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Friday, November 4 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Releasing Subject Liaisons into the Wild: Designing a Holistic Collection Development Approach

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Library literature is replete with recommendations and examples of engaging subject liaisons in the research and curricular process by freeing them from traditional library collection-building duties. At the University of Virginia Library, a recent reorganization has resulted in the formation of a Collections Management Team to create a holistic, agile, and balanced approach to collections-related activities. This new approach to collection development and management was designed with the intent to reimagine and redirect a large number of "siloed" approval plans, re-envision interdisciplinary collection support, streamline "slip" plans through the development of new print and e-book PDA plans, and redesign the allocation models to maintain these new initiatives.

This session will provide insight into the processes and stages of designing a new approach to collection management at the University of Virginia Library. Presenters will discuss the process of creating new, interdisciplinary plans, planning for the financial allocations to support the new approaches, and perspectives from the Library's vendor collections consultant (ProQuest/Coutts). The presenters will share experiences and lessons-learned from the first year of this initiative and make suggestions for others considering similar changes to their collection management strategies as academic libraries design new approaches to roll with the times.

Audience members will be invited to participate and discuss their experiences and priorities related to changing approaches to collection management.


Beth Blanton-Kent

Collections Librarian, University of Virginia Library
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Mary Lynn Kingston

Manager, Coutts Collection Consultants, ProQuest
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Carla Lee

Interim Senior Director, Harrison-Small Research Center, University of Virginia

Friday November 4, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Citadel Green Room, Embassy Suites 337 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403