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Thursday, November 3

2:30pm EDT

Assessing Power Relations in the Global Internet: Reading The Intersectional Internet, by S.U. Noble and B.M. Tynes, eds
This book turns a critical lens on the impact of the global Internet, by challenging its capacity to not simply reflect, but define and structure uneven power relations and social values through rapidly evolving  digital technologies, platforms and infrastructures. The fourteen essays in the book, written by leading scholars from various fields of cultural studies allied to information sciences/Library/media studies and the social sciences, adopt an analytical approach and theoretical perspectives, linked to the multi-faceted concept of "intersectionality." This allows the authors to critically investigate the complexities of the multiple differences in the controlling ideologies, identities and outcomes embedded in their own fields of research. 

This presentation will invite librarians and other information specialists to explicitly identify, contextualize and critically assess the impact of these new lines of inquiry on their multi-dimensional work experiences: Internet studies, computer code, resource selection, reference interaction, bibliographic instruction and other research needs of users in an increasingly diverse environment. 

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Joyce Dixon-Fyle

Joyce is an academic librarian (Professor) and Coordinator of Collection Development at DPU, where she has worked for many years. She earned both Ph.D. (French Literature)and MLS degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Her primary services include assessing and selecting... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 2:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Rutledge Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

3:35pm EDT

Change It Up: Growing your Career in a Wildly Different Organization
Take your professional development to the next level, curb burnout, and seize new possibilities with a move to a wildly different organization. Join us for a session on growing your career "up" or "out" by transitioning to a different size or type of organization.

The presenters have worked in academic libraries (large and small, public and private); for library vendors; and in public libraries of varying sizes. Hear their perspectives on the opportunities, surprises, and lessons learned in changing up their work environs.


  • Identify opportunities for professional growth that a change in organizational type, structure, and size can provide. 

  • Determine whether you, too, can spur renewed growth in your professional development/career in a wildly different type library. 

  • Better evaluate the qualifications of applicants with experience in a much different setting.

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Betsy Appleton

Electronic and Continuing Resources Librarian, St. Edward's University
Betsy Appleton is interested in electronic resource management, scholarly communication, licensing, and collection development.
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Tina Buck

Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Central Florida
Serials and database access with some ILS/ERM, cataloging, and acquisitions mixed in. Outside work, I like to cook and bake bread.
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Carol Seiler

Account Services Manager, EBSCO Information Services

Thursday November 3, 2016 3:35pm - 4:15pm EDT
Cooper Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

3:35pm EDT

Rolling On or Getting Rolled Over? Introducing New Functional Specializations in Academic Libraries
In 2000, Wilder identified the most significant shift in the hiring practices of Association of Research Libraries (ARL) as "the growth of the job category 'functional specialist' (p. 4), defined by ARL as 'media specialists or...experts in management fields such as personnel, fiscal matters, systems, preservation, etc." (ibid.) This trend continues today. According to Sierra's (2012) review of jobs posted by ARL member libraries in 2011, two thirds of functional specialist positions were newly created or redefined.

Functional specialist librarians confront unique challenges. These positions are often "one-person shops" in which the function in question is performed by a very small staff, limiting in-house training and mentoring opportunities. Furthermore, the work of individual functional specialist positions differs significantly from specialization to specialization. While a newly-minted Cataloging Librarian would likely have the opportunity to be trained and guided by another professional librarian in their home library, a Digital Humanities specialist's work and training, for example, differs significantly from that of an Assessment Librarian. How, then, do individual functional specializations develop as sub-professions of academic librarianship?
This presentation will discuss and compare findings from large-scale surveys of librarians in two areas of specialization: Electronic Resources Management and Assessment. Attendees will learn about similarities and differences in the practices and concerns of librarians in the two groups, and how members of each group acquired the skills and knowledge required of their specializations. Attendees will be asked to share their own experiences as functional specialists to inform each other and future research efforts.

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Rachel Fleming-May

Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences, The University of Tennessee
Rachel Fleming-May is an Associate Professor in the University of Tennessee’s School of Information Sciences. Her research and teaching interests include assessment, academic librarianship, and the intersection of creative writing and information
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Jill Grogg

Strategist, Content and Schol Comm Initiatives, LYRASIS
Jill Grogg is a Strategist with the Content & Scholarly Communication Initiatives team at LYRASIS. Previously, she was electronic resources coorindator at The University of Alabama Libraries for over a decade.

Regina Mays

Head (Interim), Assessment Programs and Collection Strategy, University of Tennessee Libraries

Thursday November 3, 2016 3:35pm - 4:15pm EDT
Gold Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Friday, November 4

11:35am EDT

Rolling in the Deep: Negotiating to Have It All
We *all* negotiate! Negotiating is happening all around you. You do it every day. This panel of negotiation experts come from libraries of all different sizes and places. Each will reflect on how learning and understanding negotiation skills from the online course "Negotiation Skills for Librarians" taught by Sarah Durrant has made us each a better librarian. Each expert will give real-life examples of applying learned negotiating skills to their day-to-day work, including publisher and vendor negotiations. Topics will illustrate strategies from the course, such as publisher profiling, understanding the four cornerstones of negotiation, putting principles of negotiation into practice, and looking at ways to evaluate success. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. Attendees will leave with a much better understanding of what it takes to negotiate in all aspects of work life, and how to remain resilient through it all.

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Kristina Alayan

Head of Reference & Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Library

Jennifer Carroll

Collection Management Librarian, University of New Hampshire
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Aaron Lupton

Electronic Resources Librarian, York University
I have been the Electronic Resources Librarian at York University in Toronto since 2009. I am involved in negotiating licenses and purchases of all electronic materials in York's collections. I also have an interest in all matters pertaining to assessment, especially collections assessment... Read More →
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Ronda Rowe

UT System Licensing and Communications Librarian, University of Texas at Austin
Ronda Rowe is the UT System Licensing and Communications Librarian for the University of Texas Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin. In this position, she is responsible for developing and implementing effective and efficient license negotiations and processing for the... Read More →

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

2:30pm EDT

The Nuts & Bolts of Supporting Change and Transformation for Research Librarians
Libraries have a rich tradition of providing services and support to researchers. In recent years changing technology, evolving research methods and requirements, and the transforming landscape of scholarly communication have revealed a need for libraries to actively engage scholars and participate in the entire research lifecycle. As liaison and subject librarian roles shift to a more holistic and engagement-focused model, it is important that libraries provide them with the tools and resources to develop new skills.

In this session we will focus on three ways in which the NCSU Libraries created and supported relevant training and opportunities for research librarians to gain the expertise necessary to embrace new roles and deeper collaboration across the research enterprise. Examples include: the Data and Visualization Institute for Librarians, the Visualization Discussion series, and the Research Data Committee.

Attendees will be invited to share their perspectives and experiences around the evolving role of research librarians and the training and resources necessary for gaining new skills. Participants will learn about some of the skills necessary for increased engagement, take away ideas for creating peer to peer learning opportunities, and gain insights about the challenges and opportunities related to supporting and developing new skills.

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Heidi Tebbe

Collections & Research Librarian for Engineering and Data Science, NC State University Libraries
Heidi Tebbe is the Collections & Research Librarian for Engineering and Data Science at North Carolina State University. She manages collections for subjects including engineering, computer science, physics, astronomy, and data science.
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Mira Waller

Department Head, Research Engagement, Libraries, North Carolina State University

Friday November 4, 2016 2:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Cooper Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401