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Thursday, November 5 • 11:35am - 12:15pm
What ARE We Thinking? Collections Decisions in an Academic Library

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When faced with multiple competing priorities for investment in library resources, there are many important aspects to consider. From student enrollment to prominence of programs, there are both data-driven and intangible factors to weigh. In addition, most library collections now focus on the immediate needs of students and researchers instead of collecting for posterity. This just-in-time versus just-in-case collection development mindset prioritizes different resource attributes and requires an often unfamiliar level of acquisitions flexibility.

Where do we go from here? What are the most important factors to consider before subscribing to or purchasing library resources? What do scholarly publishers believe are the most relevant points to consider when academics make collection decisions?

What attendees can expect to learn?
Participants will learn what librarians should consider when making collections decisions – from the availability of COUNTER statistics to accessibility issues and beyond. The presenters will share a checklist of factors to consider, pitfalls to avoid and how to clearly communicate with our vendor partners. Publishers will learn what really helps academics make collection decisions and share their perspectives.

Speakers
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Natasha Cooper

Collection Development and Analysis Librarian and Subject Librarian for Information Studies, Syracuse University Libraries
Tasha Cooper is collection development and analysis librarian for arts and humanities, as well as some social sciences and professional programs, and subject librarian for information studies at Syracuse University Libraries, in Syracuse, NY.
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Linda Galloway

Collection Development and Analysis Librarian, Syracuse University
I'm the STEM collection development and analysis manager and librarian at Syracuse University Libraries. As the subject specialist for chemistry and forensic sciences, I connect students, faculty, and researchers to the best information available. I use data-driven analytics to make collections decisions and also involved with institutional research metrics. Please talk to me if you have found the perfect solution to manage electronic... Read More →
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Doug Morton

Account Manager, Elsevier
Doug is an Account Manager at Elsevier, a world-leading provider of information solutions that help those in research make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries in science, health, and technology. Joining the company in 2008, Doug has worked with university and research center librarians across the US to maximize the value their institutions receive from their Elsevier journal portfolios on... Read More →



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