Workflow | April 03, 2018
All libraries, no matter how large or small, have the same goal: to develop and manage a collection that meets the diverse needs of the students, researchers and faculty at their institution. While the specific collection development goals can vary dramatically across libraries, library services vendors are in a unique position to offer additional services that can simplify and streamline the books acquisition process for libraries of all sizes.
Here’s a quick look at some of the collection development tools, services and best practices that GOBI Library Solutions has offered to academic libraries ranging from small community colleges or large academic research libraries.
GOBI Selection Tools
Spotlight Lists in GOBI are librarian-curated lists of recommended titles that cover a wide range of academic subjects, as well as best sellers, award winners, non-English language titles and popular fiction and nonfiction. New or updated lists are posted each month, so there are always new books to choose from. Also in GOBI, reviews from top review sources including Booklist, Choice, Doody’s Review Service, Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly aid in a selector’s decision to purchase a title. Spotlight Lists and reviews making finding the right books easier, and libraries of all sizes can benefit from these features.
Reviews, Lists and Awards Options
GOBI Library Solutions also offers standing order plans that ensure you get the best books for your library automatically. These plans include Award Winners and Reviews, Children’s Awards, Adult Awards, Lists and Reviews and Choice Outstanding Academic Awards. Libraries of all kinds can benefit from having these trusted titles in their collections.
There are three types of approval plans that a library can set up, depending on its collection development goals: Print Only, ePreferred, or eOnly. Print only plans use traditional profiles to send books automatically or send title notices (slips), ePreferred are profiles that prefer an e-book over a print version, and eOnly approval plans send only e-books from e-book aggregators or publisher-direct platforms. GOBI Library Solutions has industry leading book-in-hand profiling, and this precise profiling methodology, along with its expert team of buyers, helps provide the best in depth and breadth of academic coverage for print and e-books. The flexibility with LC class and non-subject parameters lets GOBI Library Solutions craft small to large approval profiles that can be tailored to fit the needs of all sizes and types of libraries.
Workflow Solutions for Firm Ordering
Libraries have the option to batch process e-book and print book orders using the cart workflow. Templates can be saved so librarians don’t have to enter the same information each time. In addition, the GobiExpress workflow offers one-click ordering.
eContent in GOBI
GOBI offers content from 25+ e-book aggregators and publisher platform, saving librarians valuable time and streamlining workflow. eCollections are available from World Scientific, IGI Global, Duke University Press, SpringerLink, Oxford University Press, Sage Knowledge, Project MUSE, Elgar Online and McGraw Hill.
A wide range of cataloging, physical processing, binding options and ILS integration options are available through GOBI. Each of these technical services offerings can be used together or independently, providing a flexible workflow based on library needs.
It’s about options. Every library is different. GOBI Library Solutions is a one-stop collection development resource flexible enough to provide as much or as little support as a library needs to meet the needs of faculty and students.
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