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.
Karin Byström wrote the following on the TERMS facebook page:
“Hi, I am an e-resource librarian at Uppsala university library in Sweden.
We are trying to find a method or model for evaluating our e-resources, primarily for renewal purposes. I have read (the excellent) Library Technology Report, but I still find this difficult, especially the quantitative part. The report states that “librarians at any given library should come to an agreement on which strategy to use to gather information from users”. That is our problem! We also feel unsure on how to compare the qualitative and quantitative measurements against each other. For example if a user thinks a resource is very valuable and must be renewed, but usage and cost per download says otherwise?
Therefore I hope to hear from you – how do you work with e-resource evaluation at your library? How do you gather information from your users? What are more important - qualitative or quantitative measurements?
I would very much appreciate your comments and practical advice! Thanks!”
If you have a reply for Karin, feel free to post here, on the facebook page or contact Karin directly.
If you are looking for the recent presentations on TERMS presented by Graham and myself, Graham has archived these in the University of Huddersfield Institutional Repository here:
Electronic Resources & Libraries 2013 Presentation:
UKSG 2013 Presentation: