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Thursday, November 3 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Reviews of eResources for Libraries: Relevant or Retro?

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A lively lunch structured to stimulate the exchange of information and opinions on the value of reviews, their influence on the purchase (or de-accession) of e-resources, trends in selection of e-resources, and new collaborative reviewing efforts. A brief panel presentation will open the luncheon. Different perspectives will be offered:

Librarian perspective (academic and public):
How do librarians use reviews? How do they evaluate, select, and/or cancel e-products? Who is involved in selection process? What kinds of information in reviews are most helpful? Are reviews providing a meaningful means of discovery of databases for librarians, faculty, and other researchers? How is the profession trending in terms of evaluating new products? What is overall toolbox for the selection of e-resources?

Publisher perspective:
How important are reviews to publishers? Do they still carry the same weight in purchasing decisions? How do reviews affect marketing and the development of new products/subjects?

Community/collaborative perspective:
What efforts have been undertaken to create community/consortia-based or crowd-sourced analytic reviews of databases? What are the challenges in creating and sustaining collaborative ventures? How are review sources evolving to meet current needs?

The panel presentation will be followed by an open discussion and exchange of ideas/opinions among all panelists and luncheon attendees, with the goal of attaining a broader understanding of the relevance of electronic resource reviews to various stakeholders and the ways in which traditional review processes are evolving/should evolve to address current library needs and expectations. The panelists will actively seek feedback from luncheon attendees. This is meant to be an interactive discussion.

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Diane Klare

Head of Reference Services, Wesleyan University
Diane Klare is Head of Reference Services/Interim Manager of Technical Services at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She joined Wesleyan in 2002 and has served as Head of Reference services since 2006. From 2014 until 2016, she held the position of Interim University Librarian. Diane has a BA in French and a MBA in international business from the University of Connecticut, an MLS from Southern Connecticut State University, and a CAS... Read More →
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Cheryl LaGuardia

Research Librarian, Harvard University

George Machovec

Executive Director, Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries
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Stephen Rhind-Tutt

President, Alexander Street Press
Rhind-Tutt has worked in electronic publishing for libraries for more than 27 years. Before co-founding Alexander Street Press in 2000, he worked for Gale, Proquest/Chadwyck-Healey, and SilverPlatter in a number of different roles. During that time he was responsible for the creation or development of more than 400 different products serving a wide range of libraries.

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Calhoun Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403