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Saturday, November 9 • 11:15am - 11:45am
Holdings Verification, Monitoring and Collecting Statistics – How Can Libraries Overcome These Issues

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Circulation services are fundamental, immemorial responsibilities of a librarian. Lending, monitoring, and collecting statistics on the use of library materials are paramount in collection management. As scholarly resources migrate from print to digital, librarians cede more and more of their circulation responsibilities to publishers. The conventional source of e‐resource usage data is the web server. Librarians, having no access to the publishers’ web servers, are dependent upon each publisher to provide them with their own usage. While most publishers provide some form of usage reporting, it is estimated that as many as 30% do not. For those that do, the interoperability of what is provided varies considerably despite the prevalence of COUNTER.

Implementation of a SUSHI server is not trivial and many otherwise capable libraries have struggled to do so. For these reasons library staff can spend up to 6 weeks per year verifying holdings, performing link fault detection, collecting, consolidating, and analyzing usage statistics. The issues facing librarians for collecting accurate, verifiable and comprehensive usage data are varied. Utilizing a panel that includes an IT, collections, management  and consortia administration perspective; discuss issues for librarians that make collecting and evaluation of usage data a difficult task, and review potential solutions – either internally developed, being tested, or obtained via external suppliers.

Key areas  of discussion are pain points for librarians – holdings verification, gaps in types of materials monitored, appropriate link fault detection, and integration with system IT capabilities.

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Michael Margotta

Head of Global Business Development, Maverick Publishing Specialists
"Michael is a Senior Maverick Associate and Head of Global Business development. In addition to providing consultation for publishing and e-distribution strategies, he is responsible for all Maverick business development operations and activities. With over 25 years senior management... Read More →

John McDonald

Associate Vice President and Chief Information Offices, Claremont University Consortium
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Jason Price

Research and Scholarly Communications Director, SCELC
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Linda Wobbe

Head, Collection Management, Saint Mary's College of California
I'm passionate about transforming libraries to become as skilled in managing and providing access to electronic resources as we are in managing and providing access to print resources. I'm privileged to be working with college students as they embark on changing our world.

Saturday November 9, 2013 11:15am - 11:45am EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

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