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Library Strategic Plan, April 2006

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Teams, Task Forces, and Committees

Reserve Team (2007)


Janet Dadoly (Chair), James Comes (Champion), Vivian Frempong, Len Levin, Kerry Mayotte


Part I: Answer the following questions in a written report to the Management Team

  • What is the definition of a Reserve Collection for a Health Sciences Library in today’s present environment?
  • What is the definition of Core Reserves in today’s present environment?
  • Can e-books replace some of the print reserves and/or some of the core reserves? What are the advantages and disadvantages? What do our customers prefer (random poll at Circulation Desk)? What is the cost? To what extent is this possible? How many of our present print Reserves have electronic versions available?
  • Can the present print Reserves Collection that supports specific UMMS and GSN classes be moved from print to WebCT? How could the library facilitate this move? What are the advantages and disadvantages? What portion and types of materials presently in our Reserve Collection would have to be scanned? What portion and types in our present Reserve Collection would we be able to link? What portion and types of materials in our present Reserve Collection would we need to build a software module for?
  • What are the copyright implications for moving off print reserves to either an electronic-system or WebCT :
    1. If we own or license material?
    2. If we do not own or license material?

After the preliminary report is turned in and reviewed by the Management Team, a decision will be made as to whether the Reserve Team should proceed to Part II.

Part II: Investigate Best Practices (needs to be refined by Management Team)
Notes from MT brainstorming:

  • What are the processing options out there for maintaining a Reserve Collection?
  • Examine process and suggest if there is a more efficient way.
  • Pros and Cons of alternative processing vs. what we are already doing.
  • How can we keep faculty more informed about the status of their Reserve materials?
  • Possible CPI opportunity.