v.22 #2 April 2010 © Katina Strauch
ISSUES, NEWS, & GOINGS ON
Rumors – p. 1
From Your Editor – p. 6
Letters to the Editor – p. 6
Deadlines – p. 6
Electronic Resource Management Systems — Co-Guest Editors, Heather Klusendorf (EBSCO) and Elizabeth Lorbeer (University of Alabama, Birmingham)
Electronic Resource Management Systems: Still Trying to Hit the Moving Target – p. 1
by Heather Klusendorf — Electronic resource management systems are not new but librarians still struggle with e-resource management.
We Can Work It Out: What an ERM Needs – p. 18
by Susan Klimley — The most basic information often required in an ERM is the ability to locate the titles to which that library branch subscribes.
Revisiting Wayne State University’s ERM System: Six Years Later – p. 20
by Nancy Beals — Adopting an ERM system, whether it’s home-grown or purchased, is not as straightforward as many would think.
Electronic Resource Management Systems and the Small to Medium University Library: An Argument for Implementation – p. 22
by Ryan Weir — Electronic resources are always changing and evolving, and the ways in which we strive to provide access are evolving as well.
How Can Publishers Better Support ERMs? – p. 26
by Heather Staines — Despite industry news sites that are crowded with press releases, promotions, and Webinar trainings about ERMs, Heather was surprised to learn that not every library has one.
Implementing the 360 Suite at Indiana State University – p. 30
by George Stachokas — Recognizing that implementation was going to be a daunting task, ISU gave themselves plenty of time to prepare prior to announcing the new system to their patrons.
Re-Inventing the ERM: EBSCO Takes a New Approach to E-Resource Management with the Release of ERM Essentials – p. 32
by Oliver Pesch — It has been nearly six years since ERMI published their groundbreaking report that includes a detailed data dictionary and functional specifications for ERM systems.
Measure for Measure: Librarians Want a More Effective ERM, Results from ERM Systems Usage Trends Survey – p. 34 (FULL TEXT – for subscribers only)
by Heather Klusendorf — According to a recent survey of Against the Grain readers, librarians seem pleased with the level of improvement that ERM systems offer to daily e-resource workflow.
Op Ed – Pelikan’s Antidisambiguation – p. 54
Books: Ownership, Conveyance, Licensure by Michael Pelikan — Digital Rights Management needs to be able to handle all of our uses of eBooks in a manner resembling our uses of printed and bound books.
ATG SPECIAL REPORTS
No Time for Collection Development Policies – p. 42
by Gary Geer — The articles in this special report section describe some challenges to the relevance of the collection policy.
Collection Assessment: A Dubious Investment – p. 42
by Cindy Craig — Does your academic library still evaluate subject collections? Do you refer to any policies when you order books? Your answer to these questions may help determine if collection assessments and policy revisions are still worthwhile.
Purchase-on-Demand: An Overview of the Literature – p. 46
by Marna Hostetler — Although it is not a new idea, Purchase-on-Demand is a trend that has truly come into its own over the last decade.
Developing a Policy for Kindle and iPod Content: One Library’s Experience – p. 47
by Margaret Foote — Kindles and other eBook readers, iPod Touch, and other audio files are beginning to be made available to library users and despite technology, the content for both still requires some sort of policy.
A Fire To Be Kindled – p. 49
by Matthew Landau — The motto at Remington College is to provide “real skills for the real world,” but Matthew says he feels they do much more than that.
Focus versus Breadth in Special Collections – p. 50
by Patrick Scott — Everyone knows that Special Collections are expensive, and different, and those two “facts” have largely determined the conventional wisdom about how to plan (and justify) expenditures for them.
Patrick C. Sommers – p. 58
Marilyn Johnson – p. 62
by Dennis Brunning
Book Reviews – p. 55
Monographic Musings by Deb Vaughn — In this issue, read about several new titles from ALA.
From the Reference Desk – p. 57
Reviews of Reference Titles by Tom Gilson — One of Tom’s reviews includes the Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.
Edited by Bryan Carson, Bruce Strauch, and Jack Montgomery
Legally Speaking – p. 64 (FULL TEXT – for subscribers only)
Why Talk About Legal & Ethical Issues? by Bryan M. Carson and Herbert L. Carson — Those who use technology need to be aware of legal and ethical issues.
Questions and Answers – p. 67 (FULL TEXT – for subscribers only)
by Laura Gasaway — A community college regularly films the lectures of speakers invited to speak on campus. In order to place a video copy of the talk online, must the institution seek permission?
Biz of Acq – p. 68
Video Streaming Services at Indiana University Bloomington by Jo McClamroch and Monique Threatt — Ten years ago, Media Librarians speculated that the DVD would last over the next 100 years. Now it is predicted that the DVD might see the way of the dinosaur within the next ten years.
From the University Press – p. 70 (FULL TEXT – for subwscribers only)
Why I Hate the BISAC Codes by Sanford G. Thatcher — In this article Sandy aims to demonstrates more fully why the BISAC codes so ill-serve the academic community and the scholarly publishers that support it.
@Brunning: People & Technology – p. 72
At the only Edge that Means Anything/How We Understand What We Do by Dennis Brunning — In a flat growth industry the growth of eBook sales, although small, looms large.
Group Therapy – p. 74
Textbook Purchasing by Jack Montgomery – This one is about textbook purchasing policies. Does your library have one?
Booklover – p. 75
Simply Letters by Donna Jacobs — This month Donna talks about the German works of Herta Müller.
BOOKSELLING AND VENDING
Notes from Mosier – p. 8
March of the Dinosaurs by Scott Smith — This is about shaping the new opportunities to come!
Bet You Missed It – p. 12
by Bruce Strauch — What do the iPad and Facebook have in common? Read it here.
Under the Hood – p. 14
Buy, Build, or Borrow by Xan Arch — What if instead of buying an ERMS product, we build just the functions we need? Or borrow the work of others?
Lost in Austin – p. 63
by Tom Leonhardt — Tom just attended Sul Lee’s Conference at the U. of Oklahoma and tells us all about it.
Building Library Collections in the 21st Century – p. 76
Making Hay While the Sun Shines, or Being Laid up When the Snow Falls by Arlene Sievers-Hill — What do you do, and what happens when your department head isn’t there?
Something To Think About – p. 77
Gifting is a Gift by Tinker Massey — Build your public relations and they will take care of you later.
Library Perspective, Vendor Response – p. 78
by Robin Champieux and Steven Carrico — A column devoted to discussing issues affecting library acquisitions, library vendors, and the services and products they supply to academic libraries and the publishing marketplace.
Little Red Herrings – p. 79 (FULL TEXT – for subscribers only)
Living on the Fringe by Mark Herring — Just when you thought the news could not get any worse for libraries, a new twist emerges on an old theme.
Issues in Vendor/Library Relations – p. 80
“I Am the Only Bay of Pigs Librarian” by Bob Nardini — A discussion with Sal Miranda.
Acquisitions Archaeology – p. 82
The Demise of Software as a Thing, or “It’s the End of the World as we Know It” by Jesse Holden — A look into ATG September 1990.
TECHNOLOGY AND STANDARDS
Technology Left Behind – p. 83
Letting the Patron Drive by Cris Ferguson — Shrinking budgets and limited financial resources have made it increasingly important for libraries to spend their money wisely.
I Hear the Train A Comin’ – p. 84
Cornell Hosting arXiv by Greg Tananbaum — Greg recently had the pleasure of speaking with Terry Ehling about arXiv.
Standards Column – p. 86 (FULL TEXT – for subscribers only)
eBook Identification: Disrupting the Tried and True ISBN System by Todd Carpenter — The International Standard Book Number has been very popular. However, like all things impacted by the expansion of digital information, the ISBN system is increasingly being strained by the proliferation of electronic books.
Charleston Conference 2010 – p. 8
NASIG 25th Anniversary – p. 12
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.