Kathy A. Downes

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    Preferred political, social, and technological characteristics of electronic resources (ER) librarians
    (Taylor & Francis, 2007) Downes, Kathy A.; Rao, Pal V.
    The digital revolution has created a need for a new type of professional called the electronic resources (ER) librarian. This chapter traces the development of this new position in academic libraries, identifies preferred characteristics needed to succeed in this position, and provides a rationale for why some characteristics are essential while others are desirable. Using economic, political, social, and technological factors as determinants, the authors further the discussion and ask the question: has this position become a permanent fixture in the library culture or is it a passing trend?
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    Assessing your vendors' viability
    (2010-10-28) Williams, Virginia Kay; Downes, Kathy A.
    Modern libraries invest substantial resources in print and electronic serials. Unfortunately librarians do not always understand how financial issues faced by vendors in today’s economy can adversely impact library services. Librarians are careful when initially selecting major vendors; however, good stewardship demands that libraries continue to assess their vendors’ financial health throughout the relationship. This article discusses the risks that vendor financial difficulties pose to library operations and recommends methods for librarians to monitor vendor viability.
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    InfoShock-2009
    (Wichita State University Libraries. Operations Council., 2009) Downes, Kathy A.
    A news bulletin of Wichita State University Libraries activities published by the Libraries Operations Council.
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    InfoShock-2008
    (Wichita State University Libraries. Operations Council., 2008) Downes, Kathy A.
    A weekly news bulletin of Wichita State University Libraries activities published by the Libraries Operations Council.
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    InfoShock-2007
    (Wichita State University Libraries. Operations Council., 2007) Downes, Kathy A.
    A semi-weekly news bulletin of Wichita State University Libraries activities published by the Libraries Operations Council.