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Friday, November 4 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Why Business Content Subscriptions Can Drive Us Crazy, and What to Do About It: A dialogue with business librarians, business vendors, and the audience on best practices and solutions

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Business databases have a reputation for being expensive, having problematic licensing terms, and generally being a pain to work with. This reputation is particularly common among collection development and e-resources librarians in general libraries. In addition to affordability, issues can include licensing restrictions to specific campus populations and locations, requirements that users create personal accounts, severe download restrictions, not working with consortiums, and shutting down summer access to prevent usage by student interns. On the other hand, business vendors must design their products and licensing to work with many types of customers: corporations, government agencies, consultants, and academia. Their content is often very expensive to produce, and vendors sometimes have to license content from third-party providers that have their own pricing and licensing issues.

To help better understand why business databases can be challenging to work with, and to propose recommendations on how libraries and business vendors can best work together, a group of business librarians and business vendors will lead this lively lunch discussion. The librarians will represent both business libraries and general libraries, and will present case studies representing different types and sizes of campuses. The vendors will represent specialized business content publishers. Together we will discuss how business information is different, why business vendors behave differently, examples of challenges in working with business vendors, examples of challenges in working with libraries, and recommendations & best practices. We will invite audience participation throughout.

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Betsy Clementson

Director, Turchin Business Library, Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business
Betsy Clementson began her information career at an investment bank and seeks to keep context at the center of her research instruction. At the Freeman School she partners with professors to develop sessions emphasizing academic and real-world information skills.
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Steve Cramer

Business Librarian & Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship Education, UNC Greensboro
I serve as the UNCG Business & Geography Librarian as well as a Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship Education. UNCG awarded me tenure in 2007. Previously I worked at Duke University and Davenport College. I'm co-founder of Business Librarianship in North Carolina (BLINC), a member of ALA's BRASS, and a Carolina Consortium negotiator. I blog on liaison issues at https://liaisonlife.wordpress.com
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Cynthia Cronin-Kardon

Business Reference and Resource Development Librarian, Lippincott Library, University of Pennsylvania
I love this conference and have been coming for years. On Friday I will be participating in a Lively Lunch on Business Database contracts. Join us in the Gold Ballroom | Being a Librarian allows me to learn new things everyday (and I don't have to write the paper). | I love bike riding, my family, my cat and GARDENING
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Corey Seeman

Director, Kresge Library Services, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
Corey Seeman is the Director of Kresge Library Services of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. The unit has recently undergone a great transformation from a traditional library to an electronic-only library service group with the completion of the Ross Construction project in 2016. Corey has been director since October 2006 and previously worked as the Associate Dean for Resource and Systems Management at the... Read More →

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