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Stopwatch Session [clear filter]
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
Thursday, November 8

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