SANLiC 2019 Pre-conference Workshop

Every second year, SANLiC hosts a member conference primarily for South African e-resource librarians. It is the ideal opportunity for e-resource librarians, library directors and librarians in general to gather, share, learn about latest developments in the field, recharge and have loads of fun. The SANLiC 2019 Conference took place at the new conference centre at the Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge, from Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 June 2019. A pre-conference e-resource training workshop was held on Monday, 24 June. While there was a wide array of relevant topics covered, there was a strong focus on the transition to open access and transformational agreements.

The presentations were recorded and they can be freely accessed below together with pdf versions of the presentations.

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Pre-conference Presentations

Dorette Snyman,is the Collection Developer: Commercial Electronic Resources at the University of South Africa Library. She is responsible for the management of the library’s electronic resources including the selection, licensing, fund management, access management and collection analysis of the library’s collection of major publishers’ journal agreements, database subscriptions and major reference works.   With the implementation of the Library’s Encore Duet Discovery Service, this also includes the management and integration of the library’s e-resources knowledgebase. She takes an active interest in the latest developments in electronic resource management and has a keen interest in new technological developments regarding e-resources standards and integration. 

Dorette holds a BBibl (Honours) from the University of Pretoria and is a long-standing member of LIASA.
ORCiD ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9072-9820

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Managing the e-resources life-cycle: spinning wheels or moving forward?
Although e-resources are now entrenched in academic library collections, libraries are still struggling to manage these resources at scale. The common belief that e-resources require less work than print resources was quickly dispelled as staff involved in managing these resources discovered that e-resources do not manage themselves. E-resources require constant tending and, due to their significant cost and importance, it is essential that libraries manage them effectively. This presentation will provide an overview of the e-resources life cycle, related workflows, processes and standards. The e-resources life cycle defined by Techniques for Electronic Resources Management (TERMS) will be used.  The workshop will also refer to new processes for preservation and open access resources for inclusion within the life cycle.

Managing the e-resources life-cycle: spinning wheels or moving forward?

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Matthew Ragucci is the Library Solution Architect at Wiley. He provides insight on metadata sharing strategies for optimizing electronic resources and improving library customer experience. He currently serves as vice chair of the NASIG Standards Committee and is a member of the NISO Platform Migration Working Group. He also holds a part-time position as a reference and instruction librarian at Brookdale Community College. Matthew earned his Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Rutgers University.  His publications are “Evidence-Based Acquisition: A Real Life Account of Managing the Program Within The Orbis Cascade Alliance” and “MARC Metamorphosis: Transforming the Way You Look at E-Book Records.” His interests include metadata, standards, reference, and user experience.

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Dressing your library for success: the importance of electronic resource alignment
Resource discovery and access are key drivers for content usage. Aligning electronic resources has become an increasingly complex and labour-intensive activity. Librarians and staff need to be competent in making content discoverable and accessible. This session will cover key concepts in e-resource cataloging, discoverability and using knowledgebases to create access points.  Participants will leave understanding how to apply those concepts at their own institutions.

Dressing your library for success: the importance of electronic resource alignment

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Kusturie Moodley is the Co-ordinator: Material Acquisitions Librarian at the Durban University of Technology(DUT) Library where she manages all aspects of the acquisitions, periodicals and e-resources workflows. Her areas of interest include emerging technologies, collection development, open access, data science and information services. Kusturie earned her MLIS and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science from Syracuse University School of Information Studies. She also holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science and Honours in Bachelor of Information Science from the University of South Africa.

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Increasing e-resource usage at your institution
Library marketing is essential. It supports the library in building its brand and image as well as the services and e-resources that are offered. In this digital age, libraries are no longer the only choice for students, academics, researchers and staff to go to for information. Library competitors and technological advances have forced libraries to rethink some of their conventional marketing techniques to promote e-resources. To raise awareness of e-resources and entice patrons to use e-resources, DUT Library staff had to adapt their marketing strategies and use innovative promotional approaches as effectively as possible. My aim is to highlight some of the conventional marketing techniques, which DUT Library repackaged to promote usage of e-resources and to introduce various tools that can be used for marketing e-resources.

Increasing e-resource usage at your institution

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Shireen Davis-Evans was the Subscriptions Librarian at the University of Cape Town Libraries until May 2019. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Information Technology (Information Management) from RMIT University (Australia) and has over 25 years of experience in the library sector. Her previous positions include Subscriptions Librarian at UCT Libraries (2013 – 2016), Librarian at the South African Astronomical Observatory (2001 – 2013) and various posts at Cape Town City Libraries (1992-2000), including Systems Librarian and Periodicals Librarian.

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A toolkit for the analysis of e-journal collections
Four years ago UCT Libraries went through an extensive review of its journal collection. This exercise was critical due to impending budget cuts. However this exercise was also essential in assessing whether the journal collections were aligned to the current research & learning needs of the university.

In this presentation I will examine the methods, analysis and tools that were used to evaluate the existing e-journal packages. I will identify key elements essential in any toolkit for analysing e-journal packages.

A toolkit for the analysis of e-journal collections

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Glenn Truran – After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Glenn Truran worked as an educator in South Africa and England. He has worked for poverty alleviation non-profit organisations for most of his career and has over 20 years’ experience at a managerial level. He has a BA and two post graduate diplomas from Wits, the first in education and the second in public policy and development administration. He also has an MBA from the University of Cape Town

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Using Excel like a pro to evaluate collections
Excel’s powerful analytical tools can help you to analyse large amounts of data to discover trends and patterns that will assist you to make decisions. Excel can help you to organise data, turn the data into helpful graphcis and charts and help you to carry out basic and more complex mathematical functions.

Using Excel like a pro to evaluate collections

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Faith Zalekile’s journey in the library world began in 2005 at the then newly merged University of Johannesburg (UJ), with a financial qualification obtained from the Technikon Witwatersrand. She started out at the circulation desk as the reserve collection assistant, after three weeks moved to the Periodicals and Acquisitions section. In late 2009 she was appointed Team Leader Acquisitions & e-Resources. Since then she has obtained an information science qualification and is furthering her studies in this field. Currently she is the e-Resources Librarian at UJ.

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Connecting the dots: using the E-Resources Hub as a strategy to support Client Services’ outputs and outcomes
The core function of an e-resources librarian is to manage the stages of the electronic resources life-cycle. Maintaining an awareness of trends and ongoing developments in areas related to the entire life cycle of e-resources is essential. In most libraries, e-resources use up a significant amount of the information budget. In the current financially strained environment, library management has to prove the value-add and benefit of e-resources in a tangible manner in order to justify the budget. E-resources librarians have to use innovative ways to prove the said value. Using practical scenarios this presentation will demonstrate how the E-Resources Hub helps to achieve tangible and quantifiable outcomes in order to support the university’s strategic goals.

Connecting the dots: using the E-Resources Hub as a strategy to support Client Services’ outputs and outcomes

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Zanele Magoba brings over 12 years’ experience in the library information services field and has acquired an outstanding reputation as a training facilitator on various digital library systems, database platforms and research tools.

Her roles have ranged from managing a portfolio of clients, designing and facilitating various training programmes. She is currently a product specialist at WorldWide Information Services in Johannesburg.

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Marketing e-resources to researchers
Libraries subscribe to information resources in order to satisfy information needs, support dissemination of knowledge and provide a portal to global content for various subject areas. Librarians are constantly developing library collections in order to support their users at many different levels. Marketing is frequently viewed as a set of strategies that belong to administrators, not librarians. How do we introduce marketing strategies into the library to promote our services and position the library as the knowledge hub of the organisation? The answer lies in remodelling our roles to include a marketing consultant persona. The objective of this presentation is to equip library staff with entry-level skills of social media marketing. Practical solutions are provided on how to implement a marketing strategy. The link between promoting library services and raising the profile of the library will also be shown.

Marketing e-resources to researchers

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Nels Rune Jensen – With almost 20 years of international experience in the information industry, Nels Rune Jensen has held positions with Munksgaard Intl. Publishers, Blackwell Publishing, Swets and most recently as Chief Commercial Officer for LM Information delivery, before starting his own company.

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Why work harder? Making ConsortiaManager work for you
ConsortiaManager is a workflow tool and electronic workflow management system specially designed for library consortia. On 1 August 2016 the 2017 SANLiC renewals process was launched on ConsortiaManager. Since then the system has allowed SANLiC staff to keep track of all consortium-negotiated agreements as well as member and vendor details and usage statistics (where available).

Why work harder? Making ConsortiaManager work for you

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