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Friday, November 4 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Bridging the Divide: Collaborating Across Departments to Improve Communication and Collections

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Flat budgets, rising subscription rates, and the need to communicate the (bad) news to librarians and faculty are part of the academic library landscape. Additionally, our institution recently implemented Incentive Based Budgeting requiring financial transparency and demonstration of value to community stakeholders. Directors overseeing liaison librarians and collection management will share their perspectives on increasing collaborations across their respective departments in order to build a line of communication between their departments. This presentation and discussion will focus on the venues and mechanisms that facilitate a culture of librarians sharing information across departments about financial realities within the libraries and university and promote cooperative decision-making in challenging times. At the authors’ institution the increased communication has resulted in:

• liaison librarians better understanding budget constraints, usage statistics and collection challenges such as weeding for growth;
• collections/acquisitions librarians respecting their liaisons librarian colleagues’ subject expertise and relationship with faculty;
• data-driven decision-making tempered by knowledge of disciplines and faculty needs.

Attendees will learn the approaches that worked to foster communication and collaboration between the departments and the challenges the presenters faced as they worked to build trust and respect between the two groups. Audience members will also be asked to answer the following questions and share their experiences and departmental structures so that participants may learn of other successful collaborations:

• What methods have you used to facilitate interdepartmental communications between subject liaisons and collection management?
• Can you share examples of interdepartmental decision-making for collection-related decisions?

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Nancy Fawley

Director, Information and Instruction Services, University of Vermont
Nancy Fawley is the Director of Information and Instruction Services at the University of Vermont’s Bailey/Howe Library. She is currently responsible for leading a department of liaison librarians in the programs and services they provide to support research and learning. From 2004-2011... Read More →
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Laura Gewissler

Director of Collection Management Services, University of Vermont
Laura Gewissler is the Director of Collection Management Services at the University of Vermont’s Bailey/Howe Library. She is currently responsible for coordination of collections, technical services, serials management and usage of remote storage. From 1988 to 2012, she served as... Read More →

Friday November 4, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Laurens Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403