Steve Oberg, M.S.L.I.S

Assistant Professor of Library Science
On Faculty since 2012

Office: BML 220
Phone: (630)752-5852
Fax: (630)752-5463
Email:

Education

M.S. Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1991.

A.B. History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1990.

About Steve Oberg

I am a member of the library's Resource Description and Digital Initiatives Group, and I am responsible for managing electronic resources and serial publications including e-journals, e-books, online databases, etc. These resources are in high demand by our users who increasingly expect research resources to be available online and in full text, 24x7, from anywhere. At the same time, these resources are often the most expensive and challenging to manage of all that the library provides. My responsibilities mesh well with my passion for satisfying user needs through innovative approaches and a deep understanding of how technology impacts the way we access and consume information.

In addition to these responsibilities, I serve as a liaison to Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, HoneyRock, Mathematics, and Physics.

My wife and I have four children and attend The Chapel in Grayslake, in the far northern suburbs of Chicago. I am a technogeek at heart with a large extended family that is international in scope. Interests include reading, photography, exploration of social media and mobile technologies, and travel.

I also teach part-time at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in their online curriculum, as well as at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Library Association
  • Association for College and Research Libraries
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • NASIG

Publications

Bueter, Rita VanAssche, Vivian Buell, and Steve Oberg. 1995. “To Be Continued? Or, The Birth of a Series.” The Serials Librarian 25 (3-4): 283–87. doi:10.1300/J123v25n03_31.

Landesman, Betty, Steven Oberg, and Lauren Noel. 1996. “What’s in It for Us? Internet Use in Technical Services.” The Serials Librarian 28 (3-4): 317–23. doi:10.1300/J123v28n03_17.

Maclennan, Birdie, Steve Oberg, and Mary Ann Sheble. 1997. “Web Worlds and Hyperspace: Exploring More Advanced Topics in Web Authoring.” The Serials Librarian 31 (1-2): 315–25. doi:10.1300/J123v31n01_18.

Markovic, Marija, and Steve Oberg. 2015. “Earnestly Seeking Greater Flexibility: The Pros and Cons of Pay-Per-View Journal Access.” In Proceedings of the Charleston Library Conference. West Lafayette, Indiana: Against the Grain Press.

McKee, Anne E., Beverley Geer, Michael Markwith, Steve Oberg, Bob Schatz, Christine Stamison, and Jeanne M. Langendorfer. 2008. “Hitting the Trifecta: Alternative Career Paths for Those with an MLS.” The Serials Librarian 54 (1-2): 179–92. doi:10.1080/03615260801974073.

Oberg, Steve. 2003. “Open Source Software: An Introduction from a Serialist’s Perspective.” Serials Review 29 (1): 36–39. doi:10.1016/S0098-7913(03)00002-9.

———. 2004. “Which Route Do I Take? A Viewpoint on Locally Developed versus Commercially Available Journal Management Solutions.” Serials Review 30 (2): 122–26. doi:10.1016/j.serrev.2004.03.002.

———. 2009. “Thoughts on the Future of E-Journal Management and Access.” In E-Journals Access and Management, edited by Wayne Jones, 319–26. New York: Routledge.

Oberg, Steve, and Beth Goodwin. Forthcoming. Managing Electronic Resources: Evolving Issues and Practice. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited.

Oberg, Steve, and George Machovec. 2003. “Gold Rush: An Electronic Journal Management and Linking Project.” Serials Review 29 (3): 230–32. doi:10.1016/S0098-7913(03)00055-8.

Oberg, Steve, Marija Markovic, and Connie Mead. Forthcoming. Understanding the Pros and Cons of Pay-Per-View Journal Access. ATG Executive Summaries for the Top Level Manager. West Lafayette, Indiana: Against the Grain Press.

Oberg, Steve, Sarah Morris, and Donna Packer. 2009. “E-Resource Management in the For-Profit World: Soothing the Sting.” The Serials Librarian 56 (1-4): 226–29. doi:10.1080/03615260802690702.

Oberg, Steven J. 2002. “Lessons in Leadership: Practical Ideas for Growing Your Library Career.” http://www.liscareer.com/oberg_leadership.htm.

Oberg, Steve, Stephanie Schmitt, and Birdie Maclennan. 1998. “Current Tools/Emerging Technologies for Advanced Web Authors.” The Serials Librarian 34 (1-2): 31–39. doi:10.1300/J123v34n01_06.

Oberg, Steve, Laura Sill, Pamela Nicholas, and Lisa Stienbarger. 2002. “Serials Workflow Adaptation and the New ILS: A Case for Continuous Process Improvement.” Serials Review 28 (4): 298–315.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Library, Steven J. Oberg, and Nelly S. Gonzalez. 1991a. Caribbean Area Studies in the Humanities : A Guide to Current Sources in the University of Illinois Library. Vol. 2. Urbana, Ill.: Latin American Library Services Unit, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

———. 1991b. Caribbean Area Studies in the Social Sciences : A Guide to Current Sources in the University of Illinois Library. Vol. 3. Urbana, Ill.: Latin American Library Services Unit, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

———. 1991c. Politics and Government in Latin America : A Guide to Current Sources in the University of Illinois Library. Vol. 1. Urbana, Ill.: Latin American Library Services Unit, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

———. 1991d. The Indian Civilizations of Latin America : A Guide to Current Sources in the University of Illinois Library. Vol. 4. Urbana, Ill.: Latin American Library Services Unit, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Recent Presentations

Markovic, Marija, and Steve Oberg. 2014. “Earnestly Seeking Greater Flexibility: The Pros and Cons of Pay-Per-View Journal Access.” presented at the 2014 Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, Charleston, SC, November 6. http://librarylink.wheaton.edu/ppvcharleston14.

Mead, Connie, and Oberg, Steve. 2013. “Lower Costs, Greater Access: What Pay-Per-View Did for Our Serials Budget.” presented at the CARLI IACQ Open House, Buswell Library, Wheaton College, May 22. http://librarylink.wheaton.edu/ppvcarliiacq.

Oberg, Steve. 2013. “E-Resources Maintenance in a Multi-Access Environment: Challenges, Opportunities, and Practical Ideas.” presented at the LITA/ALCTS ERM Interest Group, American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, June 29. http://librarylink.wheaton.edu/ermala13.

Oberg, Steve. 2015a. “Lower Costs, Greater Access: Overview and Reflections on Pay-Per-View for Journal Articles.” The Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL, January 23. http://librarylink.wheaton.edu/ppviwu.

———. 2015b. “Pay-Per-View for Journals: The Wheaton College (Illinois) Experience.” presented at the Collection Development Strategies in an Evolving Marketplace: an ALCTS Midwinter Symposium, Chicago, IL, January 30. http://librarylink.wheaton.edu/ppvalamw15.

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