[Eril-l] Program Announcement: ALCTS Electronic Resources Interest Group meeting at ALA Annual 2019

Abigail Sparling ajsparli at ualberta.ca
Tue May 28 08:08:55 PDT 2019

***Please excuse cross-posting***

The ALCTS Electronic Resources Interest Group announces its program at the
2019 ALA Annual Conference held in Washington, DC

*Location*:   Washington Convention Center, 204C
*When*:   Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (ET)

This session will include three 15 minute presentations with time for Q&A
at the end.

*1. Purchasing ebooks from the textbook adoption list.  Are we making a
difference? - Beth Bernhardt UNC Greensboro*

For three years UNC Greensboro University Libraries has teamed up with the
bookstore to identify ebooks that were on the textbook adoption list to
purchase for the collection.  The presentation will include what types of
ebooks were purchased, identify ebooks and investigate their usage, and
also look at cost savings for students. The presentation will also include
some other types of resources faculty have asked the library to fund to
help lower the cost of textbooks for their students.

*2. Revamping workflows and enhancing communication: how Mississippi State
University Libraries improved electronic resource processing - Bonnie
Thornton, Mississippi State University*

Electronic resources provided by libraries have ushered in an era of
substantial growth, dynamic workflow changes, and inter-departmental
collaboration at academic institutions. Librarians, in partnership with
Systems staff at Mississippi State University (MSU), recently coordinated
and implemented a change in their e-book acquisitions and cataloging
processes that exemplifies this current era of cooperative communication
within technical services. These changes emerged with the goal of improving
the library experience of both patrons and librarians when searching and
accessing electronic resources provided by MSU.

The collaborative efforts of Systems, Cataloging, and Acquisitions
librarians and staff at MSU led to the successful implementation of a
target project. The project sought to reduce user frustration by improving
OPAC displays of electronic resources in a shared catalog setting. By
shifting e-resource record uploads to an individualized target as opposed
to the ILS, OPAC displays are cleaner and there is less confusion on the
patron end. It also provided departments in technical services the
opportunity to review and revamp their workflows to ensure quality access
to these resources. This presentation will give a detailed overview of
origins of the project, as well as a detailed discussion of the adjusting
change in dynamics between library departments and the subsequent effects
on the workflows in Systems, Acquisitions, and Cataloging.

*3. Multiplicity: amending e-serials duplication in WorldCat - Charlene
Morrison and Hayley Morena, OCLC*

Duplication in our library catalogs and databases has long been a standing
quality issue that affects discovery for users. It’s understandable how
frustrating it can be for catalogers and users alike to deal with large
sets of results that represent the same resource. The WorldCat database has
been susceptible to such duplications due to the various methods available
for adding bibliographic data. During a continuing resources session at the
ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle it was brought to our attention the issues
faced with e-serials duplication. We had also received recommendations from
a member library on a possible metadata element that can help us identify
potential duplicates for e-resources. The OCLC Metadata Quality team took
into consideration the thoughts surrounding the problem, to find ways in
removing some of these serial duplicates. After an initial data analysis,
OCLCE records were identified as a large subset of these duplicates. Script
languages such as PERL and the creation of merging macros were used to
automate the detection and merging of these records. The results of the
project helped us identify 713,783 OCLCE serial record candidates, we
approximately merged 157,000 duplicate sets. In the presentation, we will
provide a brief background on the project, discuss the scripts and macros
used for identification and merging of duplicates, and finally elaborate on
future efforts to remove duplicates in other sets of records by using what
we learned from the project. Attendees would find this presentation helpful
as it can give them insight on how they too can find ways to amend
duplication in their local systems.

Hope to see you in Washington, DC!

Ellen Safley, ERIG Chair, 2018-2019

Abigail Sparling, ERIG Chair, 2019-2020
*Abigail Sparling*
Serials Metadata Librarian | University of Alberta Libraries | Bibliographic
5-25D Cameron Library | 780-492-1743 | abigail.sparling at ualberta.ca

*The University of Alberta is located in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan)
on Treaty 6 territory, the territory of the Papaschase, and the homeland of
the Métis Nation.*
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