The Secret Behind GOBI® Library Solutions Approval Plans: We Are Only as Good as Our Data

Workflow | June 27, 2019

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In a recent article, Jon Elwell, Director of Content Strategies at EBSCO Information Services, describes how data makes up the backbone of the GOBI® Library Solutions approval plan.

The term “approval plan” can mean so many different things to so many different people in the library space. How do you describe or find consensus on something that is customized to each individual library? Not all vendor approval plans are created equal, but the secret behind GOBI approval plans can be summed up in one word — data. In a recent article from Against the Grain, “Library Analytics: Shaping the Future — Call it What You Want,” Jon Elwell, Director of Content Strategies at EBSCO Information Services, describes how data makes up the backbone of the GOBI Library Solutions approval plan.

Whether you call it an Approval Plan or a Profile, the core is the same: it is a decision engine based off enhanced metadata.

In the article, Elwell describes how GOBI Library Solutions profilers, subject-matter experts who sit with book-in-hand (or book-on-screen), generate enhanced title-level metadata and how that data provides “deeper connections, helpful context and evaluative guidance” to support collection development. Elwell shows how this title-level metadata, the library’s acquisition plan, Profiling Decision Support questions, and GOBI’s duplication control and title linking all come together to drive approval plan decision outputs.

Elwell writes: “GOBI [Library Solutions] follows a simple yet powerful premise, ‘we are only as good as our data.’….Whether you call it an Approval Plan or a Profile, the core is the same: it is a decision engine based off enhanced metadata.”

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