Former Committees & Taskforces
Electronic Resource Management Task Force
February 24, 2003
To: Susan Barribeau, Electronic Resources Coordinator, UW-Madison, Memorial Library
Barbara Baruth, Director, User Services, UW-Parkside, Library
John Berg, Reference Coordinator, UW-Platteville, Karrmann Library
Stephen Elfstrand, Automated Systems Librarian, UW-Eau Claire, McIntyre Library
Faye Flesia, Director, UW-Waukesha, Library
Peter Gorman, Senior Technology Librarian, UW-Madison, Memorial Library
Valerie Malzacher, Assistant Director,
Andy Ritter, Automation Librarian, UW-Milwaukee, Golda Meir Library
From: Ed Meachen, Associate Vice President, Office of Learning & Information Technology
Robert Rose, 2002/03 Chair, Council of UW Libraries (CUWL); Director, UW-Eau Claire, McIntyre Library
RE: CUWL “Electronic Resource Management” Task Force
One of the goals in the UW Libraries’ Strategic Directions for 2001-03 states that the UW Libraries will “Provide a variety of research and searching tools to allow online catalog or web access to the breadth of digital information and identification of the broad array of locally owned paper and multimedia resources.” To facilitate access, one of the action items or objectives toward this goal calls for the “investiga[tion of] software that allows searching across multiple electronic resources.” In order to accomplish this objective, UW System OLIT and CUWL have formed a representative Task Force to proceed with the investigation of software tools. It is our pleasure to appoint you to the Task Force; Valerie Malzacher has agreed to serve as Chair. Paul Moriarty, Senior Library Consultant, OLIT, and Lori Voss, Senior Procurement Specialist, Office of Procurement, will serve as UW System liaisons to the Task Force.
The charge to the Task Force is to:
· Formally investigate potential software solutions that include the following functionalities:
- A single interface with federated or cross-database searching features enabling library patrons to identify library resources and services from multiple databases in a variety of formats; and
- A linking service to related information resources (for example, linking from citation information to electronic full text documents, library catalog records, other digital objects, or interlibrary loan services).
· Investigate the technical requirements to implement any software across the UW System, including the volume of transactions, the response rates, and the integration of software solutions with existing library systems, licensed resources, and collections. Software should also comply with national and international standards.
· Evaluate software solutions in terms of ease-of-use for our library patrons.
We understand that some vendors may also offer modules for managing locally created content along with their federated searching and linking functionalities. Thus, your investigation may also include exploration of software solutions to support effective creation, retrieval, and management of information resources, including the integration of locally created and maintained collections.
A preliminary report from the Task Force outlining the goals, objectives, functional priorities, timeline, and any recommendation to issue a Request for Proposal is requested at the spring CUWL meeting on April 1st. Ideally, UW System OLIT and CUWL would like to receive your final recommendations on software solutions by summer though we recognize this timeline may be ambitious. Therefore, we look forward to additional reports on your progress throughout the spring and summer and will adjust the overall timeline accordingly.
As you may also know, UW System has scheduled two
educational presentations from Endeavor and ExLibris on Tuesday, March 4th at the
In conclusion, we thank you for your willingness to serve on the Task Force.
Cora B. Marrett, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Lorie Docken, Senior Library Consultant/IT Planning, OLIT
Paul Moriarty, Senior Library Consultant, OLIT
Ruth Anderson, Director, Office of Procurement
Lori Voss, Senior Procurement Specialist, Office of Procurement
Kenneth Frazier, Director, General Library System, UW-Madison, Memorial Library
Robin Rider, Associate Director for Collection Development, UW-Madison, Memorial Library
Nolan Pope, Associate Director for Library Technology, UW-Madison, Memorial Library
Thomas Peischl, Asst. Vice Chancellor for Information Services, UW-Parkside
John Krogman, Asst. Vice Chancellor for Information Services, UW-Platteville
Margaret Cleek, Provost, UW Colleges
Greg Lampe, Associate Vice Chancellor, UW Colleges
Brad Stewart, Dean, UW-Waukesha
Christina Baum, Director,
Peter Watson-Boone, Director, UW-Milwaukee, Golda Meir Library
Donna Senzig, Director, UW-Madison, College Library
CUWL (electronic distribution)
CUWL Reference Coordinators’ Committee (electronic distribution)
CUWL Collection Development Committee (electronic distribution)
CUWL Library Automation Managers (electronic distribution)