Wednesday, November 7 • 10:30am - 11:15am
Spring is here! Cultivating agency through emerging community-owned solutions: Usage Analytics, Institutional Repositories, and Resource Sharing

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Despite increasing need for efficiency and widespread availability of technology, there seems to be less choice in the library marketplace, and libraries are finding themselves with much less leverage to secure the options they need. Consolidation among major library technology providers has put libraries in a position to choose: Do we buy it from a vendor, build it ourselves, or something in-between? Several recent community- owned solutions have emerged to address diminished choice in the marketplace and libraries’ growing desire for agency over their services. These initiatives are work-intensive, but essential if libraries are to remain in the driver-seat in negotiation, software functionality, and interoperability, empowering the community to select the most appropriate paths. After a quick introduction to each project, panelists will discuss aspects of agency: why we need it, what it looks like, and its biggest challenges. Our goal is to share our passion for community-owned solutions and motivate audience members to invest in them.

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Jason Price

Director of Licensing Operations, SCELC
Jason S. Price is Director of Licensing Operations at the SCELC Library Consortium. He earned a doctorate in plant evolutionary ecology from Indiana University Bloomington where he gained in depth experience as a graduate student researcher and teacher and capped it off with a Masters... Read More →


Sebastian Hammer

President, Index Data, LLC
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Kirsten Leonard

Executive Director, Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI)
Kirsten Leonard is the Executive Director of Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) in Indianapolis, Indiana. She oversees eleven full and part-time staff and coordinators who are working to support innovation and collaboration. Kirsten holds a MLIS from Wayne State University... Read More →
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Jill Morris

Associate Director, PALCI - The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc
I advocate for and build collaboration among PALCI's 68 academic member libraries while leading strategic development and management of key consortium programs, including eResources, eBooks, affordable learning, resource sharing and supporting technologies, with particular emphasis... Read More →

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