E-book management and LMS’s – the latest IUG update from Ann Owen

In our small theological library, the question of ebooks management seems somewhat distant. The format is not available for much of our interest areas and our patrons don’t ask for them. But the world of a state university in California and others like it appears to be much different. San Jose State University is spending 85% of their materials budget on e-resources. They saw a 200% increase in ebook searching last year and each of their ebook titles has averaged 7 uses. I have heard other libraries speak of moving most of their print resources to storage. Is the library without physical books closer to reality than I thought?

Blackboard, D2L, Moodle–the LMS is making a difference in the resources students use, or at least in what they choose to check on a regular basis. Librarians shared that students don’t check email anymore; they go straight to Blackboard to find out what they need to know. Related to this reliance on the LMS is the redundancy of having the same materials available on e-reserves that are loaded onto an instructor’s Moodle site. Libraries are saving themselves the work of setting up and maintaining e-reserves and instead offering faculty the resources to help them make these materials available on their LMS course pages. Then we worry about copyright compliance. A session I attended was entitled “Confounded by Copyright?” A real present danger, I say.

IUG Update from Ann Owen

My favorite comment so far taken from a session on Statistics: “You have complete control over your SCAT (i.e., Statistical Categories).”

Could this same session on Stats have excited me to find out the answers to certain questions that our small theological library has not formally researched in the past? Such as:

What is the monthly workload of your Tech Services (me)?
What is the percentage of our collection that gets checked out in a year?
How many patron records are missing email addresses?–especially important now with auto notices

In a session this morning entitled “Circulation Everywhere,” we were challenged to think of circulation functions in a new way, no longer a fixed desk near the entrance to your physical library. Rather, instead of finding ways to bring people to the library, we need to take down the walls to deliver the library to the people. The new Circ becomes the “Library Concierge.”

All these are the beginning of thoughts toward the creation of my Top Ten List of What I Learned at IUG. Stay tuned.