The article presents a study which compares the economies of the straight patron-driven acquisition (PDA) business model and the PDA model that uses the short-term loan (STL) component. It mentions that PDA ebook purchasing model is being used by the Kent State University Libraries since January 2012. It states that the study help libraries gain a better understanding of how PDA works in different scenarios.
Purpose: This paper aims to describe work at Kent State University Libraries and Media Services to promote and devise electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) storage at OhioLINK’s ETD Center, to find efficient methods to represent these unique scholarly materials within the library’s catalog, and to foster the establishment of state-wide library catalog standards for ETDs.
A semi-automated process has been devised that extracts student-supplied metadata already available in the OhioLINK ETD Center to provide almost instantaneous access to unique resources through the library catalog. A Perl program uses the OAI-PMH protocol to extract metadata, modifies and enhances the data, and inserts it into the Innovative Interfaces, Inc. catalog. Significant effort was made to map the data from ETD-MS to MARC. Catalogers retrieve records for completion and contribute full bibliographic records to OCLC WorldCat in addition to the local and consortium catalogs.
The process successfully produces a provisional bibliographic record that is useful immediately for resource discovery and that can serve as the basis for full cataloging.
This research provides libraries with a method they can adapt locally to provide provisional level access, full level access, or both, to unique scholarly research.
This research broke new ground regarding the use of a software agent to repurpose metadata in library catalogs. It also impacted national cataloging standards for ETDs.
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to share the experience of using the LibQUAL+™ library assessment suite in a statewide library consortium. Design/methodology/approach – The paper provides anecdotal information about one consortium’s experience implementing the LibQUAL+™ survey. It provides a description of the survey and a narrative of the Keystone Library Network’s experience, and includes other information from published literature regarding the survey’s implementation in other libraries and library consortia when relevant. Findings – Implementing a library service quality survey as a consortium has benefits, but also provides challenges. Consortium-wide planning, training, coordination, survey promotion, and intra-consortium communication are important. Practical implications – Consortia considering performing a library assessment will want to consider the challenges and considerations mentioned. Originality/value – This paper provides information about, and suggestions for, implementing the survey in a consortium, differing from the existing body of literature that tends to focus on the instrument itself or on interpreting outcomes.
In January 2012, Kent State University Libraries implemented a
six-month pilot project for a Demand-Driven Acquisitions (DDA)
ebook purchasing model that uses a combination of the acquisition
services provided by the primary book jobber (YBP) and the ac-
cess services provided by a well-known 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. This report provides an assess-
ment of the DDA acquisitionmodel as compared to that of the print
books approval model in terms of budget, costs, workflow, subjects,
publishers, and publication dates. Because DDA empowers library
users to choose which ebooks are purchased based on actual use,
this assessment also compares ebook usage from a DDA discovery
pool with print book circulation of an equivalent amount of recent
print acquisitions. The results of this study will help answer some of
the key questions about the DDA acquisition model: (1) How does
DDA align the library’s collection with current user requirements?
(2) Does DDA lead to more active use of library book collection?
(3) Is DDA cost effective as an acquisition model?
(4) What issues are associated with DDA, and how may these issues be addressed?
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.
Usage statistics of current unbound periodicals has been a topic of study for years in public and academic libraries. This article discusses various historical methods and offers an alternative using a simple Web-based method developed at Kent State University. The program is easy to use and keeps detailed statistics for serial librarians or circulation managers. The program is offered as an Open Source download.
Factors which contribute to information-seeking patterns among artists within the academic community are characteristic of the nature of the discipline as expressed in the images they produce. The artist is a non-traditional library user whose primary informational sources are non-verbal, image documentation. Although the artists surveyed express the need to obtain such information from the library they do perceive their effort as successful due to bibliographical barriers related to image description. The large majority use the library most for arts journals and arts reproductions, and also use their personal libraries more than any other source. It is indicated here that librarians engaged in providing informational services to this community must focus on creating organizational and descriptive systems appropriate for the location of image documentation.