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George Boston
Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian
Assistant Professor
Technical Services Department
Curriculum Vitae

University Libraries
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Telephone: 269-387-5147
Fax: 269-387-5196

Email: george.boston@wmich.edu
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Professional Responsibilities
As the Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian I manage one of three Units within the Technical Services Department. The unit acquires and manages several thousand print periodicals and serials, electronic journals, electronic books, and databases in order to support the collections of the University Libraries. The Unit also ensures access and troubleshoots problems.

Educational and Professional Background
Before becoming The Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian in 2006, I worked in the field of Library and Information science for twenty years, gaining valuable experience at various libraries in the community, including the Kalamazoo Public Library and Southwest Michigan Library Cooperative. Like several other faculty and staff I began working in the librarianship as a student employed here in the University Libraries and enjoyed the atmosphere and the challenges presented to me. I have a Master of Arts and a Master of Library Science from Western Michigan University and a B.S. in Political Science from Central Michigan University.

Research Interests
The new information technologies that appear almost on a daily basis present interesting challenges. How will they enhance customer service? How will they increase the interlinking and interoperability of resources? And how can they make finding information easy and intuitive? Answering these questions provide a wide field of research.

Selected Publications
Garrison, Scott, George Boston, and Sheila Bair.
“Taming Lightning in More Than One Bottle: Implementing a Local Next-Generation Catalog Versus a Hosted Web-Scale Discovery Service” Contributed paper delivered at the 2011 Association of College and Research Libraries conference at Phildelphai, PA.
Paper available

Boston, George, and Randle Gedeon.
Beyond OpenURL Technologies for Linking Library Resources. Electronic Resource Management in Libraries Research and Practice. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2008. 235-249.

Gedeon, Randle, and George Boston.
Western Michigan University Libraries' Electronic Journal Finder. The Acquisitions Librarian 17.33/34 (2005):97-106.

Conference Presentations & Presentations
"Double Your Disruption? Discover Happier Users: Implementing Local vs. Cloud-based Discovery Systems" co-written with Sheila Bair and Scott Garrison. Michigan Library Association. October 27, 2011, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Presentation available

"Harvesting from Many Silos at Web-Scale Makes eContent Truly Discoverable" co-written with Scott Garrison.
Electronic resources and Libraries. February 3, 2010, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Presentation available

"Creating Custom Verde reports using Access and Perl" presented with Deborah Mouw.
Presented at the Ex-Libris User's of North America Annual Conference, May 8, 2009, Richmond, VA

"Providing Print and Microform Holdings Information through the SFX Menu System"
Presented at the Michigan Academy of Arts Sciences and Letters Annual Conference, March 20, 2009, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Presentation available

"Cooperation, Communication, and Collaboration: The 3 C's of Workflows at the WMU University Libraries Technical Services Department" presented with Sheila Bair and Randle Gedeon.
Technical Services Conference, April 15, 2008, Michigan Library Association, Lansing MI
Presentation available

"E-Resources Usage Data: Apples to Oranges and Fixing Holes" presented with Michael Whang.
Electronic resources and Libraries. March 20, 2008, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Presentation available

"An Improved Open URL Resolver Menu System" presented with Deborah Mouw.
Michigan Academy of Arts Sciences and Letters Annual Conference, March 7, 2008, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Presentation available

"Collaboration: Meeting the Library User's Needs in a Digital Environment" presented with Julie Hayward, Dianna Sachs, and Michael Whang.
Electronic resources and Libraries. February 24, 2007, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Presentation available