The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present

Rick Lugg

President, Sustainable Collection Services

who will be speaking about

Rethinking Library Resources:

The Role of Local Print Collections in a Digital Age


March 6, 2014, 1:00-3:00p.m.

Earl & Jennie Lohn Policy Room (Rm. 7000),

SFU Harbour Centre (webcast available for this session only)

  • Coffee and refreshments will be served at 1:00 p.m., with the talk beginning at 1:30 p.m.
  • Be sure to arrive early for some mingling, and feel free to socialize after the talk as well.



March 7, 2014, 1:30-3:30p.m.

Haro Room, Cadboro Commons

University of Victoria

  • Coffee and refreshments will be served at 1:30 p.m., with the talk beginning at 2:00 p.m.
  • Be sure to arrive early for some mingling, and feel free to socialize after the talk as well.



Library shelves are increasingly full, and print books are still being acquired. Yet surprisingly few are being used. In 2011, a study of OhioLINK’s 88 libraries and 30 million monograph volumes showed that 6% of those books accounted for 80% of circulations. In October 2010, Cornell reported that 55% of its books had not circulated since 1990. Meanwhile, library administrators seek to expand space for group study, information commons, and writing centers. Much of the available space is currently occupied by low-use print collections, stored and maintained at an estimated annual cost of $4.26 per volume in open stacks, $.86 per volume in high-density storage. For these reasons, print collections face increased scrutiny.

This session will focus on three aspects of this challenge:

The Changing Value of Local Print Collections: changing user preferences; usage of print collections; shelving and floor space; lifecycle management costs.

Alternatives to Local Print Collections: collection integrity & security; the “collective collection”; archival copies, service copies and surplus copies; Hathi Trust; shared print initiatives (WEST, CRL, MI-SPI, Maine Shared Collection Strategy and others); and independent action in a collective context.

Managing Down Local Collections: making the case; coordinated deselection; efficient storage & withdrawal; analytical tools and deselection metadata; disposition options.

The intent of this session is to explore why rethinking print collections is a reasonable idea at this time, and how management of print collections might be adapted while assuring archival security and continued access for users.

About the Speaker:

Additional background information can be found on two blogs:

Sample & Hold: Rick Lugg’s Blog Most recent topic: “Shared Print Monographs: The Question of Scale”

SCS Insight: News & Comment on Data-Driven Deselection: Most recent topic: “Talking with Faculty About Library Collections (Revisited)”


For those attending in Victoria, the easiest parking is available in Lot 5, accessed off Sinclair Road (which continues MacKenzie). Refer to the following map:

For those attending in Vancouver, parking and public transit info for SFU Harbour Centre is available here:


The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present

Denise Koufogiannakis MA, MLIS, PhD

Collections & Acquisitions Coordinator, University of Alberta Libraries

who will be speaking about

Evidence based library and information practice


February 7, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia

  • View the archived webcast: HERE

The need for academic libraries to seek out evidence for decision-making around collections and services has always existed, but is there a way we can do this better? Join Denise Koufogiannakis, Collections & Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Alberta Libraries, who will share insights into evidence-based library and information practice both from a philosophical as well as practical approach. She draws on experiences from many years involvement with evidence based practice, as well as the research she conducted for her PhD in Information Studies from Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK.

About the Speaker:

Denise Koufogiannakis is the Collections & Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Alberta where she manages activities associated with the Libraries’ acquisition of print and electronic materials and represents the Libraries through various consortia. Her main research interest is evidence based library and information practice (EBLIP), a field in which she has published extensively. Her other professional interests include open access, publishing, and new collection formats. She is the founding editor, and currently Associate Editor of the open access journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice.

 The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present:


Caroline Haythornthwaite

Louise Spiteri

Director, School of Library, Archival & Information Studies

University of British Columbia


Director of the School of Information Management

Dalhousie University

Speaking about…

Breathing new life into the profession: LIS education in the 21st Century

***Archived webcast***


Wednesday, June 27, 2012: 10:00-12:00pm

The Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver


***Coffee and refreshments will be served prior to the presentation beginning 9:30am***

 Libraries and library roles are undergoing rapid transformation in the 21stcentury. In the face of such enormous change, some libraries are choosing non-library trained professionals to fill key new roles. Others are looking to non-library professional programs to help train library professionals in new roles. While others are demanding library education change immediately to meet the demands for new skill sets required for new library positions. Two innovative esteemed Canadian Library School Directors will speak to the many challenges facing library and information professional programs in preparing library and information professionals for 21st century roles.

About the Speakers:

 Dr. Haythornthwaite is Director of the School of Library, Archival & Information Studies, the iSchool at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Prior to coming to UBC in 2010, Dr. Haythornthwaite was Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2009-10 she was the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, Institute of Education, University of London. Dr. Haythornthwaite was among the first to apply social network analysis to the study of online communities and online learning, and she has produced seminal work in these areas. Her research examines how the Internet and computer media support and affect work, learning, and social interaction, with a focus on how information and knowledge is shared through social networks, and collaborative practices are facilitated and extended through information technologies. Her studies have examined social networks of work and media use, the development and nature of community online, distributed knowledge processes, the nature and constraints of interdisciplinary collaboration, and the transformative effects of the Internet and web 2.0 technologies on learning and collaborative practices. She has written extensively on the Internet, online social networks, and online learning (e-learning). Major publications include The Internet in Everyday Life (Blackwell, 2002, with Barry Wellman); Learning, Culture and Community in Online Education: Research and Practice (Lang, 2004, with Michelle M. Kazmer), a special issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication on Computer-Mediated Collaborative Practices and Systems (2005), and the Handbook of E-learning Research (Sage, 2007, with Richard Andrews). Her latest book, E-learning Research and Practice (Sage, 2011, co-authored with Richard Andrews) particularly addresses the way learning is changing with the Internet and social media.

Dr. Spiteri is the Director of the School of Information Management (SIM) at Dalhousie University. She received a BA and MA in Canadian History from York University, a MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, and a BEd (History and French) and a PhD (Information Studies) from the University of Toronto. She joined SIM as a faculty member in 1998.  Dr. Spiteri received teaching awards from Wayne State University and Dalhousie University, and has served as the Academic Director of the MLIS program at SIM from May 1st 2009 to June 30th 2010.

Dr. Spiteri teaches in the areas of the organization of information, including records management, cataloguing and classification, and indexing, and conducts research in social discovery systems, classification theory, thesaurus construction, and cataloguing. Dr. Spiteri’s research has been presented at national and international academic and professional conferences.  She was amongst the first scholars to examine the impact of social tagging systems and folksonomies on the integration of user-based language into subject analysis systems.  Dr. Spiteri is conducting seminal and highly-cited research into the potential for social discovery tools to transform the library catalogue into an online, collaborative, and virtual experience of walking through the library’s stacks. Dr. Spiteri is actively involved in several academic, professional, and not-for-profit associations, and sits on the editorial boards of a number of peer-reviewed journals.

For more information about the Lecture series, contact BCLRG Lecture Series Coordinators:

Nancy Black (, Joy Kirchner (, Tracie Smith (, Don Taylor (

The Blog for E-Resources & Access Service Bulletins has moved to:

Our New Site!

Please bookmark the new site, and we’ll see you there!

*UPDATE* This is related to the Internet Problem post*

Access to all Gale databases from on campus has been lost this morning. The problem seems to be somewhere between here and their servers.

Off-campus access via EZproxy & myVPN seems to be working fine. Stay tuned.

ARBA Online [American Reference Books Annual Online] is now available for perusing.

“ARBAonline is the most comprehensive, authoritative database for quality reviews of print and electronic reference works.”–ABC CLIO

  • More than 23,000 reviews of reference works published since 1997
  • Written by librarians for librarians
  • More than 400 publishers in over 500 subject areas.

The Life Sciences Package is a collection of related ejournals. Here is a title list:

  • Advances in Agronomy
  • Advances in Applied Microbiology
  • Advances in Botanical Research
  • Advances in Cancer Research
  • Advances in Clinical Chemistry
  • Advances in Ecological Research
  • Advances in Food and Nutrition Research
  • Advances in Genetics
  • Advances in Immunology
  • Advances in Insect Physiology
  • Advances in Marine Biology
  • Advances in Microbial Physiology
  • Advances in Parasitology
  • Advances in Pharmacology
  • Advances in Protein Chemistry & Structural Biology
  • Advances in Virus Research
  • Current Topics in Developmental Biology
  • Current Topics in Membranes
  • The Enzymes
  • Fish Physiology
  • International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
  • International Review of Neurobiology
  • Methods in Cell Biology
  • Methods in Microbiology
  • New Comprehensive Biochemistry
  • Progress in Brain Research
  • Progress in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Progress in Nucleic Acid Research and Molecular Biology
  • Side Effects of Drugs Annual (SEDA)
  • Vitamins & Hormones

To access these titles, go to the “Search Collection / Journals” Library webpage and search the titles in the “Search for Online Journals Only” search box on the right.

Links labeled “ScienceDirect Life Sciences Book Series” are for this new collection.

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