Program Session

3 - E-Channel: Publishing the Work of Dreamers

Tuesday, May 30
3:35 PM - 3:50 PM
Room: 613

Objectives: To grow and expand the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library’s (EHSL) platform (e-channel) for the dissemination of creative scholarly output related to innovation through targeted content solicitation and strategic partnerships.  To develop new collections based on expressed needs and institutional activity and to improve discoverability and usability through a platform re-design.

Methods:  EHSL’s initial incarnation of e-channel, an online platform for showcasing innovations was hampered by the inability to quickly accommodate new collection content and to search across collections and content types.  To address these issues, a dedicated team of EHSL staff explored numerous solutions.  Analysis of the options led the team to conclude that the site needed to migrate onto a WordPress platform in order to achieve the level of flexibility and scalability required. Once the migration had been executed, the e-channel team was able to focus on the development of robust and rapidly growing collections, such as the Innovation Vault and Healthi4U student-produced health videos.  The integration of a customized Google Search Appliance enabled cross-platform searchability that was previously unavailable, the ability to collect usage statistics, as well as create access tiers for future revenue-generation.

Results:  Six months after migrating to the WordPress platform, the number of e-channel collections grew by 75%. Enhanced site searchability and discoverability resulted in a 280% increase in video content views. Six months later, at the end of 2016, e-channel collections had grown by 150% and video content views had grown by 500%.  Numerous new partners and content collaborators, both at the University of Utah and beyond, have committed to using e-channel as a platform for disseminating their creative scholarly output.   

Conclusion: At a critical juncture in its development as a dissemination tool for creative scholarly innovation-themed output, the migration of e-channel to a more flexible and expandable platform enabled EHSL staff to focus on content solicitation and organization, rather than on system infrastructure limitations. The new site has enabled rapid creation of new digital collections and enhanced discoverability of all types and formats of content.  Eliminating the alpha site’s technical challenges gave staff the time to concentrate on creating additional collaborations for content development. Content can now be easily added from other innovative institutions to create the one-shop stop envisioned for e-channel – a place where innovators can find the information they need to accelerate their entrepreneurial opportunities.

Keywords: Digital collections, library publishing, innovation, creative scholarly output

Program Session

Christy Jarvis

Head of Information Resources and Digital Initiatives
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

Christy Jarvis began working at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah in July 2011. She earned her master’s of library and information science from San Jose State University in May 2004. Christy obtained her bachelor of arts in history from the State University of New York, Buffalo in 2001.

Christy serves as the information resources librarian and is responsible for selecting, licensing, and providing access to the books, journals, and databases needed by the health sciences community. Prior to entering the health information field, Christy worked for many years as a law librarian where she was responsible for managing a wide array of technical service functions as well as providing reference services to patrons.


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Jean P. Shipman

Executive Director, Knowledge Management & Eccles Health Sciences Library
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Jean P. Shipman, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA, is executive director, Knowledge Management and Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah and the MidContinental Region and National Training Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. She is also Director for Information Transfer, Center for Medical Innovation, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine, University of Utah. She served as president of MLA from 2006-2007 and promoted health literacy as her primary presidential initiative. Shipman graduated from Case Western Reserve University and Gettysburg College. She has worked in other academic health sciences libraries (Johns Hopkins University, University of Washington, Virginia Commonwealth University), in a hospital library (Greater Baltimore Medical Center,) and with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, at the University of Maryland-Baltimore.


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