Library Committee Outcomes
The Library Committee addressed these items on 25 March 2014:
- Access to the New York Times archive (1851- ): see explainer at: http://discover.averett.edu/nytimes
- Ease of access to e-books - Averett e-books and print books are now cited in the same database: WorldCat Local. To determine the feasibility of actually reading e-books vs mining them for information, librarians are testing ebook formats on a variety of readers, tablets, and smart phones.
- Policy for acquiring or borrowing print books when we already have the e-book:
Policy revision: The library will purchase or borrow (ILL) a print copy on request from a student or faculty member.
- Instructing students on citation style: The library and writing center will coordinate instructional resources.
- Library endowment income and amount of principal invested: Ask firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Planning for an Academic Commons@Blount Library: Preliminary proposal (Word) - Presentation (PPT) - Survey Description (Word) - Survey Results (XLS) - Student Comments - Focus Group FAQ - Focus Group summary results
- Library systems migration: WorldCat Local (August 2013) ; WorldShare Management Systems (cloud-based acquisitions, cataloging/metadata management, circulation, and interlibrary loan, Fall 2014)
- WorldCat Discovery will replace WorldCat Local and the FirstSearch in 2014-2015, combining the simplicity of WorldCat with the precision of FirstSearch. WorldCat Discovery screens adapt for viewing on mobile devices. A central index manages content in all formats from multiple vendors. The service will allow Averett to manage local digital collections, build customized reading lists, and populate Google Scholar and PubMed with Averett Library holdings.
Note: Costs for WorldShare and WorldCat Discovery will be equal to or lower than the fees Averett currently pays for a more limited range of services from multiple library system vendors.