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Wednesday, November 7 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Today’s Selection, Ordering, and Acquisition Environment: How I learned to stop worrying and love antiques, archaic models, and a good workaround

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Librarians and their patrons enjoy access to a wealth of content today. An explosive growth of books, dissertations, reports, data-sets and emerging e-content like blogs and open access journals has created a rich feast for readers, scholars, scientists, researchers.

But on the flipside, workflows and supporting systems haven’t kept up, creating unprecedented problems for the librarians who are trying to bring it all together – redundant, manual workflows; low circulating titles that eat up shelf space; multiple vendor platforms, invoicing, and access models.

What kind of new system or systems do we need? How might we address the major pain points? In this lively session, a panel of librarians with expertise in acquisition and selection will discuss this current environment and how they’re working within it. You’ll learn about:

• Work-arounds and best practices that help reduce errors in manual processes
• Short cuts that deal with redundant workflows
• Ways to organize vendor information and interaction
• How to keep approval plans up-to-date and useful
• Using analytics and DDA to reduce just-in-case buying

We’ll wrap up our discussion with a wish list for the future: what librarians want and need to simplify this complex environment.


Fern Brody

AUL Collections & T.S., University of Pittsburgh

Holly Mercer

Senior Associate Dean of Libraries, University of Tennessee
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Janet Morrow

Head, Resource & Discovery Services, Northeastern University Libraries
Janet Morrow is the Head, Resource & Discovery Services at Northeastern University's Snell Library in Boston. She earned her MLIS from Simmons College in 1984 and has been at Northeastern in various acquisitions, e-resources & technical services roles since 1994.
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Bob Nardini

VP Library Services, ProQuest
Bob Nardini is Vice President, Library Services, at ProQuest Books. He worked in both public and academic libraries prior to 1985, when he took a job in the academic bookselling industry, where he has been ever since. Bob joined ProQuest in 2015 with the acquisition of Coutts. Bob... Read More →

Richard Wisneski

Associate University Librarian, Discovery and Delivery, University at Buffalo Libraries
Interim University Associate Librarian. Oversee Technical Services, Delivery Services, and Collections. Also, institutional lead for ProQuest Alma/Primo LSP migration.

Wednesday November 7, 2018 2:30pm - 3:10pm EST
Colonial Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel