E-resource acquisition began as a complex process and libraries struggled to manage it. When e-resources first arrived, librarians spent considerable time determining how to acquire these resources. A movement ensued to generate the best methods for selecting, ordering, negotiating licenses, choosing content and paying. Libraries were prompted to develop new workflows. Time has passed and acquisitions functions have mostly been standardized. However, with the acquisition of electronic resources comes the challenges of discovery and access. Now that many libraries feel more comfortable in acquiring e-resources with the help of technology, cloud-based services and task coordination, they are moving beyond acquisitions and focusing on discovery and access. It takes much time and great effort to efficiently manage e-resources so that there is seamless discovery and access.
The transition from print to electronic is a continuous process for most libraries as they allocate funds for electronic serials and books. Workflows are being developed that incorporate not only new technology, but also, new staff skills and knowledge. In this presentation, participants will be introduced to new workflows and technologies that VCU libraries has adopted to provide discovery and access. The discussion will begin with a presentation of how workflows have changed since the implementation of Alma, a cloud-based library management system and the influx of e-resources. Attendees will be led in a lively discussion and information sharing session to identify successful methods that can be used to move e-resources beyond acquisitions. Attendees will be exposed to a number of ideas for improving the management of their e-resources after acquisition and will leave the session with a greater understanding of the opportunities available to academic libraries in the cloud. In conclusion there will be a discussion of how e-resource acquisition expertise is diverging in response to discovery and access.