[Eril-l] criteria for e-resources on A-Z databases list

Steve Oberg steve.oberg at wheaton.edu
Fri Mar 23 09:54:21 PDT 2018

Things like this included in our list are African Journals Online, American Doctoral Dissertations, 1933-1955 (a freebie from EBSCO), arXiv.org, BioRxiv, Christian Classics Ethereal Library, Computer Desktop Encyclopedia, Congress.gov, DPLA, Encyclopedia of Chicago, Handbook of Latin American Studies, HathiTrust, International Music Score Library Project, Karl Marx / Friedrich Engels Papers, PsycCRITIQUES, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, etc.
These are appropriately tagged in our ERM, which is CORAL, but there isn’t any public-facing way to sort or highlight them as “free” or “OA” as we don’t think that’s an important method of navigation for our users. Although we subscribe to and use LibGuides, we don’t use their built-in A-Z functionality. Instead, we derive our A-Z list directly from CORAL into our Drupal-powered website using an automated approach. I presented on this approach at a recent NASIG conference and the slides are at https://www.slideshare.net/NASIG/the-future-is-flexible-extensible-and-community-based-coral-as-source-for-databases-a-z.

We are already maintaining all e-resources data in CORAL and the arrangement described above works really well. So unless Springshare finds a way for us to set up a similar, automated way for us to load that data from CORAL into their interface (not just one-time but in an ongoing way, since the source data gets changed over time), I’m not in favor of switching as it’d involve a significant amount of double entry and/or maintenance. Yes, we’ve asked.

We use LibGuides to highlight more subject-specific or focused OA or “free” Internet resources.


Steve Oberg
Assistant Professor and Group Leader for Resource Description and Digital Initiatives
Buswell Library, Wheaton College (IL)
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From: Eril-l <eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org> on behalf of "Smith, Kelly" <Kelly.Smith2 at eku.edu>
Date: Friday, March 23, 2018 at 9:53 AM
To: 'Melissa Belvadi' <mbelvadi at upei.ca>, 'Bob Pearson' <b.pearson at auckland.ac.nz>
Cc: eril-l <eril-l at lists.eril-l.org>
Subject: Re: [Eril-l] criteria for e-resources on A-Z databases list

We tag our OA resources in our Springshare database list. We don’t have firm criteria – generally, if a liaison wants to link to something OA from a subject guide, we’ll add it to the DB list so we can maintain it centrally if links change, etc.



Kelly Smith
Coordinator of Collections and Discovery
Eastern Kentucky University Libraries
kelly.smith2 at eku.edu<mailto:kelly.smith2 at eku.edu> | Research Guides<http://libguides.eku.edu/prf.php?account_id=300>

From: Eril-l [mailto:eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org] On Behalf Of Melissa Belvadi
Sent: Friday, March 23, 2018 10:15 AM
To: Bob Pearson <b.pearson at auckland.ac.nz>
Cc: eril-l at lists.eril-l.org
Subject: Re: [Eril-l] criteria for e-resources on A-Z databases list

" The database is open access and is considered a significant resource of wide interest"

Not to hijack the thread, but I would be very interested to know what such resources other university libraries would put in that category.
Does anyone maintain a list somewhere (aside from what's in your A-Z list of course) or does anyone who has a lot of these in their A-Z list have in their A-Z interface a mechanism for filtering for these so I could see what you include?
I occasionally stumble on a new such resource, and it makes me wonder how many more are out there that we haven't found and that would be useful to our patrons.

And related back to the thread and this issue of open access resources, do other libraries list databases twice if they are public AND licensed?
For instance, the ERIC education database is free through the US govt website, but we also have it available in EBSCOhost.
We list both versions in our Database A-Z, with an eye towards "lifelong learning" skills for our students.
And maybe that's the ONLY example out there, but if there are others, what do you do in terms of your Database A-Z?

Melissa Belvadi
Collections Librarian
University of Prince Edward Island
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On Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 11:03 PM, Bob Pearson <b.pearson at auckland.ac.nz<mailto:b.pearson at auckland.ac.nz>> wrote:
Here’s ours:

Database Directory guidelines

The Database Directory is intended primarily for licensed collections and tools.
Substantial open access resource datasets deemed to be of wide interest to Library users may be included, but specialised open access resources should be linked only at subject guide level.

Criteria for inclusion
• The database is licensed by the Library.
• The database is published by the Library or another University department and is designed for public use.
• The database is open access and is considered a significant New Zealand information resource.
• The database is open access and is considered a significant resource of wide interest that meets the Library’s collection management plan criteria.

• Monographs, and serials such as journals, are not generally given individual entries in the Database Directory. However an exception is made for major reference works (especially encyclopaedias) and sometimes for the archive of a single newspaper or periodical.
• Individual titles excluded from the Database Directory are candidates for linking to subject guides to assist promotion.

Final decisions
Final decisions concerning databases or titles that will be added to the Databases Directory reside with the Electronic Resources Manager.

Bob Pearson
Digital Access Librarian
Digital Services
The University of Auckland Library
New Zealand
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Subject: [FORGED] [Eril-l] criteria for e-resources on A-Z databases list

What policies or criteria do you use to decide if an electronic resource belongs on your A-Z Databases page?

Calida Barboza
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Vanderbilt University | Jean and Alexander Heard Library
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