ER&L Tracks

The Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference tracks are updated by our Program Planning Committee. The 2017 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 it for years. Which systems and tools can be used to manage electronic resources more effectively? What kinds of challenges are new formats posing? How are we rearranging our workflows to find solutions to e-resources problems? What can we achieve through more thoughtful licensing? How can standards and best practices assist our efforts?

  • Managing multiple formats (including digital audio/video and data)
  • Managing/delivering content at the article level
  • e-Books
  • ERMS
  • Next-gen ILS/LMS/URM
  • Standards and best practices
  • New acquisitions models
  • Workflows
  • Licensing issues
  • Preservation and archiving electronic information
  • Licensing and pricing for text mining/data mining

2. Collection Development & Assessment

How do we demonstrate value to our larger organizations? Are our collection and analytic processes as efficient as they could be? Can collecting data be easier? How can we best analyze what we collect?

  • Extracting and analyzing electronic resource data
  • Creating value for the customer
  • Using analytics/data mining
  • Calculating ROI and showing value to funding bodies
  • Local content
  • Deselection
  • Free resources
  • Altmetrics

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 shift and improved communication? Where are there opportunities for internal collaboration? Where do we still need to open up communications?

  • Staffing
  • Leadership
  • Collaborative internal relationships for e-resources support
  • Communications: intra-departmental communication, collegial and managerial communication issues
  • Inter-departmental cooperation
  • Preparing personnel for change
  • Institutional pressures

4. External Relationships

In the digital world, libraries don’t stand alone. They work closely with consortia, vendors, other libraries, and intermediaries. Are all these relationships working? Are we getting the most out of our relationships 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

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? How can we demonstrate to users the value of libraries and create a better user experience?

  • Marketing/promoting e-resources to your users
  • Information literacy
  • User experience
  • Discovery systems
  • Accessibility

6. Scholarly Communication

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?

  • Copyright
  • Rights metadata
  • Scholarly communication
  • Educating on open access
  • Altmetrics
  • Open access publications and data
  • Open peer review
  • Open educational resources
  • Digital rights management

7. Library as Publisher

What role can the library play in the creation and distribution of the products of scholarship and creativity?

  • OA journal publishing
  • Data curation
  • Locally digitized materials
  • Institutional and disciplinary repositories
  • Open educational resources
  • Library-university press partnerships
  • Teaching patrons about self-publishing options

8. Emerging Technologies & Trends

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

  • New technologies to reach users in the digital environment
  • Latest tools and ideas for use in libraries
  • Use of open-source software in libraries
  • Use of mobile devices in libraries
  • Evaluation and assessment of technologies
  • Libraries & online learning, including MOOCs
  • Linked data
  • 3D printing
  • Librarian-as-coder

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