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Thursday, November 8 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
New Modes of Collaboration for Content and Content Delivery

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"Too often, conversations on library-vendor relationships focus on the power dynamics of the vendor and the library. For libraries, vendors hold the means and resources for content/software/service development to build seamless discovery and content delivery. From the vendor perspective, the library has many different internal cultures - the technical service/e-resource staff charged with building/maintaining a seamless discovery system, the public services staff charged with supporting the discovery service to library patrons and content selectors who are responsible for deciding which content to add to the “collection”. Even more complex is the matrix of consortial licensing and lending of print and electronic materials.

Many times, these library cultures are out of sync within their own institution and the vendor is blamed for lack of compatibility. An ideal situation would be an enhancement framework where all three library culture perspectives are represented and working closely with a content or service provider on continuous improvement of content discovery/delivery products and related services (such as RefWorks, Syndetics, etc.).

By entering a shared development relationship where the vendor has to deliver a number of enhancements/improvements for their product, is this enough “skin in the game” for librarians from all three cultures to participate? What is the right balance between an involved relationship between the user community and product management on the vendor side? Monthly virtual meetings? Listservs? Community engagement? A combination of these approaches?

Panelists will discuss a new agile-based approach within Ex Libris, ProQuest and its international User Groups to enhance and develop products using agile concepts of iteration, enhancement voting and deep stakeholder collaboration. Based on the Collaborative Software Development Agreement with Ex Libris, this project looks to see if content delivery and content operations are an appropriate fit for libraries and users of the ProQuest platform."

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Richard Belanger

Senior Vice President, Head of ProQuest Books, ProQuest
Experience & BackgroundRich Belanger leads the ProQuest Books business unit. He’s responsible for creating products that simplify the acquisition and delivery of books to our 5,000+ global academic customers; transforming the ebook reading experience for students, faculty, and researchers... Read More →

Jane Burke

VP Strategic Initiatives, Ex Libris, A ProQuest Company
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Mark Dehmlow

IGeLU Technology Officer, Director, Library Information Technology, University of Notre Dame
Mark is responsible for providing leadership, vision, and oversight for the strategic and functional directions of the IT Program including stewardship for the Program's budget and personnel. As Program Director for most of the Libraries' core technical infrastructure and services... Read More →
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Allen Jones

Director, Digital Library & Technical Services, The New School

Michael North

Chair, ELUNA, Northwestern University