2020 Track Highlights

Prepared by our Program Planning Committee Track Chairs

1. Managing e-Resources & Licensing

The Managing e-Resources & Licensing track offers 22 full-length sessions and 13 short talks this year, covering a wide range of useful and informative topics. There are several sessions discussing analysis and strategy of resource access troubleshooting, a crucial element of our day-to-day workflows. Library service platform options and migration experience presentations are also on the schedule, and address both open source and proprietary systems. Please join us for one (or many!) of these valuable sessions at ER&L 2020.

Prepared by: Erin Finnerty, Electronic Resources Librarian, Temple University Libraries


2. Collection Development & Assessment

The job description of an E-Resources Librarian often includes an astonishing variety of job duties that require traditional skills, new technologies, and the ability to communicate across diverse user populations. This year’s Collection Development and Assessment track at ER&L 2020 demonstrates the increasingly large swathe of responsibilities assigned to the e-resources community. Presenters will provide perspectives ranging from big-picture discussions (The Myth of the Big Deal; Unlocking the Value of the Monograph) to detail-oriented workflows, and will cover the trending topics that affect all of us along the way. Learn how to assess e-resource accessibility, work with a new acquisition model, or use a new tool like LastPass or Jupyter Notebook. Benefit from your colleague’s experiences and challenges with annual resource reviews, EZproxy analytics, and managing streaming video programs. Gain new insight into e-resource usage – develop a local usage management system, make your usage data meaningful across audiences, or look at alternative measurements for collection use.

Prepared by: Jennifer Bazeley, E-Resources Metadata Management Librarian, Yale University Library


3. Organizational Strategies

The Organizational Strategies track for ER&L 2020 will focus on collaborating, team-building, communication and ways to improve overall organization of libraries. Attendees will be able to attend sessions on managing library systems; supporting colleagues; organizational changes as librarians looks to the future; collaborating with other libraries; managing communication and reporting problems; building professional development opportunities; using student workers; and many other applicable topics. This year continues the 2019 focus on practical and actionable topics. Attendees in this track will leave the conference with new ideas and tools to share with their colleagues at their home libraries.

Prepared by: Tessa L.H. Minchew, Electronic Resources Librarian, Acquisitions & Discovery, North Carolina State University Libraries


4. External Relationships

The 2020 program theme for the External Relationships track is collaboration. Attendees will get a chance to hear about collaboration to improve streaming video discovery, librarians testing a new product in collaboration with a vendor, and the role of consortia in collaborating with libraries to improve e-resource delivery. This year’s program gives us the opportunity to see the importance of our non-library partners in order to manage and deliver e-resources.

Prepared by: Bonnie Tijerina, ER&L Conference Coordinator + Data & Society Research Institute 


5. User Experience & Promotion

The User Experience and Promotion track looks directly at how to communicate with and learn from library users, and centers the user as our most important resource when seeking to improve our services and collections. This year, the presentations will highlight improving the discoverability and accessibility of electronic collections. Driving Users to their Preferred Content: A Pilot Study to Link E-Books and P-Books and Duped by Dupes: Reducing the Impact of Duplicate Ebooks on the Discovery Process exemplify this increased focus on discovery, as they examine user behavior around locating eBooks and the decisions to actually use them. On the Accessibility side, We Can Do Better: Improving Accessibility in Electronic Resources and Strengthening Website Accessibility through Automated Testing act as calls to action for the library community and provide potential steps that we can take to make sure our products are providing equitable access to all users. Of course, this track also features more traditional marketing content, including discussions of developing library branding and improving communication to users about cancellations and other changes. On the user experience side, it features many interesting usability studies on a wide variety of topics, from how undergraduates conduct thesis research to how they navigate discovery layers using faceted searching. If you are interested in improving understanding and communication with your users, you won’t want to miss these sessions.

Prepared by: Kate Hill, Electronic Resources Librarian & Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Greensboro


6. Scholarly Communication & Library Publishing

Track 6 is twice a big as last year! In keeping with a trend in recent years, openness is the major theme for the track. From OA publishing to OERs, our speakers discuss how to sustain and support the movement but also the impact of openness on traditional library collection and instruction practices. In this track, you will hear the perspectives of librarians and publishers and learn about new trends as well, including transformative license agreements (APCs, offsets, subventions, oh my) and capturing non-thesis student work in the IR. Metadata, however, is also a large focus in this track. In Janus fashion of endings being doorways to beginnings, presenters in the track will scrutinize how the metadata for tangible objects is being transformed into metadata for digital objects and open access publications–and what the ramifications of that might be.

Prepared by: Steven Harris, Dean of Libraries, Northeastern Illinois University


7. Emerging Technologies & Trends

The breadth of what electronic resources management encompasses has grown significantly over the life of the ER&L conference. Join us at ER&L 2020 to learn about key trends and the technologies that help us manage e-resource challenges in creative ways. From delivering seamless access to historically challenging formats while also protecting user privacy to new system options, this track will inform and inspire.

Prepared by: Julie Loder, Director of Acquisitions and eResources, Vanderbilt Universit


8. Data Science in Libraries

The ER&L Data Science track is back again in 2020 after a successful debut in 2019. Programs in this track include explorations of library and information science data using such tools as web scraping, text mining, R, Google Analytics, and proxy logs. The insights can often be surprising and can drive informed decision-making in libraries and their communities, as well as give a real insight into the behavior of information-seekers. Come and learn about this fascinating new area of research and experimentation with us.

Prepared by: Chris Erdmann, Library Carpentry