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Wednesday, November 8 • 3:30pm - 4:10pm
Shotgun Session

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These short “pecha kucha-like” sessions will feature 5 PowerPoint presentations of 6 minutes and 40 seconds each. We will have time at the end of the session intended for Q&A for all presenters. Come for a lively, rapid-fire group of talks.

1) Learning from History: Using Past Collection Decisions to Inform the Present (Heidi Tebbe)

Collection decisions can seem daunting to a librarian who is new to the job. One way for a new collections librarian to understand their subject funds is to examine the books that have been previously purchased with those funds. Information about these books such as subject headings, publishers, vendors, and content level can all provide valuable insight into a particular subject area and into the collection decisions that have been made for a given subject at a given institution.

In this session, I will discuss the results of my analysis of engineering, computer science, and physics monographs purchases at North Carolina State University using the R programming language, as well as the limitations of this kind of investigation. Data for this investigation was acquired from GOBI Library Solutions and using SirsiDynix WorkFlows; an overview of this process will be included. I will also provide an overview of functions and packages from the R programming language that can be used to clean, merge, and analyze purchase data.

2) Copyright Management of MOOC Resources in a Health Sciences Library (Katherine Green)

The Dahlgren Memorial Library (DML) serves a variety of patrons, has a number of different community partnerships, and is very integrated on a variety of levels in many of the programs, curricula, and research done at the medical center.

In April of 2016, the library was approached by a few of our researchers/faculty members to assist with a large project they had begun to create. In conjunction with our curriculum development group, the researchers were constructing an open education course or Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Big Data and Genomics. The library was brought on board to help navigate the complicated world of copyright.

My first challenge was to determine how other organizations had navigated copyright issues. One of the resources I consulted was Fowler and Smith’s article on Developing Library-based Copyright and Permissions Service for MOOCs (2013), which led me to other resources I could research for further understanding.

As we proceeded with the process, I would receive a Word document, outlining the concerns and specific question. Some of the images in question were from DML’s collection, some came from the National Cancer Institute, and others came from open access databases that used Creative Commons licenses. The next challenge was investigating each concern individually as each dealt with a different aspect of copyright. If it was determined that an image or video was unusable, we would find suitable alternatives from places such as the Open I database or Wikimedia Commons.

After meeting with the librarian, the researchers began to feel more comfortable navigating some of the copyright issues on their own. The group presented on their MOOC stating they felt they had a significant benefit in consulting a librarian in the beginning stages. The course was completed successfully this past May.

3) Focusing on the Big Picture: Strategic Alignment in Academic Libraries (Mimi Calter)

The academic landscape is changing, and as universities reassess their own missions and strategic objectives, libraries are challenged to maintain their own strategic vision in alignment. More critically, they are challenged to constantly refine procedures and daily activities to align with the vision. This Shotgun Session will briefly review alignment efforts in academic libraries and assess progress.

4) Inspiring Discovery Through Global Access to Free Biodiversity Literature (Barbara Ferry)

Much of the world’s taxonomic literature is available only to a few select libraries, providing a major impediment to global taxonomic research, especially in developing countries. The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is changing all that by providing free and open access to major scientific library collections. BHL is a global consortium of 18 member libraries and 15 affiliates who select and scan published literature from the 15th to the 21st centuries. About one-quarter of the 51 million pages in the database are post-1923, through cooperative arrangements BHL has made with publishers. This brief presentation will provide real-world examples of how BHL is used at global museums and universities to provide support for biodiversity research and how the Smithsonian Libraries and other member libraries work together to select and scan literature for the database.

5) Yikes! My elearning platform has content and my online journal is interactive! Shaping an Australian Library’s role in a world where everything’s becoming everything else. (Lisa Smith)

eLearning products (platforms, tools, resources) are increasingly converging as vendors and publishers move into new areas of opportunity and develop new business models for these complex and wide ranging product suites. This presents challenges for institutions and libraries in considering ways to select, negotiate, govern and manage such packages.

This presentation provides a case study, including what’s now and next, of the approach taken by Monash University Library, Australia, for others to consider in thinking about their own approaches. A series of questions will be posed during the session to engage in dialogue, through social media and the session Q&A.

In 2014-15 the Library led a review of the pedagogical, educational and financial value of a suite of enterprise elearning products in use at Monash University, involving key stakeholders, and using case studies and data analysis. The review found that medium to long term use led to improved efficiency, pedagogy and learning effectiveness while time taken to implement and embed in curriculum made short-term discontinuation impractical. A centrally coordinated approach to selection, licence negotiation, relationship management, implementation and management was also found to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Review recommendations on business ownership, funding, governance structures, management and evaluation processes now inform University decision-making.

In the etextbook space in particular, the Library’s experience has taught us that our involvement in provision of individually tailored and accessed etextbooks is not beneficial from a financial or user experience perspective; however Library opportunities to add institutional value exist where etextbooks are available to all University users and are not individually tailored. In this and other like spaces, the Library can play an important Institutional role in negotiation, budget certainty and cost effectiveness, governance and management.


Bobby Hollandsworth

Economics, Finance & PRTM Librarian, Learning Commons Coordinator, Clemson University

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Mimi Calter

Deputy University Librarian, Stanford Libraries
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Barbara Ferry

Head, Natural and Physical Sciences Libraries, Smithsonian Libraries
As Head, Natural & Physical Sciences Libraries at the Smithsonian, I lead a team of 18 staff serving the information needs of scientists and educators. Library staff work at branches located in Washington DC, Edgewater Maryland, Front Royal Virginia, and Panama.
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Katherine Greene

Resources & Copyright Support Librarian, Georgetown University Dahlgren Memorial Library
Katherine Greene is a Resources and Copyright Support Librarian at Dahlgren Memorial Library where she has worked on a variety of different tasks and projects since June of 2014. She earned her MSLS degree at The Catholic University of America in May 2014.
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Lisa Smith

Library Director, Education, Monash University
Lisa Smith is the Director, Education. Her portfolio includes oversight of the Library’s engagement with the University’s education agenda, including through information research skills, learning skills and elearning, with a number of faculty areas, and broad oversight of several... Read More →
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Heidi Tebbe

Collections & Research Librarian for Engineering and Data Science, NC State University Libraries
Heidi Tebbe is the Collections & Research Librarian for Engineering and Data Science at North Carolina State University. She manages collections for subjects including engineering, computer science, physics, astronomy, and data science.

Wednesday November 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:10pm EST
Calhoun Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401