Articles

Preparing for a different kind of disaster: The departure of the electronic resources librarian

By Heidi Zuniga, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus | June 11, 2012

Floods, fires, medical emergencies and other perilous situations, although rare, do occur, and most libraries have plans in place to manage them. Employee turnover, on the other hand, happens regularly, yet many libraries are unprepared for the subsequent loss of knowledge, data and information. This may be an especially serious problem when an electronic resources librarian leaves because these librarians possess not only institutional history, but also procedural and technical information that helps keep a library’s electronic resources up and running.

Making the most of MLA 2012

Colleen DeLory, Editor Library Connect Newsletter | June 11, 2012

It was my pleasure and privilege to be able to attend the annual Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Seattle in May. In addition to the many individual tracts, there were excellent plenary sessions that I highlighted in the Library Connect blog and more than 100 librarians attended Glen Campbell’s Publishing Ethics lunch presentation (Campbell is Elsevier’s Executive Vice President, Global Medical Research Journals).

NTU Library expands social media use with a whole-of-organization approach

Choy Fatt Cheong, Nanyang Technological University | June 11, 2012

Social media is very popular in Singapore. A high percentage of the 5 million inhabitants have Facebook accounts and use smartphones daily, particularly the younger generation in our schools and universities. Due to this huge social media following, our library at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) must have a presence there. If we want to influence our users, we need to be on the same playing field.

A demand-driven acquisition model based on price

By Lea Currie, University of Kansas Libraries | June 11, 2012

In 2010, the University of Kansas Libraries developed a pilot project to purchase print books using a demand-driven acquisition (DDA) program. Library users can request a purchase through a record loaded in the library catalog. The library rush orders the book and notifies the patron when it arrives, usually within five business days. E-books became the obvious next choice for inclusion in the DDA program, but with two differences from print books.

A sustainable e-book purchase model: A successful partnership

Gayle Chan, The University of Hong Kong Libraries | June 11, 2012

Sustainability is the key

University of Turin E-book Pilot Project

By Franco Bungaro and Bianca Gai, University of Turin | June 11, 2012

The University of Turin libraries launched an E-book Pilot Project as a means of addressing gaps in the provision of e-books and determining the best way forward for future e-book efforts. At the outset of this project, the libraries were not providing access to many e-books, and apart from some experimentation with e-book trials, library staff had few e-book management skills. E-books were relatively unknown to our patrons and e-reading device lending had never been tested before. As a result, users were not asking librarians for e-book content.

Helping users discover e-books

Lionel New, Southeast Asia Elsevier | June 11, 2012

With the trend toward e-book publishing and subsequent adoption by libraries accelerating, how can librarians ensure their users are making the most of what they have to offer? Kasetsart University Library in Bangkok, Thailand, answered this question with a robust six-month outreach program. The goal was to raise awareness of e-book resources and drive the use of online books for research and learning.

The Power to the Librarian project illuminates the experiences of exceptional library professionals who are empowering their users to achieve great success. These experiences are explored in a series of case studies available here: Power to the Librarian case studies.

The Power to the Librarian project illuminates the experiences of exceptional library professionals who are empowering their users to achieve great success. These experiences are explored in a series of case studies available here: Power to the Librarian case studies.

Quick Tip: iReference

Judith Downie, CSU San Marcos | June 18, 2012

I have taken to carrying my iPad with me where I know I will see students and can provide “reference on the run.” The difficulty is planning the most opportune times for both my walks and the students’ availability.