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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

GUGM

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 list product
  • 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”
vendor selection page
Vendor Selection page
  • Click on vendors that provide packages (100+ vendors)
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

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

[email protected]

912-681-5114

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