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Thursday, November 5 • 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Knowing Your Strategic Advantage

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Where do we go from here? This panel will explore the fundamental importance of knowing the core competencies of your institution, company, or association, and integrating them into your day-to-day operations. Three leaders from a library, a scholarly association, and a for-profit company will give their perspectives on how their past experiences are shaping their vision of the future. Elizabeth Lorbeer concentrates on the challenges and opportunities of opening a medical library in a new medical school in the digital era. What do you buy or lease? How do you provide access? How do you allow for future library, medical, and virtual developments, or provide for “free”?
Christine Charlip, the director of ASM press, will share how business decisions are made in an old and established association balancing 27 scientific divisions and 35 local branches. How will they disseminate their content? How should they implement open access? What new innovations will arrive? How will innovation in technology influence content development and dissemination?
Justin Clarke with Harrassowitz will discuss how an international book and journal vendor manages to balance historical legacy with the discovery and development of new technologies, products and services. How do they maintain meaningful connections in the evolving scholarly communications environment?
These three unique perspectives may lead us to navigate more successfully through the unceasing change that is all around us.

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Christine Charlip

Director, American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Press
Christine has worked for four years to build ASM's publishing portfolio, adding ebooks collections, review journals, and new textbooks, including an innovative OA textbook to come. Her background in journal and book publishing includes the American Diabetes Association, the National Association of Homebuilders, and the American Gastroenterological Association.
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Justin Clarke

Regional Sale Manager, HARRASSOWITZ
Justin Clarke is the Product Manager and Regional Sales Manager East at HARRASSOWITZ Booksellers and Subscription Agents, where he has worked for the past 11 years.  Prior to joining HARRASSOWITZ, Justin worked in Technical Services at Swarthmore College Library and was the SFX administrator for the TriCollege Consortium.  He also worked in Collection Development at Temple University where he set up his first approval plan with... Read More →
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Elizabeth Lorbeer

Library Director, Western Michigan University SOM
Liz is the library director at Western Michigan University School of Medicine, a new medical school in the U.S. to be granted preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee of Medical Education. I am interested in all things library and learning new ways to disseminate content using the latest technologies. I like hearing about new products from the vendors and cool things librarians are doing at their shop.

Clark Morrell

President, Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc.

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