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Free CE and Training This Week – March 30 – April 3

2015 March 29
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full monthly listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Wednesday April 1, 2015

How to Kill Your Book Club (Or Never Be Asked Back Again) (NCompass Live)
On this April 1st, we take a light-hearted look at the many ways you can bring your book group to a grinding halt or never be invited again. Enjoy our tips, tricks, and techniques for book club doom! Join Vicki Wood, Library Youth Services Supervisor at Lincoln City Libraries, Ceri Daniels, former librarian at Cline Williams and Doane College, and Lisa Kelly, Nebraska Library Commission – as they present lessons learned (and wish they hadn’t learned) from leading book groups.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

I Reject Your Reality and Substitute My Own: Information Access and Civil Discourse in the Digital Age (Georgia Carterette)
In this webinar, Brandy Horne will outline different factors that can influence, and even hinder, our ability to access information in a digital environment, and she’ll discuss how the information we do access can ultimately impact our ability to engage in civil discourse. Finally, addressing some possibly conflicting directives from ALA documents, such as the Core Values of Librarianship and the Code of Ethics, we’ll look at how libraries might strike a balance between showing patrons how to find the information they need and helping them to find the information they want.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Transform Teaching and Learning with Digital Tools (AASL)
Students and teachers can have varying levels of engagement with technology in the classroom and library. Mobile technology adds new dimension to this experience. At what level is this technology being used to enhance student learning, and at what level is it being used to truly transform education? In this webinar, participants will explore selected mobile apps from the past two years of AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning and learn how to inspire and engage students with mobile technology.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

Thursday April 2, 2015
ProQuest – TexShare Online Training (TSLAC)
Did you know that HeritageQuest Online is now powered by Ancestry.com? Join us for our New HeritageQuest Online powered by Ancestry.com What’s New webinar! One of our talented ProQuest Training & Consulting Partners will walk you through all of the exciting changes. This course covers the new search pages for the Census, Books, Revolutionary War, and Freedman’s Bank collections, new content, new Interactive Image Viewer and save/print/email tools, and the new Research Aids and Maps features. You will also see how to access support, help pages, and the new LibGuide.
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

 

Opportunity to Spotlight Your Adult Literacy Programming!

2015 March 26
by Jennifer Peters

Is your library doing innovative and exciting adult literacy programming? Consider presenting a session at the 2015 Literacy Texas Conference, to be held August 3-5 in San Marcos, TX.  There were several well-attended presentations by librarians at last year’s conference, which was attended by several hundred people. This is also a great opportunity to network and build relationships with nonprofit literacy leaders from around the state. Click to access the workshop presentation application and to learn more about the conference.

SXSW Interactive 2015: Future Perfected, part 2

2015 March 25
by Henry Stokes

sxsw-interactive-logo As I posted in part 1 of my wrap-up of the 2015 South-by-Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) conference, there was much exploration of what the world will be like in the post-smartphone era.   So what’s the next evolutionary step beyond our beloved handheld mini-computers?

According to the designers at Frogdesign, who presented a session at SXSWi, we may be using wearable drones just 15 years from now.

That’s right: wearable drones.

Why drones? Well, they’re the next logical leap forward. Current drone technology actually inherited a lot of its tech from smartphones (its cameras, gyroscopes, etc.).  They’ve even been nicknamed, “flying smartphones.”  Current drones do a lot of the same things as their grounded, flightless precursors: capturing protests, helping their users take selfies (or “dronies”), and even projecting interfaces on surfaces. Check out this video showing a prototype for Antonymous Wandering Interface (AWI) if you want to see the latter in action:

Drones are special because, unlike smartphones, smart-glasses, watches, or other wearable tech, they can go out and perform physical tasks for you.  That’s pretty handy. Imagine a near future when people will have their own personal drones, ones that integrate directly into their lives (in other words,  are wearable).

Frogdesign brainstormed a number of  ideas for what this could look like and shared four conceptual prototypes at SXSWi:

1) Pollution detector mask, called “Breathe”

“Breathe is a wearable drone that protects against air pollution in the city. This oval-shaped drone is made from a flexible plastic ‘lung’ and contains a small propeller at its base for both flight and air intake. It gently rests on its owner’s shoulder while monitoring the level of air pollution nearby. When levels become too polluted, the drone launches from the shoulder to supply fresh, filtered air by hovering several inches in front of its owner’s mouth.”

 2) Navigation guide, called “Flare”

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“Flare is a wearable drone that assists with navigation in the city. This compass-inspired drone is made of glass and metal that clicks into an acrylic palm strap. The owner instructs the drone where to go via voice control and launches the drone with a quick flick of the wrist. After launching, the glass illuminates and rotates within the metal ring. The drone guides its owner through the city by flying several meters ahead until they reach their destination.”

3) Flying umbrella, called “Parasol”

“Parasol is a wearable drone that shields against weather in the city. This drone takes on a compact, cylindrical form and is made of gold as if it were a highly fashionable piece of jewelry. The drone hooks onto a belt or necklace and uses onboard humidity sensors and a thermometer to signal the exact moment it needs to protect against solar rays, rain or snow. After launching, the drone’s propellers spread into a large disk, adjusting its position to continuously shield off the elements.”

4) Rock climbing game, called “Scout”

“Scout is a wearable drone that facilitates exercise and play in the city. This drone is a highly durable sphere with a rugged rubber case, and it snaps into a magnetized clip that doubles as a health monitor. Once thrown into the air, Scout’s propellers expand and it quickly becomes a fast-paced rock climbing game. The drone projects an interactive interface onto the cliff face and maps out a route that challenges the user’s endurance and pace.”

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It’s fun to imagine what these personal drones will be like.  Beyond the above visualizations from Frogdesign, I can see them being used to return or pick up loaned materials from the local library (a “drone-loan”?). Perhaps a library-owned drone will greet visitors as they arrive and project a catalog interface on the wall for patrons to interact with.  When a particular material is selected, the drone will then navigate the patron to the desired resource or service area.  Or perhaps it doesn’t have to be library-owned; one’s trusty personal drone could simply download the appropriate abilities upon immediately entering (flying onto) library property, and then take on the task of being a newly-minted, personal library assistant.

One wearable drone that’s actually going to be on the market soon is Nixie, a bracelet that can turn into a flying camera drone. It’s perfect for taking dronies.  (you know, I really hope that term doesn’t catch on.)


What’s beyond wearables?

Forget your physical objects and devices; we won’t always need them. Take Biyo, for example – a product that lets you make purchases with your hand. It identifies you by recognizing the unique veins in your palm.  And it’s not just veins – there other biometrics (blood flow measuring, EKG patterns, e.g.) being looked at that can be used to authenticate your identity. You can forget passwords in the future (and not accidentally). I saw a number of sessions at SXSWi discussing the ‘Death of the Password’.   Like we expect to do with smartphones, we’ll be moving to a post-password world.  Futurists predict we’ll stop using letter and number combinations altogether – they’re far too insecure and difficult for users to recall.

 

So how will we prove our identity and credentials? Two types discussed at SXSWi were:

1) Embeddables – We might embed microchips under the skin that can be scanned.  The most mind-blowing possibility I heard about was a chip placed within the brain that would enable to us simply think of a specific memory,  one known only to us, and that this mere recollection would activate the  log-in and passcode to authenticate us.

2) Ingestibles – Imagine swallowing a daily I.D. pill at work to allow you access to company resources or taking a daily WiFi pill to bypass the security on the network.  These ingested devices would enable one to avoid chip-embedding surgery and they’ll eventually leave the body, taking their identifying powers with them.  They’re great if you only want to provide temporary access to a resource.


 

Of course, this is all just the tip of the iceberg.  And there are numerous ramifications to these technologies still to be worked out, with analysis and discussion (as one finds at the SXSWi conference) just getting started.  What does it mean for privacy and the dangers of identity hacking?  With Big Data and the Internet of Things (see part 1) – in which all the objects in our lives are collecting, sharing, and broadcasting data about us – many questions and concerns are being raised, chief among them being who will own this data, and how will it be used?

In this future world that is just within our reach and getting closer, digital literacy becomes absolutely essential. And who is in the key position to provide digital literacy to the community now and in the future?  The Library.

Time for New Tech Tools with Tine

2015 March 25
by Henry Stokes

Tech Tools with Tine webinars are back! In each 1 hour webinar, library technology consultant and trainer Tine Walczyk discusses a different technology topic or tool.

Starting April 24 , we’ve got five more in the series covering the following topics:

 

Social Media, part 1: Needs Analysis
Friday, April 24
10 AM to 11 AM CST
Tine’s offering a 3 part series on different aspects of social media use by libraries. Topics discussed in part 1 include when to use which tools, conducting user surveys, meeting your patrons where they live online, and thinking through your purpose for using social media.

Social Media, part 2: Marketing Strategy
Friday, May 1
10 AM to 11 AM CST
Tine’s offering a 3 part series on different aspects of social media use by libraries. Topics discussed in part 2 include outreach best practices, scheduling of information releases, and marketing coordination – both for creating the message and distributing it.

Social Media, part 3: Engaging Patrons
Friday, May 8
10 AM to 11 AM CST
Tine’s offering a 3 part series on different aspects of social media use by libraries. Topics discussed in part 3 include examples of what libraries are doing with social media, developing support parameters, and recommendations on how to get patrons involved and engaged..

Online Fundraising
Friday, May 22
10 AM to 11 AM CST
Tine will take a look at some of the fundraising campaign and donation tools available, as well as strategies for raising funds for current projects, building a funding pool for the future, and encouraging donor retention.

Arduino
Friday, May 29
10 AM to 11 AM CST
Arduino are mail-order kits for building digital and interactive devices. Find out what it is, what it can be used for, how to get it, and receive some basic instruction on how to program with it! Come away with the tools to complete your first project and learn about the community to keep your knowledge building.

Register now to reserve your spot:

https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/techtools.html

SXSW Interactive 2015: Future Perfected, part 1

2015 March 24
by Henry Stokes

sxsw-interactive-logo I recently attended the 2015  South-by-Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) conference, and perhaps the biggest take-away I got from the 5 days worth of informative panels and sessions was a focus on making the long-desired (previously pipe-) dreams of the future become a reality sooner rather than later.

When I’ve attended in the past, there seemed to be more of an emphasis on the present: What was the newest, most exciting thing happening right now?  Which trendy app with the most buzz can I download to my smartphone and get in on the ground floor of the Next Big Thing?  New social media tools such as Twitter were first launched here, after all.  But this year, I noticed SXSWi had its eyes less on what is in our hands now and more on what is just out of our reach. It’s become the world’s best think-tank for discussing, planning, and preparing for the future that we’ve all been pining for since our youth – one filled with robots, flying / self-driving cars, and virtual reality.

It’s a future that’s right around the corner in fact – and libraries will need to be ready.

Smartphone Shmartphone.

I heard more than once that we have entered the “post-smartphone era” – a strange thing to hear since smartphones are more popular than ever. But for the forward-thinkers at SXSWi, they are mere objects in our hands that have to be lugged around everywhere – limited (and limiting) personal devices that have little integration into our life.  Instead, there’s a desire to have everything around us be smart – not just our phones, and to have them be woven seamlessly into our day-to-day existence. The way to achieve this is to make them wearable.  Wearable Technology is going to be the next big step beyond the smartphone, and the large number of sessions discussing the topic at SXSWi is a testament to that fact.  The conference itself fell just a week after Apple made its big announcement revealing their new Apple Watch.

Beyond wearability, there’s also a desire to have the objects in our lives be responsive to our needs (that’s where the “smart” comes in to play). Nicknamed the “Internet of Things”, this is the idea that the world we inhabit will be more fully interconnected. For example, a smart home might know to turn the lights on when you enter a room, or the refrigerator will alert you that your milk is expired. The gentleman in front of me in line for our conference badges was actually working on making a smart gas tank for the home – one that could alert you if there was a dangerous leak.  Your things will know they’re broken and will tell you so.  And they will know you personally – your habits and preferences – so they can respond predictively to what you want them to do.

So how does that work?

Sensors, Sensors Everywhere.

It’s all about sensors, which will be built into everything. And with huge amounts of data now capable of being stored in the Cloud and transmitted via broadband, there will be a whole world of interconnected data from multiple sources swirling all around us.  Numerous sessions at SXSWi set about discussing the implications of “Big Data”.

To illustrate what this might look like, here are two areas of our lives that could be dramatically affected by Big Data and the Internet of Things…

1)      Emergency response

Radar_speed_sign_-_close-up_-_under_limitHere’s an early, proto-version of the smart object: your friendly neighborhood speed radar sign. These receive data from the sensor in the road or camera and then provide you, the driver, immediate feedback on you and your fellow drivers’ current speeds. And it works – use of these signs cuts down  speeding dramatically.  In one SXSWi session I attended, the idea was proposed: what if you made these signs even smarter? What if it collected data from all the cars, took in data about current weather and traffic patterns, and provided you a recommended speed based on the immediate situation?

Have you heard of Shotspotter? These already exist in some neighborhoods: microphones placed in high crime areas can recognize gunshots within 10 feet and immediately alert police so they can investigate.
For the future, imagine the roads themselves telling pedestrians that a crime event is occurring nearby and to steer clear, with prominent impromptu road signage automatically generated to direct traffic. The responders themselves could have smart glasses that use facial recognition software to identify individuals, and have personal tracking set up on their person. Too stressed to handle the event? A supervisor can read the signs and pull the officer from the situation. How about crowdsourcing emergency assistance? The people in your neighborhood with CPR skills could be alerted immediately if their services are needed near their location. Actually, this one already exists. Check out the app PulsePoint.

2)      Genealogy

1A big topic of interest for library patrons since time immemorial, I predict it’s about to become even bigger with Big Data.  Crowdsourcing and Internet collaboration has allowed more people to figure out their ancestry and connect to each than ever before.  It’s predicted that in twenty years, we will have put together one single giant family tree, with every human being on it.  Imagine if you could look at a stranger on the street and immediately be alerted that they are your fourth cousin, twice removed.  This could definitely get children more excited about history (Albert Einstein is actually Cousin Albert) and might even (fingers crossed) improve human relations the world over – hey, we’re all part of the same family, and the data coming in proves it!

 

…to be continued.

Licensing Electronic Resources (Chapter Six of Technology for Small and One-Person Libraries)

2015 March 24
by Holly Gordon

ycdi_buttonThis week we will continue with the 7th blog reviewing the LITA guide Technology for Small and One-Person Libraries, which the State Library sent to public libraries serving populations under 25,000. This book has great information about many aspects of technology in libraries.

Chapters 5 and 6 discuss issues with Electronic Resources, so I asked Russlene Waukechon, the TexShare Database Coordinator to review these chapters for us — Thanks Russlene!

In Chapter Six we go a little deeper into dealing with electronic resources and discuss licensing e-resources discussing agreements and negotiations. Sound like fun? Let’s start.

Before the era of e-resources libraries purchased physical resources but with the advent of electronic resources libraries subscribe to or lease electronic resources and that’s a key difference. If you decide you want to subscribe to an electronic resource you’ll be dealing with an electronic license and leasing it either directly from the publisher or from a content aggregator such as EBSCO or ProQuest. Just like with any legal transaction you’ll want to read the license and understand what you are purchasing.

This chapter provides a great checklist for your use which is taken from a work I have used many times, Lesley Ellen Harris’s Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians. This book is available for you to checkout out through TSLAC’s Library Science Collection.  Another great resource is ALA’s online e-course available here: “Copyright & Electronic Resource Management” by Lesley Ellen Harris.

The rest of the Chapter 6 discusses negotiations and alternatives to signing a lengthy license by opting to use a SERU (Shared E-Resource Understanding). Fortunately, as a TexShare member library these tasks are taken care of for you! That’s one of the benefits of TexShare membership; we handle all of the purchasing, licensing and negotiations for the electronic resources found in the core TexShare menu and in the TexSelect optional resources.

We’re always here to help with any questions you have about electronic resources. You can reach us at: databases@tsl.texas.gov

Check out these other technology resources:
You Can Do I.T.: Basic Network Technology Training workshops
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Annual Report Webinar Tomorrow; Technology Workshops Next Week

2015 March 23

A reminder for Texas public library staff that our Reporting Errors Workbook 2014 for the Texas Public Library Annual Report Webinar is tomorrow from 10 to 11am CDT:

Texas public libraries complete the Public Libraries Annual Report each year. Once your library’s report is submitted, staff at TSLAC complete an analysis of the data for any potential errors or accreditation issues. You are then sent a reporting errors workbook, which outlines the accreditation issues, possible errors, and any requests for clarifications. Learn how to quickly determine whether the library’s report needs amending or if your library may have an accreditation issue. You will also learn how to use the workbook to assist in planning for the next year’s report. Registration is available here: http://bit.ly/18Tfyy4

Also, there are still openings for the You Can Do I.T. Basic Network Technology workshops in West Texas: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/youcandoit

Free CE and Training This Week – March 16-20

2015 March 22
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full March listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday March 17, 2015

Building STEAM with Día: The Whys and Hows to Getting Started (ALSC)
Did you know that minorities are underrepresented in STEAM education and professional fields, and that children of color routinely score below their white peers in math and science? Whether you are new to STEAM or have offered STEAM programs before, this webinar will equip you with tools and resources to ensure that your STEAM programming reaches the full spectrum of your community. Amy Koester, Youth and Family Program Coordinator at Skokie Public Library, has written about STEAM in youth librarianship for the ALSC Blog, School Library Journal, Children and Libraries, and LibrarySparks. She shares library programs, services, and musings on her blog The Show Me Librarian.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: New Titles for Spring 2015 (Booklist)
Don’t miss this free, hour-long continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from three publishers in this booming field: 12-Story Library, DK Publishing, and Penguin Young Readers. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor Julia Smith.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Beyond Book Displays: Helping Readers Help Themselves (LJ)
Behavior studies show that more and more people visiting libraries want to find materials and information on their own. This presents a challenge for librarians: how can they best help these self-directed readers? While many libraries use traditional strategies with book displays and bibliographies, today’s readers need more. This webinar will share the latest results of patron browsing behaviors and offer innovative practices to help you engage patrons with passive programming ideas and self-directed pathways.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 18, 2015
6 Winning Practices for Engaging Your Employees: Proven Methods from FranklinCovey (AMA)
All too often we hear corporate leaders say that people are their company’s most valuable asset. They genuinely believe it; but are they intentional about creating and reinforcing their culture, how they lead, and what is woven into the fabric of their organization to leverage that “most valuable” asset? In this compelling webcast, representatives from FranklinCovey, the company that brought you the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, discuss the key elements of a winning culture where everyone leads.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

Assisting Patrons with E-Readers: Tactics for Teaching and Troubleshooting (TechSoup)
Do you help library patrons with e-readers? E-Readers have changed the way people consume information – and the way libraries operate. The challenge is that there are so many different types of e-readers and e-books that patrons can get confused by what to download. Come to this free webinar to learn tips and tricks for how you can provide better assistance and customer service to library patrons with e-readers.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Thursday March 19, 2015
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Building Partnerships in Small Rural Communities (TLA)
This session will give ideas on how to form relationships with nonlibrary organizations that have the same goals as a library. The facilitators have experience with organizations such as Rotary, local theatre, literacy volunteers, institutions of worship, YMCA, schools and colleges, the Department of Labor, the Society for Creative Anachronism, and others to build programming and advocacy for the library.
Time: 11-12:00 p.m.

The Pursuit of Happiness…Through Libraries (WebJunction)
Research points to how we can increase happiness and a sense of well-being in ourselves and others. Using interactive activities, participants will discover methods to improve joy, shift workplace culture, and offer programs for the public on happiness. You will walk away with a smile and a plan. An encore presentation of the highest rated session from this year’s conference, this webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.
Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

Free CE and Training This Week – March 23-27

2015 March 22
by Christina Manz

Here’s a weekly reminder of free training on the web. Confirm date and time when you pre-register, or follow the links for archive information. Webinars listed in Central Time. See the full March listing, and check the calendar to see what’s happening today.

Tuesday March 24, 2015

Reporting Errors Workbook 2014 for the Texas Public Library Annual Report (TSLAC)
Texas public libraries complete the Public Libraries Annual Report each year. Once your library’s report is submitted, staff at TSLAC complete an analysis of the data for any potential errors or accreditation issues. You are then sent a reporting errors workbook, which outlines the accreditation issues, possible errors, and any requests for clarifications. Learn how to quickly determine whether the library’s report needs amending or if your library may have an accreditation issue. You will also learn how to use the workbook to assist in planning for the next year’s report.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Responding to a Budget Crisis (ALA)
Learn how to develop a campaign for your library in a budget crisis. Friends of the Dallas (Texas) Public Library was one of 20 recipients of the Neal-Schuman Citizens-Save-Libraries grants. The library had experienced budget cuts of 40%, leaving it the worst funded urban library system in the country. The Friends used their training to develop an advocacy plan that resulted in the library receiving an additional $3.8 million to hire 92 full-time employees, allowing the library to open 12 branches for 50 hours a week.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Community Curation, Data Alchemy, and Bleeding Edge News (TLA)
Learn how to strengthen the library’s role as a critical community partner. The speaker explains how libraries can employ news aggregation, community curation, and “data alchemy” to create (and create demand for) value-added community news and information. An auto-generated newspaper tool, web-based local history projects and leveraging civic data give every library the potential to develop new collaborations to reach new audiences. Innovative partnerships around easy online tools can help libraries define how their entire community is perceived.
Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (NCompass Live)
In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Adam Matthew Texas History Month Webinar (TexShare)
To celebrate Texas History Month  Adam Matthew presents a new 30 minute training webinar.  This free webinar is a tour of The American West and American Indian Histories and Cultures databases.
Time: 11-11:30 a.m.

Got Big Data? Big Data and School Libraries (TLA)
From Google’s Ngram Viewer to Twitter Trends, from the World Bank to Google Public Data Explorer, the prevalence of Big Data (and its analysis and collection) opens a door to new kinds of integrated library instruction for many classes. Librarians can teach their students how to access and manipulate “raw” data for their work as well as how to understand how it is used in contemporary society. The ease of access to data collection tools (such as online surveys) means that data analysis is a good teachable skill that librarians can introduce to students for both school work and everyday life.
Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Thursday March 26, 2015
“How Do I Apply to College?” Helping Patrons Meet Their Higher Education Goals (WebJunction)
As information and education centers, libraries are an ideal place for patrons—teens and adults—to learn about higher education opportunities. What can you offer in response to patrons who are curious about college? If you or your staff feel flummoxed by college-related reference questions, this session will acquaint you with the different types of college-bound students, college-related resources to promote at your library, and ways to work with community partners on programs for each audience. Provide help for the many patrons who do not have access to pricey college prep programs and services. Learn how to initiate or enhance your reference services to help more people meet their higher education goals.
Time: 12-1:00 p.m.

Fundamentals of Electronic Resources (Chapter Five of Technology for Small and One-Person Libraries)

2015 March 19
by Holly Gordon

ycdi_buttonBack in November the State Library sent copies of the LITA guide Technology for Small and One-Person Libraries to public libraries serving populations under 25,000  — and over the last few months Holly Gordon has been posting blogs about each of the chapters.  This book has great information about many aspects of technology in libraries.

Chapters 5 and 6 discuss issues with Electronic Resources, so I asked Russlene Waukechon, the TexShare Database Coordinator to review these chapters for us — Thanks Russlene!

“Chapter Five takes on the task of the Fundamentals of Electronic Resources, a subject that can seem daunting at times. It’s easy for the purchase of electronic resources to quickly absorb the majority of a library’s acquisition budget so it’s important to understand the basics of electronic resource management.

This chapter provides a basic overview of the selection process breaking it down into manageable steps. The first step is to write a collection development policy. This was one of the first tasks the Electronic Information Working Group did for TexShare over a decade ago as more resources began to be allocated for electronic resources in the TexShare program. This piece of advice is one of the best in this chapter. A well written collection development policy can serve a library well over many years. To see TexShare’s Collection Development Policy: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/texshare/collpolicy.html

The chapter continues with lists of resources for your use in the selection process. The resources listed are all good to become familiar with, but your membership in TexShare already gives you access to some of the resources listed in the chapter!   For instance:

–Library Journal can be accessed by searching EBSCO’s Academic Search Complete

–EBSCO’s Serial Directory is one of the databases available in the core menu

–DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) is listed under the Librarian’s Reference Shelf towards the bottom of the TexShare menu page

We’re always here to help with any questions you have about electronic resources. You can reach us at: databases@tsl.texas.gov

More technology resources:
You Can Do I.T.: Basic Network Technology Training workshops
Please subscribe to the new You Can Do I.T. email list here