Tim Bucknall
Assistant Director for Libraries, and Head of Electronic Resources and Information Technologies
University Libraries, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The Electronic Resources and Information Technology (ERIT) Unit is responsible for developing service programs for electronic media; for exploring, selecting, and implementing new technologies; for writing and supporting custom programs; for desktop and server hardware support and maintenance; for software selection, installation, customization, and support; for the support of multiple operating systems; for the maintenance and development of multiple server environments; for building and maintaining databases and custom front ends; and for developing and delivering instruction to library staff in electronic resources and microcomputer applications software; for the maintenance and develepment of the Library's electronic journals and databases; and for support of academic web pages campus-wide. ERIT currently has 14 full time staff, including the Interlibrary Loan unit.

If you're a glutton for punishment, you can check out my seventy or so presentations and about a dozen publications on my CV :)

Current Projects

Some of the more interesting projects with which I am involved to some degree include:
NC LIVE is comprised of all the public libraries, the community colleges, the UNC system schools, and the private and independent colleges in North Carolina. It creates a level playing field by making diverse resources available to citizens across the state. I serve on NC LIVE's Librarians Council and chair its Web Advisory Committee.
UNCG Digital Library of American Slavery
In 2004, I co-authored with Dr. Loren Schweninger of the UNCG History Department a successful NEH grant for $200,000. The end product will be a searchable database of all state and many county legal petitions relating to slaves or slavery in the American South from the Revolutionary period until the end of the Civil War.
The Carolina Consortium
I am the negotiator, founder, and convener of the Carolina Consortium. In its first year (2005), the consortium saved its 38 member institutions approximately 70 million dollars. The group has since grown to about 50 members, with even greater savings.
Journal Finder
I helped design and create the first OpenURL link resolver to go into production in the United States. Journal Finder currently has nearly thirty institutional customers in six states.
Open Access and Free Ejournals
One of my areas of research interest. I'm fascinated to see how/if these will transform the landscape of scholarly research journals. On a more basic level, I have discovered and harvested thousands of free titles for the Journal Finder knowledge base and have done several presentations on usage patterns.
Ejournal access mechanisms
Journal Finder includes pay-per-view, free, directly subscribed, aggregator, consortial package, and unmediated document delivery titles. I am currently doing research on how these different mechanisms alter usage levels and satisfaction rates.
Making the catalog user-friendly
Although my staff rarely lets me do any hands-on programming of our catalog any more, I was involved in creating the "first in the country" automatic OpenURL linking of book MARC records to their corresponding book reviews in InfoTrac. I was also involved in creating the first intergated DRA/eReserves system in the U.S. and in the automatic "on-the-fly" creation of ejournal and document delivery links from every serials record in our catalog. I'm still looking for ways to make our SIRSI catalog more useful.
Electronic Resource Selection
I chair Jackson Library's Electronic Resources Committee, which decides on all database renewals and subscriptions for UNCG. And I coordinate all the deals for the fifty schools of the Carolina Consortium.

What I do when I'm not at work

I'm a librarian, so its hardly surprising that I love to read. I also like backpacking, cooking (especially Italian food!), woodworking, and soccer.

How to contact me

My office is located in the back of the ERIT area on the second floor of the main building of Jackson Library.

Phone (910)334-4238
E-mail tim_bucknall@uncg.edu

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