University of Pennsylvania Library
ALCTS Chief Collection Development Officers Report
New Faculty Services
The Penn Library launched a phased rollout of a new direct-to-office book and article
delivery service for faculty in September, 2006. Service is now available to standing
faculty in the Engineering, Nursing, and Arts and Sciences Schools, with the rollout to
the remainder of Penn's faculty scheduled for completion in May, 2007.
The service enables faculty to place requests for Penn Library material from the library
catalog, customized faculty web forms, and any library information database that is
openURL enabled. Requests for material not held by the Penn Libraries are transferred to
interlibrary loan where they, and items requested through patron-initiated direct
consortial borrowing services (BorrowDirect and EZBorrow), are integrated into the
delivery service. Journal articles from the Penn collections are scanned and delivered
Facilities: Openings, Renovations, Leasing
The Veterinary Medicine Library recently moved to a new and much improved
facility in the Vernon & Shirley Hill Pavilion. The library is now known as the
Steven W. Atwood Library & Information Commons. Atwood Library facilities
include the Fairchild Electronic Classroom, the Atwood Digital Laboratory, group
study rooms and wireless access for laptops. It is the first new campus library at
Penn in decades. Penn is the only Vet School in the state of Pennsylvania,
The Penn Library renewed its lease for off-site storage for anther 5 years. The
facility currently holds an estimated 1.1 million items and has the capacity to
house another 600,000 items.
STM Library Collection Transitions
The Biomed Library nears the complete transition from print to e-only journals. FY06
Biomed focused on sending digitized journals to the High Density Storage Faculty
(HDSF). As of FY07 Biomed continues the transfer of remaining bound journals to
HDSF whether they are available in digital form or not. This will continue into FY 08.
As a result, digitized backfiles have become increasingly more important, although these
purchases must rely on end-of-year or extraordinary funding opportunities. The Biomed
Library has also begun an aggressive downsizing of the monograph collection: the on site
collection will hold roughly 10 years of current material.
Engineering and Physics have continued to convert subscriptions to electronic only
formats with approximately 60% of all Engineering subs and 50% of all Physics subs
Penn Library has been participating with Yale Library in digitizing a select group of
important humanistic Iraqi serial titles as part of the Iraq ReCollection project. These
digitized journals will form part of the AMEEL, a Web-based portal designed to integrate
new or existing scholarly digital content covering the history, culture, and development
of the Middle East, http://www.library.yale.edu/ameel/. Both projects propose to develop
"best practices" for scanning Arabic language-based humanistic content and to share this
expertise with academic libraries worldwide. Penn Library is an advisory board member
for the AMEEL project (and its precursor OACIS, http://www.library.yale.edu/oacis/).
Electronic Resources Management (ERM) Purchase
Penn Library has purchased the Verde ERM from Ex Libris, and is beginning the
implementation process. Penn currently uses a locally-developed system for electronic
resources management, which will be replaced in part by Verde.
Penn Library joined Portico as a charter member in December 2006. It is also a member
of the LOCKSS Alliance.
ScholarlyCommons@Penn hired a one-year full-time operations manager to provide
support for uploading and maintenance of documents. As of early January 2007, the total
document count stands at 1,600 items (not including Penn dissertations supplied by
ProQuest as a part of our DigitalCommons contract, which number about 6,000).
In the last six months, several new units on campus have joined the effort—most notably
The School of Social Policy and Practice and the School of Design. In addition, there is
participation across the university from the School of Engineering, the School of Arts and
Sciences, and the Graduate School of Education, with more limited participation from the
Wharton School and the School of Medicine.
New Collections: Print and Digital
Renewed Elsevier package through NERL for another two years.
Also acquired: Alternative Press Index Archive; ARTstor; Black Literature Index; Black
Studies Center (including Chicago Defender); D&B Domestic Million Dollar Database;
Digital Sanborn Maps; Faculty of 1000 Biology; Faculty of 1000 Medicine; Global
Financial Data; Historical Statistics of the U.S.; International Population Census
Microfilms; Literature Resource Center; Mergent (Moody's) Manuals backfile; ProQuest
Historical Newspapers: Chicago Defender; Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience;
SPIE Digital Library; and Value Line Research Center.
Data Farm New Developments
The Penn Library Data Farm (PLDF), http://datafarm.library.upenn.edu/, is a repository
of quantitative information developed to aid the measurement and assessment of library
resource use and organizational performance. In its design, this repository is
multipurpose, providing the tools to assemble, process, integrate, analyze, and
In fall 2006, the Penn Library Data Farm began to host transaction level data from two
patron-initiated direct consortial book borrowing programs in which Penn participates:
BorrowDirect, a partnership of 7 Ivy League libraries, and EZBorrow, a consortium of 60
academic libraries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and West Virginia.
Over 600,000 transactions have been loaded into the repository, enabling participating
libraries to download and analyze bibliographic and demographic information about book
requests filled by these services. The repository also contains reports on call number
distribution of patron requests, the titles most often requested during a specified time
frame, and service metrics, e.g., turnaround times from request to receipt of the requested
Interactive collection management reports can be generated at:
According to a recent agreement, the PLDF will partner with Los Alamos National
Laboratory in mesur: MEtrics from Scholarly Usage of Resources,
http://www.mesur.org/Home.html -- a two-year project funded by The Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation to investigate usage-based scholarly evaluation metrics -- by
providing its record of usage events (e.g., normalized elements, people descriptors,
environmental variables, and other information descriptive of “use”). PLDF is uniquely
positioned to provide LANL with datasets from a Carnegie I institution representing
high-ranking STM departments.
Social Bookmarking via PennTags
Penn Library is preparing to move our PennTags product from beta to a full public
release this semester. This social bookmarking system allows tagging bibliographic
records from our OPAC, in addition to web sites, and also allows for annotations.
wetware. Available from: http://tags.library.upenn.edu/.
Martha Brogan started as the Director of Collection Development and
Management on December 1, 2006.
Recruiting is under way for: Director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
Coordinator of the Sciences & Engineering Libraries, and Director of the Health
Sciences Libraries. Recruiting is under way for the Director of the Rare Books
and Manuscripts Library, Assistant Director of Engineering and Physical Sciences
library, and Research & Instructional Services’ Coordinator of Digital Outreach
Marjorie Hassen and Bob Krall are Co-Acting Directors of Public Services, while
Sandra Kerbel is on leave.
Newly hired: Electronic Resources and Serial Cataloging Librarian; Metadata
Specialist (IT Professional); Director of Information Commons
Submitted by Martha L. Brogan, Director of Collection Development &
Management with input from her colleagues at Penn Library including Beth Picknally-
Camden, Bob Krall, Joe Zucca, Richard Griscom, Penn’s Coordinating Bibliographers,