Increased dependence on electronic resources, coupled with their increasing costs, makes the thorough evaluation of these resources an increasingly important concern for all libraries. Additionally, in 2014-15, the University of North Texas Libraries restructured our acquisition models to emphasize flexible access models including PDA and EBA, to shift collection decisions from subject librarians to expert collection development librarians, and to make interdisciplinary resources a priority. Our reliance on online resources, coupled with changes to our acquisitions process, dictated the necessity for more exhaustive evaluation of resources such as databases, journals, e-books and streaming media platforms before they are purchased.
To meet this need, the Collection Development department created rubrics to better evaluate online resources. Rubrics covering Overall Functionality, Usability and Licensing and Contracts were designed and implemented in the summer of 2015. The process of implementing these rubrics necessitated a redesigned workflow in order to allow this to be a streamlined, well-managed process. The implementation of these rubrics has been very successful. This poster will feature examples from and descriptions of each rubric, map out our workflow, and will demonstrate the effectiveness of our method by presenting evaluation data and feedback.
Because resource evaluation is an ongoing topic of interest for all types of libraries, this will be a valuable addition to the ALA poster presentations.
We did a well-attended presentation about this topic at the Charleston Conference in November, 2015. Since then we have gotten quite a few inquiries and statements of interest from other libraries about our evaluation process. Additionally, two librarians recently contacted us to request permission to reference the rubrics in a book being published by the ALA. I think that a poster presentation to share our processes and ideas will be useful to and appreciated by many librarians.