2014 Conference Presentations
Biography: Amy King is a Master’s student studying Media Arts & Science at the School of Informatics at Indiana University in Indianapolis. During her under-graduate career, Ms. King studied web design and development with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction. This interest in web and user-centered design lead her to Evanced Solutions, a library software company, where she now works as a Digital Project Manager on their User Experience team. For her thesis, Ms. King is researching the process and ecosystem surrounding the purchase of technology within libraries.
Presentation Title and Abstract:
"The Ecosystem Surrounding the Decision Making Process for Purchasing Technology"
In 2001, Evanced Solutions started out as a library software company. Since that time, it has been purchased by Demco™, which is a library supply company, and raised up to be the formidable software and educational gaming company it is now. The goal of Evanced has always been to listen to librarians and find the best solution for their problems. Recently, Evanced has begun the process of thoroughly analyzing and dissecting their marketing and sales cycles with the intent of shortening that cycle, elevating the efficiency and ultimately, maximizing their revenue margin. They have been able to accurately map out the process post-patron contact—that is, from the time the potential client contacts our sales representative to the time of sale—but they are still uncertain of what motivates the patron to make that initial contact. The purpose of this study is to analyze, and disseminate findings on the process of technology decision-making within the library. This will include identifying each aspect of the library's decision-making ecosystem, assessing their role in the process regarding technology purchases and their individual motivations for the library. This will allow us to better understand the complete cycle by understanding how libraries—and the individuals within— make their decisions to purchase hardware and software.
This study utilized a method’s survey in order to obtain data from its participants. An email was sent out to the Indiana Public Library listserv containing a link to the survey and a brief explanation of the study and expectations of its participants. Based on data retrieved from the completed surveys, this study has found that librarians lean heavily on feedback and reviews from other libraries when looking for new technologies for their own library. Furthermore, librarians are more prone to read professional literature and journals when researching than to reach out to the vendor community. Complete findings resulting from this study will be organized and drafted into a report.
Biography: As a Scholarly Communications librarian in the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship, Jere Odell promotes and supports open access publishing practices at IUPUI. These include the library's open access publishing fund, open journal system and institutional repository initiatives. In addition to advocating for new forms of scholarly communications, he provides education and consultation services relevant to authorship, metrics for impact, fair use and authors' rights. He also serves as a subject liaison for the IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Prior to joining University Library, he worked as an embedded librarian in the IU Center for Bioethics, where he managed a special collection of bioethics resources while collaborating on information ethics, research ethics, community engagement and health policy projects.
Presentation Title and Abstract:
"Open Access Policies: A Survey of IUPUI Faculty Attitudes"
Jere Odell, Emily Dill, Kristi Palmer
In the Fall semester of 2013 we conducted a campus-wide survey of IUPUI faculty attitudes toward changes in scholarly communications. Here we report preliminary results pertaining to open access repositories, policies and mandates. These results are compared to earlier versions of the same survey conducted in 2006 at the University of California and in 2010 at the University of Toronto. On the IUPUI campus most faculty respondents (55%) were unaware of the institutional repository, IUPUIScholarWorks. Likewise, the majority (72%) were unfamiliar with institutional open access policies such as those at Harvard, MIT, Duke and Kansas. When asked, however, if IUPUI should consider implementing a similar policy, 52% were unsure, 39% were supportive and only 9% disagreed. With increased outreach and information on the topic, we believe that IUPUI faculty would be willing to consider a campus-wide, opt-out open access policy.