TERMS: Techniques for electronic resource management
Two decades after the advent of electronic journals and databases, librarians are still grappling with ways to best manage these resources in conjunction with their print resources. In addition, economic pressures at most institutions of higher learning are resulting in librarians having to justify each dollar spent on collections and resource management. Furthermore, ebooks are becoming yet another stream of purchasing and management with the added complexity of patron driven acquisitions. All this results in the need to codify the management of electronic resource management more than ever.
“Our job over the next five to ten years is to provide a way to access these valuable resources in an intuitive, easy to use one-stop shop, and not to be afraid of running continual beta test where new services and functions can be added when necessary. To do this we need flexible, interoperable resource-discovery systems based on open source software. In addition, we must keep evaluating users’ needs and reach out by adapting our systems to fit their requirements, rather than expecting them to come to us; indeed our very future depends on it.” (1)
In the past, we have been able to afford ‘nice to have’ resources and renew our electronic resources without real evaluation of their worth. In times of budgetary constraints and staffing reductions we are now working our electronic resources harder than ever in order to extract maximum value for money from them. We must now look closely at all of our electronic resources at all steps of the e-resource life cycle (2).
There has been a lot of discussion about the implementation of ERM systems in recent years (3), however, use of these systems is still far from ubiquitous and many academic libraries have yet to implement or even purchase a system. Despite early expectations Collins and Grogg see the current crop of ERM systems as ‘less like a silver bullet and more that a round of buckshot’ (4).
A growing area of recent research has been around workflow management. Collins and Grogg (4) found that over 1/3 of academic libraries in their survey put workflow management at the top of their prioritization list. This area has also been highlighted as a gap by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) ERM Data Standards and Best Practices Review (5). In the UK, two projects, the SCONUL shared ERM requirements project (6) and the Managing Electronic Resource Issues (MERI) project at the University of Salford (7), have looked in depth at workflows.
Both the University of Huddersfield and the Portland State University will be sharing their workflows as part of TERMS, and we encourage others who would be willing to share your own workflows to contact us at the email addresses given below.
Over the next 3 months TERMS will look at each of the stages in the e-resources cycle on our blog:
1 Investigating New Content for purchase/addition
2. Acquire New Content
4. Evaluation and Ongoing Access
5. Annual Review
6. Cancellation and replacement
People ask me who inspires me. This often stumps me. Because I have been inspired in my work by stuff that people make. I fell in love with zines and independent radio when I was an isolated teenager living in the suburbs. Then BBSs, people’s personal web sites, Usenet, Entropy8, online zines (holy crap, the old Bitch magazine site is now a porn portal! And Maxi is squatted!), blogs, Excel, online communities, Amazon, Salon, eBay, O’Reilly books, Google, Friendster, Alamut, NQPAOFU, Metafilter, board games, Blogger, paper games, 1000 blank cards, The Mirror Project, 1000 journals, Moveable Type, 20 things, Google Maps, Flickr, Gmail, last.fm, iPhone, NaNoWriMo, McSweeney’s, Kingdom of Loathing, muxtape, vimeo, Etsy, iPad, Kickstarter, …the people who make these things are my leaders. Most of the time I don’t know their names. Sometimes I’m lucky and do.
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Lemme make my own list: baseball cards, sticker books, Laser Tag, Legend of Zelda, BBSes, Prodigy, The Secret of Monkey Island, video game fanzines in early 90s, Street Fighter 2, disposable cameras, Yahoo, links.net, Puppet Motel, the Aladdin virtual reality ride @ EPCOT, Hypercard, CU-SeeMe, thespot.com, Orange Source (Syracuse webzine), QTVR, New York City, Moviefone, Craigslist, Citysearch, Vindigo, Modo, NYU/ITP, Bass-Station, PacManhattan, Mogi Mogi, Friendster, Pokemon, Flickr, Delicious, Nike+, Big Urban Game, ConQwest, CrossRoads, Sharkrunners, Twitter, FFFound, MuxTape, PMOG, Feltron Reports, Guitar Hero, Rider Spoke, Guitar Hero on a Bike, Epic Mix.
#1 source of inspiration? These two guys who co-founded the first real startup I worked at: Vindigo. ”Build things that make people’s experience of the world better” was the lesson I learned from the 12 months I worked there. And seeing these guys (who were 28 at the time?) make it happen was hugely inspiring in a if-they-can-do-it-I-can-do-it type of way. Working all day and then leaving work and seeing random people in the streets/bars/etc using the stuff that you worked on all day was the single most eye-opening thing to happen in my career.
OUR ABORTION WAS DIFFERENT: WHEN THE ANTI-CHOICE CHOOSE
Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and likely presidential candidate, wants all abortions outlawed. He has even said that abortion providers should be “criminally charged.” Clearly, his compassion for zygotes, fetuses, and other squishy, jelly-like substances not fully alive is without question. When it comes to actual human beings, however, there is some doubt. He voted to cut every social and welfare program that came before him as senator, and not just those helping women and girls, but those helping the poor, immigrants, children in general, and, of course, education.
Mr. Santorum doesn’t hate all people, however. As a Republican, he loves rich people, white people, business people, and Christians. The real Americans, he calls them. There’s one other person he loves, too: his wife, Karen Santorum.
He loves her so much, in fact, that in 1997 when she became seriously ill during the 2nd trimester of her pregnancy, he didn’t want her to die.
In the 19th week of her pregnancy, Karen discovered during a routine exam that the fetus she was carrying had a fatal defect and was going to die inside of her. A long-shot surgery was performed that required cutting directly into the womb. It carried a high risk of infection and was performed not to save the fetus, but to reduce Karen’s complications while she attempted to go full term.
Two days later, she became severely feverish. She was rushed to the hospital and placed on intravenous antibiotics, which reduced her fever and bought her some time, but could not eliminate the source of infection: the fetus.
Karen was going to die if her pregnancy was not ended, if the fetus was not removed from her body. So, at 20 weeks, one month before what doctors consider ‘viability’, labor began as a result of the antibiotics and the infected fetus was delivered. It died shortly thereafter. Once the Santorums had agreed to the use of antibiotics, they believed they were committing to delivery of the fetus, which they knew would not survive outside the womb.
They named it Gabriel Michael Santorum.
The event is obviously tragic, especially for Karen, who, like her husband, opposes any and all forms of abortion, even when it saves a woman’s life. As her fever subsided, she realized what was happening and asked for drugs to stop the labor, saying, “We’re not inducing labor. That’s abortion. No way.” But it was too late.
Today, hindsight being 20/20, Karen says she would have authorized the procedure after all, justifying the saving of her own life by explaining that her other children would have lost a mother.
The procedure, whereby labor is induced to remove the fetus before it has any chance of surviving on its own, is considered by Mr. Santorum to be a ‘partial-birth abortion’, and he is correct. He also personally authorized one to save his wife, whom he loves.
Mr. Santorum is opposed to any and all forms of abortion. Incest? Too bad. Rape? Too bad. Twelve years old? Too bad. Wife, mother, daughter, lover, friend dying? Too bad.
This hypocrite needs to be kept out of all elective offices for the rest of his life.
“Abortion in any form is wrong,” said Santorum in 2000, three years after the tragedy. “Except for my wife. If your wife’s life was at stake and the only thing that could save her was an abortion, well, too bad. Your wife will have to die. It was different with my wife. You see, I love her. I don’t even know your wife’s name.”
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sources: Raw Story, New Yorker, NOW, Our Silver Blog
EDIT: wording changed in paragraph six to better reflect the Santorums’ understanding of intravenous antibiotic use in removing the source of infection (the fetus), per Steve Goldstein, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 4, 1997.
Doug Rickard, Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, 2008
The drum machine arrived in popular music in the late 1970’s. By 1983, only a few years later, after 50,000 years of live human drumming, mainstream audiences had fully embraced this sound in hits like “Rockit.” Just as remarkable, Herbie Hancock was able to pioneer both acoustic jazz and a song created with electronic drums.
A similar shift is happening in photography. Looking at projects based on Google Maps Street View (GSV), particularly large photographs in physical galleries, makes me wonder: Is Street View a camera? Or a repository of source images? Or both?
I’ve been working on and off for many months on a video to explain Mozilla to the uninitiated. The home for the video is now on the Get Involved page of the mozilla.org site, and I’m excited that it will be part of a process for getting people excited about pitching in at Mozilla. You can watch it below: mega hats off to Rainer Cvillink, Mozilla’s in-house video wizard, for all the great camera work, and to Jenn Strom for editing and motion grapnics.
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