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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

Research & Scholarly Communication Director, SCELC Library Consortium


Sebastian Hammer

President, Index Data, LLC
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Kirsten Leonard

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

Executive Director, PALCI
Jill Morris is the Executive Director of PALCI, the Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration & Innovation, a regional nonprofit library consortium made up of 74 academic and research libraries in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and West Virginia. For the past 12 years, Jill... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Grand Ballroom 3, Gaillard Center