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EBSCO A-to-Z at Georgia Southern University --Why and How. Iris B. Durden Serials Librarian Georgia Southern University GUGM May 20, 2004. Georgia Southern University. 15,700 students in Fall 2003 600+ faculty 7 colleges, including new College of Information Technology

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Ebsco a to z at georgia southern university why and how

EBSCO A-to-Z at Georgia Southern University--Why and How

Iris B. Durden

Serials Librarian

Georgia Southern University


May 20, 2004

Georgia southern university

Georgia Southern University

  • 15,700 students in Fall 2003

  • 600+ faculty

  • 7 colleges, including new College of Information Technology

  • 5 schools, including School of Public Health (first in University System)

  • Many distance learning programs and locations, including Savannah

Zach s henderson library

Zach S. Henderson Library

  • Over ½ million volumes in general collections

  • Regional selective federal government documents depository with over

    ½ million volumes

  • State government documents depository

  • 16 faculty, 37 staff, numerous student assistants

  • Open 24 hours/day fall and spring semesters

  • 300+ public computers

Expansion renovation project

Expansion/renovation project

  • Will feature automated retrieval system—first in the region

  • Two phases, each taking 18-24 months to complete

  • Major impact on library services in phase 2

Budget challenges

Budget challenges

  • Flat budget for a number of years

  • Budget reductions

  • Increased demand for electronic resources

  • Rising costs of periodical subscriptions

    and electronic resources

    • cancelled 500 print subscriptions (1/4 of collection) in FY04

Why an e journal list product

Why an E-journal listproduct

  • Wanted to maximize access to e-journal resources because of cancellation of print subscriptions, construction project, remote users, addition of new academic programs

  • In-house web page used for several years

    • “Clunky” to maintain

    • Not comprehensive—no aggregator titles

E journal locator want list

E-journal locator “want list”

  • Minimal in-house labor required for

    set-up and maintenance

    • list creation

    • customization

  • User-friendly interface

  • Relatively low cost

  • Proxy compatible

  • MARC record load capability

  • Linking capabilities (to and from catalog, etc.)

Choosing ebsco a to z

Choosing EBSCO A-to-Z

  • EBSCO handles print subscriptions

  • Subscribe to EBSCO’s EJS Enhanced

  • Price seemed reasonable

  • Set-up and maintenance seemed easy

How we are implementing

How we are implementing

  • Interim step until link resolver purchased, so…

    • Simple

    • Quick

    • Relatively little customization

Building the list

Building the list

  • Secure web page for administrator

  • 3 steps to set up

    • Title list management (building, updating the list)

    • List customization (branding)

      —many options

    • Link and proxy management

Building the list1

Building the list

  • From administrator web page

    • Click on “manage your title list”

Ebsco a to z at georgia southern university why and how

  • On the Title Wizard page

    • Click “yes”

Vendor selection page

Vendor Selection page

  • Click on vendors that provide packages (100+ vendors)

Galileo full text

GALILEO full-text

Package selection page

Package Selection page

  • Check by packages “owned”

Titles in package

Titles in package

  • Click on “details” at left of title for specific information about the title

Individual title selection page

Individual Title Selection page

  • Check any individual titles owned

Congratulations page

Congratulations page

  • Total number of titles added to list

  • Options to continue set-up

Branding management

Branding management

  • Set up custom logo, header, footer, text, messages

Custom links

Custom links

  • To Library catalog and ILL form

List display options

List Display Options

  • Choose fields, field behavior, tabs,

    alpha menu level, default page size

Proxy settings

Proxy settings

The list

The List

  • Header information

The list1

The List

  • Tabs--Titles

The list2

The List

  • Tab—Subjects

The list3

The List

  • Tab—Search

    • Same as “advanced search” on Title tab

The list4

The List

  • Title information

    • Holdings in each database

    • ISSN, Publisher, Subject (any,all,none)

    • Custom links on right

Access to the list

Access to the list

  • From Library’s home page

    • Click on “Journal, magazine, & newspaper databases”

Access to the list1

Access to the list

  • Click on “Electronic journals”

Access to the list2

Access to the list

  • From Library catalog

    • Link in bib record to A-to-Z listing for title

More information

More information

  • About EBSCO A-to-Z, go to http://www.ebsco.com/atoz/default.asp

  • About Georgia Southern’s implementation, contact:

    Iris Durden, Serials Librarian



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