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Ford, Lyle; O'Hara, Lisa Hanson; Whiklo, Jared – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
The reference collection traditionally rewards serendipity by presenting key resources in a compact group. At the University of Manitoba Libraries, reference collection space is at a premium and, increasingly, electronic versions of reference materials are selected for purchase. However, our space saving comes at a cost: Our patrons can't browse…
Descriptors: Research Libraries, Reference Materials, Foreign Countries, Reference Services
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Emery, Jill – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
Social networking tools have been getting quite a bit of press in libraryland for the past couple of years. It is considered to be one of the key aspects of a library joining what is referred to as the Library 2.0 movement. In this context, social networking is seen as a library service or library outreach mechanism that utilizes popular social…
Descriptors: Information Science, Social Networks, Library Services, Librarians
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Grogg, Jill E. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
Library schools may be teaching some of the theoretical framework necessary to perform the duties of electronic resource librarianship. However, a gap remains "between practical needs, as expressed in position descriptions, and the theoretical way in which library school courses address those needs." To fill this gap, professional associations…
Descriptors: Library Schools, Resource Materials, Electronic Libraries, Theory Practice Relationship
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Taylor, Lisa – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
The book has made the transition to the digital age; that much is certain. However, the jury is still out on what form or forms the book of the future will take and how libraries will adapt. This article is a look at the impact of digital books on public library acquisitions, including available formats, purchasing considerations, functional…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Books, Media Adaptation, Public Libraries
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Wheeler, William – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
This article is about how information is gathered in organizations to make decisions. There is actually a long history in economics on this topic, called the "economics of information," but this is a bare beginning on the topic for libraries, suggesting only a few patterns from observation and a few literatures that might help with the challenge.…
Descriptors: Libraries, Information Centers, Institutional Mission, Strategic Planning
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Grogg, Jill E. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
While mission statements for various libraries and information centers necessarily vary, all librarians face "two very pressing charges: make voluminous numbers of electronic resources as visible as possible in a landscape of multiple access points and simultaneously manage all the technology, tasks, and data necessary to facilitate such…
Descriptors: Librarians, Libraries, Information Centers, Institutional Mission
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Murray, Adam – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
Designed to assist with the management of e-resources, electronic resource management (ERM) systems are time- and fund-consuming to purchase and maintain. Questions of system compatibility, data population, and workflow design/redesign can be difficult to answer; sometimes those answers are not what we'd prefer to hear. The two primary functions…
Descriptors: Management Systems, Electronic Publishing, Library Administration, Web Sites
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Grogg, Jill E. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
Electronic resource management (ERM) systems have inundated the library marketplace. Both integrated library systems (ILS) vendors and subscription agents are now offering products and service enhancements that claim to help libraries efficiently manage their electronic resources. Additionally, some homegrown and open-source solutions have emerged…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Resource Materials, Management Systems, Access to Information
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Axford, Mary; Renfro, Crystal – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
The purpose of this article is to review some of the key directories of Internet resources, with a special focus on those that announce new academic-quality resources. Significant facets of the directories that will be incorporated in the discussion include scope of coverage, update frequency, identification of any e-mail alerts or RSS feeds…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Directories, Internet, State of the Art Reviews
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Emery, Jill – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
It has been a decade since the first aggregator journal packages began to become available at academic and public libraries throughout the United States of America. During these 10 years, the library and information science community has published numerous articles on the pros and cons of this method of delivery and these collections, more than…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, Electronic Journals, Delivery Systems
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Buczynski, James A. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
Libraries are integrating Web 2.0 services into work practices, positioning themselves in online social environments, and deploying enhanced search and discovery tools. Collections conversely are not progressing to the same degree. Like many public services today, library budgets are stained. User-pay options are appearing in library systems,…
Descriptors: Library Services, Internet, Social Networks, Information Technology
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King, Douglas – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
In the last issue, this journal asked a question on many librarians' minds, and it was pleased with the depth and variety of responses. As suggested by this journal editorial board member Oliver Pesch, readers were asked, "Many libraries have gone to federated searching to win users back from Google. Is it working?" Respondents approached the…
Descriptors: Internet, Web Sites, Computer Software, Synthesis
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Singer, Ross – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
As the corpus of gray literature grows and the price of serials rises, it becomes increasingly important to explore ways to integrate the free and open Web seamlessly into one's collections. Users, after all, are discovering these materials all the time via sites such as Google Scholar and Scirus or by searching arXiv.org or CiteSeer directly.…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Electronic Publishing, Publishing Industry, Information Dissemination
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McDonald, Robert H.; Thomas, Chuck – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
Research libraries traditionally have focused their efforts on building local collections to support the research needs of their organizations and providing for the discovery and use of resources within these collections. The emergence in recent years of disciplinary and institutional digital repositories presents new challenges for research…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Research Libraries, Research Needs, Library Services
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Singer, Ross – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
As libraries' collections increasingly go digital, so too does their dependence on knowledgebases to access and maintain these electronic holdings. Somewhat different from other library-based knowledge management systems (catalogs, institutional repositories, etc.), the data found in the knowledgebases of link resolvers or electronic resource…
Descriptors: Knowledge Management, Databases, Management Systems, Participative Decision Making
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