Communicating major changes in course streaming - strategies taken and lessons learned
Cynthia Elliott (University of Arizona), Elizabeth Kominsky (University of Arizona) & Sara Filion (University of Arizona)
Keywords: streaming video; acquisitions; course materials; communication
From 2020-2022, the University of Arizona Libraries (UAL) made big changes to its course streaming practices both within the libraries and on campus. Library leadership looked closely at the streaming services provided to instructors and decided to phase out use of content that the library had previously provided to instructors via Panopto, an online video platform. These major changes resulted in a dramatic reduction in the number of titles available to instructors as well as a disruption in service for users while the changes were implemented. In addition, the work moved from one department to another during this timeframe. This presentation will discuss what the major changes to streaming services were, how they were implemented, how they were communicated to the campus and to the library, and what we learned from it all.
--- Mindful Acquiring: Adapting Print Monograph Acquisitions Workflows to Incorporate Local Outreach at an Academic Library
Jackie Mann (Loyola University Chicago) & David Givens (Loyola University Chicago)
Keywords: Monograph Acquisition, Local Outreach, Academic Library
Loyola University Chicago Libraries are committed to supporting local outreach throughout our acquisition and de-acquisition workflows. In August of 2021, Loyola University Chicago Libraries began acquiring select books from local independent bookstores. While not only keeping money and relationships local, we also found that the cost of books from local bookstores is comparable to that of larger suppliers. Faster delivery times and more personalized service are other positives of working with small local businesses. Meanwhile, because these books are not pre-processed for library use, we dedicate more staff time toward in-house processing.
Loyola University Chicago Libraries also makes efforts to stay local when we discard collection materials. We have a long-term relationship with Better World Books, a nation-wide organization based in Indiana that sells donated used books to raise funds for literacy programming around the world. Over the last few years, we have also worked with the Chicago-based organization Open Books, who use a model like that of Better World Books but focus their literacy efforts on providing programming and free books to school-aged children within the Chicago area. We also deposit books into Little Free Libraries near our campus. These latter efforts require some additional staff time, but once again build relationships and reinforce our presence within the local community.
Overall, this local-minded approach to book acquisition takes more staff time but diverts meaningful support to local organizations and builds relationships with our community that could enhance future partnerships. We intend to share in more detail the successes and challenges of the “mindful acquiring” described above and seek constructive discussion from session attendees.
--- Some gifts that glitter are gold: Considering how donated materials figure into a collection development equation
James Rhoades (Virginia Tech Libraries)
Keywords: gifts, collections, collection development
In Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, we’re reminded that not everything that glitters is gold, which can surely be true when considering library gifts. Sometimes though gems are found in donated materials. These can be the types of materials that can fill gaps that otherwise go unfilled. The right donations can even lead to financial savings. Yet, some may ask if it’s worth the extra hassle and work to pick a few suitable titles here and there. Although, most will agree no gift is the same. If we agree there is an inherent value of gifts, then it might be worthwhile to explore how unwanted items can really be treasures?
This session will briefly consider three gifts recently accepted by a mid-size R1 academic library. Despite each of the three gifts differing in size and format, the presentation will consider the effort and reward, as if they were the same size and scale. The session will show how each gift was evaluated to determine whether items were suitable or needed in the collection. Then the session will turn to the numbers, i.e. cost, relevance, duplicates, and added items. At the conclusion, the attendees will be left to determine which gift was gold, silver, or lead. It will be interesting to see what attendees think. The session will certainly stimulate attendees to consider how gifts actually fit into the collection development equation.
--- ORCID at 10: Libraries and the ORCID Registry Metadata
Brian Minihan (ORCID) & Clarke Iakovakis (Oklahoma State University)
Keywords: research output ; persistent identifiers ; metadata ; information retrieval ; ORCID
October 2022 marks 10 years since the ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) registry was launched offering a unique 16 digit persistent identifier for individuals. The ORCID registry of individual records has grown to include the metadata of their scholarly contributions, affiliations, research funding, as well as peer review. The amount of data within the registry continues to grow, where now the registry stands as a unique location of information about global research and those who produce it.
Previous studies on ORCID have focused on the value of a unique identifier, or return on investment in a university’s institutional membership and time spent connecting a university’s platform to the ORCID registry via API. However, at 10 years old, the metadata within the ORCID registry has arguably become its most precious commodity. So how accessible is all that metadata from the ORCID registry, and are librarians able to easily access the ORCID registry? This session seeks to examine what we have learned from the accumulation of metadata from all of those researchers, their works and affiliations. In 2020, ORCID began offering an interface for member institutions known as the Member Portal. This interface offers a statistical dashboard about the member institution from the ORCID registry.
Oklahoma State University Library will provide a use case wherein they harvested ORCID iDs based on employment affiliation, linked them to OSU researchers in their HR database, and imported them into Symplectic Elements, their Research Information Management System. This gave faculty a baseline of publications data, and enabled them to allow Elements to write publications to their ORCID profile. The presentation will focus on what worked and what didn’t in this process, and will detail other paths and suggestions for libraries.