21:3 (2006:09) 21st Conference: Poster Sessions

September 3, 2006 at 6:08 pm | Posted in Conference Reports, Poster Sessions | Leave a comment


Reported by Maggie Wineburgh-Freed 

The ten posters on display at this year’s meeting covered a wide variety of topics: usage statistics for collection development, economics in various situations, archival preservation of state-issued electronic serials, and integrated management were just some of the issues presented. 

Continuing Use of Print-Only Information by Researchers: A Study of Impact Factor as One Measure
Steven A. Knowlton, Proquest 

“Analysis shows that there is no relationship between a journal’s impact factor and its online status; impact factors did not rise for journals going online, nor did they remain stagnant or decrease for journals remaining available only in print.” 

This poster described a research study examining the change in impact factor before and after selected journals became available online. 

I felt the tables were rather complex to be effective in a poster format, but it was an interesting study, with negative results. 

The complete study can be viewed at http://www.freewebs.com/stevenknowlton/access.pdf. 

What’s It Worth? Coursepack Permissions in E-journal Licenses
Athena Hoeppner, University of Central Florida 

“To estimate the monetary value of the permissions, the author surveyed coursepack article content, estimated copyright charges, determined the overlap between coursepacks and e-journal articles, and calculated the potential copyright savings.” 

This poster was a comparison of potential savings due to licenses permitting coursepack use. Larger schools might realize more substantial savings.  In a survey and analysis of the 669 items in 236 coursepacks, it was interesting that only 22% of the material came from journal articles.  

Connecting Your ILS with an Outside Accounting System
JoAnne Deeken, University of Tennessee 

“Who is involved in making the connection? How do you get the attention of those who run the wider accounting system? Which staff are involved? How do you analyze the change in workload? What kinds of information have to agree between the two systems? Who does the work? When is it done?“ 

This was a visually excellent poster, discussing the myriad issues that need to be analyzed in making such a change.  It presented the process as “a modified form of chutes and ladders” making it clear that the process involves “a considerable amount of back and forth.” 

A to Z List vs. Catalogue Access to E-serials Titles at the University of Windsor
Jonathan David Makepeace, University of Windsor  

This poster described the factors considered in making the decision about whether to devote staff resources to the cataloging process or maintenance of the SFX knowledgebase for electronic journals.  Many factors, both pro and con, were considered for each decision. One interesting factor was the discovery that “users access online journal titles via the A-Z list 85% of the time vs. 15% for the catalogue.” 

The poster is available on the web at: http://makepeace.ca/nasig. 

To Renew or Not to Renew Databases – That is the Question: A Practical Approach to Collecting and Disseminating Electronic Usage Statistics as a Tool for Collection Development
Susanne Clement, University of Kansas 

The poster described the processes and levels of staff (from librarians to paraprofessionals to students) used at the University of Kansas for collecting electronic resource usage statistics and disseminating them to bibliographers.  

“Ensuring that bibliographers have turn-key access to comparative electronic usage statistics can be accomplished at a fairly low expense. However, it requires that a detailed methodology be developed for the whole process, from collecting the data from vendors’ websites, to developing an internal website that provides easy access to the data, to the monthly updating of all material and links.” 

Indexing Lag Time Between Current Contents and Web of Science
Gary Ives, Texas A&M University Libraries  

This poster reported on a research project to compare the currency of the two products. One group of titles consisted of 25 randomly-selected titles from each of the seven Current Contents sections, and another group consisted of the titles ranked with the highest impact factor in each Journal Citation Reports subject area.   

“Over 75% of the updates made to Web of Science are within 7 days of Current Contents; over 99% are within 14 days… A continuing subscription to Current Contents is more important for the features of the platform than for the content, which is quickly duplicated in Web of Science.” 

Through the Looking Glass: Content, Integration and Access – Staff Workflows and Client Pathways
Dianne Gordon Conyers, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Medical Library  

This poster presented an outline of the transformation of content management processes in the library, focusing on integration of electronic and print materials, as well as integration of staff procedures and practices.  A clear and simple presentation showed examples of improvements that were made which have impacted both clients and staff. 

Rising Journal Costs: Comparing Local Collections to the National Average
Sarah Sutton, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Christine Freeman, Texas A&M University-Kingsville  

This poster compared cost increase data for full collections and for relevant subject areas at each of the institutions to national average cost increases.  “It is our hope that others will be able to replicate our comparison and use their results as a tool for raising awareness among their constituents of both the crisis in serial costs and of alternative means of scholarly communication like open access publishing.” 

You Can See Forever: Archiving New Mexico Digital Serials for the Future
Timothy Skeers, New Mexico State Library  

This poster was a visually pleasing outline describing staff workflow and the process that is being used in archiving material that was issued electronically, primarily by New Mexico state government agencies. It is an attempt to rescue some electronic-only government publications from becoming extinct.  “Our workflow uses both reference and technical services staff to select, catalog and harvest these materials. To date we have archived over 1500 issues of digital serial publications.”   

Adding Vendor Subscription Format Data to Library Systems to Aid in Finding Subscription Format Discrepancies
Michaelyn Haslam and Xiaoyin Zhang, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 

This poster described a method to incorporate format information from vendor records into ILS records.  The authors are using this project to clean up title records in the ILS, correcting title ID numbers and adding the format information.  Data from the vendor and from the ILS are imported into a spreadsheet and filtered to identify discrepancies.  Utility of the procedure would depend on whether information can be exported from the vendor in a usable format, and whether information can be added to the ILS records.


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