Presentation on theme: "Managing Electronic Resources in Today’s ILMS Environment Beth Forrest Warner Director, Digital Library Initiatives, University of Kansas LC’s Digital."— Presentation transcript:
Managing Electronic Resources in Today’s ILMS Environment Beth Forrest Warner Director, Digital Library Initiatives, University of Kansas LC’s Digital Future & You Library of Congress March 13, 2003
Evolution of Access Card catalogs Online catalogs Online databases Online journals The Web Confusion!
Variety of E-Resources E-journals / e-serials Citation databases Full-text article databases Non-serial content such as e-books, government documents, numeric datasets, spatial data, eprints, images, audio, video, websites, etc. Content manipulation tools.
Today’s Access Issues Blurring of lines between what is owned vs. what is accessible vs. what exists Variety of formats Variety of access methods (http, ftp, print…) Content vs. carrier (aggregated resources) Accurate description Rights management Volatility of resources Trust factor.
A Community Challenge Identify what is owned / licensed / collected Identify works of interest for specific communities of users Show where a resource is located (locally, remotely) Indicate what can be done with it (rights) Get users to the resource quickly & easily… Bring people and content together accurately, easily, efficiently
User’s Perspective Don’t bother me with the details, just get me to the stuff I want – preferably online – preferably NOW!
Management Functions Access Control / Circulation –Traditionally: track owned items, call numbers, stable –Current: control physical access, control virtual access (authentication / authorization); remote users; volatile Requirements –Interpreting license provisions –Integration with campus implementations for authentication / authorization (definitions) –Distance learners / remote users
Management Functions Access / OPAC –Traditionally: access to local materials; search against controlled records (MARC, LCSH); extension to A&I files –Current: access to local & remote materials; search against controlled & uncontrolled records; multiple formats, sources Requirements –Interpreting / presenting license provisions for users –Integration with institutional implementations for A/A –Distance learners / remote users –Integrating multiple sources (local, remote) –Integrating multiple record, format, & search types
Management Functions Reporting / Statistics –Traditionally: circulation statistics, searches in databases –Current: circulations, searches, resource access, web use… Requirements –defining what the relevant measures are today –determining how to measure them accurately –moving from “counting” to “managing”
Functionality Needs Pre-purchase evaluation tracking Interpret, categorize, track, publicize license provisions “Acquire” / track free resources Accommodate new metadata formats Track details of resource components and multiple manifestations of content Manage volatility of content, links
Functionality Needs (cont.) Provide better resource discovery functions – federation, aggregation Integration with institutional I/A/A infrastructure Provide easy access to and use of materials, both physical & digital Handle “appropriate copy” issues
Functionality Needs (cont.) Better measures of successful resource provision Provide easy, accurate troubleshooting information
Making the Match… So how well is the basic ILMS addressing these new functional requirements? Depends on how we continue to define the ILMS
The “I” in ILMS… I ntegrated Library Management System Not all-Inclusive… I nteroperable Resource Management / Access Needs ILMS Functions
Redefining the “I”… Shift focus from integration into the ILMS to integration of the ILMS … ILMS
Creating the "RME” Need to create the Resource Management Environment Key: openness, interoperability, and integration with external systems and services –standard data formats –standardized application interfaces, services –standardized data transfer protocols Look beyond current library developments and standards…
RME Components Electronic Resources Management –Workflow management / tracking systems –License component management / tracking –Examples: Electronic Resource Management Initiative (ERMI) New module development by traditional ILMS vendors
The End Result? A one-stop client-oriented access environment that organizes and personalizes the available information descriptions, resources and tools to the specific needs and characteristics of the person visiting the site.
RME Characteristics Overcomes geographical boundaries Overcomes informational barriers Is information driven, not system driven Systems are capable of forming instant partnerships Fluid forms (no rigid organizational structures…) Ability to respond with exceptional speed and agility to environmental changes
Current Environment User Interface Bibliographic Database Z39.50 Database Z39.50 Database Z39.50 Database Z39.50 Database Z39.50 Database Databases Via HTTP Z39.50 Database Z39.50 Database XML Gateways User Interface
Enhanced Environment User Interface Bibliographic Database Z39.50 Database Z39.50 Database Z39.50 Database Z39.50 Database Z39.50 Database Databases Via HTTP Z39.50 Database Z39.50 Database XML Gateways Access Aggregator
Conclusions How well does the ILMS stack up? Depends on expectations Not well as a total solution Just fine as a core component to a broader solution Key: open, interoperable, modular, standards-based systems
ILMS as Core: Key Points Focus on data portability Focus on using existing industry standards for new services –develop only what’s truly unique
ILMS as Core: Key Points Focus on enhancing the openness and interoperability of current systems with external systems (including non-library…) Focus the core ILMS on what it was designed to do – and still does well today
Questions?? Beth Forrest Warner Director, Digital Library Initiatives, University of Kansas
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