[Eril-l] ALA Annual: ALCTS CMS Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group Meeting

Gabrielle Wiersma gabrielle.wiersma at Colorado.EDU
Thu Jun 11 14:09:37 PDT 2015


Please join the ALCTS CMS Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group for a great program at ALA Annual:

Sunday, June 28, 2015


Moscone Convention Center<http://alaac15.ala.org/node/28558>, room 133 (N)

Session URL: http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29200

1:05-1:25              Gauging User Interest in Non-Traditional Library Resources
                                Tami Sandberg, Manager, NREL Library

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a government funded research laboratory based in Golden, Colorado.  In addition to collecting traditional library resources such as journals, conference proceedings, and print and electronic books, the library also spends a significant portion of its collection development funds on resources not often found in many libraries: technical industry standards (e.g., ISO, IEC, ASTM, IEEE) and energy-related market reports. Assessing user needs for these resources is difficult for a number of reasons, particularly because standardized usage statistics are lacking or non-existent.  Standards and market reports are generally costly and include fairly restrictive license agreements, which increase the importance of making informed collection development decisions. This presentation will discuss the NREL Library's current collection assessment and development practices as they relate to these unique resources.

1:25-1:45              Inflated Journal Value Rankings:  Pitfalls You Should Know About HTML and PDF Usage Based on Publisher Website Design
                                Chan Li, Sr. Data Analyst, California Digital Library and Jacqueline Wilson, Senior Associate for Collection Development, California Digital Library

The California Digital Library (CDL) developed a value-based strategy to assess journals which is now used as a major part of the University of California's systemwide e-journal collection planning process. The strategy involves using objective metrics to calculate the value of scholarly journals and identify titles that make a greater or lesser contribution to the University's mission of teaching, research, and public service.  A key aspect of this strategy is the use of the CDL Weighted Journal Value Algorithm to assess multiple vectors of value for each journal title under review: utility, quality and cost effectiveness.
Among all the metrics used for the Algorithm, usage data is still the key metric. However, the usage data is not as reliable and comparable as might be expected. One of the reasons is that the design of a publisher's electronic interface can have a measurable effect on electronic journal usage statistics.  Last year, CDL conducted a research project to study the impact on usage data of publisher website design.  The presenters will discuss how vendor interfaces and other factors impact usage data.

1:45-2:05              Leveraging WorldCat Web Services for Collection Analysis
Richard Entlich, Collection Analyst Librarian, Cornell University

OCLC offers an array of web service APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) at no cost to contributing members of WorldCat. Though traditionally used to extract relevant bibliographic and holdings data from WorldCat in response to real-time requests, many of the APIs can be used in batch mode in support of a wide variety of collection analysis needs, both within and across institutions. As the name implies, APIs are meant for machine-to-machine communication, but high level programming skills are not required to make productive use of them for collection analysis. This session will provide a general introduction to the WorldCat web service APIs, including eligibility requirements, registration procedures, documentation, support, use limitations, and a quick survey of some of the available APIs. It will also discuss use of the WorldCat Search API, the xID services, and the WorldCat Registry API for collection analysis purposes, illustrated by projects carried out at Cornell with their use.

2:05-2:15              Q&A

Lightning Talks
2:15-2:22              Academic E-Books: Do DRM Restrictions Effect Usage?
Tara Tobin Cataldo, Science Collections Coordinator, University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries and Trey Shelton, E-Resources Librarian, University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries

Does strict Digital Right Management (DRM) result in lower use and therefore a lower return-on-investment? Or, does DRM seem to have little effect on usage and therefore need not be a driving concern for collection managers?  The University of Florida Libraries have their e-book collections hosted on dozens of various platforms, ranging from general aggregators to specialty publishers. DRM restrictions are a regular nuisance for patrons and librarians alike, resulting in frustratingly convoluted limitations on printing and/or downloading that often seem arbitrary. For the purposes of an internal assessment of the platforms, a grading system was devised based on the level of DRM in place on each platform. Platforms with little or no DRM have been given an A grade and platforms with high levels of DRM (i.e. a user can only print 10 pages) earn a D grade with variations in-between. This presentation will compare the usage on platforms with few DRM restrictions to those with severe DRM to determine if a correlation exists between DRM levels and usage levels of a given platform, and will start a conversation about whether said correlation equates to causation.

2:23-2:30              Taking altmetrics beyond the article to the book: An introduction to the Bookmetrix project with Springer Books
                                Sara Rouhi, Product Specialist, Altmetric.com

The emergence of altmetrics as an important, complementary way of evaluating the impact, reach, and engagement around research has thus far focused largely on articles and tracking attention to them via various media. As the research landscape continues to change, altmetrics providers are increasingly asked: What about other types of outputs? For example: What about books? Given the primacy of books as the currency of communication in the arts and humanities, many altmetrics enthusiasts and skeptics alike want to see how altmetrics can support this unique research output.
This presentation will provide an overview of a recent Altmetric.com proof-of-concept project called Bookmetrix. Developed for Springer Books as a platform provides insights into the performance of a book by providing all available metrics at the book and chapter level in one place, helping users to find the most popular books in a specific discipline.

Hope to see you in San Francisco!  Presentations will be posted on ALA Connect after the meeting: http://connect.ala.org/node/240651.

Gabrielle Wiersma
Chair, ALCTS CMS Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group
Head of Collection Development
University Libraries
University of Colorado Boulder
184 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0184
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