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Douglas, Myrna; Thelwell, Tameca
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Library
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Making sense of the Electronic Resources Maven: A tale of two Caribbean academic librarians
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Proceedings Title
Electronic Information Resources in the Caribbean : Trends and Issues. Proceedings of the 34th Conference of the Association of Caribbean and Research University Institutional Libraries
Date of Meeting
May 23-29, 2004
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Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
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Trinidad and Tobago
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University of the West Indies (St. Augustine)
Date of Publication
2005
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15p
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Abstract
A plethora of scholarly publications is now available in electronic format. The rapid growth in their popularity and availability has left libraries struggling to adapt to the new demands imposed by this new format. With all the ease and convenience that electronic resources provide, they have also ushered in unprecedented complexities for library functions and services. Previously straightforward activities related to acquisitions, cataloguing and the provision of access face the threat of being replaced by complicated, sophisticated procedures. A ten minutes skit takes a light-hearted look at life at work for two twenty-first century librarians, featuring the characters 'Ruby Unruly Serials' and 'Rebecca Roving Reference' from different corners of the academic library divide. It explores the issues and challenges facing Caribbean librarians in performing their multi-faceted roles as Serials/electronic resources/reference/acquisitions/liaison librarians as well as information literacy skills trainers, in an increasingly electronic information environment. The skit is followed by a paper presentation, highlighting possible strategies for improving acquisitions, collection development, access and usability of electronic resources in academic libraries in the Caribbean. This paper discusses cost saving mechanisms; workflow steps required to support electronic resources from acquisition to access; issues relating to access versus ownership; enhancing accessibility, incorporating electronic resources in information literacy training and marketing strategies for electronic resources.....
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