2019 Track Highlights

1. Managing e-Resources & Licensing

The essential topic of authentication shows up several times on the Managing e-Resources and Licensing track of this year’s program.  For example, EZ NC will discuss the implementation of a large-scale EzProxy instance, and Short on Staff and Time focuses on moving authentication over to OpenAthens. For those that are newer to the profession, the sessions labeled ER&L 101 Programming would be a great place to start! If you’re interested in a general overview of e-resources responsibilities, be sure to check out For Newbies: Everything you need to know to navigate a career as an e-resources librarian.

Prepared by: 

Erin Finnerty
2019 Program Planning Committee Member

Electronic Resources Librarian
Temple University Libraries


2. Collection Development & Assessment

Collection development and assessment are core aspects of electronic resources work. This year’s Collection Development and Assessment track will benefit both new and experienced librarians, offering 17 program sessions and 7 posters. With e-books rapidly gaining traction in libraries, ER&L 2019 sessions provide strong coverage of e-book collection development topics (such as DDA and EBA) as well as e-book assessment topics like identifying duplicates, conducting overlap analysis, weeding, and grappling with e-book obsolescence. If you’re interested in focusing on the future, attend a session about COUNTER version 5, web archiving, or using tools like MySQL and Python for collection analysis and assessment.

Prepared by: 

Jennifer Bazeley
2019 ER&L Program Chair

Coordinator, Collection Access & Acquisitions
Miami University Libraries


3. Organizational Strategies

For 2019, the Organizational Strategies track continues its trend of packing a lot high quality content into a more streamlined slate of sessions. It appears that last year’s track slant towards system migrations and organizational restructuring has, rather logically, given way to a need to evaluate, regroup, and retool the way we work. We’re seeing a varied roster of topics surrounding process improvement, training, assessment, and collaboration. Attendees will learn about the necessity of analyzing their workflows to identify and address problem areas. They will be given insight on time and task management, data driven decision-making, and the value of the value stream. They will discuss their experiences/perspectives on bias, diversity, and inclusion; learn how to avoid conference burnout while still bringing fresh ideas back to the organization; how to survive the RFP process; and how to build training tools to meet various stakeholder needs. In the past, the Organizational Strategies track dipped a toe into high-level philosophy, but this year it has chosen to remain grounded in largely practical and actionable topics. Attendees in this track will still come home with plenty to think about, mind you, but they will also come home with plenty to do and the tools they need to do it!

Prepared by: 

Tessa L.H. Minchew
2019 ER&L Program Planning Committee Member

Electronic Resources Librarian, Acquisitions & Discovery
North Carolina State University Libraries


4. External Relationships

Managing e-resources requires a tremendous amount of communication and collaboration both internally and externally among librarians, vendors, and other intermediaries. ER&L 2019 sessions will showcase hot topics that range from how to work in a multi-consortial environment to new collaboration models such as libraries/publishers/Wikipedia and consortial cooperation within the US ORCID community. More traditional topics like vendor negotiation, liaison librarians in technical services, and library systems migrations will also be featured. And the always-popular Family Feud session returns with the theme “Who knows librarians better?” Join presenters for this session of hard truths and debunking myths!

Prepared by: 

Jennifer Bazeley
2019 ER&L Program Chair

Coordinator, Collection Access & Acquisitions
Miami University Libraries


5. User Experience & Promotion

This year, the theme of the user experience and promotion track is the crossing of traditional lines of library work, from technical services, to IT, to instruction and outreach, in the pursuit of introducing users to the right resources at the right time.  On the User Experience side, topics range from introductions of user studies techniques (like the presentation User Stories in the Library: Communicating our Assumptions and the poster Using Biometric Analysis to Better Understand Your Patrons) to case studies of how different libraries implemented UX techniques, especially among discovery systems. In a new take on usability studies for ER&L,  this year also features a examination of the usability of streaming media platforms in the session Streaming Video Database Features:  What Do Faculty and Students Really Want?.  While they cover a wide variety of methods and topics, most of these presentations involve librarians working across the aisle, bringing together librarians working in web design, assessment, discovery and electronic resources.

In the promotion side of things, the offerings on hand show the variety of methods one can use.  Bridging the public and technical services divide, there are two sessions that examine using instruction and training to promote library collections:  Creating an e-book Revolution Through Training and Reframing Discovery: Implementing a Cascading Instructional Model.  Other presentations, like New Pathways for Serendipitous Discovery of Library Collections and Agile Strategies for Customizing and Enhancing Discovery Interfaces, join together web design and technical services as they look at how building better interfaces increases the discovery and thereby the promotion of materials.  Finally, some sessions center around more traditional ideas of outreach, marketing and communication, including two case studies examining promotion of streaming media and Flipster, along with how to improve one’s communication using rhetorical analysis.  Together, these talks and posters show the wide variety of methods and collaborations used to promote electronic resources throughout libraries.

Prepared by: 

Kate Hill
2019 ER&L Program Planning Committee Member

Electronic Resources Librarian & Assistant Professor
UNC Greensboro

 


6. Scholarly Communication & Library Publishing

Track 6, Scholarly Communication & Library Publishing, is small but scrappy. The 5 sessions cover vastly different areas of the topic from open publishing and OERs to campus communication and student entrepreneurship to scholarly piracy. Each session will contextualizing the library role in these issues and give helpful guidance in navigating the obstacles and pitfalls. The track demonstrates that scholarly communication is an ever-shifting topic that demands our continued attention. Whatever session you choose to attend, your thinking about publishing and the scholarly record will be expanded.

Prepared by: 

Steven Harris
2019 ER&L Program Planning Committee Member

Assistant Dean of Libraries
University of Nevada – Reno


7. Emerging Technologies & Trends

Ready to leverage both open sources and commercial products to create efficiencies for you and help meet the information needs of your institution’s users? Would you like ideas on outreach to faculty, students and IT, or on learning to utilize third party tools, or perhaps implementing new systems using best practices? Keeping up with all the new tools available to librarians is a constant challenge. Why not get a head start by checking out the fantastic presentations offering in the Emerging Technologies and Trends conference track?

Prepared by: 

Julie Loder
2019 ER&L Program Planning Committee Member

Director of Acquisitions and eResources
Vanderbilt University


8. Data Science in Libraries

This track was creating in partnership with Chris Erdmann from Library Carpentries. 

“In the IMLS funded Shifting to Data Savvy report, one of the top recommendations highlighted the need for a venue where libraries can share their data science-related work. ER&L seemed like a perfect venue to do this. Bonnie and the organizers are always looking to support new approaches in libraries and to find ways to integrate them into the overall program. It seemed like a great way to include more people in the conversation.”

Chris Erdmann
Library Carpentries

“After working with Chris and a team at the University of Pittsburgh, I knew I wanted to bring more sessions on data science to ER&L. There’s a lot we still haven’t explored in terms of how we can best utilize data science to improve our organizations and services for our communities. Hopefully our line-up as well as other sessions at ER&L will get us thinking more about data science in libraries.”

Bonnie Tijerina
Founder of ER&L