Exploring trends, technologies, e-resource management, and digital services in libraries.

ER&L Tracks

The Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference tracks are updated by our Program Planning Committee. The 2021 program will span these tracks and subtopics and related areas of interest to our community.

1. Managing e-Resources & Licensing

Managing electronic resources is a challenge, whether you’re new to it or have been engaged in the endeavor for years. Which systems and tools can be used to manage electronic resources more effectively? How are we successfully handling new content formats? What can we achieve through more thoughtful licensing? How can standards and best practices assist our efforts?

  • Managing multiple formats (including digital and streaming audio/video)
  • New acquisitions models
  • Workflows & Troubleshooting
  • Licensing issues: licensing for data/text mining
  • Breaches: Conversations on the responsibility of libraries, publishers, vendors
  • Changing attitudes of perpetual access and preservation
  • Text mining and copyright
  • Data security
  • Preservation and archiving electronic information
  • Licensing and pricing for text mining/data mining
  • Evolving library management systems and ERM applications
  • Managing/delivering content at the article level
  • Standards and best practices
  • Authentication
  • Consortial collaboration

2. Collection Development & Assessment

How do we demonstrate value to our larger organizations? Are our collection analysis processes efficient and effective enough? How can collecting and using data be easier? How can we best assess our online collections?
Employing new business models for targeted collection growth

  • Extracting and analyzing electronic resource data
  • Creating value for the customer
  • Using analytics/data mining
  • Calculating ROI and showing value to funding bodies
  • Deselection and its impact on e-resources collections strategies
  • Incorporating free resources into library collections

3. Organizational Strategies

Our organizations regularly evolve due to changes in leadership and strategic vision, budget constraints, user needs, and the simple fact that so many of our resources are now online. All of this impacts the way we manage e-resources. What type of leadership has helped create positive change? What are some examples of beneficial organizational shifts and improved communication? Where are there opportunities for internal collaboration? Where do we still need to improve the way we work?

  • Preparing personnel for change
  • Fostering staff morale and engagement
  • Staffing needs and skills
  • Training and reskilling success stories
  • Collaborative internal relationships for e-resources support
  • Leadership
  • Communications: intra-departmental communication, collegial and managerial communication issues
  • Inter-departmental cooperation
  • Institutional pressures
  • Organizational structures that get the work done effectively

4. External Relationships

In the digital world, libraries don’t stand alone. They work closely with consortia, vendors, other libraries, and intermediaries. How are these relationships working? Are we getting the most out of our partnerships with other organizations or groups? How can we improve our external relationships?

  • Relationships/issues between librarians, vendors, publishers
  • Working with subscription agents, knowledge base providers, and other intermediaries
  • Working with faculty, departments, and community groups
  • Consortial relationships
  • Collaborative relationships in e-resource delivery

5. User Experience & Promotion

Libraries exist in large part to support our users. How can we better serve our user populations? What kinds of communications will help us reach them when so much is competing for their attention? What tools, activities, or methods can help libraries better track user needs? How can we demonstrate to users the value of libraries and create a better user experience? How do we integrate library content and services into online spaces users already inhabit?

  • Marketing/promoting e-resources to your users
  • User experience
  • Discovery systems and applications
  • Accessibility
  • Serendipity
  • Student/patron advisory boards

6. Scholarly Communications & Library Publishing

How do we deal with new models of scholarship that are emerging? How do we accommodate new forms of content? What can we do to facilitate knowledge sharing and access? What role can the library play in the creation and distribution of the products of scholarship and creativity?

  • Role of libraries supporting scholarly communication
  • Altmetrics
  • Digital rights management and copyright
  • Open access publications and data
  • Open educational resources (OERs)
  • Institutional and disciplinary repositories
  • Data curation
  • Locally digitized materials
  • Library-university press partnerships
  • Teaching patrons about self-publishing options
  • Rights metadata

7. Emerging Technologies & Trends

So much of what we do in libraries today is driven by technology, and many of the problems we face can be addressed by employing, customizing, or developing technologies. How are the current technologies being used? What emerging technologies are on the horizon? How can we employ them effectively to meet the information needs of the library, internally and externally?

  • Reaching users in the digital environment
  • Latest technology tools and ideas being used in libraries
  • Use of open-source software in libraries
  • Offering library services online
  • Evaluation and assessment of technologies
  • Libraries & online learning applications
  • Linked data projects
  • Librarian-as-coder work
  • Role of e-resources librarian in digital humanities and data services
  • Patron privacy

8. Data in Libraries

Data science is the process of gaining insight from data to inform decision making. In libraries, there is a wide gamut of ‘data-savvy’ roles that orbit within and around the world of data science. From the metadata librarians automating curation workflows to the collection managers gaining insights into their collections to the subject librarians working closely with researchers, the roles in libraries exist more or less on a data-savvy spectrum to solve internal challenges and to improve services. How has your library made sense of complex datasets to make better decisions? How have data science skills within the library improved services with user communities? What unique partnerships formed around teaching or using data science on campus? What are the unique roles libraries can have in data science and management?

  • Data visualization to improve decision-making or to tell a story
  • Text and data mining
  • Networks and linked data
  • Data science training and best practices
  • Data management, analysis, and digital curation
  • Data storage and access
  • Open science and digital humanities
  • Documentation and Metadata
  • Data ethics considerations
  • Research workflows and automation
  • Research computing and reproducibility
  • What big data means for libraries

ER&L 101

These sessions span all of the tracks, introducing an attendee to a foundational area of librarianship (such as licensing, ebook management, troubleshooting) or an emerging but important topic starting at an introductory level. These courses would not require background knowledge of the topic and would be appropriate for a practitioner new to eresources or as an introduction to a new topic.