April 19 2019

What are we Paying For?

9:30am - 3:00pm

Lesley University, Sherrill Library, 89 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Registration is now open!

9:30-10:00 Check-in and Continental Breakfast; Sign Up for Lunch

10:00-10:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:15-11:00  Evaluating Big Deal Cancellation Impact

The UMass Amherst Libraries canceled our subscription to the Royal Society of Chemistry journal bundle in 2016, after years of unsustainable price increases. This presentation will cover both the decision making process and our ongoing collaborative project to evaluate the impact of cancellation on faculty research, interlibrary loan use, and library-wide costs. This story is specific to UMass Amherst, but our methods for gathering patron feedback, comparing COUNTER usage statistics with Interlibrary Loan numbers, and setting copyright and fees from other libraries alongside subscription costs can be adjusted for any library. (Kate Zdepski, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

11:00-11:45  Electronic Resources at Rhode Island School of Design’s Fleet Library: Assessing and Balancing Community Needs

While every library examines and assesses the resources that it provides to its community of users, the assessment of electronic resources at an independent college of art and design (AICAD), especially one that often looks outside of AICAD for its benchmarks, offers a unique experience for its team of librarians to provide online collections that best support existing and an increasing number of curricular programs. Housed in a renovated banking hall from 1917 on the National Register of Historic Places, the Fleet Library at RISD offers faculty and students a tremendous sense of place in a richly inviting environment surrounded by physical holdings. It can come as a surprise, then, to learn of the electronic resources that the RISD library also provides: e-books, for example, outnumber analog books and digital images provided via subscription stretch into the millions. This presentation will speak to these challenges through a description of how RISD evaluates its electronic resources, the decision-making process and the persons involved, optimal and prohibitive pricing models, and provide some examples of deeper user engagement. (Mark Pompelia, Rhode Island School of Design)

11:45-12:00  Break

12:00-12:45  Implementing a Demand-Driven Acquisitions Program at Emmanuel College, Boston, MA.

This presentation will discuss how Emmanuel decided to go beyond our consortium’s shared e-book program and implement our own JSTOR DDA program.  It will discuss how we create access to the titles both purchased and non-purchased, how purchases are triggered and details of the workflow.

It will touch on how this product fits into our collection decisions and mention feedback and promotion of the product to our users at Emmanuel College.  My hope is to help other libraries understand more about this particular product and how they might incorporate something like this into their own workflow. (Catherine Tuohy, Emmanuel College)

12:45-1:00 Closing Remarks

1:00-3:00  Optional dine-arounds for lunch (aka informal networking opportunities) in Harvard Square; sign-up sheets will be at the registration table.

ERMIG and ACRL NEC value diverse perspectives and respect for all participants and staff members. By registering for ERMIG’s program, you agree to follow theCode of Conduct. We look forward to learning along with all of you!

Parking and Transportation

Parking near the venue is limited, but the venue is a 10-minute walk from the major public transit hub, Harvard Station, in Harvard Square.

The MBTA has a guide for visitors . You can pay with cash or purchase a ticket at one of the stations. The ticket machines take cash or credit / debit. Some MBTA stations also have parking with relatively cheap rates. Click on  the parking icon next to the station to see the rates for that lot. (The Red Line is the most convenient for the program venue, but the different lines all hook up so you could park elsewhere and just have a longer travel time.)

Two of the nearby municipal lots have 4-hour parking. Lot 12 is an 8-minute walk from the program venue. Temporary Lot 6 near Central Square is one stop away from Harvard Square via the Red Line or a short ride away on the #1 bus. From Harvard Square, it is a 10-minute walk to the program venue. The Green Street Garage (also shown on the map with the municipal lots), which does not have specific time limits, is also near Central Square.

The Boston Common Parking Garage is another option. It is near the Park Street station on the Red Line and is more expensive than the other options listed.

Taxis ( Cambridge Cab Company and Cambridge Taxicab ), Uber, and Lyft also serve the area.

For questions or more information, contact one of the event coordinators:

  • Kristin D’Amato, Central Connecticut State University
  • Erin Wentz, MCPHS University