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Friday, November 4 • 11:35am - 12:15pm
Shotgun Sessions: Collection Development Analysis & Assessment and Discovery of Collections Threads

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These short “pecha kucha-like” sessions will feature 5 PowerPoint presentations of 6 minutes and 40 seconds each. We will have time at the end of the session intended for Q&A for all presenters. Come for a lively, rapid-fire group of talks.

1. Retention Modeling for the Eastern Academic Scholars' Trust (EAST) (Anna Perrici)

How do you get 40 diverse libraries to agree on a model for shared print retention in 8 weeks? This lively overview will demonstrate the process of forming and refining such a model for retention of monographs, using collection analysis and visualization software. The Eastern Academic Scholars' Trust (EAST) is a partnership of 48 academic libraries, 40 of which are committing to retain titles on behalf of all EAST members for a minimum of 15 years.  EAST seeks to maintain access to the scholarly record through sustained cooperation between partner libraries.  

Hear how the project team worked with partner libraries, the vendor for collection analysis software (Sustainable Collection Services), working group members and EAST governance to refine and adopt a model for retaining over 6 million scholarly monographs. The key elements of the final model will be covered as well major lessons learned.

When this proposal was written the collection analysis project had just transitioned to the retention allocation and commitment phase.  More details and specifics on lessons learned will be available by the time this shotgun sessions occurs.

2. The Past is Prologue:   What 50 Years of History can tell us about the Future of Collection Development (David Sharp) 

This shotgun session will handpick a collection of eighteen of the most informative, peculiar, and self-evident insights that I learned during my sabbatical leave.  I reviewed five decades worth of collection development history, data and practice at Carleton University Library (Ottawa, Canada).  In the process,  I discovered things about both the distant and recent past that might help prepare us for some of the challenges of the future.     

Topics of discussion will include inflation, exchange rates, staffing, the perception and reality of tough economic times, why you should care about furniture budget, austerity versus fiscal stimulus, the unabated growth of e-resources, transparency and assessment, user-centered collection development models, audits, and more.  

The presentation will combine easy-to-interpret visuals with clear talking points to covey its information.  It will be of interest to library staff, who can generalize from Carleton's history and can import the lessons to be had to their own institutions; and of interest to vendors and publishers, who can take in a six minute "long view" of a university library and the challenges it has and will continue to face.
3. Validation Sample Study for Shared Print Collection - Is It There? (Gwen Verkuilen-Chevalier)

The Eastern Academic Scholars' Trust Shared Print project conducted a Validation Study in the spring of 2016 to determine an "availability metric" and average condition of circulating print materials in the 40 retention partner libraries.  This talk will cover the methodology and results of this validation study, how it played into the retention model being used by EAST, and touch on how Google App Scripts was used to create a front end to Google Sheets for a live data collection tool and administrative dashboard. 

4. Know Your Collections! : Rebuilding a Discovery Service and an Open URL Resolver (Judith Nagata) 

Building and maintaining a library collection is only valuable if the students, faculty, and staff can find and use those resources. Therefore, maintenance of discovery services is an integral part of the daily workflow of acquisitions, collection maintenance, and assessment. Access to collections is lost when either collection or discovery services management falters.  This session will demonstrate how a medium-sized academic library with limited library staff rebuilt both their discovery service and their open url resolver. Discussion will include the importance of both selecting appropriate search and retrieval metadata as well as including the correct collections (at a title level) for full text access. It also will provide information on the decision making process that made the project manageable and possible to complete in seven months. 

5. Everything I want to say about Open Access in 6 minutes 40 seconds (John Dove) 

In June of last year I jumped head-long into the world of Open Access. I've watched from the sidelines these past several decades. I come from a family with three generations of academics across STEM, Social Sciences and Humanities. I have real passion for seeing the results of scholarship be freely available to all of society without limitations. In 6 minutes and 40 seconds I'm going to share with you what I've learned about the current state of Open Access and what I think the path forward is to accomplishing some of the benefits of open access in my lifetime.

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Adam Chesler

Director, Global Sales, AIP Publishing

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John G Dove

Consultant, Paloma & Associates
I'm best known for the role I had in building Credo Reference into a well-respected online reference tool for libraries that is deeply linked into the resources of its host library--thereby serving one of the important features of an online encyclopedia. Since leaving Credo at... Read More →
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Judith Nagata

Electronic Resources Librarian, Coastal Carolina University
I am managing all of the electronic resources (ebooks, ejournals, databases, streaming media) for Coastal Carolina University. I also manage the access points via discovery services, the library website and the catalog. I am interested in learning more about ways to manage collections... Read More →
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Anna Perricci

Project Manager, Eastern Academic Scholars' Trust / Boston Library Consortium
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David Sharp

Head, Acquisitions, Carleton University Library

Gwen Verkuilen-Chevalier

Head of Collection Development and User Services, Saint Anselm College

Friday November 4, 2016 11:35am - 12:15pm EDT
Pinckney Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403