[Eril-l] FW: Facilitating user access to online resources with expanded/free access during this crisis?

Sally Krash krash at umass.edu
Thu Mar 19 05:25:33 PDT 2020

We are doing the same as Mary Ann. We do not have the capacity to integrate the free resources into our systems and have made the decision not to add them to LibGuides. We do not want to devote critical staff resources to do this then have to scramble to reverse the process when these go back behind paywalls, nor do we want to give faculty false expectations about access beyond this situation. Ever end a trial then have faculty upset that you did not subscribe; yeah, it could be like that at scale. However, we are creating a spreadsheet that we will make available to our community. We believe that will give faculty and students access in a way that demonstrates that access is temporary.


Sally Krash
Associate Dean for Content and Discovery
UMass Amherst Libraries
krash at umass.edu<mailto:krash at umass.edu>

From: Eril-l [mailto:eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org] On Behalf Of Jones, Mary Ann
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We are not updating our holdings, but we have created a LibGuide with a list of all the freebies available.

Mary Ann Jones, MLIS
Vice President, Robert Holland Faculty Senate
Associate Professor
Scholarly Communication Coordinator
University Libraries
Mississippi State University
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From: Eril-l <eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org<mailto:eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org>> On Behalf Of Harvey, Mariah L.
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Subject: [Eril-l] Facilitating user access to online resources with expanded/free access during this crisis?

Hi all,

I was curious to know what other libraries are doing to facilitate access to expanded/free access to online resources provided by vendors (which we very much appreciate!) during this crisis. Our OER librarian is putting a list together in a LibGuide and we are working to make that more prominent on our website. But this falls outside the ER ecosystem that our users access to get their online materials.

Is anyone activating or updating holdings in their knowledge base, databse listing, discovery tool or library catalog? We want to take advantage of the opportunities the vendors are providing to connect our users to these resources but a lot of our capacity at the moment is being focused on managing impacts to the physical library and workplaces as our university and library transitions to online-only.

Any examples, suggestions, etc., would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Mariah L. Harvey, MLS
Electronic Resources & Acquisitions Librarian
Miller Nichols Library
University of Missouri-Kansas City
800 East 51st St
Kansas City, MO 64110

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