DIY E-Resources Management: Basics of Information Architecture

Registration is now open through November 12, 2014.

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm (EST)
Length: 1 hour
Registration deadline: November 12, 2014

Webinar Rates:
NASIG members: $35
NASIG non-member: $50
Group registration: $95




This webinar will provide an introduction (or refresher) to concepts in information architecture and strategies for the design of homegrown e-resource management systems (ERMS). While both commercial and open source ERMS are available, sometimes the resources needed to license or support these systems are not. This session will prepare attendees with information, tools, and strategies to design and implement homegrown ERMS using software such as Microsoft Access. The information in this session can also be applied to evaluate commercial or open source systems. In this session, attendees will learn:

  • Why a homegrown ERMS might be the best (or only) choice
  • Key differences between relational and flat file databases, and implications for information architecture
  • Attributes of relational databases and best practices for database design
  • Inclusive database design strategies, such as: use case analysis, data analysis, and card sorting
  • How the presenter used this approach to develop a homegrown ERMS in MS Access. (Please note: The presenter is not qualified to answer specific questions about MS Access, but resources for further exploration will be provided!)

Presenter: Sarah Hartman-Caverly, Delaware County Community College

Presenter Bio:

Sarah Hartman-Caverly began her library career managing serials and e-resources at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges, where she participated in the selection, evaluation, implementation, and eventual decommissioning of a commercial ERM system for the Tri-College Libraries Consortium. When Sarah assumed the newly created role of Electronic Resources Manager at Delaware County Community College, one of her first tasks was to digitize and organize information about the library's e-resources. Masters course work in information architecture, database design, and human-computer interaction prepared her for this challenge and are the basis for the insights she will share in this session. Now an assistant professor and reference librarian at DCCC, Sarah earned an MS(LIS) and MSIS from Drexel University.

This webinar is brought to you by the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG). For further information, contact the NASIG Continuing Education Committee at cont-educ@nasig.org.

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