Responsive Acquisitions: A Case Study on Improved Workflow at a Small Academic Library

by Brian Greene Fast acquisitions processes are beneficial because they get materials into patrons’ hands quicker. This article describes one library’s experience implementing a fast acquisitions process that dramatically cut turnaround times—from the point of ordering to the shelf—to under five days, all without increasing costs. This was accomplished by focusing on three areas: small-batch…

Electronic Resource Management Workflow Flowchart from the DLF ERMI Report

by Kimberly Parker, Nathan D. M. Robertson, Ivy Anderson, Adam Chandler, Sharon E. Farb, Timothy Jewell, and Angela Riggio, Appendix B of the 2004 Electronic Resource Management report of the Digital Library Federation ERM Initiative The Electronic Resource Management Workflow Flowchart provides a detailed overview of the activities associated with managing the life cycle of…

Selection of a New E-Journal at University of Huddersfield

by Allison Larkins This two-page flowchart shows the actors and decisions involved in the e-journal selection process at one university library as it proceeds over time. It begins with a librarian’s request for a new journal, continues with various steps of evaluation, negotiation, and local communication, and ends with order follow-up or a decision not…

Acquiring New Content

by Nathan Hosburgh (editor) Acquiring resources once they are selected can be very straightforward or very complicated depending on the resource to be purchased. The following acquisitions steps usually occur when acquiring new content and services. This TERMS section provides best practices for evaluating potential e-resource subscriptions and negotiating license terms. Section 2 of TERMS:…

Accessibility Resources for Purchasing Professionals

by the Assistive Technology Resource Center at Colorado State University Although this is a general rather than library-specific guide, it gives a concise overview of concepts and entities to be familiar with in making accessibility-related decisions in libraries. It covers Section 508 and its EIT Accessibility Standards, Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates, vendor relations, product testing,…

Guidelines for the Introduction of Electronic Information Resources to Users

by the Management Committee of the Machine-Assisted Reference Section of the Reference and User Services Association These guidelines are intended to assist librarians who provide and publicize new electronic information resources to users and potential users. This document applies to Web-based, networked, and stand-alone resources that users may directly or indirectly access in an electronic…

Investigating New E-Resource Content for Purchase/Addition

by Ann Kucera (editor) A basic framework should be considered with every new purchase or addition to content that is selected for inclusion into the 21st century library. Collection management and development policies do help outline the general aspects for collection purchase. In today’s libraries, many of the standard rules applied to print acquisition are…

VPAT Repository

by Libraries for Universal Accessibility, supported by ACRL A VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) is a document which indicates compliance with Section 508 accessibility guidelines. It was developed by the Information Technology Industry Council and the Government Services Administration to assist with federal procurement practices. VPATs are one tool for assessing the compliance of third-party resources…

NASIGuide: License Negotiation 101

by Rick Anderson A license agreement is a contract that you negotiate with a publisher or vendor before finalizing the purchase of an online product. It details the provider’s responsibilities and your own, as well as defining the ways in which your patrons may use the product. This brief NASIGuide covers some of the key…

Cornell E-Resources Priorities & Expectations Statement

by Cornell University Library E-Resources Priorities & Expectations Statement: Requests for New or Enhanced Access to a Particular E-resource or Aggregator The purpose of this document is to communicate a clearly worded statement concerning the priorities of, and the expectations for, the E-Resources Unit. The primary audience for this document will be CUL stakeholders in…