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Thursday, November 3

12:00pm EDT

The Evolution of Ebook Collection Development: Why DDA & Access-To-Own Are Here to Stay (Sponsored by ProQuest)
Registration Required

Given shifting budgets, a return to the days of using approval plans or a single way to purchase ebooks is not an option. In fact, 70% of librarians recently surveyed report that they rely upon multiple acquisition models in their collection development strategy.

ProQuest is at the forefront of creating and delivering Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) models to help libraries meet user needs within budget. We invite you to a luncheon to celebrate the launch of Access-To-Own (ATO), a new model built in collaboration with librarians and publishers as a way to apply short-term spend toward ebook ownership.

Featured speaker Tony Davies, of Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology, is a longtime DDA user. “For us it is a way to provide access to a much wider pool of titles than we could if we only looked at major publishers and aggregators,” he says. Tony joins other librarians at this luncheon to talk about the advantages of combining DDA and ATO to provide robust collections full of diverse content.

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Kari Paulson

VP - Market Development, Books, ProQuest

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Tony Davies

Deputy Director, Library Services, Swinburne University of Technology
Tony started working as a librarian at Swinburne University on a 2 week contract in 1987 and he's still there, although he has taken on a number of different roles over the years. In 2016 the Library merged with Student Administration to form a new department Student Administration... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Stars Restauant, Wilkinson Room 495 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

12:30pm EDT

FOLIO: A New Open Source Library Services Platform (Sponsored by EBSCO)
RSVP Required - Lunch provided at 39 Rue de Jean

Traditionally, the library services platform (LSP) has focused on providing a comprehensive, all-in-one solution for the management of library operations. Yet, at the same time, the traditional LSP has not been able to fulfill all needs. Indeed, as one size does not fit all, libraries increasingly look at adopting tools that provide much desired functionality underserved by the LSP. These tools run the gamut from stand-alone discovery, to integration with learning environments, support for financials, integration of institutional repositories, deployment of self-check systems, and much more.

This presentation will discuss FOLIO, a new library and vendor collaboration that has been developing a new open source library services platform. The presenter will discuss the principles of extensibility, allowing any library or developer to readily develop and deploy applications. And the presenter will look at the ideas behind ‘supported open source’ in which multiple service providers will provide end-to-end services for the open source FOLIO platform.

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Neil Block

Vice President, Global Open Source Innovation, EBSCO

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
39 Rue de Jean 39 John Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

ATG Special Issue Roundtable: Content for Courses
Building on the articles in the November ATG Special Issue Content for Courses, this roundtable discussion will dive deeper into the special role that libraries play in content supporting curricula in higher education. Today's content needs can range widely from the traditional articles or textbooks to multimedia events and MakerSpaces. While US libraries have traditionally not held textbooks for student use, they have long played a central role in ensuring that subscriptions support teaching and learning, providing extensive e-reserves, and even participating in course-pack creation. From OER to Alternative textbooks, instructors have more options than ever before - and more questions for their librarians. Many types of publishers and vendors are experimenting with new business models to support classroom use of content, from e-textbooks to course materials solutions. If you assist faculty in acquiring or managing content to support teaching and learning, then this is the session for you!

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Bob Boissy

Director, Institutional Marketing and Account Development, Springer Nature
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Jessica Clemons

Interim Director of College Libraries, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
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Charles Lyons

Director, Butler Library, State University of New York College at Buffalo
Charles Lyons is Library Director at Buffalo State College. Previously he served as Associate University Librarian for Discovery & Delivery at the University at Buffalo, worked in the corporate library at Lehman Brothers, and in the Science and Engineering Libraries at the University... Read More →
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Elizabeth McKeigue

Associate University Librarian, Santa Clara University
Elizabeth McKeigue is the Associate University Librarian for Learning & Engagement at Santa Clara University in California. In this role, she oversees activities related to research, teaching, outreach, assessment, and access & delivery services. Prior to 2010, Ms. McKeigue held positions... Read More →
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Karen McKeown

Director, Discovery & Analytics, Gale Cengage
I lead efforts at Gale, a division of Cengage Learning, centered on making the traditionally library focused resources Gale provides discoverable in the path of intended users - students, faculty and learners. Having a college aged daughter and being a part of a company whose legacy... Read More →
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Heather Staines

Head of Partnerships, MIT Knowledge Futures Group
Heather Staines is Head of Partnerships for the Knowledge Futures Group, building open source infrastructure for publishers and libraries. Her previous roles include positions at Hypothesis, Proquest, SIPX (formerly the Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange), Springer SBM, and Greenwood... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom 2, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

Budgeting in an Academic Library
Are you always seeking to improve budgeting in your academic library? Are you fascinated by the challenge of predicting costs for subscriptions? I went on an "Academic Library Budgeting Roadshow," and had discussions with peers at seven other institutions. In this session, I will present a summary of my findings, then pose the same questions to the group. We'll discuss everything from the budget process and timeline, to allocating funds, to predicting subscription costs, to what you do if you go over or under budget, to flexibility, to deposit accounts, to Zero-Based Budgeting, to the biggest challenges we each face. Let's share our collective wisdom and brainstorm ideas for best practices in a world of tight budgets, new services, merging vendors, unpredictable cost increases, and rapidly changing purchase and delivery models. Additional questions to be discussed at the group's discretion as time allows.

Objective: Sharing budgeting practices with a goal of finding ways to improve our own.

Learning Expectation: Expect to learn more about other libraries' budgeting practices, and gain new perspective on your own.

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Karin Wikoff

Electronic and Technical Services Librarian, Ithaca College

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Pinckney Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

12:45pm EDT

Creative, Evolving, Relevant - Communicating the Library's Value
Sharing the results of T&F library focus groups, surveys, interviews and other research from 2016, this practical session will look at innovative ways libraries are communicating their value to a range of stakeholders. With concrete, low cost examples the audience can take back to their own institutions, the session introduces a shifted perspective on communicating value that goes beyond simply marketing new book titles or databases.

Hear stories from librarians who are finding ways to keep their libraries relevant by getting creative and leveraging resources they already have. Some of these stories include inviting alumni to library events, providing students with exclusive after-hours library access, involving adjunct faculty in collection management and using library catalogues to track more than just books.

Finding a fresh take on library value propositions begins with viewing the patron as a customer. Customers have choices and the library should always be a top choice for students and faculty alike. Our panel will explore actionable tactics including key elements of email marketing, effective training for new faculty members, hosting successful events and finding the time to get creative with these tips and tricks by using lean practices.

Publishers and libraries have a shared responsibility to connect the right content to the right reader; communicating the value of library services is essential to making that connection. Libraries are not only a collection of vital resources and research support, but the outward looking heart of an institution focused on students, faculty, and their wider goals.

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Natalie Butler

Director of Library & Digital Product Marketing, Taylor & Francis
Natalie Butler is the Director of Library & Digital product marketing for the books business at Taylor & Francis. Within her role as Director of Marketing she leads a global team of marketers which drive the discovering of the research programme across the business, and is actively... Read More →
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Thurston Miller

Physical Sciences Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries - Chemistry-Physics Library
The physical sciences librarian in a branch library at the University of Notre Dame. He has a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a master's degree in Library and Information Science both from the University of Washington.
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Doug Way

Associate University Librarian for Collections and Research Services, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Doug Way is the associate university librarian for collections and research services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he provides leadership for the library's collection development and management, resource sharing, and scholarly communications programs. Doug has written... Read More →
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Krystie Wilfong

Collection Assessment and Analysis Librarian, Columbia University
Krystie is the Collection Assessment & Analysis Librarian for the Science and Engineering division of Columbia University Libraries. She received her B.A. from Gettysburg College in 2008 and her M.L.I.S. from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science in 2013. Previously... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Citadel Green Room, Embassy Suites 337 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403

12:45pm EDT

Ebook Deselection and Weeding: A Practical Approach
Ebook acquisitions are ubiquitous, due to the increasing availability of ebook collections, individual purchases, acquisition/purchasing options, providers, platforms, and breadth of subject matter included. Additionally, the concept of permanent library ebook collections is no longer a novelty, which calls into question the quality of previous purchases.

Prompted by the tremendous increase of ebooks in our academic four-year institution library's collection, our ebooks-preferred acquisition policy, the complexities and constraints of ebooks use, and no obvious end in sight to the number of ebooks acquired, we investigated and recommended an ebook deselection policy to deal with these complex issues.

This project was taken on by two librarians, a subject liaison librarian and the electronic resources librarian, to combine their expertise to work on evaluating the collection for deselection. We developed criteria and methodology to identify and deselect ebooks. This weeding effort is an ongoing one. Initially, we decided to evaluate a percentage of the collection and look at the material where accuracy of information and timeliness matter the most. Some of the factors that affected our decisions include, usage, date of publication, currency of content (relative to subject matter), Digital Rights Management (DRM), availability of newer editions, relevancy to the collection, and the acquisition model (subscription, Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA), outright purchase).

This presentation will be a step-by-step guide to the process of starting your adventure in ebook weeding. It is important for libraries to maintain our evolving collections to meet our patrons' needs.

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Christine Davidian

Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian, Rowan University

Samantha Kennedy

Information Literacy Librarian, Rowan University

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Laurens Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

12:45pm EDT

From Rivalry to Cooperation: Building Collaborative EBA
In September 2014, University of Florida, Florida State University, and Cambridge University Press embarked to implement a previously untested collaborative Evidence Based Acquisition model. Now two years later, with significant data to analyze, both the libraries and publisher can report on the program's successes and share lessons learned.  From the collaboration that first arose between UF and FSU to address a common problem to the publisher/library partnership that facilitated building a mutually beneficial program, this is essentially a story of adaptation which speaks to the Charleston Conference's annual theme: "Roll With the Times or the Times Will Roll Over You."  This session will focus on demystifying EBA and exploring the benefits of the Evidence Based Acquisition model for both library and publisher.

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Stephanie Kaelin

Library Sales Manager, Cambridge University Press
Stephanie Kaelin enjoys a hybrid role, managing the Account Development program, which focuses on post-sale support and customer engagement, while also looking after sales in the NY region. She has over 10 years of experience at several major academic presses and is enthusiastic about... Read More →

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Aimee Barrett

Print & Media Unit Manager, University of Florida
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Jason Heckathorn

Collections Support Unit Manager, University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries,
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Charles McElroy

Serials Department Head, Florida State University Libraries
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Cambridge University Press

Senior Libary Sales Representative, Cambridge University Press
Don Gallagher has spent over 6 years in library sales at Cambridge University Press with a focus on online resources and specifically Evidence Based Acquisition of EBooks. He currently covers the Southeast US territory and has previously been responsible for the Midwest and Canadian... Read More →
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Apryl Price

Head of Acquisitions and Collection Development, University of North Florida
Apryl is Head of Acquisitions and Collection Development at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Previously, she was the Electronic Resources Collection Management Librarian at Florida State University Libraries. Professional interests include electronic resource management... Read More →
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Trey Shelton

Chair, Acquisitions & Collections Services, University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Cooper Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

Gender and Negotiation: Practices and Strategies
In their groundbreaking work, Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide, Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever (2003) cite an extensive body of research to establish the circumstances that make negotiation fundamentally more difficult for women than it is for men. [1] According to the authors, a significant factor in this discrepancy is that "before we decide to negotiate for something we must first be dissatisfied with what we have;" unfortunately, women are "satisfied with less." [2] What does this mean for a profession that is 83% female? [3] In this Lively Lunch, participants will be asked to both share positive and negative negotiation experiences and crowdsource successful strategies to ease the challenges of gender and negotiation.

1. Babcock, Linda, and Sara Laschever. Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide. Princeton University Press, 2009.
2. Ibid., p. 41.
3. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Household Data Annual Averages: Employed Persons by Detailed Occupation, Sex, Race, and Hispanic or Latino Ethnicity.” Current Population Survey, Table 11. Washington, D.C., 2015. http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat11.pdf.

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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.

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Cypress Ballroom South, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

Giving and Taking: How We Each Contribute to the Scholarly and Scientific Journal Ecosystem
The scholarly communication world has been in turmoil recently, as some participants call for radical change, others defend existing practices and systems, and still others push for incremental improvements. One aspect of the current system that makes these discussions difficult is the degree of isolation that often exists between its participants - publishers who understand little about libraries, librarians who have never edited a journal, authors with no idea how much the journals in their field cost, etc. Members of these groups run in different circles, attend different industry meetings, and monitor different listservs. None of us can know everything about all of the ecosystems in which we function; however, in light of the current ferment and disruption we are seeing in scholarly communication, knowing more about all parts of that particular ecosystem might be helpful to everyone involved.

This panel discussion will feature five different participants in the ecosystem of scholarly journal publication: two authors (one from the STEM disciplines and one from HSS), a journal editor, a journal publisher, and an academic librarian. Each will be invited to answer the following three questions:

1. What costs do I incur - in terms of time, energy, money, etc. - when carrying out my work?

2. What value do I bring to our ecosystem with the work that I do?

3. Of the things my fellow panelists do within our ecosystem, which are of the most value to me?

Following the panelists' responses there will be general discussion with the audience.

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Rick Anderson

Assoc. Dean for Collections & Schol Comm, University of Utah

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Ivy Anderson

Associate Executive Director, California Digital Library
Ivy Anderson is the Associate Executive Director and Director of Collection Development at the California Digital Library (CDL), where she oversees a broad range of shared collections activities on behalf of the ten campuses of the University of California system. Before coming to... Read More →

Erin Beutel

Associate Professor of Geology, College of Charleston

Matt Cooper

Senior Editor, Wiley Publishing
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Anirban Mahapatra

Publisher, ACS Publications

June McDaniel

Professor of Religious Studies, College of Charleston

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom 1, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

Habits of Highly Effective Weeding Teams and their Role in the Circular Economy
As renovation and large scale weeding projects are on the rise, academic librarians are faced with planning these projects while navigating restrictive policies on the handling of discarded books. Join representatives from the Love Library at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University Library at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Better World Books as we outline specific innovative steps to streamline the process, decrease weeding fatigue and remove barriers such as "surplus only" policies to find a reuse option that has a more positive impact on society, the environment, and global literacy.

The session will include a brief overview from both libraries providing clever and unique solutions to challenges with budget cuts and internal process followed by an engaging discussion with the audience.
Session attendees will be offered a weeding planning tool as well as step-by-step instructions on approaches that worked for the libraries.


Natalie Bulick

Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, Indiana State University

Kathy Marks

Strategic Sales Director-Libraries, Better World Books
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Tom Reich

Acquisitions, Gifts, & Collection Development Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Collection Development Coordinator & Head of Acquisitions, Gift Librarian. Professor, Reference and Instruction Librarian. Liaison to History, International Studies & Peace Studies, Political Science, and Military Science.
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Anne Swenson

Acquisitions, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point University Library

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Gold Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

12:45pm EDT

How in Sync Are We? What Academic and Public Libraries Can Learn From Each Other
Academic Libraries continue to strive to stay relevant to their educational communities composed of students, faculty and researchers while metropolitan or public libraries serve the needs of the general community composed of multi-generational and ethnically diverse scholars, students, professionals, recreational readers and gamers, who seek information in varied formats. The challenges today to respond to this range of service and collection needs is unsurpassed. Libraries have taken on the onus to be instrumental in fostering lifelong learning in a society that changes careers more often, has greater access to information online and more demands on their time and attention than ever before. How do our libraries respond to these changing and intensifying needs and what can we do to collaborate more between the academic and public sectors?

An exchange among four librarians representing both academic and public libraries will showcase how their libraries address these challenges, and offer insights in to programming and collection strengths that maximize what they can offer to their user base. Elevating this conversation are librarians from the Netherlands and the UK who will share how their constituencies require increasingly specialized services and resources that demand the use of diverse technologies, delivery mechanisms and help make the library a relevant and meaningful institution in their communities. Surprisingly, the differences that distinguish academic and public libraries in this digital era may be less significant than we think and the nature of the work and how it is conducted may tend to over-emphasize these differences.

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Julia Gelfand

Applied Sciences & Engineering Librarian, University of California, Irvine
Julia Gelfand has participated in many Charleston conferences for nearly 20 years.  She continues to have interests in many aspects of the library, publisher, vendor triad that shapes collection development decisions and is watching the tides shift with new and emerging technologies... Read More →
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Melanie Huggins

Executive Director, Richland Library
Guided by the “Library as Studio” approach, Melanie’s team is currently leading renovations and expansions funded by a successful 2013 bond referendum. The twelve renovations and new building projects include a joint-use, project based learning high school paired with a 30,000 SF library branch and the renovation... Read More →

Theo Kemperman

Director, Bibliotheek Rotterdam
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Anja Smit

University Librarian, University Library Utrecht
After an international career of over 30 years in library management and library automation, Anja Smit joined Utrecht University in 2010 as University Librarian. In 2018, was one of the initiators of the Utrecht University Open Science Program.Previously, Anja has served as a University... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Salon I, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

How Time Flies: Reflections on 30 years in Acquisitions with a Few Suggestions for the Future
An opportunity to look back and reflect on how Acquisitions has changed in 30 years from the viewpoint of the vendor/publisher and librarians. The panel members will provide a brief overview of their professional path and thoughts on what has most changed in acquisitions and vending over the years. The panel hopes to include the audience to share their own experiences.

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Eleanor I. Cook

Assistant Director for Discovery & Technology Services, East Carolina University
Eleanor I. Cook has worked in the library field for over 30 years, and is currently Assistant Director for Discovery and Technology Services at Joyner Library at East Carolina University. She has had various technical services responsibilities including both monographic and serials/e-resources... Read More →
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Denise D Novak

Acquisitions Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University
Denise Novak is a senior librarian and Acquisitions Librarian for the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries. She is currently a member of the American Library Association Council. She is a former president of NASIG, served two terms as treasurer of NASIG, and has served on committees... Read More →

Bob Schatz

Open Research Group, Springer Nature
Bob, who holds a library degree from the University of Oregon, is a long-time participant in the Charleston Conference and the larger library community. He has been a part of and hosted numerous panels and presentations and contributed to library literature, including as a past columnist... Read More →
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Steve Sutton

Regional Sales Manager/New York, Subscription Services Division & GOBI Library Solutions, EBSCO Information Services
Steve has over thirty years’ experience working with academic libraries helping to create cost effective strategies for selecting, ordering, receiving, and cataloging print and digital content. He has worked closely with collection development staff in over one hundred libraries... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Salon II, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

Is Small Beautiful? The Position of Independent Scholarly Publishers in an Environment of Rapid Industry Consolidation
The publishing industry continues to consolidate, with large multinational publishers acquiring journals and other content from academic societies and independent publishers. This panel will provide candid insights into the challenges facing smaller publishers, including how/why they continue to exist in a business environment increasingly dominated by large companies. The discussion will also examine the advantages that smaller, independent publishers enjoy, and address their adaptation strategies, business planning (including open versus paid access models), strategic partnerships, technical infrastructure, production procedures, relationships with libraries, and the work needed to meet the evolving needs of library end users. The impact of industry consolidation on libraries, including that of the intermediaries between publishers and libraries, will also be discussed. The panel includes speakers from humanities, social science, and science publishers who can provide a range of perspectives from across the disciplines.

Audience members will take away a better understanding of the unique role that these presses play in the scholarly communications ecosystem. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and contribute to the group discussion after the panelists have shared their experiences.

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Steve Cohn

Director, Duke University Press
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Richard Gallagher

President & Editor-in-Chief, Annual Reviews
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George Leaman

Director, Philosophy Documentation Center
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Charlie Remy

Electronic Resources & Serials Librarian, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Colonial Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

12:45pm EDT

Liaison Librarians in the Know: Methods for Discovering Faculty Research and Teaching Needs
At the 2014 Charleston Conference, a panel of faculty members spoke on "What Faculty Want Librarians to Know." This session will continue the conversation begun by the 2014 panel, seeking to highlight ways for librarians to discover what the faculty at their home institutions wish that the library knew about their research and teaching needs. Using a case study of a liaison re-envisioning project at a large, research-intensive public university as the framework for this session, we will discuss methods for determining the curriculum and research needs of faculty across disciplinary boundaries and ways for promoting library resources and services to departments across campus. We will bring the perspectives of a business librarian and a literature/special collections librarian to the discussion to highlight how standardized, library-wide methods can address discipline-specific needs.

The objectives of this session include exploring models and methods for promoting library resources and services to our faculty partners on campus, identifying alternate routes to support faculty needs in the face of lean collections budgets, finding techniques for working around institutionally-specific challenges for gathering data, and communicating these needs to vendors.

After attending this session, participants will be able to articulate methods and processes for gauging faculty needs of the library for research and instruction across different disciplines. The session will conclude with an interactive discussion of how participants could adapt the techniques described for use at their home institutions.


Melanie Griffin

Special Collections Librarian, University of South Florida

Nora Wood

Business Librarian, University of South Florida Libraries

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Ashley Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

Library Science Fiction: Finding Inspiration in the Implausible
Some of the most amazing innovations have come out of science fiction writing. Doors that open authomatically! Ipads! Wireless phones! These were once seen as crazy, outlandish, pie-in-the-sky ideas, and now they're a reality of our everyday lives. Librarians constantly lament the limitations of money, space, personnel, and time. What if those limitations were to no longer exist? What kind of future could we imagine if we threw off the shackles of circumstance?

Do you have crazy ideas about the future of libraries? Do you want to HEAR about and discuss crazy ideas about the future of libraries? Come to this round table discussion to brainstorm and discuss wild concepts! Who know? Maybe the next BIG idea in librarianship will come out of this session!

There will be a short presentation, followed by a round table discussion.

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Lindsey Reno

Acquisitions Librarian, University of New Orleans

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Rutledge Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

12:45pm EDT

Really Open, or Really Shut Away? How Do Researchers Discover that Elusive Open Access Content?
As the sheer volume of Open Access publications increases, one the most significant emergent challenges is discoverability. The OA content that publishers and authors create may well be free and available in theory, but how do readers find it?

Open Access content is everywhere - in institutional repositories, via OAPEN and DOAJ and on publisher's own websites - but researchers have a hard time locating exactly the quality-assured content are looking for, especially when it comes to relevant Gold Open Access content.

In this session, a distinguished panel of experts from across the scholarly publishing landscape will discuss the challenges brought about by the widespread shift to Open Access models, and the ways in which discoverability of appropriate peer-reviewed Open Access content can be addressed.

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Byron Russell

Head, Ingenta Connect, Ingenta
As Head of Ingenta Connect, I provide overall leadership and management of the commercial activities for Ingenta's flagship product, Ingenta Connect, providing content management solutions to 250+ publisher clients and 25,000 registered academic libraries. We've just launched Ingenta... Read More →

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Cesar Berrios-Otero

Business Development Manager, F1000
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Eileen Lawrence

Senior Vice President, Alexander Street
I'm passionate about food (vegan), music (opera), theatre (put me in New York), friends (are family), and work (a happy addict). Passionate about new Alexander Street projects -- food studies; 20th-century Islam; disabilities; social work; borders and migration; classical scores (1.3... Read More →
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David Sommer

Product Director and Co-founder, Kudos
David is Product Director and Co-founder of Kudos - the award winning service for researchers, institutions and publishers to help maximise the impact of published work. David has over 20 years' of experience in the global publishing industry, having held senior technology and sales... Read More →
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Charles Watkinson

AUL, University of Michigan Library
I'm AUL for Publishing at University of Michigan Library and Director of University of Michigan Press. I'm particularly interested in next-gen institutional repositories, the future of ebook collections and acquisitions, and how books can also get to participate in the networked digital... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom 3, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

Reviews of eResources for Libraries: Relevant or Retro?
A lively lunch structured to stimulate the exchange of information and opinions on the value of reviews, their influence on the purchase (or de-accession) of e-resources, trends in selection of e-resources, and new collaborative reviewing efforts. A brief panel presentation will open the luncheon. Different perspectives will be offered:

Librarian perspective (academic and public):
How do librarians use reviews? How do they evaluate, select, and/or cancel e-products? Who is involved in selection process? What kinds of information in reviews are most helpful? Are reviews providing a meaningful means of discovery of databases for librarians, faculty, and other researchers? How is the profession trending in terms of evaluating new products? What is overall toolbox for the selection of e-resources?

Publisher perspective:
How important are reviews to publishers? Do they still carry the same weight in purchasing decisions? How do reviews affect marketing and the development of new products/subjects?

Community/collaborative perspective:
What efforts have been undertaken to create community/consortia-based or crowd-sourced analytic reviews of databases? What are the challenges in creating and sustaining collaborative ventures? How are review sources evolving to meet current needs?

The panel presentation will be followed by an open discussion and exchange of ideas/opinions among all panelists and luncheon attendees, with the goal of attaining a broader understanding of the relevance of electronic resource reviews to various stakeholders and the ways in which traditional review processes are evolving/should evolve to address current library needs and expectations. The panelists will actively seek feedback from luncheon attendees. This is meant to be an interactive discussion.

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Diane Klare

Head of Reference Services, Wesleyan University
Diane Klare is Head of Reference Services/Interim Manager of Technical Services at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She joined Wesleyan in 2002 and has served as Head of Reference services since 2006. From 2014 until 2016, she held the position of Interim University... Read More →
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Cheryl LaGuardia

Research Librarian, Harvard University
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George Machovec

Executive Director, Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries and Managing Editor, ccAdvisor, Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries
I am the executive director of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries. My expertise revolves around library consortia, shared print programs, union catalogs and e-resource licensing. I am the managing editor of The Charleston Advisor/ccAdvisor.
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Stephen Rhind-Tutt

President, Alexander Street Press
Rhind-Tutt has worked in electronic publishing for libraries for more than 27 years. Before co-founding Alexander Street Press in 2000, he worked for Gale, Proquest/Chadwyck-Healey, and SilverPlatter in a number of different roles. During that time he was responsible for the creation... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Calhoun Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

12:45pm EDT

Rolling the Elephant Out of the Room: A Discussion of Academic Liaisons and Collection Development
For the past two years, we have led very lively lunchtime conversations about a topic on the minds of many academic librarians: the changing role of the liaison librarian in the 21st century, and the approaches taken by our various institutions to address these changes. This year, we'll continue the conversation by focusing on one of the thorniest aspects of this re-visioning: collection development. Participants will be invited to share their perspectives, and group comments will guide the conversation. Framing the discussion will be several questions. As liaison librarians shift their energies to more outward-facing engagement and focus on the development and delivery of new services, what has happened to their traditional roles as architects of collections? How successful are we in molding our collections to the contours of our libraries in light of the ever-changing horizon? How exactly do we define "collections as service" in this new landscape? What kinds of expertise are needed for today's liaison librarian? And what does it mean to be a subject specialist if the actual choice of materials is guided by outside forces? Join us to share perspectives on these and other questions as we continue to work together to explore, assess, and re-imagine the role of the academic liaison.


Harriet Lightman

Head, Research & Learning Services, Northwestern University Libraries
Harriet Lightman heads Research & Learning Services at Northwestern University Library, and is the library's long-time liaison for history. She was formerly the Head of Academic Liaison Services, and Head of Research & Information Services at Northwestern, and served as a liaison... Read More →

Marianne Ryan

Associate University Librarian, User Strategies, Northwestern University Libraries

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Cypress Ballroom North, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

The Short-Term Loan Roller Coaster: The Impact of Publishers' Increasing Prices on Library DDA Programs, or, It's One Heck of a Ride!
Libraries have explored new acquisitions models in recent years, in particular the use of short-term loans (STLs) and demand-driven acquisitions (DDA) of eBooks. The reasons for embracing these options are diverse: shifting collection development practices, assuring use of purchased materials, coping with lower budgets, offering access to supplementary content, expanding library services, etc. Once a DDA/STL program is in place, it can be a winning situation for libraries and their users; libraries can offer access to larger eBook collections than they could buy outright and pay only when content is actually used. However, skyrocketing STL rates are now coupled with lengthy embargo periods - either for front-list titles or for all titles - and more publishers are walking away altogether.

Two years after their 2014 Charleston Presentation, "Earnestly Attempting to Roll with the Punches: The Impact of Publishers - Short-Term Loan Rate Increases on Library Acquisition Options," librarians from four small consortia will document the impact that changes in STL policies and rates have had on their programs over the past two years, what steps they've taken to control increasing costs, and whether they will tweak or continue their DDA programs over the next year. Join us for an open discussion about this overall situation and how it might play out in the long run.

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Lorraine Huddy

Librarian for Collaborative Projects, CTW Library Consortium

Ana Noriega

Assistant Director for Collections Management, Colby College
A former New Yorker and fashion librarian, I now spend my days at Colby College in Maine, managing a re-organized Collection Management department that includes: ILL, Campus Deliver, materials management of the Storage Facility, Technical Services, Acquisitions, ERM, and Collection... Read More →

Mike Persick

Head Of Acquisitions, Haverford College Library
Mike Persick is Head of Acquisitions & Serials at Haverford College Library. Along with Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges, Haverford is a member of the Tri-College Library Consortium. Mike helped create and co-manages the Tri-Colleges' joint approval plan.
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Pamela Skinner

Head of Collection Development, Smith College / Five Colleges Consortium (MA)
I spent most of my career as a reference librarian at Smith College, with a brief detour into interlibrary loan; I became Head of Collection Development at Smith in 2012. My years of working with users, both one-on-one and in classes, informs my work in developing collections... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Carolina Ballroom B, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

12:45pm EDT

The Whole Discovery Enchilada: How Close Are We to the Goal?
The 2016 edition of the PCG Library Budget Survey, a popular annual report that includes input from hundreds of libraries worldwide, added several new questions about indexed discovery services, and the replies were surprising:

Responses show that institutional search and discovery tools (which includes services such as Summon, Primo, EDS, etc.) have not yet reached "widespread" usage. While 76% of respondents are aware of institutional discovery tools, only 28% had already purchased such a service. Take-up is highest in the Academic sector (33%). Europe lags substantially behind North America in acquisition of discovery services.

This session will bring together participants from stakeholder communities - discovery service vendor, library, publisher, and standards developer - to discuss where we are in terms of reaching the goal of making all subscribed online content reliably discoverable from the library website. We will cover topics such as:

  • Are publishers providing the right content (i.e. metadata) to the discovery services? If not, what should they be doing?

  • Are the discovery services adding metadata reliably, quickly, and comprehensibly? If not, what should they be doing? 

  • Are librarians sufficiently aware of the consequences of how they configure their discovery service and how it can affect usage of their purchased subscription content?

  • How do discovery services owned by companies selling aggregated databases ensure against bias in their discovery systems? Is it enough? And usage stats from discovery services: who gets those? Who should get those? Are these usage stats configured to a standard so they can be accurately used?

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Janet Fisher

Senior Publishing Consultant, Publishers Communication Group
Janet Fisher has been in scholarly journals publishing for over 20 years, with stints at University of Texas Press and MIT Press. In 2003 she moved to Ingenta and then to Publishers Communication Group as Senior Publishing Consultant. Janet works with  academic and commercial publishers... Read More →

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Todd Carpenter

Executive Director, NISO
Wine, food, wine, Standards, running, wine, food, wine.http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8320-0491
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Kate Hill

Library Services Engineer, EBSCO
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Tricia Newell

Marketing & Sales, ACSESS
Tricia Newell has been leading all publication sales and marketing activities for the Alliance of Crop, Soil, & Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS) since 2012. Tricia has degrees in Agricultural Industries Marketing and Environmental Horticulture, with special emphasis in propagation... Read More →
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Ken Varnum

Senior Program Manager, University of Michigan
I am the Senior Program Manager at the University of Michigan Library. In this role, I am responsible for three programs: Library Search, the U-M Library discovery interface, delivery interfaces, and the library's evolving and emerging analytics infrastructure.

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Carolina Ballroom A, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

12:45pm EDT

What are Subject Liaisons When 'Collections' and 'Subjects' Don't Matter?
The traditional subject liaison role is evolving. Users increasingly require functional information support (e.g., for GIS or data mining) rather than simply domain-specific. At the same time, reports from the ARL Pilot Library Liaison Institute and others have noted self-conscious trends towards developing liaison roles that engage and support the full research life cycle, as opposed to traditional service models focused on building and promoting library collections as more or less fixed products. This session will outline and collaboratively address the future of these new roles, with participants exploring questions that include: What does it mean to be a "collections" librarian in this new world? What "new" skills do we need to develop? What "old" skills should we not lose? How do we adapt both our institutions (and our individual staff) without sacrificing our (or their) very identities?

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Darby Orcutt

Assistant Head, Collections & Research Strategy, NC State University Libraries
I am a librarian, teacher, researcher, and leader deeply interested and involved in interdisciplinary and computational research, the future of higher ed, and cultural aspects of digital transformation.Assistant Head, Collections & Research Strategy, NC State University LibrariesFaculty... Read More →
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Mira Waller

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

Associate Dean for Research Excellence, Syracuse University Libraries
Scott Warren is the Associate Dean for Research Excellence at Syracuse University Libraries. His portfolio includes collections, cataloging and acquisitions, digital and open scholarship, research impact, and subject liaison services, as well as the University Press and Digital library... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Colonial Ballroom, Embassy Suites 337 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
Friday, November 4

12:30pm EDT

Rolling with a Purpose (16th Health Sciences Lively Lunch)
Sponsored by Rittenhouse

Moderator Deborah Blecic will convene this year’s hosted but no holds barred Lively Lunch session. She will provide a few general remarks and will highlight why this year’s three presentations are all relevant to this year’s conference theme. Time will be left for lively discussion between speakers and session attendees.

After a few words of greeting by the hosts, Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc., Ramune Kubilius will provide a brief (traditional) annual update of interesting and noteworthy trends in the health publishing and health information sectors that occurred or were noticed since the 2015 conference.

David Parker and Taney Shondel of Alexander Street will share some insights on providing online medical / health video content, including some inherent challenges and opportunities provided by this medium.

A few years ago, it could be argued that “more is better”, but in times of tightened collection budgeting, libraries often need to make strategic collection decisions. G. Randall Watts will share highlights of “Life After “The Big Deal” (first presented in a 2016 Medical Library Association (MLA) conference poster presentation).

Health professional education is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary. How can libraries anticipate and address the information and resource needs for the curricula of these programs? Elizabeth Hinton and Susan Clark will share highlights of “Designing a Library Resource Module for an Interprofessional Curriculum” (highlighting their experience, first described in a 2016 MLA conference poster).

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Deborah Blecic

Collections Coordinator, University of Illinois at Chicago


Susan Clark

Director, Rowland Medical Library, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Elizabeth Hinton

Reference Librarian, Rowland Medical Library, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Ramune Kubilius

Collection Development / Special Projects Librarian, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center
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David Parker

VP, Editorial & Licensing, Alexander Street a ProQuest Company
David Parker is VP Editorial and Licensing for Alexander Street – the leading provider of video, multi-media databases and unique, curated content to the global university library market. Prior to his role with Alexander Street, David founded Business Expert Press and served as... Read More →

Taney Shondel

Senior Editor, Alexander Street Press, a ProQuest Company

G. Randall Watts

Assistant Director for Resource Management, Medical University of South Carolina Library

Friday November 4, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
39 Rue de Jean 39 John Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

'Rolling With the Times' Together: The Consortium in Today's Libraries
The leaders of the Western NC Library Network (WNCLN), comprised of Appalachian State University, Western Carolina University and the University of NC at Asheville, recently received an LSTA grant from the State Library of NC to conduct strategic planning to explore the future of their consortial arrangement. WNCLN has the opportunity to explore some of the overarching questions that consortia face in order to strengthen and improve its 30-year collaboration.

As part of that planning process, WNCLN leaders will lead a discussion and invite audience input of best practices, big ideas, national trends, and future directions in academic library consortia.

Some topics they will address are:

  • Libraries have long ago established that more can be achieved by working together than alone. How can this core value be sustained in today's environment of rapid change in higher education, libraries, the publishing industry, and technology? 

  • How can consortia enable libraries to develop long-term strategies for managing print across institutional boundaries and to leverage digital resources collectively? 

  • How are consortia collaborate most effectively over the wide spectrum of library services (acquisition, licensing, organization, storage, publication, digitization, discovery, creation, expertise, access and more)? With so many opportunities to collaborate, how does a consortium go about establishing its priorities?

  • In an environment of so many national, regional, and local consortia, how can so many collaborations successfully co-exist? How can we create environment of connections rather than competition?

  • How can effective consortial agreements be achieved with vendors in an environment where common goals are harder to establish and sustain?

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Leah Dunn

University Librarian, UNC Asheville
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Farzaneh Razzaghi

Dean, Library Services, Western Carolina University
Library space, strategic planning, marketing library services, staffing, reorganization, and tell me some library related humors.

Mary Beth Reichel

Interim Dean of Libraries, Appalachian State University
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Ben Shirley

Network Librarian, Western NC Library Network
Consortial Library Issues and OpportunitiesSierra Systems ManagementOpensource Library Software

Friday November 4, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Cypress Ballroom North, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

Beyond Usage: Measuring the Value of Library Resources
Libraries and publishers rely more and more on usage data to evaluate content. However, there are other considerations beyond raw data; context is vital, and format and subject matter will be reflected in the numbers. This panel will present a range of perspectives and findings dealing with the challenges of usage analysis from a librarian at a large state university, a librarian from a small private university, a streaming video publisher, and a humanities aggregator. In libraries, COUNTER statistics reports play an important role in decisions but we'll also hear about the frustrations all libraries face in data analysis and the factors beyond just usage data that drive collection decisions. Libraries rely heavily on their discovery systems, but how can one measure the impact---good or bad---that a discovery system has on e-resource usage? How do existing metrics stack up for usage of non-traditional formats, and what are additional ways to consider the value of visual resources? How can publishers reconcile their goal of providing the best possible user experience with that of driving usage? This panel will encourage libraries and publishers to engage in a broader dialogue about measures of value. Bring your questions, tips, and experiences with usage data and join the conversation.

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Ann Snoeyenbos

Manager, International Sales and Special Markets, Project MUSE

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Elizabeth Brown

Publisher Relations Manager, Project MUSE, Johns Hopkins University Press
I work at Project MUSE, and my focus is on journals.

Alice Eng

Electronic Resources Librarian, Wake Forest University
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Tom Humphrey

Director of Sales & Strategy, Kanopy

Elizabeth Siler

Collection Development Librarian, UNC Charlotte
I am currently the Collection Development Librarian at UNC Charlotte. I manage the acquisition and decision making process for both our print and electronic materials as well as managing the budget. I am especially interested in textbook affordability and open access publishing as... Read More →

Friday November 4, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom 2, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

Bridging the Divide: Collaborating Across Departments to Improve Communication and Collections
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

12:45pm EDT

Creating Subject Profiles: Combining the University's Academic Landscape with the Library Collection to Begin Conversations and Inform Future Based Decision Making
This presentation identifies the challenges faced and the strategies used to create this hybrid style document. By taking the concept of a traditional or standard collection development policy/statement in a different direction and enriching it with data curated from relevant sources, this subject profile style allows for interpreting the collection with a broader perspective. As a new Collection Strategist, collaborating with Subject Liaisons was part of this project. Preparing these documents was also a teachable moment for me, creating an opportunity for a deep dive into subject areas, collections and the users they serve. The content of these profiles was also intended to inform future decisions by the Collection Strategies Department and Library administration. A brief and concise subject profile could be the basis for conversations regarding materials selection as well being a point of departure for discussions regarding budgets, stakeholder needs and plans for physical library spaces.


Belen Fernandez

Collection Strategist, University of California, Davis
I am the Collection Strategist responsible for Art and Humanities. 

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

12:45pm EDT

How a New Library System Changed the Way We Think about Acquisitions and Collection Development
Franklin & Marshall College is a small undergraduate institution with a FTE of approximately 2,400 students. In the Summer of 2016 the library migrated to OCLC's Worldshare Management System (WMS). This change to a cloud-based library system gave us an opportunity to consider new ways of doing cataloging, circulation, and acquisitions. This presentation will primarily discuss the changes that were implemented to the allocation of funds for ordering materials and the impact of those changes, including the way we now approach collection development. Some Items that will be discussed:

Before WMS
  • The way materials had been ordered: 76 funds just for book purchases; departmental allocations with monthly budget reports; funds for librarians; a midyear reallocation of unspent funds; approval plans; and DDA for ebooks.

After WMS
  • The changes to the allocation structure will be discussed in detail: a smaller number of funds (16); no individual departmental allocations; 3 large book funds; one large fund for librarians; no midyear reallocation of funds; no monthly budget reports for departments.

We will also talk about the process that led us to consider these changes: new eyes looking at the acquisition process and the opportunity presented to us by WMS.

Initial assessment of the changes:
  • Feedback from faculty, librarians, staff (this was a radical change for some of our staff and users)
  • Is the new fund structure working?
  • Have the changes been beneficial to acquisitions workflows?
  • What's next?
  • Even fewer funds?
  • More subject-based approval plans?
  • More DDA or EBS plans for ebooks?

  • Sharing experiences with allocations, acquisitions workflows, and migration to new systems


Thomas Karel

Collection Management Librarian, Franklin & Marshall College
I have been an academic librarian for 42 years, working in reference, government documents, and collection development. Since 1995 I have also been an adjunct faculty member in Drexel University's library and information science program.
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Bonnie Powers

Content Services Librarian, Franklin & Marshall College
I have been the Content Services Librarian at Franklin & Marshall College since July 2015. Previously, I worked for public library systems for about 9 years as a cataloger and a district consultant. My very first library position was also at Franklin & Marshall College, about 13 years... Read More →

Friday November 4, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Cooper Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

How Do Libraries Make a Long Term, Substantial Commitment to Support OA Publishing?
Linked to "Rolling the Dice or Calculating a Bet? How to decide which OA project(s) to support," this session workshops a couple of related questions that bear on library operations in a possible future environment where most publications are open: 1) how do we model the transition of library budgets from purchasing content to supporting OA Publishing, and 2) OA as a collection development strategy--the practices of library collection development and management and the jobs associated with them and what they look like when most publications are OA. To prepare for the session, please see "Curating Collective Collections — Open Sesame: Collection Development at the Network Level", which appeared in the September 2016  (28:4, p. 87)  issue of Against the Grain.

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Robert Kieft

Consultant, SCELC
Robert Kieft has worked at the libraries of Occidental College, Haverford College, and Stanford University. Retired from Occidental in the summer of 2015, he continues to work with SCELC and the Partnership for Shared Book Collections as a consultant on shared collections services... Read More →

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

12:45pm EDT

How to Play a More Active Role in Digital Humanities Research
In this session, we will discuss some of the difficulties and opportunities ahead of libraries seeking to provide robust tools and data to support text data mining and the growing number of courses that focus on or utilize Digital Humanities tools in the course of research.

Digital Humanities as a discipline is growing and evolving - even while many institutions struggle to define what the field actually means in a general sense and to them directly. The potential for deepening and increasing the amount of scholarly research and publishing through Digital Humanities programs is incalculable, and yet the starting point for institutionalizing this practice on campus is often elusive.

Providing the means and methods for interrogating available content and datasets - including locally sourced content - continues to be challenging, not only from the practical standpoint but from the process standpoint, too. What part can and do libraries play in helping drive the evolution and adoption of Digital Humanities across a campus? Where do the lines of intersection between library and lecture hall exist? In what ways can the library represent even stronger institutional value through the provision of rich historical constant and the resources with which to dissect them in more contextual and scientific ways?

Attendees will leave with an idea of how other libraries are actively supporting digital scholarship in the humanities as well as inspiration for how they can play a more active role in DH research at their own institution.


Bret Costain

New Product Strategy & Development, Gale Primary Sources, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning
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Angela Courtney

Head, Arts and Humanities Department, Indiana University
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Harriett Green

Associate University Librarian, Washington University in St. Louis
I am the Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship and Technology Services at Washington University in St. Louis.
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Caroline Muglia

Co-Associate Dean for Collections, University of Southern California
Caroline Muglia is the Co-Associate Dean for Collections at University of Southern California (USC). In this capacity, she also manages collection assessment and resource sharing initiatives at the Libraries.

Friday November 4, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Cypress Ballroom South, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

Journey to the Center of a Digital Project: A Tour of Three New Tools for Next-Generation Digital Scholarship
As scholarship continues to go "digital," the urge to create new formats and broaden access has begun to trigger a series of changes to the bedrock of publishing business and infrastructure that will be needed to support this brave new world. How will authors and publishers understand their respective rights and responsibilities? How can publishers understand and communicate the costs associated with publishing long-form digital scholarship, often also made available Open Access, as well as traditional monographs? What platforms will be able to handle multi-modal works that may include a range of forms of media in addition to more traditional narrative forms?

In this interactive session, we will take the example of one new work of digital scholarship, A Mid-Republican House from Gabii, and use it as a case study to demonstrate these new tools in action from project initiation, through the process of forming it into a product ready for publication, considering its financial sustainability, and the final presentation format it will take.

The tools we will share, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, include
the Model Publishing Contract for Digital Scholarship (Emory and Michigan), the AAUP Digital Monograph P+L Tool, and Fulcrum, a publishing platform built on the Hydra/Fedora framework to support source materials for monographs (University of Michigan Press).

Authors, digital scholarship librarians, and publishers, join us! In the session, we will welcome and encourage discussion and feedback on ways to make these tools most useful as new use cases continue to emerge.

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Lisa Macklin

Director, Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications, Emory University
Lisa A. Macklin is both a librarian and a lawyer and serves as the director of Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications for Emory University Libraries. In this role, Lisa leads the Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications division which includes Collection Management... Read More →
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Nancy Maron

BlueSky to BluePrint, LLC
Nancy works with publishers, librarians and other innovative project leaders to define, test and refine assumptions about their new and existing products and services. She honed her skills in over 20 years of experience working at the nexus of publishing, higher education and technology... Read More →
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Kimberly Schmelzinger

Founder, MeanLine Publisher Services
Kimberly’s practice brings deep experience offering customized business intelligence to scholarly publishers. She has worked with not-for-profit organizations and publishers, including the Association of American University Presses, the Book Industry Study Group, ITHAKA S+R, and... Read More →
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Charles Watkinson

AUL, University of Michigan Library
I'm AUL for Publishing at University of Michigan Library and Director of University of Michigan Press. I'm particularly interested in next-gen institutional repositories, the future of ebook collections and acquisitions, and how books can also get to participate in the networked digital... Read More →

Friday November 4, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom 1, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

Marketing Your Collections: Which Strategies Actually Work?
Having licensed or purchased those expensive electronic resources, you want to make sure that your students & faculty know about them -- but what's the best way to do so? Three similar-sized universities (Santa Clara University, the University of San Francisco, Loyola Marymount University) took on a comparative study with Springer Nature to explore the impact of proactive (having an event staffed by an expert from the vendor) versus indirect (email campaigns & digital signage) campaigns for a suite of Springer Nature products, with the third university changing nothing to act as a control group. We will discuss idea development, methodology, and findings to date - how use of the targeted Springer Nature products has been impacted by different kinds of marketing campaigns - as well as implications for marketing other kinds of electronic resources based on this prototype.


Daniel Ascher

Account Development Specialist, Springer Nature
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Jamie Hazlitt

Interim Associate Dean / Coll. Dev. Librarian, Loyola Marymount University
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Erika L. Johnson

Associate Dean for Technical Services, University of San Francisco
As Associate Dean for Technical Services, my areas of responsibility include oversight of the Acquisitions, Cataloging, Digital Collections, Electronic Resources, Periodicals, and Systems departments. Before joining USF in 2014 as Head of Acquisitions & Collection Management, I was... Read More →
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Elizabeth McKeigue

Associate University Librarian, Santa Clara University
Elizabeth McKeigue is the Associate University Librarian for Learning & Engagement at Santa Clara University in California. In this role, she oversees activities related to research, teaching, outreach, assessment, and access & delivery services. Prior to 2010, Ms. McKeigue held positions... Read More →

Friday November 4, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Salon I, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

Moving from Reclaiming to Reclaimed: The Big Picture and a Case Study of a Trending Initiative
66% — that’s how many libraries claim space reclamation as a priority according to the early findings of a recent ProQuest survey. 55% of these libraries have spent the last five years or more focusing on space reclamation, putting our industry at an interesting crossroads: while many of our peers are in the planning stage, many others are in the thick of the redevelopment stage.

During this lively lunch, we’ll explore all aspects of this trending initiative, discussing the big picture presented by the findings of ProQuest’s survey, the specifics of what made space reclamation projects work—or not work—for a few individual libraries and what all of this means for users’ evolving expectations of the virtual experiences offered by their libraries. Through informal surveys and open-ended discussion questions inspired by the aforementioned survey's findings, we’ll facilitate continuation of a conversation that many librarians are having on a smaller scale. Attendees will leave with a better idea of how to introduce—or continue to strategically support—this space reclamation initiatives at their own libraries. Participation will be encouraged through online polls and surveys throughout the presentation.


Miri Botzer

Product Manager, Ex Libris

Bobby Hollandsworth

Economics, Finance & PRTM Librarian, Learning Commons Coordinator, Clemson University

Kevin Stehr

VP, North America Sales, ProQuest

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

12:45pm EDT

Moving the Library: Bringing Resources to Students

In keeping with the theme of roll with the times, I propose a panel session describing the need to move the library by bringing library resources, and access to a librarian, into course management systems. I propose a panel session format. A community college librarian will speak on her experience as an embedded librarian, the creator of a one credit online course on information literacy, and marketing library resources in the CMS. A representative from Gale will speak on how to promote and market the library’s online resources in the CMS. A university librarian will speak on creating an online community in Blackboard and mention an online site that integrates library instruction materials into Canvas courses. Topics discussed will include LibGuides, links to streaming video collections, embedded librarian programs, creating online courses on information literacy, and developing a suite of online information literacy modules. The audience will be asked to share examples of ways they move the library’s resources to students. Participants will be asked to share responses to various questions via texting to an online poll.

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Karen Malnati

Acquisitions Librarian, Union County College

Steven Sharpiro

Electronic Resources Librarian, Library Administration, Montclair State University
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Sara Tarpley

Director of Academic Product Sales, Gale, a Cengage Company
Sara Tarpley, Director, Academic Product Sales has worked for Gale, Cengage Learning since 2002 and has held a variety of strategic roles in the organization. Her background includes work in the Human Resources, Customer Training, Marketing and Product Management departments of the... Read More →

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

12:45pm EDT

Peer Review of Longform Scholarship, Now and Into the Future
This Lively Lunch Discussion will focus on the current and future state of peer review for long form scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. The launching off point for the discussion will be the recent publication of the Best Practices in Peer Review handbook, released this year by the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), which gives a snapshot of university press standards. After a presentation of the handbook and the role it can serve for current and newly developing presses, including those emerging from within university libraries, the panel will move on to discuss the value of this process in an ever-changing scholarly publishing eco-system. Donna Dixon will discuss how peer review has worked at the growing “open textbook” programs at universities, while Becky Brasington Clark will present on efforts to conduct peer review more openly.

Questions considered include: how do libraries see peer review? How might peer review change to accommodate new forms of scholarship, digital and otherwise? How can we best denote when a rigorous peer review process is in place?

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Becky Brasington Clark

Director of Publishing, Library of Congress
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Donna Dixon

Co-Director, SUNY Press
Co-director and production manager at SUNY Press, former director of member services at Nylink, and librarian. Interested in library acquisitions and collection management (e and p), scholarly and trade publishing, and open access.
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Brian Halley

Senior Edito, UMass Press
I am Senior Editor at the UMass Press and a Board Member of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP). I'm interested in talking to library folks about publishing.

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

12:45pm EDT

Releasing Subject Liaisons into the Wild: Designing a Holistic Collection Development Approach
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

12:45pm EDT

Roll With Us: Library and Publisher Collaborations
The growth in collaborations between libraries and publishers for e-resources projects signal a desire to challenge and complement long established roles. What types of innovative collaborations are being explored to further e-resources growth? What opportunities will these collaborations offer? How can they benefit both libraries and publishers?

This lively lunch will feature discussions about library and publisher partnerships on topics such as: print and e-resources backfile consolidation, demand-driven access, collaboration for course and program support, and library marketing assistance.

Do you have an innovative collaboration to share? Please join us. Ideas and examples from this session will be shared in the Library Technology Innovation series.

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Natasha Cooper

Collection Development and Analysis Librarian and Subject Librarian for Information Studies, Syracuse University Libraries
Tasha Cooper is collection development and analysis librarian for arts and humanities, as well as some social sciences and professional programs, and subject librarian for information studies at Syracuse University Libraries, in Syracuse, NY.
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John Lavender

Consultant, Lavender Consulting
Lavender-Consulting is run by John Lavender, a publisher with almost 40 years' experience in academic and scientific publishing. John has worked with books, databases and journals, and in editorial, sales, marketing, electronic content and delivery, business development and in negotiating... Read More →
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Jackie Ricords

Director of E-Resources, IGI Global
Jackie Ricords leads IGI Global’s e-resources and consortia outreach efforts. Prior to joining the STM publisher, she worked in higher education for more than a decade teaching and directing professional development programs for educators. Jackie has expertise in digital resources... Read More →

Friday November 4, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Salon II, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

Rolling the Dice: Betting on the Necessary KSA for Future Collection Development Librarians
Collection Development is a standard course taught in LIS programs across the country but without any real "standards" of what we should be teaching. This lunch discussion section will be facilitated by LIS educators and trainers who want to engage the audience in a thoughtful conversation about how we need to prepare librarians (through LIS programs and continuing education) to navigate the shifting landscape that is collection development. As new issues emerge in the field (ownership vs access, standing orders vs Evidence-Based Acquisitions models, etc), we need to re-evaluate the curriculum and decide what should stay and what should go. All stakeholders from content creators and providers to future librarians have a vested interest in making sure librarians are prepared to develop and maintain collections.

During the discussion audience members will be given notecards with collection development topics currently addressed in LIS education as well as blank notecards for the participants to add topics. After quickly touching on some of the issues, needs, and constraints we face as educators we will ask the participants to work at their tables on prioritizing content areas and then opening those up to discussion by the larger group. The attendees will be able to identify and prioritize which knowledge, skills, and abilities collection development librarians need. Their feedback will be incorporated into the curriculum used by the presenters and shared with other LIS educators in the hope of collaboratively shaping the future of LIS education.

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Anne Calvert Barnhart

Professor and Head of Outreach & Assessment, University of West Georgia
Anne C. Barnhart is Professor and Head of Outreach and Assessment at the University of West Georgia. Her MS in Library and Information Sciences is from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. She also has an MA in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and an MA in Religious Studies... Read More →
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Kristi Chadwick

Consultant, Massachusetts Library System

Barry Trott

Special Projects Director, Williamsburg Regional Library
I am the editor of Reference and User Services Quarterly, and am interested in scholarly publishing, readers' advisory, linked data, discovery, reference work, collection development, intellectual freedom, and copyright among other things.

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

12:45pm EDT

Straight to the Source: A Student Panel on Ebook Usage
In 2008, we started tracking ebook usage trends via a global student survey designed to help us better understand how students use their library's resources. We ran the survey again in 2011 and most recently in 2016, receiving over 15,150 total responses. Now, armed with the survey findings and a panel of students ready to talk about their experience with ebooks, we're ready to discuss the trends we found in our data and what they mean for your library,

During this panel discussion, we'll not only share our survey results but talk straight with the source - the undergraduate and graduate students who come to you for research guidance - about their own experiences with ebooks and how that compares with our findings. Your questions will be answered, your assumptions will be confirmed - or disproved - and you'll leave with actionable insight that will guide your ebook acquisition strategy and the services you offer your users.


Bryan Dillon

Student, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Jakarri Godbolt

Student, College of Charleston
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Diana Peterson

Sr. Director of Product Management, Ebooks, ProQuest
Ebook acquisition, DDA, EBA, Access-to-Own, ebook user experience, ProQuest ebooks. I'm a mom of triplets about to head to university (3 different ones) so in both business & personal life, library resources are important to me!

Rebecca Saunders

MLIS Student, University of South Carolina

Friday November 4, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Ashley Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

The Costs of Monographs across the Academy
This session will offer multiple perspectives on how the core expense of producing scholarship has put pressure on all parts of the ecosystem; how many of the new technologies and sales models serve only to move deficits between units of a university while posing new challenges to publishers and vendors; and to consider potential solutions such as new university funding structures or open access publishing programs.

The recent Mellon-funded Ithaka S+R report on The Cost of Publishing Monographs applied a rigorous methodology to determine the likely actual expense of future open access publishing proposals. The study, however, has deep ramifications for existing print and digital publishing programs in that it reveals that the current model for scholarly communication is unsustainable both from the perspective of academic publishers expected to fund their operations through sales and from the perspective of library buyers unable to acquire an increased volume of increasingly expensive monographs.

We will seek to supply context for the cost-focused Ithaka report by providing a look at operating costs and sales at a university press, by looking at broader acquisitions trends in academic libraries, and by considering alternative models such as the Lever Initiative or the open access Amherst College Press.


Bryn Geffert

Librarian of the College, Amherst College

Tom Helleberg

CFO, University of Washington Press
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Michael Zeoli

VP, eContent Development, YBP Library Services
YBP Library Services, 1997-current ebrary, 2005-2007 Regenstein Library, Acquisitions Dept., University of Chicago http://www.niso.org/news/events/2015/virtual_conferences/eternal_ebooks/

Friday November 4, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom 3, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

12:45pm EDT

Turnarounds, Pivots, and Repositioning
Sometimes an organization runs smoothly. Its services are in demand, its expense structure is the right size for its revenues, and the years ahead hold promise. But for many organizations, perhaps all if we think about them over a long history, business can unexpectedly run into a wall, requiring a change in the way all the activity is conducted. This is the time for a turnaround, a rapid alteration in the way services are conducted, an alteration that may come with some pain if cutbacks are in order. Often an organization must change direction swiftly--pivot--repositioning itself for the market realities it must work with. Our panel addresses three such instances, two in the not-for-profit sector and one commercial organization. The leaders of these organizations will share with us the problems they faced and how they had to emerge as turnaround artists.

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Mark Cummings

Editor and Publisher, Choice (ACRL)
Mark Cummings is editor and publisher at Choice, the publishing unit at the Association of College and Research Libraries. Mark has worked in publishing for over thirty years, beginning his career as a reference editor at Macmillan and serving in a variety of editorial and publishing... Read More →
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Pinar Erzin

Founder and President, Accucoms International BV
Pinar Erzin, Founder and President of Accucoms International BV, is an entrepreneur with over 17 years of experience in scholarly publishing. Pinar is Turkish and lived in The Netherlands for over 20 years where she founded Accucoms, a global company serving publishers reach and manage... Read More →
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Joseph Esposito

Senior Partner, Clarke & Esposito
I am a management consultant working in the area of publishing, especially scholarly publishing, and digital media. I work with for-profit and not-for-profit companies. Most of my clients are CEOs or Boards of Directors, whom I advise on strategy. My aim is to help organizations make... Read More →
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Dennis Lloyd

Director, University of Wisconsin Press
Dennis Lloyd is Director of the University of Wisconsin Press. A native of North Carolina, he attended graduate school in Illinois before beginning his publishing career. Previously he worked at the university presses of Illinois, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Alabama, and Florida. He has... Read More →

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

12:45pm EDT

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
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 & Entrepreneurship Librarian, UNC Greensboro
I am the UNCG Business & Economics Librarian. I'm co-chairing the Entrepreneurship & Libraries Conference, which will take place in Durham NC in Fall 2020, https://entrelib.org/. Previously I worked at Duke University and Davenport College. I'm co-founder of Business Librarianship... Read More →
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Cynthia Cronin-Kardon

Business Reference & Resource Development Librarian, Lippincott Library at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylviania
I love this conference and have been coming for years. Being a Librarian allows me to learn new things everyday and help researchers in discovering the data resources they require.I love bike riding, my family (which now includes two little grandsons), my cat and GARDENING!!!!
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Corey Seeman

Director, Kresge Library Services, University of Michigan
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... Read More →

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

12:45pm EDT

Why Don't Public Librarians Brag More about Providing Pleasure Reading?
Providing pleasure reading is one of the great success stories for public libraries, but public librarians seem to be hesitant to brag about this wonderful accomplishment. Instead, they more often talk about helping people find jobs, introducing new technology, and fostering economic development. While these functions deserve praise, I would bet that many more patrons check out best-sellers, current non-fiction, and genre fiction. Without the public library, an avid reader of one book per week could easily spend over $1,000 annually.

In Against the Grain, I proposed several reasons for this reticence. Is it a remnant of the American Puritanical tradition? Does the focus on literacy suggest that this skill is useful only for job performance and practical tasks? Do librarians fear that their funding agencies will cut the libraries' budgets if they discover how much is spent on genre fiction instead of economic development? Does the library director worry about the expenditures for the integrated library system, staffing the reference desk, and purchasing databases when many patrons go right to the fiction shelves where they know they'll find what they're looking for without using these expensive services? Will librarians wonder why they got their expensive degrees only to watch patrons leave the library with stacks of best sellers without asking a complex reference question?

I hope that this session will be more an informal discussion where we can all share our thoughts. I especially invite those who disagree with me to attend. I love a good debate.

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Bob Holley

Professor Emeritus, School of Library & Information Science, Wayne State University
Professor Emeritus, Wayne State University School of Library & Information Science. Bob Holley has been actively involved in collection development since 1980 as an academic librarian, library science professor, and researcher. He was chief collection development officer at the University... Read More →

Friday November 4, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Magnolia Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401