Wednesday, November 8 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Leveraging Library Consortia: Developing a Shared E-Resources Collection & Improving Vendor E-Resource Accessibility

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Academic library consortia have come a long way, from buyer’s club arrangements that began over twenty years ago, to leading solutions for complex issues in libraries today. This session focuses on two complex issues — developing shared e-resource collections and improving the digital accessibility of electronic resources — through case studies from two library consortia. The University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium is improving e-resources management processes to further develop a shared e-resources collection among all of its member libraries. The Big Ten Academic Alliance Libraries formed an E-Resource Accessibility Group to evaluate the accessibility of e-resources for patrons with disabilities, influence vendors, and ultimately advance the field of e-resource accessibility by sharing information. Both consortia have leveraged consortial governance working groups to effect positive change upon various aspects of the e-resources ecosystem, and attendees will learn how to do the same within their own consortia and how to benefit from the work already done in these cases. A major objective of both consortia is to document and share best practices in order to collaboratively advance the fields of e-resources management and accessibility along with library consortia, vendors, and other partners.

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Rick Davis

Copyright Librarian & Head of Resource Sharing, Towson University
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Lenore England

Asst. Director for Electronic Resources Management, UMUC
Lenore England is Assistant Director for Electronic Resources Management (ERM) at the University of Maryland University College. She has co-chaired several University of System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) ERM task groups and committees and does fundraising for... Read More →

Randall Lowe

Collection Development, Acquisitions & Serials Librarian, Frostburg State University
Randy Lowe has served in various positions in the Lewis J. Ort Library at Frostburg State University since 1997 and is currently Collection Development, Acquisitions & Serials Librarian. He has been responsible for the acquisition, licensing, data collection, and assessment of electronic... Read More →
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Robert Van Rennes

Associate Director, Library Initiatives, Big Ten Academic Alliance

Stephanie Rosen

Accessibility Specialist, University of Michigan
Stephanie Rosen promotes the accessibility of scholarship, publishing, and teaching in her work as Accessibility Specialist at University of Michigan Library. Her background is in teaching and media organizing in the areas of queer, feminist, and disability thought. She has worked... Read More →
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Heidi Schroeder

Accessibility Coordinator, Michigan State University
Heidi Schroeder has been a librarian at the Michigan State University Libraries since 2007. She currently serves as the Accessibility Coordinator. Heidi's professional interests include: accessibility, collections, and affordable course materials/textbooks. Heidi lives in East Lansing... Read More →

Wednesday November 8, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Citadel Green Room North, Embassy Suites Hotel 337 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403