These short “pecha kucha-like” sessions will feature 5 PowerPoint presentations of 6 minutes and 40 seconds each. We will have approximately 10 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) "Project Rescue" - Preserving and Invigorating Contents on Microfilm Collection
Ying Zhang, Acquisitions Librarian, University of Central Florida
Despite the prevalence of electronic resources nowadays, microfilms remain significant part of the collections for research libraries. Although the use is more cumbersome, microfilm format often offer the unique content for particularly primary and historical research. Because they are expensive to own, microfilms are also highly requested through interlibrary loans. However, over time, the earlier acetate films are subject to “vinegar syndrome” and deteriorating rapidly. Once this nasty degradation syndrome appears, an offensive odor is emitted to the environment and to “infect” other microfilms. And eventually the microfilm is unusable and its contents become lost. The traditional preservation techniques or acquiring actual replacement reels are both cost prohibitive.In an effort to slow down the spread of vinegar syndrome and preserve the collection, the University of Central Florida Libraries took on a “project rescue” for microfilms.The overall process and detailed workflow will be demonstrated in this presentation. The audience is expected to learn UCF's cost-effective and collaborative methods to preserve microfilms' health and optimize the access while minimizing the content loss to the users.
2) A Research Commons on a Shoestring: Opportunities, Improvisations, and Pitfalls
Bruce Pencek, Collegiate Librarian for Social Science & History, Virginia Tech Libraries
In recent years the Virginia Tech Libraries have dramatically expanded the scope of their operations and services, from enhancing undergraduate learning spaces to investing heavily in human and technological support for knowledge creation and scholarly communication. But entrepreneurial spirits have flowed more copiously than funding. Our account of the library's digital research commons begins in that context and traces the evolution of “Port” as a bottom-up project that empirically tested the innovator's proposition: “if you build it, they will come.” Though presented in the first person, the story of Port can inform the decisions in other libraries that can commit only limited resources to creating new services and facilities. Our presentation offers several salient points of departure for discussions with and among members of the audience. These include our assessment of the fitness-to-purpose of resources at hand; our visions of the possible and desirable deliverables over the short-, medium-, and long term; our pursuit of resources (in-kind, financial, and – later than we should have – human) and of partners (in and out of the library); our incremental process for improving Port's functionality; and our ongoing review of the successes and shortcomings of Port vis-à-vis our intended clientele -- and of ourselves as visionaries, promoters, and managers.
3) Wilde about Weeding: An Earnest Effort in Collection Development
Melissa Johnson, Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian, Georgia Reagents University
In an effort to create more student space, provide ease of access to resources, and strengthen their collection, a medium sized academic library undertook a major weeding project in 2014. Since it was important to get immediate results in removing items from the collection, the print serials section was the first area selected for weeding. Through a step by step process that involved all members of the library staff, items were evaluated on electronic availability, availability at the other university libraries, the content, the condition, and the length of run. Using previous case studies and research as guidelines, the presenter will discuss “the importance of being earnest” in making de-selection decisions.
4) Grounded: Liberal Arts College Experience in E-Book Consortial Demand Driven Acquisition
Raik Zaghloul, Head of Collection Development, Union College
Libraries responded to the challenge of managing eBook acquisition by extending the print model to ebooks and by borrowing liberally from business models and practices. The results have been mixed. The presentation will share lessons learned in the first two years of a small liberal arts college experience with consortial on-demand ebook acquisition. The emphasis will be on the College's users' experience and the scope and nature of content offered by publishers.
5) Collection Development for Changing Times
MaryLaskowski and Jennifer Maddox Abbott, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This Shotgun Session will take a retrospective look at collection development from the early days of the Library to today, including the use of formal collection development policies to guide decision making, and how those policies shaped the collection over time. More specifically, this presentation will look at the original emphasis of collection development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the breakdown by subject area, and how that compared to campus-wide expenditures in the various subject areas. The original goal of quickly increasing the volume of material the library held created serious space concerns, and although many collection milestones were celebrated along the way, including the acquisition of the 13th million volume in 2012, it was clear that the emphasis in collecting needed to change. This session will show how the primary focus shifted from simply acquiring a mass volume of materials to issues of discoverability and access for users. Several of the major shifts in philosophy and practice in collection development policies that will be discussed in more detail include the availability of high-density storage facilities that reduce space and growth concerns, a shift towards electronic access, Shared Print Repositories, a trend towards shared access rather than locally owned content, and a local focus on unique print resources while building cooperative arrangements for access to aggregated collections and data. Participants will see where collection development philosophy and policies have taken the Library in the past, as well as looking at how they will shape the Library of the future.