22:3 (2007:09) 22nd Conference (2007): Poster Sessions

September 5, 2007 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Conference Reports, Poster Sessions | Leave a comment


Reported by Sally Gibson

There were fourteen poster sessions at the meeting this year.  It was the largest number ever presented at a NASIG conference.  The topics covered included: the CONSER standard record, managing electronic resources, consortial Partnerships, usage statistics, and relocating departments and journal collections.  Unfortunately, I was not able to view all of the poster sessions.

Hedge Your Bet to Improve the Odds of Going the Distance: Dental Theses Journal Citation Analysis
Janice Cox, Indiana University

Dental students rely on scholarly literature from core dental journals as well as a diverse selection of journals representing other medical disciplines.  When considering collection development the emphasis and expenditure should be on the most recently published.  The acquisition of e-journal backfiles is not critical since students use current journal citations and a print backfile is readily available.

Taking a Gamble: Venturing into the Development of an Electronic Resources Management System
Nancy Beals, Wayne State University

When developing and implementing their ERM system, Wayne State University used the following key factors: determining user groups and their needs; implementations and technical issues; testing the system; analyzing how the system will be used; setting future goals; and acknowledging outside considerations.

Maximizing Access through Consortial Partnership: Mississippi State University Libraries’ Journal Expansion Project
Patrick Carr, Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University Libraries participate in several consortial partnerships to gain online access to journals in which one partner library maintains a subscription.  Many libraries have a subscription to the same journal.  In order to gain access to additional journals, MSU identified their journals which were duplicated by other libraries.  The library was able to cancel the duplicate subscriptions and begin a subscription to sixty new titles which further expanded their access to e-journals.
Coming Down the Backstretch of Moving Technical Services Out of the Library and into a Dedicated Facility: Will This Be a Long Shot or a Sure Bet?
Germaine Wadeborn, UCLA

During July 2006 to March 2007, the UCLA Library moved its technical services operation to an off campus location and it reorganized the Serials and Monographs divisions of the Print Acquisitions department.  Seven full time employees were transferred to the Print Acquisitions department.  This resulted in a redesign of workflows.  The technical services department faced the challenge of developing new workflows; creating a new organization; and maintaining quality and timely service while moving to a new location.   

“Yes, As a Matter of Fact, We Are Throwing Those Away”: A Small Public University Deals with De-Selection
Randall Watts, University of South Carolina Aiken

After an extensive renovation to the library building did not result in additional space, the library examined the non-current print titles as a potential source for space.  Criteria for de-selection were established and the titles identified.  Any requests to add the journals to departments were denied since the library did not want to encourage the creation of departmental libraries.  The faculty was informed of the de-selection of the journals and their silence was viewed as consent.

Partners in Space: Integrating Periodicals and Government Documents
Janette Prescod, University of Tennessee

The creation of an Information Commons required a reorganization of library space.  The Periodicals and Government Documents units were combined as a way to address the need for additional space, the challenge of staffing two service desks, and the issues of workflow.  The result was increased study areas and work spaces, public services concentrated on the first floor, and the identification of inefficiencies and low-priority processes.

Designing a Local Database for Usage Statistics
Brian McDonald, SUNY College at Oswego

The library designed their own database to manage and present usage statistics for journals in all formats.  Due to budget concerns and the need for greater flexibility, the library created a usage database that was built on a Microsoft Access database rather than purchase an ERM product. The data is stored in three tables and queries are used to combine the tables and produce various reports.  More information is available at http://oswegoserials.pbwiki.com.

“I Need to Find an Article on…”: What Librarians Need to Know about How Patrons Look for Journal Articles on the Library Website
Sarah Sutton, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

The library is in the process of concluding a two year website redesign.  It conducted user centered evaluations using formal usability tests among the undergraduates.  The evaluations were a basis for both redesign decisions and determining undergraduate information seeking behaviors.   

The CONSER Standard Record
Les Hawkins and Hien Nguyen, Library of Congress

The CONSER standard record launched June 1 and is projected to save twenty to twenty-five percent of the time needed to create current serials records.  It will apply to all formats, replace existing multiple record levels and reduce serials cataloging costs.  Additional information is available at http://www.loc.gov/acq/conser.

Using Open Source Software to Build Your Tools
Laurentiu Mircea Stefancu, University of Illinois at Chicago

Cat Stats was created to gather daily, monthly, and annual cataloging statistics.  The manual method of gathering statistics was prone to error.  Cat Stats allows the same tasks to be performed faster, easier, and more accurately.  It uses PHP at the front end and MySQL at the back end.  Advantages to using custom built tools are that they can be adjusted as needed.  The disadvantage is the need to maintain in-house expertise. 

The SUPERFECTA – The Best Bet for Winning the Electronic Derby
Rebecca Martinez, Rutgers University

Rutgers University Libraries developed a team approach to handling the workflow for electronic resources.  The team consisted of members from the Acquisitions Department and the Distributed Technical Services Department and it utilized a communication email listserv.  The creation of the team eliminated confusion on who to contact for what; removed failure points; and developed and expanded staff expertise and awareness of electronic resource material. 

A Comparison of Journal Impact Factor to Journal Use in a University Library
C. Derrik Hiatt, Brigham Young University

While the journal impact factor has been used as a selection tool for academic libraries, few studies have been conducted to determine how closely it parallels journal usage by students.  Ninety journals were examined in four disciplines.  There is a statistically significant correlation in history and geology but no correlation in business or organic chemistry.  The results do not support using the journal impact factor as a predictor of use since the correlation of the impact factor to usage is tied to discipline.

Making a Silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear
Chandra Jackson, University of Georgia

Comprehensive Serials Information Databases Eases Journal Cuts
Raleigh Muns, University of Missouri-St. Louis


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