University Libraries Publications

Title

Kent State University Libraries Develops a New System for Resource Selection

Publication Title

2011 Charleston Conference Proceedings

Publication Date

11-2011

Document Type

Article

Keywords

collection management, electronic resources

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The presentation will describe the creation and implementation of Kent State University’s new centralized system for managing communications and workflow related to the review, selection and acquisition of electronic resources. This system provides selectors with price and trial information, tracks the review process, and compiles review scores and product commentary. It is an automated system for initiating and managing technical services workflow with regard to preliminary product research and price quotes; it automates communications for vendor price requests; and, it dispenses product and trial information to targeted selectors. The primary advantages of the system are: 1) it reclaims costly staff time by streamlining workflow and eliminating inefficient email communication, 2) it applies a standard method of coordinating the discovery, review and selection of new resources, and 3) it provides a record of past reviews to help prioritize resources for future purchases.