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Wednesday, November 7

11:30am EST

Stopwatch Session
These short “pecha kucha-like” sessions will feature four PowerPoint presentations of 6 minutes and 40 seconds each. We will have time at the end of the session intended for Q&A for all presenters. Come for a lively, rapid-fire group of talks.

1) French eBooks (Claude Potts, University of California Berkeley)
France’s publishing industry is among the most robust in all of Europe. French remains one of the most important languages for scholarship, and thus publications in all formats continue to be acquired by North American research libraries across the disciplines. Despite the efforts of both public and private ventures such as Cairn, Casalini Libri, Classiques Garnier Numérique, Harmathèque, OpenEdition – some of the leaders who have developed platforms and purchase models for academic libraries, French language ebooks remain little used compared to print. Even after they’ve been purchased and added to discovery systems, an analysis of usage patterns shows that researchers at UC Berkeley are checking out the physical books when the digital surrogate sits on the proverbial book shelf gathering virtual dust.
This presentation posits that it is not the language in which the books are published that acts as a barrier to access but the paucity of the metadata for these digital works. Though this problem is not unique to French publications from Europe, it is endemic to many digital monographs from the non-English speaking world, thereby marginalizing valuable scholarly content. The critique comes at a time when controlled vocabulary and Library of Congress Subject Headings are being passed over in favor of more easily obtainable descriptive metadata such as publisher-supplied summaries, table of contents, and user-supplied tags. Is there a role for libraries to ensure that ebooks in non-English languages are discoverable? If so, what role should vendors and regional/national consortia play?

2) Forming Cooperative Relationships for Collections: A Winding Road of Map Stewardship (Barbara Ferry, Smithsonian Libraries)
In 2017, the Smithsonian Libraries became aware of large collections of maps housed in various locations at the Smithsonian, as well as two dedicated volunteers working since 2006 to catalog and digitize more than 35,000 maps. The volunteers were losing their sponsor, and the Libraries stepped in to provide space and oversight of the project while the disposition of the collection came under review. Working with the Smithsonian Archives and the National Museum of Natural History, we obtained grant funding to house the most vulnerable annotated maps, as well as to plan for collections care. We also tackled important issues including copyright and U.S. classification of the maps. As more Smithsonian museums and units have learned about the project, the number of maps in the project continues to grow, while we navigate the evolving stewardship of the collection.

3) Streaming Video PDA: Brace Yourself, Usage is Coming (Marianne Foley, SUNY Buffalo State College)
Low usage statistics for library resources are a big concern at SUNY Buffalo State College library, so we were unprepared for the popularity of a new streaming video PDA program. Though it was slow to take off, when it did, usage increased rapidly. After depleting the initial budget for the resource, we allocated more funds and then quickly depleted those additional funds. At that point, we changed to a mediated model to help control the costs but that greatly increased work for our Acquisitions Department and raised collection development questions we had not considered when we began the PDA program. To continue to offer a streaming video PDA program, we reviewed various models and controls before deciding on an approach that we hope will give users good options, curtail costs, and minimize workloads.
We will provide a quick summary of our program’s explosive growth, what we did to control costs, the unforeseen consequences, and how we tried to enhance the experience for everyone. We’ll conclude with the current state of video streaming PDA at our library. This session will provide practical information for small to mid-sized academic libraries that have recently begun or are contemplating streaming video PDA.

4) Creativity, Community, and Entrepreneurship: Empowering users with library resources, services, and space (Beth Marhanka, Georgetown University)
The mission of the library is to empower people to solve problems and create new knowledge. In today's world, this charge includes democratizing access to the resources our communities need to be productive.  Libraries need to keep evolving to stay relevant and providing access to digital media and creative production tools enables users to stay intellectually engaged in today’s world, to launch new businesses, and to communicate important ideas more effectively.


Robert Hollandsworth

Economics, Finance & PRTM Librarian, Learning Commons Coordinator, Clemson University

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Barbara Ferry

Head, Natural and Physical Sciences Libraries, Smithsonian Libraries
As Head, Natural & Physical Sciences Libraries at the Smithsonian, I lead a team of 18 staff serving the information needs of scientists and educators. Library staff work at branches located in Washington DC, Edgewater Maryland, Front Royal Virginia, and Panama.

Marianne Foley

Head, Acquisitions and Library Systems, SUNY Buffalo State College
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Beth Marhanka

Interim Associate University Librarian, Georgetown University Library
My passion is pushing the boundaries of library services by making emerging technologies and state-of-the-art tools more accessible to anyone with a desire to innovate, create new knowledge and improve teaching and learning in higher education.Talk to me about makerspaces, VR/AR... Read More →
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Claude Potts

Librarian for Romance Language Collections, University of California, Berkeley

Wednesday November 7, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm EST
Pinckney Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

2:30pm EST

Stopwatch Session
These short “pecha kucha-like” sessions will feature five PowerPoint presentations of 6 minutes and 40 seconds each. We will have time at the end of the session intended for Q&A for all presenters. Come for a lively, rapid-fire group of talks.

1) From single product to marketplace: How Open Access develops (Sven Fund, Knowledge Unlatched; Catherine Anderson, Knowledge Unlatched) 

Open Access is developing rapidly, especially around books. Publishers and new initiatives are teaming up to push for standards and share resources at the same time. This presentation gives an overview of the state and landscape of OA publishing worldwide, analyzes the benefits of enhanced cooperation for both publishers and libraries, and maps out future challenges. Especially the evolving role of analytics in better decision-making of which titles to make available in OA and which to financially support as a librarian will be discussed.

2) Making Open Access Discoverable (Drew Bakr, Claremont School of Theology; Thomas Phillips, Claremont School of Theology) 

High quality Open Access content exists in abundance; the problem is reliable discoverability. This presentation will explain how to create and curate Open Access collections in OCLC's WMS. This presentation will explain how to overcome the challenges of unstable urls, unprofessional metadata, and low quality content. This presentation will explain how the Digital Theological Library (DGLTH) and its newborn sibling, the Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL), have created the world's only fully open digital library powered by OCLC discovery in a economically feasible manner.

3) Embedding Open Access into Research Workflows through the Public Access Submission System (PASS) (Sayeed Choudhury, Johns Hopkins University) 

Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, MIT, and 221B are developing the Public Access Submission System (PASS) which will support compliance with US funding agencies' public access policies and institutional open access policies. By combining workflows between the two compliance pathways, PASS facilitates simultaneous submission into funder repositories (e.g., PubMedCentral) and institutional repositories. We intend to integrate a data archive such that researchers can submit articles and data at the same time. This talk will include a demonstration of PASS in action and outline the steps by which we have engaged the university's central administration (including the President's office and the Provost’s office) to provide funding and sponsorship for PASS and engaged US funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health who have offered access to APIs, etc. and the National Science Foundation which discussed ways to integrate PASS and their reporting system in the future. Further information about PASS is available at https://osf.io/8qfzj/

4) Libraries Purchasing Textbooks (Jennifer Culley, The University of Southern Mississippi)

Many college students go without textbooks because they are too expensive. Can Libraries help? The University of Southern Mississippi, recently implemented a program that provides access to print textbooks for students enrolled in the general education courses. This program is to, dually, help the students with skyrocketing fees for textbooks and support the University mission by assisting with student success. The program, named the Golden Eagle Textbook Initiative (GETI), began in the fall of 2017 with a $10,000 grant from the University. GETI was created, and is run, by the Acquisitions and the Circulation Units of the Library. This presentation will give details about the grant, purchasing of materials, cataloging and processing of the materials, and some information about usage. GETI was such a success it has been approved to continue for a second year with a few changes, with full library funding.

5) Springing for Student Textbooks? Exploring New Directions for Library Collections (Alexandria Quesenberry, University of Tennessee Health Science Center;  Paul Gahn, University of Tennessee Health Science Center; G. Randall Watts, University of Tennessee Health Science Center)

Given the increasing costs of student textbooks, it is only natural that students would engage in cost-avoidance behaviors.  Likewise, some professors have modified their curricular choices to avoid passing along the cost of required texts for their students. Using an adapted version of a previously created survey, University of Tennessee Health Science Center faculty were asked questions about currently licensed platforms, the selection of course textbooks, and the importance of textbook availability. Proposed future actions include expanding textbooks offerings, exploring potential funding streams to support the expansion, and librarian involvement in curricular development and textbook selection.
During this presentation, the results of a collection survey designed for nursing faculty members at a public medical university will be discussed. Attendees can expect to learn about surveying interest at their own institutions, librarian involvement in curricular decisions, and implications for the future.

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Tony Horava

Associate University Librarian, Content and Access, University of Ottawa
The Big Deal has been a major challenge at our university, as we dealt with budget cuts, exchange rate issues, annual increases to the costs of scholarly resources, and the demand for new resources in many fields. The Big Deal is a complex iceberg floating in the middle of all this... Read More →

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Catherine Anderson

Sales Director, Knowledge Unlatched
Catherine has worked for over 20 years in various Sales roles in Publishing and Library Supply in Europe. After working for international publishers such as Harcourt and Elsevier she headed up the German Sales Team for De Gruyter, based in Berlin. Then after a few years working for... Read More →
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Sayeed Choudhury

Associate Dean, Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries, Leading the JHU OSPO, Johns Hopkins University
G. Sayeed Choudhury is the Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. Choudhury is also a member of the Executive Committee for the Institute of Data Intensive... Read More →
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Jennifer Culley

Collection Management and Acquisitions Librarian, The University of Southern Mississippi
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Sven Fund

Managing Director, Knowledge Unlatched
I am passionate about making Open Access work for both publishers and librarians.
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Paul Gahn

Assistant Director for Electronic & Collection Services, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
Assistant Director | Electronic and Collection Services

Thomas Phillips

Dean, Claremont School of Theology
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Alexandria Quesenberry

Research & Learning Services Librarian, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

3:40pm EST

Stopwatch Session
These short “pecha kucha-like” sessions will feature five PowerPoint presentations of 6 minutes and 40 seconds each. We will have time at the end of the session intended for Q&A for all presenters. Come for a lively, rapid-fire group of talks.

1) Liaising the Liaison: A Newbie’s Approach to Challenge Assessment Resistance (Brianne Dosch, University of Tennessee)
Academic liaison librarians hold nuanced, varied, and numerous responsibilities throughout their libraries and institutions. These responsibilities are difficult to capture in traditional reporting structures, which can lead to siloing, workplace tension, and resistance to library-wide assessment efforts. One library answered this challenge by giving the opportunity to develop meaningful liaison assessment to a practicum student. This stopwatch session will explore this newbie’s approach to navigating institutional structures, inter-department relationships, and gaining buy-in from librarians and administrators alike. All while coping with being viewed as the “inexperienced outsider” and own personal insecurities. Some takeaways include: finding the courage to take on projects you might not feel qualified for, discovering what you may have to offer as a library “outsider,” and learning how to forge meaningful relationships with librarians at all career levels throughout the library.

2) Thirty Days and Counting: Conducting Effective Product Trials for Library Resources (Edward Lener, Virginia Tech; Tracy Gilmore, California State University)
Product trials for evaluating potential new resources can be a challenge for any library. To be most effective, several key elements must be addressed including determining suitable trial dates, establishing and confirming access, creating appropriate links, publicizing product availability, collecting usage data, and gathering feedback from participants. If one or more of these steps is missed it is all too easy for trial access to run out before much useful data is gathered. The University Libraries at Virginia Tech have developed a method for managing this process through a trials workflow team and using free, web-based project management software from Trello. This session will convey some of what we have learned about conducting product trials for library resources and ways to make the most of the limited time available. Attendees will learn about our workflow for conducting trials, see examples of the software and checklists we use, and discover how we work with our vendors to better manage the process for product trials.

3) The Carpentries: Teaching data science skills to researchers and people working in library- and information-related roles worldwide (Chris Erdmann, Data Carpentries)
 In July 1998, Los Alamos National Laboratory hosted the very first Carpentries course, led by John Reynders, Brent Gorda, and Greg Wilson. After running several courses thereafter, the lessons they learned highlighted the growing demand from the research community for training in basic computing skills and that traditional educational opportunities did not entirely address these needs. Fast forward to 2018, there continues to be a tremendous demand from the research community to learn new computational approaches and improve their workflows leading to the growth of The Carpentries. Since 2012, The Carpentries has seen 58 Trainers badged and 1,480 Instructors certified who have taught 1,332 Carpentries workshops reaching over 37,000 learners in 44 countries. This talk will describe what we teach, why and how we teach it, the impact it's having, and what we're planning to do next.  

4) New Standards for Quantitative Usage Reporting – COUNTER Release 5 (Lorraine Estelle, COUNTER) 
COUNTER reports provide consistent, credible and comparable insight into database, ebook, journal, chapter, and article usage. They are an industry standard for measuring and evaluating a subscription and library’s value to faculty, and at the beginning of 2019 are changing to the new COUNTER Release 5 Code of Practice. This session, led by Lorraine Estelle, Project Director, COUNTER will build upon the presentation given at last year’s conference about Release 5. Attendees will learn about the improvements that Code of Practice 5 provides over previous releases, what these mean to collections, acquisitions, e-resources or administrative professionals. This is an essential session as Release 5 standards include new Master Reports, Metric Types, Attribute Types, SUSHI Standards and Reporting Configurations, which next year will become the de-facto standard for usage reporting.

5) A Statistical Story: Using LibInsights for Budgeting and Collection Development (Barbara Hilderbrand, Seminole State College of Florida) 
Our Library has compiled usage statistics on a variety of resources in a variety of formats for a number of years. The statistics have been housed in shared spreadsheets across Library personnel. Like many other Libraries we’ve faced budget cuts in recent years while needing to increase services.  We needed to build a narrative that would  accurately represent our budgetary concerns to administrators.

LibInsights has provided an excellent solution for us. It’s provided a mechanism for housing all of our data. It is extremely difficult to compare apples to oranges but necessary when they are paid for out of the same budget. We’ve used this tool to streamline our data collection process. To consistently gather the same type of stats for the same type of resources. Then to compare the different types of formats and subject specific resources to make collection development and budgetary decisions.

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Courtney McAllister

Library Services Engineer, EBSCO

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Brianne Dosch

Research Assistant - Recent Graduate, University of Tennessee
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Chris Erdmann

Library Carpentry Community & Development Director, The Carpentries
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Lorraine Estelle

Project Director, COUNTER
Lorraine Estelle is the COUNTER Project Director. Launched in March 2002, COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) is an international initiative serving librarians, publishers and intermediaries by setting standards that facilitate the recording and reporting... Read More →
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Tracy Gilmore

Librarian, CSULB
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Barbara Hilderbrand

Manager, Library Resources & Digital Services, Seminole State College of Florida
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Edward Lener

Associate Director for Collection Management, Virginia Tech
Edward Lener is Associate Director of Collection Management in the University Libraries at Virginia Tech and College Librarian for the Sciences. Edward is the university's representative to the Collections Committee of the VIVA library consortium and a co-author of the book Graduate... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 3:40pm - 4:20pm EST
Salon I, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Thursday, November 8

11:30am EST

Stopwatch Session
These short “pecha kucha-like” sessions will feature four PowerPoint presentations of 6 minutes and 40 seconds each. We will have time at the end of the session intended for Q&A for all presenters. Come for a lively, rapid-fire group of talks.

1) Monitoring Open Access with CHORUS (Howard Ratner, CHORUS)

Trying to monitor publicly funded research published by your researchers in response to evolving funder mandates? Learn how CHORUS leverages the existing publishing process and uses standard metadata to identify and monitor open access to content and datasets reporting on funded research, provides links to open access versions of content datasets, and verifies that the research is saved in preservation archives  

2) One More Scholarly Horizon to Automate: Manuscript Submission and Exchange (Nettie Lagace, NISO)

The NISO MECA (Manuscript Exchange Common Approach) project is creating a Recommended Practice to allow members of the scholarly communication ecosystem to easily transfer manuscripts and associated data and metadata between and among manuscript systems. The Internet has changed scholarly communication in every aspect. For the publication process, it has made it possible to do much of the work of managing manuscript submission, peer review, and production electronically. However, situations exist where manuscripts may move from one system to another: perhaps the article has not been accepted at one journal, and the author would like to submit it to another publisher; perhaps the publisher would like to offer the author an option to submit in another one of its own journals; perhaps it is desired that a preprint server transfer a manuscript or receive a manuscript. In many of these cases, stakeholders such as article authors or reviewers may be required to manually re-enter data, or may not be aware of existing data that may be useful in a new setting. This NISO Recommended Practice will represent a generally-applicable exchange protocol that could also represent many use cases and varied stakeholders.

3) Corralling Electronic Resources Management with CORAL Open Source (Tina M. Adams, Western Carolina University) 

Are you frustrated with trying to keep up with workflows, policies, licenses, package changes, renewal deadlines, ILL rights and perpetual access status of all the electronic resources you manage? Are you tired of managing myriad spreadsheets and calendar ticklers? Would you like use a tool that allows you to have this information in a central location where everyone from Collections staff to ILL staff can access the information they need to do their jobs? Would you like that tool to be free? If so, come see how Western Carolina University has transitioned from no ERM system to using CORAL, an open source ERM system with loads of functionality. Attendees will learn how we implemented CORAL at our library with very few staff and how we are continuing to refine how we use this tool. See if it might be the answer for your library.

4) Systematic Failures - Are They Solely the Fault of the Systems? (Tonia Graves, Old Dominion University) 

Since the advent of the academic journal in the 17th century, the myriad of systems developed to provide organization and access to these texts for use by scholars and students have failed to efficiently address the familiar litany of questions surrounding journals and their construct. Examples of repeatedly raised questions include: Do you have this title?; What years and volumes do you have for this title?; What titles do you have on this subject?; Where is this title located?; Is it peer reviewed?; Is there full text?
Since journals often represent the bulk of an academic library’s materials budget, these failures are not satisfactory, nor are they solely the fault of the systems.

This presentation highlights impacts of migrating to a new LPS in 2016 and completing a library wide staff reorganization in 2018 on the human resources and systems used in the Electronic Resources Management Unit. I will share our strategies for addressing the traditionally troubling aspects of journal access to optimize staff skills and ensure a successful access experience for users.

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Cris Ferguson

Assistant Dean of Libraries / Associate Professor, Murray State University

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Tina M. Adams

Electronic Resources Librarian, Western Carolina University
I am currently the Electronic Resources Librarian at Western Carolina University. I had been a Reference and Instruction and Distance Education librarian for over a decade before transitioning to E-resources. I recently co-authored a book, The ABC's of ERM: Demystifying Electronic... Read More →
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Tonia Graves

Resource Discovery Librarian, Old Dominion University
I am the Resource Discovery Librarian at Old Dominion University Libraries. My responsibilities include analyzing the impact of discovery systems on the University community, studying the impact of Section 508 on academic library procurement practices, and serving as the chair person... Read More →
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Nettie Lagace

Associate Executive Director, NISO - National Information Standards Organization
Nettie Lagace is the Associate Executive Director at NISO, where she is responsible for facilitating the work of NISO's topic committees and development groups for standards and best practices, and working with the community to encourage broad adoption of this consensus work. Prior... Read More →
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Howard Ratner

Executive Director, CHORUS
Howard is the Executive Director of CHORUS. Over the past two decades, he played a key role in developing innovative technology solutions that have transformed scholarly communications. He co-founded and chaired ORCID – Open Researcher and Contributor ID system, and was active... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm EST
Ashley Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

2:30pm EST

Stopwatch Session
These short “pecha kucha-like” sessions will feature four PowerPoint presentations of 6 minutes and 40 seconds each. We will have time at the end of the session intended for Q&A for all presenters. Come for a lively, rapid-fire group of talks.

1) Assembling the Future Ready Technical Services Team in SMU Libraries (Heng Kai Leong, Singapore Management University)

Libraries today are faced with complex challenges that are brought about by the shift from print to electronic resources over the last decade. The rapid growth in the number of electronic resources requires libraries to allocate additional manpower to support work processes in various stages of the electronic resources lifecycle. The question that we need to ask ourselves is: What is the impetus for our staff to change? Are they prepared to embrace the change and to start to learn, unlearn and relearn? The traditional organizational structure of a Library’s Technical Services department is designed to support the daily operations of printed monographs, serials and audio/visual materials, but in today’s world, are libraries still procuring these resources as much as they do years back? How can the department morphed into one that works effectively and efficiently for electronic resources? Using Singapore Management University (SMU) Libraries as a case study, the presenter will share the journey of how the Technical Services team was transformed into one that is made out of staff who are both confident and competent to wrangle around the complexity of electronic resources management in the present and future world.

2) From Acquisitions to Collection Development (David Gall, University of Waterloo Library)

Over the last few years, the Acquisitions Team at the University of Waterloo Library has been heavily engaged in revamping a number of the long-established workflows, in an effort to streamline and improve the processes to create greater efficiency, collaboration, and access to documents. Hoping to take greater advantage of the accessibility and versatility offered by working with documents in digital format, and reducing the numbers of avenues for requests to arrive in the department, the department looked for ways to employ technologies and software to make the work flow more smoothly, and where these options did not exist, they improvised and created their own.
While the evolution of the department continues, the changes implemented thus far have allowed the team to reduce troublesome backlogs in processing, set and meet consistent service standards, and create a more versatile department capable of responding to the cyclical work peaks throughout the year.

3) Branding and Innovation at Three Public Libraries (Patrick Roughen, North Carolina Central University) 

This discussion presents a researcher’s perspective on the process of library brand-building at the overarching system level, branch level, and at the level of collections, and the relationship of this process to innovation, in the cases of three public libraries: Richland Library (Columbia, South Carolina), Live Oak Public Libraries (Savannah, Georgia), and Charlotte Mecklenberg Library (Charlotte, North Carolina).  For each library system, an individual library branch or location was selected for a more detailed analysis of how branding occurs in these libraries.  A qualitative approach was taken, and evidence of branding and the role of innovation was obtained on the system and branch levels, and additional evidence is being gathered about collections.

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Glenda Alvin

Associate Professor, Assistant Director for Collection Management and Administration Head, Acquisitions and Serials, Library, Tennessee State University

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David Gall

Acquisitions Manager, University of Waterloo Library
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Heng Kai Leong

Electronic Resources, Licensing and Subscriptions Librarian, Singapore Management University

Patrick Roughen

Assistant Professor, North Carolina Central University

Thursday November 8, 2018 2:30pm - 3:10pm EST
Calhoun Room, Francis Marion Hotel

3:40pm EST

Stopwatch Session
These short “pecha kucha-like” sessions will feature four PowerPoint presentations of 6 minutes and 40 seconds each. We will have time at the end of the session intended for Q&A for all presenters. Come for a lively, rapid-fire group of talks.

1) Research Grant Support: What’s it Like to be a Librarian on a Research Grant? (Bertha Chang, North Carolina State University Libraries)

The opportunity to participate directly in a faculty member’s research grant is one area that offers libraries new ways to support and collaborate with their faculty members. In 2016, a five-year program to train graduate students in applying advanced statistical methods to physical data was established at North Carolina State University through a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship grant (NRT).  The NCSU Libraries had provided a formal letter of support for the original grant proposal which included the support of an engineering subject librarian to help identify best opportunities for engagement. This presentation will describe the experiences of supporting this program thus far and plans for the next three years. Included will be lessons learned which can help other librarians who may be asked to provide similar support to researchers on their campuses.

2) Hack the Stacks: Promoting Diverse Scholarship in the Academic Library (Beth Blanton-Kent, University of Virginia Library; Aldona Dye, University of Virginia; Timothy Morton, University of Virginia Library) 

Hack the Stacks is a new collaborative collections initiative at the University of Virginia Library between the Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation (GSCL) and the Library’s collections team. The Library’s collections and acquisitions teams are committed to looking for opportunities to expand collection development beyond traditional academic and trade publishers, to identify and give voice to underrepresented voices in collections decisions, and to provide resources of importance to all members of the University community. Often faculty and researcher expectations for library collection decisions as well as behaviors in using information resources are projected onto the community at large. Are there ways librarians can represent all voices in the collection development and management process?

Hack the Stacks is a happy convergence of the shared purposes of students and the library. A collaborative event in the UVA Library in April 2018 taught students the process of making purchase requests as well as the importance of doing so, particularly for marginalized voices and small presses. Recognizing that academic libraries traditionally draw the majority of their collections from an increasingly consolidated set of publishers, Hack the Stacks is evolving into an ongoing series a) to ensure accessioning of materials from a diverse group of authors, publishers, and viewpoints; b) to create unique local collections that are responsive to the needs of our local research community; and c) to foster collaborative relationships and increase library engagement with our student community. In this presentation we will discuss the local background that led to the creation of Hack the Stacks; the collaboration with the GSCL in staging the events; the acquisitions process, lessons learned, and implications for future acquisitions; and provide attendees with tools to implement Hack the Stacks-type events at their own institutions.
3) The TOME Initiative: Year One (Sarah McKee, Emory University)

 A quick update on the progress made and lessons learned during the first year of the TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem) initiative, a five-year collaborative experiment by the Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, and Association of University Presses to institutionally fund the production of peer-reviewed, high-quality open monographs.

4) The Way through the Woods: An Engineering Standards Journey (Whitney Jordan, Western Carolina University) 

Librarians find themselves tasked with blazing paths through the tangled forest of new resources, new demands, and shrinking budget streams. Unique subject-specific resources further snarl the landscape, as they offer valuable content not found elsewhere but at a price that makes navigating the way forward daunting. Engineering and construction standards are an example of unique resources that are a necessity for students and faculty, but these come at prices that dishearten even the most intrepid librarians. In this session, an acquisitions librarian from a medium-sized, regional comprehensive university will discuss their journey through the resource woods related to standards. She will elaborate on the problem of balancing broader-scope resources with niche resources, when annual collection review and prioritization skews towards broader resources that meet the needs of a wider array of users. The travails of purchasing individual standards–which have a range of price tags, formats, providers, and applicability–along with the difficulty of obtaining standards using interlibrary loan will be addressed as well. She will conclude the session by outlining newly-instated policies for standards, procedures for obtaining access, and how they envision the future as they trek down this winding road.


Ramune Kubilius

Collection Development / Special Projects Librarian, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center


Beth Blanton-Kent

Collections Librarian, University of Virginia Library
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Bertha Chang

Associate Head, Collections & Research Strategy, NC State University Libraries
Bertha Chang is Associate Head of Collections & Research Strategy at the North Carolina State University Libraries. She holds an M.S. from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and an S.B. and Ph.D. from the Department... Read More →

Whitney Jordan

Acquisitions Librarian, Western Carolina University

Sarah McKee

Senior Associate Director for Publishing, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University

Timothy Morton

Manager, Resource Acquisition & Description, University of Virginia Library

Thursday November 8, 2018 3:40pm - 4:20pm EST
Ashley Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401