ALCTS Continuing Resources Section College & Research Libraries Interest Group Winter Meeting

Date: Sunday, Jan. 9th, 2011
Time: 10:30 am -12:00 noon
Location: Hilton Bayfront – Sapphire P room

Program: Come see three terrific presentations

1. Patron Knows Best: Why We Should Put the Patron in the Driver’s Seat
Rick Anderson, Assoc. Dir. for Scholarly Resources & Collections, Univ. of Utah

As librarians, we have always been very good at building high-quality collections, but much less good at accurately predicting which books patrons would actually want and use. The current information environment makes it possible for us to expose books to patrons before we buy them, and only buy them if they’re actually used. Is this the end of the traditional library collection? Do patrons really know best? And how do you control the speed and direction of the car if you let the patron drive? Come and discuss.

2. Assessing Return on Investment for E-Resources: A Cross-Institutional Analysis of Cost-Per-Use Data
Patrick L. Carr, Head, Electronic & Cont. Resources Acquisitions, East Carolina University

Libraries often rely on cost-per-use (CPU) data to measure the return on investment for their e-resource subscriptions. By comparing CPU data supplied by several libraries, this presentation will provide added context to CPU-based assessments. It will explore what a cross-institutional CPU analysis reveals about libraries’ varying returns for their subscriptions, and it will consider the potential that such an analysis has to increase returns on investment.

3. Research Databases in a Mobile Computing Environment
Ya Wang, Electronic Collections Coordinator, San Francisco State University

Smart phones are becoming more and more common on campus for learning and social networking. Libraries are building mobile websites for their resources and services. Database vendors such as EBSCO, PubMed, and IEEE have also started to provide mobile search interfaces or applications for their patrons. San Francisco State University library goes mobile for our research databases using Xerxes, an interface application developed to Metalib, Worldcat, and a growing number of other discovery systems via an evolving plug-in architecture. This presentation will give an overview of research databases in a mobile computing environment with live demos.

Hope to see you in San Diego!

Beth R. Bernhardt, Chair, CRS C&RL IG
Electronic Resources Librarian
Jackson LibraryUniversity of North Carolina Greensboro
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402

Patrick Carr, Chair Elect, CRS C&RL IG
Head, Electronic and Cont. Resources Acquisitions
East Carolina University
Joyner Library
Greenville, NC 27858

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