguard digital files against media degradation and technological obsolescence; and
-- Section 108 copyright exemptions for cultural heritage institutions.
This easy-to-follow guide to digitization fundamentals will ensure that readers gain a solid grasp of the knowledge and resources available for getting started on their own digital collection projects.
Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Decision-Making in the Age of Open Access, Maker Spaces, and the Ever-Changing Library
Call Number: 020.285 APPL
Publication Date: 2018-02-01
Every year, emerging technologies are more deeply integrated into libraries and the lives of the users they serve. These technologies are not simply neutral tools—they come embedded with their own sets of assumptions and values. As users and creators of technologies, as well as institutions that are part of the fabric of their communities, libraries must uphold the values of the profession—values that are often in tension with one another, and with the values embedded in the technology that is available—while effectively meeting the evolving needs of their users.
Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Decision-Making in the Age of Open Access, Maker Spaces, and the Ever-Changing Library offers a wide range of perspectives on how to interpret and apply library values in the context of emerging technologies. Authors include academic librarians, public librarians, and professors, and contributors from the Library Freedom Project, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Free Ebook Foundation, Creative Commons, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Tor Project, the Center for Information Policy Research, and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education. Divided into two sections—Contemplating Library Values and Applying Library Values—and using the ALA’s Core Values of Librarianship as the primary reference point, chapters emphasize the underlying frameworks that guide librarian practice and capture practical, real-world applications that can ideally serve as a starting point for other librarians encountering similar issues, even if the specific technology or set of values may differ.
The technology that libraries utilize will inevitably help define the library, its patrons, and, through them, the world. Many of the issues raised here do not have easy answers. Values are meant to endure the test of time but must interact appropriately with the immediate challenge, the larger society, and the reality of the technological options available. Libraries must actively engage with the implications of their values, informed by their particular context. Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology will help all librarians develop a more nuanced understanding of both the technology and the profession’s values, and help ensure that our values are realized in our decisions.
Migrating Library Data: A Practical Manual
Call Number: 025.04 MIGR
Publication Date: 2017-04-08
Most librarians and staff participate in at least one data migration during their careers. And since the new systems inevitably work differently than the old ones and require different data to function, it’s always a challenge to plan smooth migrations that position libraries to immediately leverage new system capabilities. Using step-by-step instructions and checklists, this book offers expert advice to help library staff without programming knowledge address common conceptual and technical issues encountered in migrations. An important planning and implementation tool that will help prevent headaches and frustration, this book
-- offers a holistic view of migrating different types of library data in ILSes, institutional repositories, DAMs, and other types of systems used to manage data and operations;
-- shows how to analyze, clean, and manipulate data using skills and tools available to most libraries;
-- demonstrates how to work with specific data types typically encountered such as MARC, XML, and delimited text;
-- examines issues that affect specific areas such as acquisitions, circulation, licensing, and institutional repositories;
-- addresses how to handle changes in authentication management or when moving into a wholly new environment such as a shared catalog;
-- thoroughly covers testing, the final migration process, and putting the new system into full production;
-- offers guidance on planning for system freeze, staff training, and how to deal with fallout;
-- provides step-by-step instructions as well as useful checklists for “go live” readiness, post-migration functionality, and more.
Library staff involved with migrating data will feel confident following this guide’s expert advice.
Using Digital Analytics for Smart Assessment
Call Number: 025.042072 FARN
Publication Date: 2017-11-30
Tracking the library user's journey is no simple task in the digital world; users can often navigate through a series of different websites, including library websites, discovery tools, link resolvers, and more just to view a single journal article. Your library collects massive amounts of data related to this journey—probably more than you realize, and almost certainly more than you analyze. Too often library analytic programs simplify data into basic units of measurements that miss useful insights. Here, data expert Farney shows you how to maximize your efforts: you’ll learn how to improve your data collection, clean your data, and combine different data sources. Teaching you how to identify and analyze areas that fit your library’s priorities, this book covers
-- case studies of library projects with digital analytics;
-- ways to use email campaign data from MailChimp or ConstantContact;
-- how to measure click-through rates from unavailable items in the catalog to the ILL module;
-- getting data from search tools such as library catalogs, journal search portals, link resolvers, and digital repositories;
-- using COUNTER compliant data from your electronic resources;
-- techniques for using Google Tag Manager for custom metrics and dimensions;
-- descriptions of analytics tools ranging from library analytics tools like Springshare’s LibInsights and Orangeboy’s Savannah to more focused web analytics tools like Google Analytics, Piwik, and Woopra; and
-- data visualization tools like Tableau or Google Data Studio.
Focusing on digital analytics principles and concepts, this book walks you through the many tools available, including step-by-step examples for typical library needs.
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