Articles

Five Questions with Professor Lai Maosheng

Lai Maosheng, Peking University | Dec 30, 2011

1. How have you seen the role of librarians change?

To gain information to help us better understand our librarian customers, Elsevier marketing colleagues recently surveyed academic librarians regarding their changing roles. From the more than 6,000 email addresses worldwide to which we sent the survey invitation, we received 441 replies.

Many librarians have experienced the pain of losing access to online journal content when it changes from one publisher to another. Often librarians are not even aware that journals are moving publisher until they hear from angry users. Other problems encountered after journal transfers include losing access to archives, differing access rights and establishing correct subscription information.

TrainingDesk Flash

Susannah Megow, Elsevier's TrainingDesk | Dec 30, 2011

A: The Scopus Affiliation Search allows you to easily monitor your institute’s research output and changing research trends.

Thrive Rather Than Survive

Kathy Brown, North Carolina State University Libraries | Dec 30, 2011

The depth and extent of the current economic downturn have affected all of us in both our professional and personal lives. Strategic thinking and careful planning are absolutely critical when the focus is on surviving rather than thriving. To a certain extent, this is not a new scenario for libraries. We have always had to plan carefully. Even in the best of times, we’ve rarely experienced the luxury of having enough resources to match what we hoped to achieve with our services, collections and staff.

From Stronghold to Threshold

By Chris Banks | Dec 30, 2011

At the time of writing, Chris was University Librarian and Director of the Library & Historic Collections at the University of Aberdeen.

Grant Funding Workshops Help Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students

Leslie Delserone, University of Minnesota Libraries, Julie Kelly, University of Minnesota Libraries, Jody Kempf, University of Minnesota Libraries | Dec 30, 2011

At the University of Minnesota, librarians conduct workshops on the effective use of online resources to identify possible funding sources. This is a joint effort of the university's libraries and the Office for the Vice President for Research (OVPR).

During the recent ACRL 14th National Conference in Seattle, we presented a poster to share the highlights of our grant funding workshops. In sharing those highlights again, we hope to inspire other librarians to consider similar projects.

The backstory

Opening a New Library in Tough Times

David Tyckoson, California State University | Dec 30, 2011

On February 20, 2009, the new Henry Madden Library at our university opened to the public. At 360,000 square feet and US $105 million, this was the largest academic project ever at Fresno State, resulting in the largest library at any of the California State University system campuses.

What service allows you to select from thousands of STM journal titles and tick the ones you’re interested in, so you can receive from one source freely available tables of contents from your favorite journals? The answer is ticTOCs — Journal Tables of Contents Service, which provides TOCs from about half the currently published STM journals.

By providing access to the most recent TOCs of over 11,000 scholarly journals from more than 400 publishers, including Elsevier, ticTOCs helps users stay current with the most recent issues of journals covering a wide range of subjects.

Recently, several major changes at my library have pushed us to be much more intentional about assessing our services, workflows, budgeting practices and resource selection. Through strategic planning and development of policy and practice, we have begun to lay the foundation for a culture of assessment in our library — a culture in which decisions are based on facts, research and analysis and where services are designed to maximize the benefit for our patrons (Phipps, 2001).