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Thursday, November 5 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Size, Perception, and Power in Library/Vendor Relations

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Our perceptions of ourselves and our roles deeply impact how we execute our job duties. This panel will explore the perceptions about vendor relations and librarian roles with special attention to the size of institution. Librarians from academic libraries ranging in size from very small to very large will discuss their perceptions and address questions such as: Do large libraries and major accounts get what they need while small schools get what is offered? Do institutions who “pull weight” with vendors have an obligation to other libraries? How much agency, autonomy, and weight does one library or librarian have? Throughout, we will examine our perceptions of our roles and the relationship to draw out the real impact that those perceptions have on our work. The audience will engage with the panel throughout the session.

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Rachel Fleming

Lead Librarian for Acquisitions/Budget Officer, Appalachian State University
Rachel Fleming is Lead Librarian for Acquisitions at Appalachian State University, where she manages the acquisition of all material types. She has previously served as Serials Librarian at Western Carolina University and Collection Development librarian at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Rachel has overseen serials cancellation projects, and complete collection reviews. She holds an MA in library science from the University of Missouri &ndash... Read More →
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Heather Wilson

Acquisitions & Electronic Resources Librarian, Caltech Library

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