ALCTS CRS College and Research Libraries Interest Group Program for ALA Annual

The ALCTS CRS College and Research Libraries Interest Group Program for ALA Annual will be held on Sunday June 26, 2011 from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon in the

The program will consist of three presentations:

1. “Creating a Virtuous Circle of Access:  Integrating Local Web-Scale Discovery Services in JSTOR”  presented by Bruce Heterick, VP, Outreach and Participation Services.
Discovery has exploded as a theme for libraries in the past several years, as the online catalog and other traditional library-provided discovery points have faced stiff competition from consumer web search engines and their academic offerings.  Recently, ‘web-scale discovery services’ have gained increasing prominence as a possible solution for libraries in their efforts to remain relevant as a starting point for research. There is broad consensus, however, that only a small percentage of users are initiating their research at library-designated starting places, and that the library needs to pursue a more comprehensive set of solutions, which includes integrating local discovery implementations with other important research gateways. At JSTOR, a pilot program has recently been initiated in an effort to help libraries leverage the not-insignificant investments they are making in discovery services by exposing these local web-scale discovery systems to their end-users from within the JSTOR interface.  We will discuss the data that led us to initiate the project, how the pilot program works and will share initial results of the pilot

2. “How to Do SERU”  presented by Selden Durgom Lamoureux, Electronic Resources Librarian, NCSU Libraries
SERU has been an alternative to licensing since it became a NISO Best Practice in 2008.  This is a quick and informative “How To” for those who would like to use SERU, but aren’t quite certain just how to get started.

3. “Waking up from the Dream: Can Resource in Common Work” presented by Wyoma vanDuinkerken, Coordinator of Cataloging Record Support and Crystal Vinal, Administrative Coordinator, Texas A&M.
Texas A&M University Libraries – College Station (TAMU) and the University of Texas – Austin Libraries (UT) decided to build a joint print collaborative storage facility which would operate as a jointly owned collection. This storage unit would be different than a repository storage unit since ownership would rest with both institutions instead of having the ownership of the item transfer to a repository storage unit. Driven by the current economic condition, the rational for this joint project rested on the foundation that both universities needed a long term cost effective solution to their space constraints rather than a short term quick fix that would address the current higher education budget reductions but still have these two institutions facing the same problem a few years down the road. Both institutions wanted to save money by avoiding future campus construction costs and knew if they took the cooperative storage collection one step further and adopted the concept of “Resources in Common” (RIC) they would be able to achieve their goal. Unlike most other cooperative storage units, TAMU and UT decided they would de-dup their print collection and achieve this cost saving goal by housing only one print copy “owned” between the two institutions.  Despite extensive planning efforts, a number of problems were encountered during the actual implementation.  This presentation discusses these unexpected challenges that can undermine a Resource in Common model so that other institutions can anticipate and address them earlier in the process.

We hope to see you there!

Beth Bernhardt (Chair), Patrick Carr, (Vice-Chair)

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