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Friday, November 8 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Shotgun Sessions

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These short “pecha kucha-like” sessions will feature 4 PowerPoint presentations of 6 minutes and 40 seconds each. We will have approximately 15 minutes at the end of the session intended for Q&A for all 5 sessions. Come for a lively, rapid-fire group of talks.

1) Next Gen ILL:Tales From the Trenches
Becky Imamoto, University of California, Irvine

Becky Imamoto (slides)

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is an important service that is highly valued by faculty, students, and staff at UC Irvine. Providing access to information resources quickly and efficiently is an ongoing goal of the UCI Libraries. Internal factors such as budget cuts and reduced staffing and external factors such as the ease and affordability of on-demand purchases made the time ripe to investigate and improve interlibrary loan services. A series of pilot projects involving staff from Access Services, Collections and Acquisitions were conducted to measure the cost of services, decrease time to delivery and improve workflow. These pilot projects included purchasing items on demand, using staff expertise in other departments, and using existing technology to enhance workflow. Our objective is to show how a number of small, flexible projects can make a big difference in delivering content to our users more expeditiously than traditional ILL. At the 2012 Charleston Conference, we presented a program while in the initial phase of our 2nd pilot. We have since concluded that pilot and have taken the valuable information we learned to create a 3rd pilot with a more eBooks focus. Attendees can expect to learn strategies to help change workflow using existing staff and resources, manage staff expectations and to hear about our victories as well as our defeats.

2) Preparing Perpetual Access Holdings Data with Perl: Context, Workflow and Scripts
Viral Amin, Marymount University

I will demonstrate a flexible, heuristic approach using the Perl programming language with which I prepared Cambridge Journal Online holdings data for upload to Data Management in Serials Solutions' Client Center.  Two separate contractual agreements, one through our consortium partner VIVA and the other directly with Cambridge, resulted in two sets of titles and holdings that had to be manipulated and merged.  I will describe the complexity and challenges of managing electronic serials holdings data and how I surmounted them with Perl scripts.

3) The High Cost of Too Much
Susan Klimley, Columbia University

Academic librarians in the United States have always prided themselves on the size of their collections. The more we had, the more successful and relevant we were. But too much has become too expensive to obtain and sustain in an academic environment. It produces information overload, counterproductive to intuitive access and discovery. It is time for librarians to rise up as expert purchasing agents for our institutions.

4) Comparing Statistics across Platforms-Dos and Don’ts 
Deborah Kegel, University of California, San Diego

Usage statistics for e-resources  may be successfully compared if you know the pitfalls caused from missing or anomalous data and changes in vendors/ platforms.  Learn what works when analyzing journal packages, e-books from aggregators,  e-books from publishers, and A&I databases.   Find the bad/erroneous data and interpolate and extrapolate so you can figure out what those users are doing.  JUR5 can tell you about what's being used, so why aren't more publishers producing this report?  Learn how to make good collections decisions with the data our vendors provide & when to ask questions of the vendors.

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Becky Imamoto

Head of Collection Strategies, University of California, Irvine
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Deborah Kegel


Susan Klimley

Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian, Health Sciences Library, Columbia University
My time is spent reviewing download statistics, monitoring Medical Center publishing patterns, trying to make the link resolver work properly and  keeping up with the latest journal pricing plans. My motto: if it doesn't work, fix it.

Mr. Viral M Amin, MA, MS

Metadata / Electronic Resources Librarian, Marymount University
Marymount University

Friday November 8, 2013 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST
Calhoun Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

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