University of Oklahoma Libraries
The 21st Annual Conference
The New Challenge for Research Libraries:
Collection Management and Strategic Access to Digital Resources
March 4 and 5, 2004
Embassy Suites Hotel
, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The hotel is reserving a number of rooms at a special conference rate.
Complimentary transportation is available to and from the airport.
Please contact the hotel directly at (405) 682-6000 for reservations.
For additional information please contact:
, Conference Coordinator, (405) 325-2611.
The registration deadline is FEBRUARY 20, 2004
Conference Program: March 4, 2004
Fred M. Heath
Vice Provost and Director of General Libraries
University of Texas at Austin Libraries
Collections of Record and Scholarly Communications: The Responsibilities of the Research Library in a Rapidly Evolving Digital World.
The opportunities of the Internet and mass storage are changing
the way scholars conduct their research and communicate their
findings. It is possible for the new forms of communication to
exist independently of libraries. For the research library to
prosper, it is necessary to demonstrate that libraries and librarians
play essential roles through their contributions to metadata, their
ability to authenticate and preserve important information, and to
move resources through time across changing platforms and
formats. This paper will discuss concrete examples of efforts by
Texas A&M and the University of Texas of efforts to assert a
central place for libraries in the evolving model of scholarly
Paul M. Gherman
Vanderbilt University Library
Preserving Non-Print Digital Collections.
Focus will be placed on the library’s role in preserving and making
accessible material from Vanderbilt University Library’s Television
News Archive and a collection of Ugandan folk music.
YBP Library Services
Librarian for Latin America, Spain and Portugal
Harvard College Library
Better Mousetraps in Turbulent Times?
The Global Resources Network as a Vehicle for Library Cooperation.
Straitened budgets can provoke very dissimilar responses among
institutions sharing the same broad goals. Cooperative efforts to
pool resources, identify efficiencies, and exploit economies of
scale comprise one common strategy. An opposed response,
however, shrinks each player’s focus to local programs and core
constituencies. The AAU/ARL Global Resources Network is a
collaborative effort that also looks toward a self-sustaining future.
GRN thus aspires to complement and to some extent underwrite
discrete projects that expand scholarly access to particular sets
of information resources by means of cross-cutting initiatives that
broaden access and reduce costs. As at past moments of intense
budget pressure, cooperation—in this case through GRN—
appears an eminently rational choice. But organizational logistics,
practical politics, and the program’s overall conceptual framework
suggest some uncertainties as well. The paper considers the
conditions for Global Resources Network success, as well as
some challenges that are not yet resolved.
Senior Vice President, Strategy
If Collection Management Ends: Options for Publishers.
The library evolution from collection development to collection
management to access management has direct effects on
scholarly publishers. To identify innovative strategic product,
service and pricing options, it helps to evaluate present
orthodoxies (rules and beliefs) and out-of-the-box alternatives.
Conference Program: March 5, 2004
Ithaka: A Strategic Response to the New Challenges.
Ithaka is a new organization that seeks to help libraries find
creative ways to work collaboratively and share resources as
they face the challenges of selecting and providing access to
digital resources. Among its objectives is the creation of nonprofit
organizations that address or exploit the way new technologies
impact scholarly communication. One of the initial organizations
being incubated by Ithaka is working to establish a sustainable
infrastructure for preserving electronic journal literature; another
is developing a collection of high-quality digital content from the
Director, Office of Scholarly Communication
Association of Research Libraries
A Snapshot in Time: How ARL Libraries are Managing Electronic Journal Resources.
On average, members of the Association of Research Libraries
(ARL) are now spending about $1.5 million a year on electronic
serials, almost 20% of their total materials budgets. Surveys of
ARL members along with data from the ARL statistics provide a
picture of the growing importance of electronic resources and
how libraries are managing these resources to ensure access and
balance their budgets. The speaker will present the results of the
various surveys and discuss the strategic implications for
research libraries as they build increasingly digital collections.
Richard K. Johnson
SPARC Enterprise Director
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
Open Access: Unlocking the Value of Research.
The Internet promises to transform scientific communication.
Although most key journals are online today, some of the most
dysfunctional features of the legacy print-based system have
survived. Mr. Johnson looks at emerging “open access” scientific
communication models and the potential benefits they offer
scientists, funding agencies, and academe.
Allen W. Paschal
Digital Collections: The Next Step in the Preservation and Dissemination of Information.
Research libraries are increasingly seeking searchable digital
libraries that will meet customers’ demand for fast access to
primary source materials and whose functionality will uncover
new research and teaching possibilities. Advancements in
imaging and process software have dramatically reduced the cost
of collection digitization, which has accelerated industry
digitization projects. Unique partnerships between universities
and vendors have created collection digitization opportunities.