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Thursday, November 5 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Money, Money, Money....Or Not!

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Each library’s budget is unique, however providing information about the budget is important across all libraries and is a critical factor in how the library is perceived by its constituents. The cost of e-resources; what is and isn’t freely available electronically; and optimizing a flat budget in an era of escalating costs - all are issues often misinterpreted by the campus community, leading to misunderstandings and misinformation. Limited budgets, escalating prices, and new acquisitions strategies necessitate clear communication with librarians and faculty about the financial realities and complex decisions surrounding collection development.

Attendees will learn how one academic library initiated a program to educate librarians and faculty about budget realities in order to provide financial transparency.

Library administrators at a large public university met with librarians in a workshop format to discuss funding sources; allocations; expenditures; deficits; high cost resources; collection decision factors; and strategies for acquiring content. Librarians brainstormed solutions to real-life problematic collection development scenarios. Both an information-sharing forum and professional development event, the workshop served to update, educate, and generate discussions for both veteran and new librarians. Librarians then presented an abbreviated version of the workshop to faculty library representatives, giving faculty a realistic view of the acquisitions budget and complexities of collections decision-making.

This conference program will include time for attendees to brainstorm solutions to real-life collections budget scenarios.

Speakers
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Mary Gilbert

Assistant University Librarian for Content Management, Towson University
Mary Gilbert, a Librarian IV with permanent status at Towson University, is Assistant University Librarian for Content Management, Albert S. Cook Library, and part of the library’s senior management team. Responsibilities include management of the library’s over two million dollar collection budget, acquisitions of books, e-books, serials, and e-resources; cataloging and government documents;, liaison and instruction responsibilities for the... Read More →
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Deborah Nolan

Dean of University Libraries, Towson University
Deborah Nolan has served as Dean of University Libraries at Towson University in Towson, Maryland since 2006. Her career spans school, community college, private university and public university libraries in Ohio, North Carolina and Maryland. She earned her bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University, master's in library science from the University of Pittsburgh, and doctorate from Towson University.



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