by Audrey Powers (Associate Librarian, University of South Florida, Tampa Library) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When I think about how the information business has progressed in the last 30 years I can hardly believe how much has changed and how it has changed. Was this at all predictable in 1981? Take a look at where we came from, where we are today and where we are going. When I started in the library business a dial-up modem at 1200 baud was really fast! Who could have predicted where we are today? Certainly what libraries provide for their patrons, and their patrons’ expectations, have dramatically changed the way we do business. The resources and services we now offer have altered what we do and how we do it; every aspect of what we do has been transformed.
In this issue you will find articles about a new delivery method for electronic resources, e-content procurement, access models and technology, and content integration written by some of the most forward-thinking librarians, vendors, and developers in our business. We can always rely on Peter McCracken (ShipIndex) to assist us with thinking “out-of-the-box.” His article about pay-per-use proposes a new approach to procuring content and gives us some insight into where we may be going in the near future. Co-writers Emilie Delquie (Publishers Communication Group) and Cory Tucker (University of Nevada at Las Vegas) wrote an all-encompassing overview of both the methods of acquiring electronic resources and the challenges we face regarding e-content procurement. Lisa Carlucci Thomas (Southern Connecticut State University) and Stephen Rhind-Tutt (Alexander Street Press) wrote about access technology, while content integration is covered by Michael Gorman (EBSCO) and Peter Johnson, et. al. (HighWire Press). What would an issue of Against the Grain about electronic resources be without discussing discovery services or open access?
Several of the topics covered in these articles include provocative issues such as switching from buffet access to a la carte access, moving from a “just-in-case” to a “just-in-time” collection philosophy driven by the end user, adapting to changes in the emerging e-reading culture and the use of mobile devices, embracing digital video in the academy, and improving discoverability with a discovery service and the implementation of interoperable technology to truly integrate all electronic resources.
The Charleston Pre-Conference E-Everything: Putting It All Together, part 2 highlights these writers and presenters in the Pecha Kucha1 Style, where each presenter will have 15 minutes to deliver their message to you in a short period of time; succinct and to the point. The break-out session at the end will give you the opportunity to pose questions to those speakers that intrigue you.
1. PechaKucha Night: This presentation style was developed in Tokyo in 2003 and has evolved into PechaKucha Night events which consist of approximately a dozen presentations; each presenter has 20 slides that are shown for 20 seconds. Thus, each presenter has 6 minutes and 40 seconds to explain their ideas. — Wikipedia