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


Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L) is pleased to offer online education opportunities in partnership with Library Journal to support the professional development of information professionals managing electronic resources in the digital world.

Libraries & the Changing Scholarly Environment

As scholars use new digital tools and resources to expand their scope of research and teaching, libraries are evolving to support them. While some of these tools and resources reside within the infrastructure of the library, others sit outside of it. This is a trend that cascades across all academic disciplines, from the humanities to the sciences, with often varying needs from disparate researchers. These different needs have led libraries to develop a wide range of service models to support curricular and research needs at their institutions. Learn about these tools, resources, and services and how they can further your interactions with researchers and help you support curricular innovation. Engage in discussions with colleagues who are helping their libraries reimagine services and evolve to support for their communities.

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Session 1: “Case Studies for Open Science”

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT

The Open Science initiative aims to make research and data accessible to and reusable by the broadest possible audience. It encompasses such practices as open publication, open peer review, and open access; and, encourages the “open notebook” approach, in which the process of scientific research is openly shared, often in advance of a project’s completion. Current activities and trends outside of libraries will be described and highlighted, and connected to the roles librarians/libraries can play in helping to make these processes more readily available and adopted. Specific examples of how librarians/libraries are helping to fuel the transition to a more open exchange of scientific information will be discussed.


  • Robin Champieux – Scholarly Communication Librarian, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Heather Coates – Digital Scholarship & Data Management Librarian, IUPUI


  • Jill Emery – Collection Development Librarian, Portland State University


Session 2: “Data Visualization”

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT

Data visualization labs have become a hot trend in academic libraries, and with good reason. Visualization helps scholars interpret, describe, and communicate complex data sets such as census data, image collections, maps, or molecular models.

Over the past few years large, high resolution displays have been appearing in academic libraries. These screens have been integrated to support a variety of research and learning through data visualization, digital scholarship, public engagement, and cross-disciplinary work with digital media.

Now that these displays have been present in libraries for some time the question is how are they being used and who is using them?   Librarians from several academic institutions will share their experiences with data visualization spaces.


  • Mike Nutt – Director of Visualization Services, North Carolina State University Libraries
  • Patrick Rashleigh – Data Visualization Coordinator, Brown University Library
  • Renée Reaume – Head of Digital Media and Technology Services, University of Calgary Libraries


  • Michael Levine-Clark – Interim Dean and Director, University of Denver Libraries


Session 3: “Supporting Big Data Research”

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT

As large datasets have come to be a part of the work and research in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, scholars are rethinking their assumptions, values and methods. This webcast will talk about changes in various disciplines to help librarians think about what their evolving roles of supporting scholars might look like. Bonnie Tijerina of Data & Society will moderate and discuss the results of her work which asked the question: Can research librarians play a key role as a trusted partner in enabling data-oriented technical researchers to better address the ethical, privacy, and access issues that often emerge during the research process? Matt Zook will discuss urban planning and the ways people use and understand cities. Irene Pasquette will talk about the changing data practices in biomedicine, especially with the growth of open data. And, Mark Andrejevic will the disconnect between how researchers think about the data mining process and how people whose data is being collected understand it. With these perspectives, librarians can consider future roles and campus partnerships to support emerging researcher needs.


Bonnie Tijerina, Librarian, Founder of ER&L, and Researcher at Data & Society


  • Matt Zook, Co-Editor of Big Data & Society journal and Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky
  • Irene Pasquette, PhD Candidate at UCLA Information Studies Department
  • Mark Andrejevic, Associate Professor in the Department of Media Studies, Pomona College
  • Bonnie Tijerina, Data & Society Research Institute

Data, Discovery, Readers, and Records — ER&L 2014 In Review

Managing e-resources, developing collections, evaluating user behavior, and making e-content accessible is equal parts challenge and opportunity. This free LJ webcast, developed by Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L), offers attendees a brief look at user’s expectations, how e-content is presented to our users, what we need from our vendor partners to make e-content accessible, and tools to better analyze our user data. –Why Users Won’t Jump Through Library E-Book Hoops and How to Fix It –Using Data Refinement Tools to Improve User Experience –Librarian Adoption of Web-Scale Discovery Services –Where Do MARC Records for eBooks Come From?



  • Elizabeth Winter – Asst. Department Head & Electronic Resources Coordinator, Georgia Tech Library
  • Bonnie Tijerina – Head of E-Resources and Serials, Harvard Library

Can’t make it May 6th? No problem! Register and you will receive an email from Library Journal with the URL to access the archive for this event.


Investigating our Users, Analyzing scholarly impact, and Acting on Results

Now more than ever libraries have access to a lot of data about their user communities. This three-part webcast series, developed in partnership with Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) explores the answers to the following questions: Are we using that data to inform decisions? Are we using the best data available to us? Are we using the right tools to answer our questions? Can we improve services, access, and collection development asking the right questions of this data? And, how can we work with our scholarly communities to support their interest in data about their individual and organizational scholarly output?

This series includes the following sessions:

  • What is a Data-Driven Academic Library?
  • The Evolution of Usage and Impact: Analyzing and Benchmarking Use
  • Measuring Impact: Redefining Scholarly Value Through New Data

These webcasts will touch on just some of the many areas where libraries are gathering, analyzing, and using data to change how they work—fueling your ability to better put this information to work in your libraries.

Session 1: What Is a Data-Driven Academic Library?

This webcast will give an overview of how academic libraries are using data to drive decisions. The presentation will touch on the terminology, tools, services, and data available to libraries and provide real world examples of how academic libraries have used data to enhance services, improve online tools, and develop collections. Sarah Tudesco will also touch on how to communicate data to various stakeholders. Attendees will depart with with a number of resources to learn more including the best books, blogs, journals, Twitter handles and more to continue learning as well as maintain a solid command of the progress and practices of the data-driven academic library.


  • Sarah Tudesco, Assessment Librarian, Yale University
  • Bonnie Tijerina, Head of E-Resources and Serials, Harvard Library

Session 2: The Evolution of Usage: Analyzing and Benchmarking Use

Using usage statistics in various forms has been an important topic for those evaluating library collections, and making purchase and cancellation decisions. New research projects in libraries are amassing and analyzing standardized usage data across many different types of libraries and resources to identify new usage benchmarks for resources. This webcast will highlight a few of these projects and report on what librarians working with them are seeing so far.


  • Emily Guhde, Online Services Librarian, NC Live
  • Jill Morris, Assistant Director, NC Live
  • Michael Levine-Clark, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communications and Collection Services, University of Denver
  • Jason Price, Program Manager, Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium
  • John McDonald, Associate Dean for Collections, University of Southern California


  • Bonnie Tijerina, Head of E-Resources and Serials, Harvard Library

Session 3: Measuring Impact: Redefining Scholarly Value Through New Data

Scholars are looking beyond traditional metrics to show the impact of their work. Publishers are looking to show more value for their content. Librarians are looking to show the way. Everyone is looking at a variety of data sources to determine value in our evolving online world. This webcast will highlight the work scholars and organizations are doing with alternative metrics and article-level usage to expand the definition of scholarly impact.


  • Jason Priem, Co-founder, ImpactStory
  • Gregg Gordon, President & CEO, Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
  • Jennifer Lin, Senior Product Manager, Public Library of Science


  • Bonnie Tijerina, Head of E-Resources and Serials, Harvard Library

Thank you for your interest in ER&L original content. Questions or comments about these webinars and suggestions for future webinars may be directed to Bonnie Tijerina at hello@www.electroniclibrarian.org.