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

ER&L Tracks

The Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference tracks are maintained by our Program Planning Committee. The 2022 program will include these tracks and subtopics and related areas of interest to our community.

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1. E-Resources Management & 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 and assertive licensing? How can standards and best practices assist our efforts? How do we best accommodate the rapidly changing authentication and access landscape?

  • Managing multiple formats (including digital and streaming audio/video)
  • New acquisitions models
  • E-resources workflows and troubleshooting
  • License negotiation and management
  • Content retention (including perpetual access, archival access, and digital preservation)
  • Text and data mining (copyright issues, licensing, pricing, etc.)
  • Data security, breaches, prevention and resolution: responsibilities of libraries, publishers, vendors; data ethics, patron data privacy (PII)
  • Data storage, description, and access
  • Evolving library management systems and ERM applications
  • Metadata (article and chapter-level) and content delivery (KBART, etc.)
  • Standards and best practices
  • Access, authentication, and authorization models, challenges, developments
  • Consortial collaboration
  • Platform migrations
  • Documentation and training

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 made 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 (including development of nontraditional metrics)
  • Deselection and its impact on e-resources collections strategies
  • Incorporating free and open access 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 stories (good and bad)
  • Collaborative internal relationships for e-resources support
  • Leadership and team-building
  • Communications (such as intra-departmental communication and collegial/managerial communication issues)
  • Building and maintaining inter-departmental partnerships
  • Organizational structures that get the work done effectively
  • Remote and hybrid work environments
  • Navigating organizational culture and challenges

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 and 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 understand and 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
  • Social media

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?

  • Digital rights management and copyright
  • Rights metadata
  • Open access publications and data
  • Data curation
  • Institutional and disciplinary repositories, locally digitized materials
  • Altmetrics
  • Read & publish / transformative agreements
  • Library publishing and university press partnerships
  • Open educational resources (OERs)
  • Open science and digital humanities
  • Research workflows and automation

Additional Tags

Emerging Tech & 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 and considering trends on the horizon. Emerging Tech & Trends sessions span all of the tracks.

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 sessions would not require background knowledge of the topic and would be appropriate for a practitioner new to electronic resources or as an introduction to a new topic.

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