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Busy spring of 2014


It’s going to be a busy spring of 2014.  First, there is Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L) in Austin.  This is a nice conference that is usually very, very busy and has great food!  My peer, Cathy Sassen, and I will be presenting the results of a study we’ve been working on all summer & fall.  We looked at differences in usage of ebooks whose catalog records had and didn’t have tables of contents and/or summaries.  We’ll be submitting the article to LR&TS shortly, but we also will present some of the results in Austin (not all, of course…you’ll have to read the article for the full story).  Here are the details: http://proposalspace.com/p/2183/s?key=zg2CPTNmLc8NTFGK .

Then there’s NASIG in Fort Worth this year.  NASIG is the North American Serials Interest Group.  While not a big group of folks, it is international and it will be close this year.  I’m collaborating with two people for two separate presentations – one on how we evaluated serials for our upcoming “budgetocalypse” (thanks to Hannah Tarver for this “word of the day”); the other on how we conducted “quick & dirty” A&I overlap study for budget purposes, as well.  These presentations will be more like “case studies” and not “real” research – but I hope it does stimulate some discussion on ways to evaluate resources for selection and de-selection purposes.

I’m aiming to go to Charleston in the fall this year, or maybe I’ll wait for the Library Assessment Conference in 2015.  I’m not a big traveler, so I’m trying to plan carefully.  In the meantime, I need to finish my part of the article on statistical methods we used in the ebooks study for JASIST, analyze the data that was gathered nearly a year ago on gift monographs, and work on extensions of the ebook study – one that is an experiment where we add content to the records, and another that looks at usage of print monographs.

This will be a good way to start my third year of re-entry into librarianship.

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This entry was posted on December 28, 2013 by in Academic Libraries, Assessment, Conferences, LIS Research, Personal.
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