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Wednesday, November 8 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
It's 2017: Do You Know What Your Approval Plan Is?

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What does it mean for a library to have an “approval plan?” The answer used to be simple enough: Approval plans were arrangements between book vendors and academic libraries primarily intended to regularly and automatically identify and deliver pertinent new books via a jointly maintained “profile” of the library’s collecting interests.

While plenty of libraries maintain “approval plans” in 2017, what that means is no longer as clear. Intricate as those profiles could be, they never said much about the likelihood of usage for the books delivered. Today, with usage a key measurement for most libraries in assessing their collections; with the rise of ebooks; the need to repurpose space; a renewed focus on service to users; and sustained, relentless pressure on materials budgets, what libraries call their “approval plan” is often a primarily demand-driven mechanism, rather than a vehicle to generate large numbers of automatic purchases.

Please join three librarians who will discuss the current structure and purposes of what were once, at their libraries, robust, traditional approval plans. What changed for these libraries, and why? What is their thinking about today’s book collections? What do they see for the future?

Steve Bosch is Materials, Budget, Procurement, and Licensing Librarian at the University of Arizona. Trish Chatterley is Collection Strategies Librarian at the University of Alberta. Gracemary Smulewitz is Head of Collection Services and Resources Sharing at Rutgers University. Bob Nardini, who will moderate the panel, is Vice President, Library Services, ProQuest Books.

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Steve Bosch

Materials Bdg, Proc. and Licensing Librarian, University of Arizona Library
Stephen Bosch has been involved with various aspects of acquisitions, collection development and library administrative services during his 35 year tenure at the University of Arizona. He has held positions as Acquisitions Librarian and Coordinator for Collection Development, Information... Read More →
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Trish Chatterley

Collection Strategies Coordinator, University of Alberta
Trish was the liaison library to the Faculty of Pharmacy for many years before moving into a newly centralized Collection Strategies Unit at the University of Alberta.
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Bob Nardini

VP Library Services, ProQuest
Bob Nardini is Vice President, Library Services, at ProQuest Books. He worked in both public and academic libraries prior to 1985, when he took a job in the academic bookselling industry, where he has been ever since. Bob joined ProQuest in 2015 with the acquisition of Coutts. Bob... Read More →

Gracemary Smulewitz

Head of Collection Services and Resources Sharing, Rutgers University Libraries

Wednesday November 8, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Grand Ballroom 1, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401