Discussion and User Groups for 2010 Conference

INFORMAL DISCUSSION GROUPS AND USER GROUPS

Locations: see below for each group

1. Becoming a Library School Ambassador: What Is Involved?

Room: Las Flores Building, Primrose

Facilitator: Kara Killough, Serials Solutions

Ever wondered what is involved with being a Library School Ambassador? Would you like to know how to become one? Come meet some ambassadors and get your questions answered!

2. Ebsco A-to-Z User Group

Room: Salon A-C

Facilitator: Danielle Williams, University of Evansville

Whether you’ve been using Ebsco A to Z since its inception or are entirely new to the product, come join us for an informal discussion on Ebsco’s innovative product.

3. E-Readers and Their Role in Libraries

Room: Las Flores Building, Lavender

Facilitator: Rob Van Rennes, University of Iowa

Some libraries have decided to offer e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle and the Sony Reader to their users while other institutions have been more cautious in the face of legal issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ambiguity of licensing policies. Please join us for an informal discussion to share your thoughts and experiences with e-readers in libraries and the new challenges they pose to staff and their work.

4. Innovative Users Group: An ERM and Millennium Forum

Room: Salon 4

Facilitator: Deberah England, Wright State University

This session will focus on Innovative Interfaces’ ERM and Millennium integrated modules used to manage electronic resources and serials. Possible topics of discussion include common issues, how services are being used, how modules are integrated into workflows, tips and techniques for getting the most of out of III’s products, and what’s new with Release 2009B. Come and share your ideas, questions and experiences!

5. Materials Budgets and Their Allocations in a Tight Economy

Room: Las Flores Building, Plumeria

Facilitator: J. Michael Thompson, University of Houston

This discussion group will focus on the changes that have occurred to library materials budgets due to the recent economic recession. The group will explore the various ways libraries have adjusted their fund allocations (between various formats, subject areas, package purchases, etc.), how those decisions were reached, and how the changes were received within the library and on campus.

6. NISO ERM Data Standards and Best Practices Review Group

Room: Salon 6-8

Facilitator: Angela Riggio, UCLA, and Jeff Aipperspach, Serials Solutions)

The NISO group is working to “describe typical challenges libraries face in using currently available ERM systems and services, and identify gaps in interoperability and best practices” (NISO ERM Data Standards and Best Practices Review Charge, 12/22/09).

7. ONIX-PL: What, Why, How

Room: Salon 1-2

Facilitator: Selden Durgom Lamoureux, North Carolina State University

A brief description of what ONIX-PL is (and isn’t), why it could be useful, and how to move it from a great idea to a working standard. There will be sample licenses and a short interactive exercise in applying the ONIX-PL schema. This is also an opportunity to test interest in forming a small, international group to apply the schema to a core set of licenses. (Somewhat like the cooperative for creating MARC records (but on much smaller scale!) with the intention of sharing the work and the results)

8. Rx for Change: Calculating the Dosage and Handling the Side-Effects

Room: Las Flores Building, Jasmine

Facilitator: Lisa Blackwell, Nationwide Children’s Hospital)

Join us for a round-table discussion of the many issues facing those of us working in medical librarianship. Whether you hold a position in an academic health sciences library, hospital, nursing college or a private health related company library you are facing many challenges, some of which are unique to the environment. Discussion topics may include:
• I’m struggling to master new technologies to meet the demands of my clients who want their information delivered in non-traditional ways. Do I podcast, webcast, create PDA feeds or what? And just where do I get the technical and financial support to master these methods?!
• I’m facing constant changes in how to search our primary databases – the life’s blood of information to support patient care and medical research. How do I remain proficient while I’m also managing the collection, completing research requests, marketing the library, evaluating usage stats, and whatever else administrators demand?
• Where is my staff? The job is growing but my staff is shrinking and we aren’t adding any professional librarian positions. How do I cope?
• My library is an institutional archive for our unique subject collection. The depository is out of space! What do I do with the collection when administration cuts the library space?
• I’m supposed to justify my library’s existence using the balanced scorecard – help!
• Workflows are exponentially increasingly focused on handling electronic resources. How do I maximize and grow my paraprofessionals’ skills when their traditional tasks disappear?
Come and join us for a stimulating discussion where we can share what we are doing, what we have learned, and just where we think we’d better be prepared to demonstrate competency now and in the very new future.

9. SCELC (Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium) Librarians’ Group

Room: Las Flores Building, Lantana

Facilitator: Elizabeth Parang, Pepperdine University

An opportunity for librarians from SCELC member institutions to meet and discuss issues of common concern. SCELC Executive Director Rick Burke will attend and talk about current activities and future plans. SCELC recently established a ‘partner program’ with TexShare. This gathering is an opportunity for TexShare librarians from private colleges and universities to meet colleagues from SCELC California institutions and to learn more about SCELC.

10. ScholarlyStats

Room: Las Flores Building, TBD

Faciliators: Robert Karmelich, Swets and Jason Downs, Swets

ScholarlyStats is an online portal for library usage statistics designed to provide a single point of access to vendor usage statistics. Come and learn what’s new with ScholarlyStats and what is coming next. Customers and prospects alike are welcome to come and present feedback.

11. Serial Solutions User Group

Room: Salon F-H

Facilitator: Megan Curran, University of Southern California

Discussion topics will include 360 Search integration from Webfeat for e-books, Summon implementation, and other Serial Solutions user concerns.

12. SirsiDynix User Group Session

Room: Salon 5

Facilitator: Sharon Dyas-Correia, University of Toronto

The session facilitator will lead participants in a discussion of possible enhancements and common issues for SirsiDynix products related to Serials.

13. Strategic Planning for Print: Collecting, Collections Management, and Preservation

Room: Salon 3

Facilitator: Roger Schonfeld, Ithaka S+R

Even as our attention and resources migrate towards electronic serials, the future of print collecting and collections deserves strategic attention. As numerous libraries wind down their print journals collecting, will publishers wind down their print publishing programs? What would this mean for access and preservation at my library? Does Ithaka S+R’s What to Withdraw framework have any relevance to me and my colleagues? How can we make collections management choices in partnership with faculty members? This discussion group will offer the opportunity to examine these questions and others related to strategic planning for print collecting and collections.

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