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Wednesday, November 6 • 6:20pm - 7:00pm
S2-02 Creating E-Resource Dashboards to Foster Liaison Librarian Engagement with the Collection

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In our library with a lean staff and a fledgling liaison model, management of serials and electronic resources rests with one individual. Because liaisons to academic departments are not necessarily experts in those disciplines, they may be less familiar with our current resources: Why do we have this database? Who uses this journal? Some legacy resources persist year-to-year like so many elephants in a room, with no institutional memory available to advocate for them. This poster outlines how the Electronic Resources Librarian used Google Apps to create dashboards for each liaison librarian, providing them with easily digestible usage statistics, trends, potential acquisitions, and budget concerns. Data that previously existed only in email threads, hard drives, file cabinets, the ILS, and MOUs has been brought together in a shared, cloud-based system. Each dashboard can be customized to the particular preferences of liaisons, whether to build familiarity with the collection or to provide timely data to answer faculty questions. Furthermore, with consistently flat or shrinking budgets, this system allows liaisons to see the effects of inflation on their disciplines’ resources, leading to collaborative—rather than contentious—conversations about the budget.

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John Tiffin

Electronic Resources Librarian, Biola University
I manage our library's serials, e-resources, and ILL department. I enjoy the challenge of helping tailor our collection to keep our academic departments and budget office happy.

Wednesday November 6, 2019 6:20pm - 7:00pm EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel