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.
Oberg, Steve, and Beth Goodwin. Forthcoming. Managing Electronic Resources: Evolving Issues and Practice. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited.
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.
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.
Oberg, Steve. 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, 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.
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. 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.
———. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Mead, Connie, and Steve Oberg. 2015. “Toward Improved ROI: Outcomes of Researching Current Pay-Per-View Practices.” presented at the 2015 Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, Charleston, SC, November 5. http://librarylink.wheaton.edu/chs15.
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.
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.