Leads, manages, and plans for all aspects of the Library’s collection development activities for electronic and print resources.
Prepares and manages the Library’s collection budget.
Negotiates and maintains all license agreements for the Library’s electronic resources.
Collaborates with vendors, publishers, consortia groups, clients and staff in the selection/deselection, acquisition, and successful implementation and support of electronic products.
Manages the collection development department and its staff of 3.0 FTEs.
Leads a multi-university support group to manage electronic resource purchases for a five-state regional academic medical library consortium, SCAMeL (South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium).
Areas of Interest:
Academic and research library acquisition and management practices
Collection evaluation and analysis
Licensing of electronic resources
Scholarly publishing trends
M.L.S., San Jose State University, California State University Fullerton Campus Program, 1992
Medical Library Association (MLA)
Academy of Health Information Professionals, MLA
South Central Chapter, MLA
Thompson LL, Higa ML (Associate Editor and Contributor), Carrigan E, and Tobia R. The Medical Library Association's Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources in the Health Sciences, Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2011.
Higa, Mori Lou. "Integration of Web 2.0 and Electronic Journals." Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, v.5(1), 2008: 55-64.
Thompson LL and Higa ML. "Journal Collection Development: Challenges, Issues and Strategies." In Introduction to Health Sciences Librarianship (ed. M. Sandra Wood), Haworth Press, 2008.
Carrigan E, Higa ML, and Tobia, R. "Collection Development of Monographs and Digital Resources." In Introduction to Health Sciences Librarianship (ed. M. Sandra Wood), Haworth Press, 2008.
Higa ML, Bunnett B, Maina B, Perkins J, Ramos T, Thompson LL, and Wayne R. "Redesigning a Library’s Organizational Structure." College and Research Libraries, v.66(1), January 2005: 41-58.
Higa-Moore ML, Bunnett B, Mayo HG, and Olney CA. “Use of Focus Groups In a Library’s Strategic Planning Process.” Journal of the Medical Library Association, v90(1), January 2002: 86-92.
Awards and Grants:
2008 Daniel T. Richards Prize Winner Co-Recipient, Medical Library Association Collection Development Section for “Journal Collection Development: Challenges, Issues, and Strategies." In Introduction to Health Sciences Librarianship, Haworth Press, 2008.