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Thursday, November 7 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
You Can’t Have Too Much Electronic Resources Staffing

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Two years ago Auburn University Libraries created a new Electronic Resources and Serials Services (ERSS) Unit to create a cohesive, highly responsive, and forward moving team. This newly created unit wanted to do things right, well, and strategically. When the team reflected upon the current staffing situation the following issues emerged: (1) doing “more with less” was not a recipe for success; (2) projects were a far-away dream; and (3) having too little documentation was dangerous for succession. In addition the Unit Head was assuming more administrative assignments making delegation of tasks not possible for this small and full to capacity work group. Thus was born the decision to create and hire a new tenure-track librarian, the Serials Acquisitions Librarian. It has now been two years since hiring this new librarian.

Three members of Auburn’s ERSS unit: the department head, the new librarian, and the serials associate will talk about their experiences with adding a new electronic resources expert. Topics covered will include: (1) progress to date on addressing weak areas of service, (2) challenges with hiring a person proficient with electronic resources trouble shooting and cataloging, but less so with acquisitions, and (3) areas needing more attention.

Engagement with the audience will be fostered through dialog on aspects of training staff, writing documentation, building teamwork, planning for succession, and handling sudden departures of key personnel.


Shade Aladebumoye

Library Associate for Serials, Auburn University
Shade Aladebumoye is the Library Associate for Serials and has been at Auburn University Libraries since 1995. She manages the ordering and invoicing of serials in all formats, oversees bindery operations and has expanded her role to include electronic resource trouble-shooting.

Nadine Ellero

Head of Technical Services, Auburn University Libraries
Nadine P. Ellero is Head of Technical Services at Auburn University Libraries, in Auburn, Alabama. Before Auburn, she was the Intellectual Access/Metadata Services Librarian at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia (1990-2011).   Nadine presently... Read More →

Paula Sullenger

Assoc. Dean for Information Services, Texas A&M University
I am interested in all aspects of Technical Services, as well as collection development, assessment, and scholarly communication. I am also active in FOLIO development.

Thursday November 7, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Rutledge Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

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