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Providing Access to Electronic Serials A Public Library Perspective Hennepin County Library Large Public Library Annual circulation of over 10 million 27 libraries 1 million hits on our electronic resources 1.2 million information contacts

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providing access to electronic serials

Providing Access to Electronic Serials

A Public Library Perspective

hennepin county library
Hennepin County Library
  • Large Public Library
  • Annual circulation of over 10 million
  • 27 libraries
  • 1 million hits on our electronic resources
  • 1.2 million information contacts
  • 201 Terminals with Web access available for the public, with another 100+ in the new Ridgedale building
hennepin county library vision
Hennepin County Library Vision
  • Hennepin County Library promotes full and equal access to information and ideas, the love of reading, the joy of learning, and engagement with the arts, sciences, and humanities.
strategic directions materials collection
Strategic Directions - Materials Collection
  • Build solid, high circulating collections for adults
  • Extend access to information through use of electronic means
  • Build and maintain collections designed to serve young children and families
  • Provide collections that reflect the unique specialization of the area libraries
strategic directions materials collection cont d
Strategic Directions - Materials Collection cont’d
  • Improve response to demand for bestseller materials
  • Partner more closely with other libraries to address research and collection depth needs
  • Utilize staff input and feedback in the implementation of strategic directions for collections
strategic directions materials collection cont d6
Strategic Directions - Materials Collection cont’d
  • Maintain continuous improvement efforts in materials handling for cost savings
  • Strive to meet Minnesota guidelines for collection expenditures, and aim to keep circulating collection allocations no lower than 70% of the total materials budget
service to the public
Service to the Public
  • Helping the public to integrate and use information effectively in an electronic environment
collection management at hennepin county library
Collection Management at Hennepin County Library
  • Self-directed work team
  • Mostly central selection
  • Collection groups
  • Team leader, Juvenile materials, Reference materials, Popular adult materials,
nonpopular adult materials
Nonpopular Adult Materials
  • Non-major publishers
  • Periodicals
  • Pamphlets
  • Large print
  • World Language
  • Interlibrary Loan
serials a question of definition
Serials: A Question of Definition
  • Any publication published serially
  • Periodicals/Magazines
  • How this impacts our libraries handling of electronic resources
background
Background
  • Reference materials and periodicals are treated in different ways
  • Electronic resources originally were dealt with separately from either reference materials or periodicals, then as reference materials, next step with periodicals
  • Budget
  • Collaborative acquisitions
observation
Observation
  • “There are no small libraries”
where we are at
Where We Are At
  • We have a large number of serial reference publications available electronically
  • We have a number of periodicals available fulltext through aggregators
  • We are developing a number of electronic centers
reference materials
Reference Materials
  • Web based whenever possible
  • Remote access issues
  • Trial subscriptions
  • Staff preview time
  • Public Access
  • Collaboration and the budget implications
some of the reference titles currently available
Some of the Reference Titles Currently Available
  • GaleNet Suite
  • Moody’s Company Data Direct
  • Reference USA
  • STAT - USA
periodicals
Periodicals
  • Also known as eJournals
  • Currently, these are under the realm of reference materials because they are fulltext as part of a finding tool
  • An identified project for my collection group
issues
Issues
  • Space issues related to adding terminals
  • Hardware and software maintenance
  • Help desk and other staff support
  • Staff training
  • Public learning
  • Budget and planning issues
  • Print/electronic correspondence
issues cont d
Issues cont’d
  • Role of print versus electronic in the public library
  • “Only my cat likes People Online - she likes to sit on the monitor while I read it.”
our plan
Our Plan
  • To pursue eJournals that are free
  • To work with our subscription service to acquire eJournals which are free because we have a print subscription
  • To explore the possibility of adding eJournals which require a subscription
  • To continue to explore electronic versions of reference sources
on the the access issues
On the the Access Issues
  • Currently the public has either text or Web access within the libraries
  • Remote users generally need to be authenticated for use of electronic resources
  • There are no traditional catalog entries for electronic resources
  • There are links or menu options in the catalog to electronic resources
the elibraries concept
The eLibraries Concept
  • An interim approach in presenting electronic resources
  • Grouped by subject, topic, and interest group
  • Best access in an understandable way for a wide range of users
  • Will evolve as the sophistication of our users evolves
elibraries include
eLibraries Include
  • Links to electronic resources
  • Electronic Resources
  • Recommended Web sites
  • eJournals
hcl s elibraries
HCL’s eLibraries
  • Internet Links
  • ResourceLinks
  • KidLinks
  • TeenLinks
  • LawLinks
  • Job and Career Information Center
internet links
Internet Links
  • Full Service access to the Internet, plus a collection of reference tools
  • Currently 104 workstations throughout the system
resource links
Resource Links
  • A focused approach for people who want to do research on a wide range of topics
  • Currently 65 terminals in all but three libraries
  • A ready reference approach to electronic resources
kidlinks
KidLinks
  • Specifically geared to the information needs of children
  • Currently open at Brookdale, Brooklyn Park, and Maple Grove libraries with 22 workstations
  • Soon to open at Ridgedale Library
teenlinks
TeenLinks
  • Specifically geared to the information needs of teens
  • Currently open at Brookdale with two workstations
  • Soon to open at Ridgedale
lawlinks
LawLinks
  • Electronic legal resources for the person who is self-represented in a legal action
  • Currently available at Southdale
job and career information center
Job and Career Information Center
  • Our first venture into this type of access
  • Materials for first time job seekers, people changing careers, and those re-entering the workforce
  • Located at Brookdale with seven workstations
next links
Next Links
  • HealthLinks
  • SeniorLinks
  • PopLinks
future access
Future Access
  • Strong desire within Collection and Bibliographic services to devote more staff time to developing electronic collections
  • This includes some sort of catalog access beginning in 2000
  • Exploring the possibility of integrating SDP links
opac options
OPAC Options
  • Currently have a team exploring the impact of what we are doing on future Web-based versions of our catalog
  • Potential use of the 856 field for access
  • How should MnLINK be offered in a Web-based environment
  • Change from our current character based catalog offers many opportunities
ewatershed festival
eWatershed Festival
  • Meeting together of a large number of staff to address issues related to electronic resources
  • November 18, 1999
  • One expected outcome is the beginning of full-fledged attention to developing eLibraries
  • Normalize the delivery of electronic resources
sharing information
Sharing Information
  • Hennepin County Library’s extranet http://www.hennepin.lib.mn.us/extranet/
contact
Contact
  • Jean Williams Zivkovich
  • Hennepin County Library
  • 612-694-8623 (after October 25 612-847-8623)
  • jzivkovich@hclib.org