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Friday, November 6 • 2:25pm - 3:10pm
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1. Thoughts on Building Unique and Diverse Collections 
Annie Belanger

Literature abounds on how internalized acculturated biases lead to inadvertently more narrow collections in terms of author diversity, an impact that starts with editors flowing through to vendors and selectors. Even when we acknowledge our biases, the tools we use may carry them as well as time to hand curate a collection remain an issue. Explore thoughts ways to leverage current vendor services to ensure robust, yet more diverse collections. 
Audience will be posed a series of questions for self-reflection on how they approach collection development and whether their approach build diverse collections. Audience will see ways to leverage vendor services to save time on core collections, allowing time for hand curation of unique collections.  

2. Show Me The Data (Sets) for the Natural Sciences
Barry Brown

This session will provide a brief overview of what's going on with data sets in the Natural Sciences. Questions addressed include: How widely are journal articles citing data sets? How often are researchers sharing them and making them easily available to others? What repositories are primarily being used? Have these patterns changed over the last few years. Results will be based on preliminary surveys of the most impactful journals in the Natural Sciences. 

3. From Chaos to Community: Two Libraries Finding a Unified Direction 
Melissa Johnson, Rod Bustos, Sandra Bandy

In January 2013, the University System of Georgia consolidated a health sciences university and a predominantly undergraduate liberal arts university. This provided several challenges to the newly formed University Libraries. Each library utilizes different cataloging rules, National Library of Medicine call numbers and Medical Subject Headings are used on the Health Sciences Campus and Library of Congress call numbers and subject headings used on the liberal arts campus. After recognizing the differences in the catalog records, the Libraries asked “Where do we go from here?”A cataloging subcommittee was formed to identify ways to consolidate bibliographic records, streamline holdings, and turn chaos into community.  The Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian from the liberal arts campus, the Chair of Content Management from the Health Sciences Campus, and the Assistant Director for Library Systems will discuss the differences in the records, changes implemented to unify the catalog, and how the two libraries came together to meet this goal. They will also discuss the challenges for future direction. 

4. Using Bibliometrics analysis as a decision-making tool for serials' subscriptions 
Eric Archambeault

Academic institutions are facing significant financial pressures and are increasingly required to maximize their return on investment. Bibliometrics analyses that combine the number of times that researchers publish in a journal or cite a journal along with evaluating open access availability provides a robust evidence-based decision-making tool. The number of times that researchers publish in a journal or cite a journal provides powerful usage data, particularly if it can be combined with data of article downloads. When these data are combined with the proportion of papers in that journal that are available in Open Access, then one obtains a very powerful tool. 
More specifically, the bibliometrics analysis can point to journals that are rarely cited, published into, and downloaded by researchers and students in a university, potentially making these journals non-renewal candidates.  For those few articles that are used from that canceled journal, if they are not available in Open Access, they could simply be retrieved through Inter-library loans. Conversely, if researchers at that university frequently publish in and cite a journal, then it is a good candidate for a new or renewed subscription. 
In this presentation, we will focus on this evidence-based approach as a tool to maintain and even to increase library users’ level of satisfaction, while helping librarians deal with difficult budgetary decisions. The attendees will learn how to make sense of different metrics and bibliometrics analysis from real life and pragmatic examples and they will be encouraged to share their questions, concerns and feedback throughout the presentation.  


Sandra Bandy

Chair of Content Management, Georgia Regents Universit
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Barry Brown

Science Librarian and Head, Access & Collection Services, The University of Montana Mansfield Library

Rod Bustos

Assistant Director for Library Systems, Georgia Regents University
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Annie Bélanger

Associate University Librarian, Information Resources & Academic Excellence, University of Waterloo
Annie Bélanger is the Associate University Librarian, Information Resources & Academic Excellence, for the University of Waterloo. In this role, she provides executive leadership for collection lifecycle management as well as for information services, instruction, user engagement... Read More →

Friday November 6, 2015 2:25pm - 3:10pm EST
Calhoun Room, Francis Marion Hotel