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Friday, November 4 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Rolling the Dice and Playing with Numbers: Statistical Realities and Responses

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Librarians invest time gathering numbers about collections for various entities, such as accrediting groups, organizations, and their user communities. Gathering collections-related statistics regarding the numbers of things our libraries subscribe to or purchase, as well as the items our users use, often requires a significant investment in time. Definitions can be difficult to apply and some questions do not seem to reflect our current reality or demonstrate value.

Panelists will share perspectives on the challenges of annually gathering and recording collections-related statistics, understanding definitions, and complying with standards in which differences in interpretation can lead to radically different values reported. Presenters will share their practices, as well as suggestions for improving the process and focusing on what is meaningful and manageable. Attendees will be invited to share practices, and will come away with an understanding of the complexity of the process and suggestions from all present.

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Natasha Cooper

Collection Development and Analysis Librarian and Subject Librarian for Information Studies, Syracuse University Libraries
Tasha Cooper is collection development and analysis librarian for arts and humanities, as well as some social sciences and professional programs, and subject librarian for information studies at Syracuse University Libraries, in Syracuse, NY.
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Kimberly Nolan

Resources Manager, SUNY Upstate Medical University
I provide leadership, planning and management of the Upstate Health Sciences Library collection. I also manage the resources budget; and oversees Document Delivery.
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Michael Poulin

Head of Collection Management, Colgate University Libraries
Michael Poulin is the Head of Collection Management at Colgate University Libraries. He has served as Digital Resources Librarian and also as a Systems Librarian.
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Nancy Turner

Associate Director for Organizational Research & Strategy Alignment, Temple University

Friday November 4, 2016 2:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Salon I, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401