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Thursday, November 3

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
Friday, November 4

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 Opportunities Sierra Systems Management Opensource 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

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

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

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