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Wednesday, November 8 • 11:35am - 12:15pm
How Difficult Can It Be? Creating an integrated network among library stakeholders to promote electronic access.

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Tracking electronic access is a major challenge for libraries that cannot be ignored. Vast quantities of electronic resources continue to be acquired and libraries continue to seek a way to keep up with the evolving electronic resource ecosystem.

Libraries are immersed in monitoring electronic resources for access performance, features, functionality, completeness of content and usage. Publishers, providers and vendors are immersed in their innovative business models. Users are immersed in their research needs. With these immersion silos, there is a lack of communication between stakeholders that creates an unsustainable ecosystem.

Currently, stakeholders are creating piecemeal patches that partially address access problems rather than an integrated effort of the whole community to incorporate interconnected solutions. These patches are not solving the problems. They are focusing on the symptoms, but not treating the cause. Why? The electronic access ecosystem is constantly in a state of flux. The system was simpler in times past. In this digital age, the creation, dissemination and use of data is dynamic.

It is vital to the success of the electronic access ecosystem that there be interplay between all the stakeholders. One stakeholder cannot successfully manage electronic access by itself. There needs to be a concerted effort among all stakeholders for monitoring, identifying and addressing electronic access issues. These relationships are complex. What’s hindering the communication between stakeholders? What are we doing wrong and how can it be fixed? This problem can’t be fixed overnight, but must be carefully orchestrated. Libraries need to take the lead in the development of integrated networks.

This presentation will address some of the networking problems that plague stakeholders and provide suggestions for improved networking integration. Audience participation will be sought for sharing problems and suggestions.

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Denise Branch

Head Electronic and Continuing Resources, Virginia Commonwealth University
Denise is a native of Powhatan, Virginia and the Head of Electronic and Continuing Resources at the VCU Libraries, an ARL Library. She earned her B.S. from VCU and M.L.I.S. from The Catholic University of America. Managing e-resources within the Ex Libris Alma and Primo systems keeps... Read More →
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Jamie Gieseck-Ashworth

Account Services Manager, EBSCO Information Services
Jamie Gieseck-Ashworth has been an Account Services Manager (a.k.a. EBSCO traveling librarian) since 2012. She received her MLS from Kent State University in 2000. Jamie worked for 5 different OhioLINK libraries, both academic and medical, for over 14 years. Her duties covered... Read More →
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Ben Johnson

Provider Relations Engagement Manager, Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company
Ben has been working with content in the ProQuest/Serials Solutions products for over a decade, and Ex Libris products since their acquisition by ProQuest in late 2015. He has participated in all things KBART since 2012, including two years as former co-chair of the KBART Standing... Read More →
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Anne-Marie Viola

Discovery & Product Usage Manager, SAGE Publishing
I coordinate discovery-related initiatives and product usage reporting for all online products at SAGE Publishing, the leading independent academic and professional publisher. I'm interested in talking about the library discovery ecosystem and the role metadata derivatives play in... Read More →

Wednesday November 8, 2017 11:35am - 12:15pm EST
Laurens Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401