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Thursday, November 5 • 2:25pm - 3:10pm
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1. I Need You to Need Me: Understanding User Needs
Katie O'Connell

This session focuses on methods for gathering and analyzing information about what users need from libraries and library vendors from quantitative statistics to qualitative feedback.  How can this information be gathered and how can it be used to prioritize future offerings?  Panelists will share their user needs analysis experiences from different perspectives-- a large university library, an image database/media management software provider, and a small special library.  The session will conclude with a dialogue between panelists and attendees about gathering and using user feedback.

2. “Interest” vs. “Impact”: Using Web of Science Usage Counts for discovery in the Social Sciences  
Don Sechler, Rachel Borchardt

In some disciplines in the Social Sciences, measuring and benchmarking citation activity can be useful for identifying the research impact of an article in its field.  But in many “slow to cite” or “low cite” disciplines in the Social Sciences it may be difficult to use citation activity as a strong signal of the impact of a paper. In the Web of Science, the item level usage counts measuring “reasonable, intentional user actions” can serve as signals of researcher interest in topics and particular publications. The presenter from Thomson Reuters will discuss how “item level usage” is measured and can be used on the Web of Science Platform. Rachel Borchardt from American University will discuss how usage count data from the Web of Science fits into the ‘altmetrics’ framework for measuring research impact.

3. “Everybody likes a roller coaster ride”:  Thrills, Chills and Spills – Visualizing 40 Years of Data on Budgets, Allocations, and Spending
David Sharp

This shotgun talk will use data visualization techniques to enliven almost four decades worth of historical numerical data on base and fiscal budgets, allocations, expenditures, inflation, currency fluctuations, and much more.  The data originates from Carleton University library (Ottawa, Canada) but will be supplemented, at times, by Canadian and U.S. contextual datasets.  Audience members will hopefully find some generalized confirmations in the data, as well as new perspectives by seeing numerical data tables translated into vibrant visual and spatial representations.   Librarians specifically might enjoy seeing how a representative academic library in Canada has historically evolved, perhaps testing some long held assumptions; vendors might find aspects of this session, such as the steady upward changes to ongoing budget commitments, insightful or helpful.    Strap yourself in, because in short, this will be a fast paced, up and down ride that packs forty years worth of stodgy materials budget history into 20 visually oriented slides and 6 minutes of talking.

4. “But That’s the Way We’ve Always Done It”: Shifting from a Liaison to a Centralized Model of Collection Development

Amanda Scull

This session will discuss the shift away from subject liaison models of collection development to a centralized model in a small academic library from the perspective of a newly centralized Collection Development Librarian. The session will address the limitations of the subject liaison model, the challenges faced during transition, and the functional realities of centralized collection development. I will discuss outreach, selection, and assessment as the three major areas where the change to centralization has required new policies and approaches to communication. Audience members whose libraries are considering a shift to centralized collection development will learn specific challenges to expect and strategies for addressing them.
5. Help, we started a journal! : Adventures in supporting open access publishing using Open Journal Systems
Anna Craft

The open access movement continues to grow, change, and offer exciting opportunities for researchers and content creators to share their work. One such opportunity is Open Journal Systems (OJS), a journal management and publishing system that is freely available via the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). But even a free software system is not without its costs, both to the hosting institution and to the creators and staff of individual journals. Institutions that wish to host or use OJS must be able to install, maintain, and support the product. And while faculty members and other academics are often experts in their content areas, not all of them are prepared to handle other needs associated with creating and publishing an online journal--including decisions that might involve article layout, copyright policies, graphic design, web design, and other technical issues. This presentation will focus on practical issues and lessons learned in supporting the creation of online journals using OJS at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). If you are using or considering OJS for scholarly publishing endeavors, this session will help you prepare for some of the possibly-unexpected questions and issues that may come up. 

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Rachel Borchardt

Associate Director, Research and Instructional Services, and Science Librarian, American University
Rachel Borchardt is the science librarian at American University. Her professional research focuses on the intersection of metrics and libraries, and she has written and presented on the topic in many venues, including a recent book publication titled Meaningful Metrics: A 21st-Century... Read More →
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Anna Craft

Coordinator of Metadata Services, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Anna Craft is the Coordinator of Metadata Services at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Libraries, where she works with metadata for the library catalog, digital projects, and NC DOCKS, UNCG’s institutional repository.  She began her library career at the North Carolina... Read More →

Katie O'Connell

User Relations Manager, Artstor
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Amanda Scull

Collection Development Librarian, Keene State College
I am the Collection Development Librarian and Assistant Professor at Mason Library at Keene; so in addition to my responsibilities related to the collection I also teach courses in the Information Studies minor and information literacy sessions. I am very interested in the intersection... Read More →

Don Sechler

Product Development, Thomson Reuters
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David Sharp

Head, Acquisitions, Carleton University Library

Thursday November 5, 2015 2:25pm - 3:10pm EST
Calhoun Room, Francis Marion Hotel