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12/8/2014 1:30:23 PM
E-books and Collection Development
I attended a session on e-books at the most recent Annual Meeting, and I learned that a lot of law libraries had recently started collecting e-books, while some hadn’t started yet. We at Young Law Library at the University of Arkansas aren’t scheduled to provide access to e-books until this month (through the Mid-America Law Library Consortium, or MALLCO), but we have been able to access them for a couple of years through the main campus library. This post will describe my library’s experiences with e-books from a collection development perspective. I hope it may provide e-book newcomers with things to consider, and e-book veterans with the urge to leave advice in the comments section.
One of the other reference librarians and I are the monograph selectors, and we pass the titles on to the serials and acquisitions librarian. We were aware of the existence of e-books, but they weren’t really on our radar since our patrons haven’t been asking for them. They began to affect our collection development decisions last spring, when the serials and acquisitions librarian would reply if a title was already available as an e-book through the main library. My response at the time was “okay, never mind then,” but after speaking with technical services librarians at the main library about their dealings with e-books, I became convinced we needed to specifically address e-books and e-book/print duplication in our information development policy.
One issue to consider is the permanence of an e-book. When a library has an e-book account, it has access to a pool of titles. For example, our main campus library has an account with ebrary, which is owned by ProQuest. Titles accessible though ebrary (but not actually owned by the library) have a catalog record with the series title “ebrary electronic books dda” (demand-driven acquisition). When a particular title is downloaded a set number of times, the purchase of the e-book is “triggered” and the “dda” is removed from the series title. If an e-book purchase has not been triggered, the title can stay in the pool unless it is removed by the publisher or by the library (for example, if a publisher raises prices more than the library accepts). This particular scenario occurred at our main library, but fortunately the titles we held back on ordering in print have remained.
Another issue is coverage. When we get the e-books through our consortium (through EBL, which like ebrary is owned by ProQuest), we will have access to 12,000 titles, limited to K-classified materials. Since we collect in certain subject areas (Native Americans, agriculture) that fall outside K, we will still need to factor in the main library’s e-book titles when making print purchasing decisions.
As of now, we are deciding on a case-by-case basis which e-book titles we want to duplicate in print. This may change once our own e-book account is made available to our patrons.
Are e-books an established part of your collection? Are they addressed in your collection/information development policy?
Posted By 12/8/2014 1:30:23 PM
12/5/2014 11:14:47 AM
Rutgers Law Library Switches to Koha: the Open Source ILS
After much research and deliberation, we decided to make the
switch from Millennium to Koha. We are
the second law school library to switch to Koha, although there are many public
and academic libraries using it across the country. The driving factor for us was the cost-savings
associated with going open source. Although
Innovative Interfaces offers a great product with a lot of functionality, we
felt the level of functionality available with Koha is sufficient for us. We were also very comfortable with the third
party vendor, ByWater Solutions, assisting with the implementation. In addition, Koha has an active user
community and is constantly in development and improving.
So far, the process of transferring records from our old ILS
has gone smoothly. I have been using “create lists” and export
functions in Millennium to extract the data, with advice from ByWater’s
implementation specialist. I have found
her to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful in to walking me through what
needs to be done. In addition, the few
issues that I had with Millennium have been addressed quickly and efficiently by
Millennium’s customer support.
I just received the test webpage with all of our bibliographic
data, and have had the chance to play with it from the both the back-end and
the end-user interface. I have to say
that it looks great and we have not even done any customization yet. I am letting out a big phew! Here is a link to our test OPAC being hosted
by ByWater if anyone wants to see what it looks like more or less out of the
Our go-live date is set for mid-January. There is still more data to extract, and I
just facilitated a meeting with our implementation specialist and technical
services staff regarding data mapping from one system to the other. Next week we have a 2 ½ day training. So far so good!
Caroline Young, Head of Access Services, Rutgers Law Library, Rutgers Law School, Newark, NJ
Posted By 12/5/2014 11:14:47 AM
12/4/2014 5:50:20 PM
Law School Technology - Can You Match The Name And The Description?
When starting a law school and its library, you quickly discover that there is a bundle of technological services and equipment that you need to quickly grasp to ensure the smooth operation of the school. Picking and setting up the right ones can make the educational life of your students and faculty either very easy or if you get it wrong a nightmare. In whatever modern electronic age you want to call today, these tools and services are necessary to provide a grounded education that prepares our students practice.
So let us play a game. Can you match the name of the service with the description of that service? To be fair you might know the name of comparable service that does the same job. For example, while my law school uses Canvas, your school might have Blackboard, Moodle, or most likely, TWEN.
Canvas Secure Testing Platform
CLIO Voice over Internet Protocol
Symplicity Unified Communications Platform
iClicker Personal Information Manager
ExamSoft Intranet Content Management
Crestron Learning Management System
Peoplesoft Content Management System
Lync Classroom Technology System
Sierra Print Management
Serials Solutions Computer Operating System
Outlook Business Enterprise System
LibGuides Classroom Response Service
SharePoint Career Services Management
Windows 8 Practice Management Service
VoIP Library Management System
PaperCut Electronic Resource Management
For librarians aspiring to become directors or to have greater role in their school or library’s technology, you need to work on understanding these services and how they interplay. They are the foundation upon which we are building legal education.
Edward T. Hart
Assistant Dean for Law Library
UNT Dallas College of Law
Posted By 12/4/2014 5:50:20 PM