The OhioLINK CollaboraTeS Project was initiated to support cross-institutional collaborations by building a skills inventory and by defining collaborative best practices. This article discusses what was learned and defines best practices for collaboration. The authors recommend the creation of regional technical services skills inventories, and the application of management and financial best practices to collaborations. Librarians should be confident they possess these skills because many of them have been learned in other environments. Collaboration represents a bright future for libraries struggling to meet tight budgets. Providing the tools and best practices for collaboration makes it easier for libraries to participate.
Managing Selection for Electronic Resources: Kent State University Develops a New System to Automate Selection01/01/2012
Kent State University has developed a centralized system that manages the communication and work related to the review and selection of commercially available electronic resources. It is an automated system that tracks the review process, provides selectors with price and trial information, and compiles reviewers’ feedback about the resource. It manages workflow for departments that provide services for pricing requests and dispenses product and trial information to targeted selectors. The principal benefits of the system are the reclamation of costly staff time, improved communications, a method to apply standards for selection, coordination for the discovery and review of new resources, and the provision of records of past reviews to help prioritize resources for future purchases. This paper provides a context for the conditions that lead to its development, the implementation, its effect on communications, and improvements to workflow as it relates to product research.
In 2012, Kent State University Libraries implemented a pilot project
for a Demand Driven Acquisitions (DDA) ebook purchasing model
that used a combination of the acquisition services provided by the
primary book jobber (YBP) and the access services provided by an
ebook distributer (eBrary). Using the book jobber mediated DDA
model provided the library with selected discovery records that
closely matched specifications of the library’s print approval plan.
New discovery records were added to the catalog each week as new
DDA eligible ebooks became available. In this article the author
provides an overview of the pilot project with an emphasis on the
technical services aspects, implementation, and implications for a
sustainable acquisitions model.