Charleston Conference: Preconference Schedule and Descriptions

Charleston Library Conference preconferences are workshops and seminars that range from a half day to a full day in length, and are held on the Monday through Wednesday prior to the start of the main conference.  These sessions require an additional registration and fee, and are included on the main conference registration form. These are intended to be in-depth learning sessions that will offer a deeper, more thorough look at topics related to collection development and acquisitions.


1:00 – 4:00 pm
Let’s Put It On The Web!
Speaker: Ryan Shaw, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Registration Cost: $160

Offered as part of a joint project with UNC Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science. In the quarter century since it was created, the Web has evolved from an infrastructure for publishing documents to an infrastructure for providing services, distributing applications, and publishing data. We have now reached the point (at least in the developed world) where for virtually any effort to provide access to information, the only reasonable approach seems to be “Let’s put it on the Web!” But is the Web really a universal solution for access? When might it make sense to not put it on the Web? This preconference is intended to introduce you to the principles of the Web’s design, so that you can make informed choices about when to use and when not to use the Web as infrastructure for publishing data, distributing applications, and providing services. You will leave understanding what a distributed hypermedia system is, how browsers function as application platforms, and the different possibilities for linking data. More importantly, you will develop a sense of when these technologies may help you achieve your goals, and when they might just get in the way. You are encouraged to participate by being ready to discuss a current or planned project to publish data, distribute applications, or provide services on the Web.



9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Acquisitions Bootcamp
Speakers: Rebecca Vargha and Megan Kilb, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Registration Cost: $225

Offered as part of a joint project with UNC Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science. This seminar will offer an intensive boot camp on acquisitions from three different perspectives: public services, technical services, and the vendor side.  The major emphasis is on the nuts and bolts of the acquisitions process from selecting materials especially e-books and acquisitions workflows to assessing collections and articulating the return on investment to the parent organization (academic/special/public libraries).  Using an interactive hands-on approach, with case studies, small group discussion, and best practices attendees will gain pragmatic knowledge they can apply in their home institutions. This class is ideally suited for librarians new to selection and acquisitions workflows.
  • Collection Management Overview
  • Budgeting
  • Assessing User Needs / Selecting Materials
  • Acquisitions Workflows
  • Negotiation Strategies & Legal Issues
  • Assessment of Collections
  • Print Materials / E-Resources
  • Marketing / Outreach
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Data Curation
Speakers: Jonathan Crabtree and Cal Lee, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Registration Cost: $225
Offered as part of a joint project with UNC Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science. Libraries and archives are increasingly responsible for curation of digital data. This includes not only acquiring and managing data but also engagement with data creators and facilitating new forms of research through data use. This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to the primary opportunities, challenges, principles and strategies for addressing data curation within the context of libraries and archives. It will be an interactive event, include a combination of lecture, discussion and practical exercises.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Data Visualization from Scratch
Speakers: Lindsay Cronk and Joshua Been, University of Houston
Registration Cost: $225
The importance of communicating library value is widely accepted and understood- data visualization is a particularly powerful tool for doing just that. Using data visualization offers an opportunity to empower librarians, their users, and their stakeholders. Visualization is a way to create dynamic, engaging, and intuitive interactive resources which can serve as tools for education and outreach.
Leverage data in your library by developing powerful visualizations based on your institution’s collection data. In this hands-on, day-long session, participants will apply visualization to their own usage and holdings data.
Attendees will learn techniques to examine, select and interpret datasets for visualization. The speakers will highlight and emphasize techniques for cleaning and organizing data for visualization.
After receiving orientation and training on visualization tools and applications, including Tableau and NodeXL, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with the speakers and their peers to create their own visualizations for future use and the opportunity to begin building a collection dashboard for their institution.
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Understanding the Library Market
Speakers: Buzzy Basch, Basch Associates; Michael Gruenberg, Gruenberg Consulting LLC
Registration Cost: $140
Attention publishers and vendors of library-related materials, we have a workshop just for you! We’ll discuss how to target libraries that will buy your publications, making your marketing budget effective, improving your understanding of the library market, and using library associations to focus your spending. Learn from veterans in the field how libraries buy, who are the library buyers, and how purchasing decisions are made. You can’t afford to miss out on this workshop focused on the library market at the premier international annual library conference focused on book, serial, and electronic resource acquisition. All the major decision makers will be there, and so should you!


8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Predators, “Pirates” and Privacy: Educating Researchers on New Challenges in Publishing
Speakers: Heather Staines, ProQuest; Rick Anderson, University of Utah; Todd Carpenter, NISO; Others TBD
Registration Cost: $140
Offered in collaboration with the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). From the journals on Beall’s List to the controversy surrounding articles on sites such as SciHub, scholarly communication faces continuing challenges from a new set of players. Today’s researchers must publish to ensure their promotion and tenure, but the increasingly complex publishing space now leaves them in need of a new and different level of support. Librarians are in an ideal position to educate faculty and researchers about the information industry conversations taking place around predatory publishing practices,  “piracy,” and privacy, and how even seemingly innocuous actions (such as sharing a username and password)  can have negative implications for themselves and their universities.  As publishers look to new data privacy and authentication measures to protect user data and secure content, these trends will certainly affect their customers and ease of use for end-users.
Come learn about the multitude of ways that predatory publishers attempt to manipulate authors through fake journals, fictitious editorial boards, lack of peer review, and spurious article processing charges. Learn from publishers and library services professionals about the challenges of authentication and privacy along with new ways to ensure the integrity of scholarly communications. Starting with panel sessions and then moving to a roundtable discussion format, this practical session will provide you with concrete takeaways that you can use to educate and protect your patrons, along with information on what’s coming in terms of data and content protection.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Legal Issues in Libraries
Speakers: Ann Okerson, Senior Advisor, CRL; Lisa Macklin, Director, Scholarly Communications Office, Emory University; William Cross, Director, Copyright and Digital Scholarship, NC State University Libraries.
Registration Cost: $225
Librarians are faced with legal issues every day but, without knowing what to look for, it can be easy to miss or misunderstand them.  Conventional wisdom that offers easy answers can be tempting but may provide a false sense of security.  Even worse, by trying to follow rules we don’t really understand, we may unnecessarily impede the library’s ability to do good work.  Through a series of discussions and group activities, this day-long session will prepare librarians to make informed, thoughtful decisions in key legal areas that are becoming ever more crucial in institutional settings, including:
  1. Information Ownership and Mission. Who owns instruction-centered materials (syllabi, online courses, student notes, etc.)?  What is the statutory baseline behind licenses?  How do institutional policies come into play?  What about intellectual property beyond (c) – patent, trademark, and tech transfer?  How should we think about what we have vs. what we own – repositories, research data, and meeting funder mandates?
  2. Security, Equal Treatment, and Liability in Libraries. What are emerging legal standards for safety and freedom from harassment?  What is our employment liability?
  3. Privacy and Disclosure: How can we come to a better understanding of FERPA, HIPAA, and other regulations?  What’s happening in the areas of confidentiality and data security?  What can libraries do to protect user privacy for library materials? How can libraries help users understand privacy rights and risks?
  4. Accessibility, Lawsuits, and VPATs. Given ADA, OSHA, and disability requirements, how can we make physical spaces accessible?  How should we think about accessibility for websites and other online services?
  5. Horizon Issues and Uncharted Waters. What is on the horizon with makerspaces, data visualization, digital humanities, and other innovations?  How do you navigate and keep up with new guidelines, best practices, documents, and cases?  What are effective strategies for risk management?
The session will conclude with a summary of issues that will need further follow-up with professionals, and discussion of how that follow-up may be better achieved.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
E-Resources Management
Speakers: Buzzy Basch, Basch Associates; Tejs Grevstad, LM Information Delivery, Denmark; Charles Harmmer, Wiley Publishing; Virginia Bacon, Duke University; Others TBD
Registration Cost: $125
Libraries and librarians are being pressured to work smarter and more efficiently. How does one manage the library’s resources when we are adding new faculty, new courses, increasing numbers of students, users are shifting to e-resources, and we are told cut our materials budget? What are other institutions and publishers doing to help you?
Upgrade your experience by learning some approaches from a panel of three publishers and four librarians, and by sharing your experiences at this interactive session. We will focus on set up, access, technology, delivery, and organizational constraints. What works and what doesn’t work?
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Exclusively Serials: The Art, the Business and Best Practices
Speakers: Kittie Henderson, EBSCO; Tina Feick, Harrassowitz; Tim Strawn, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Gracemary Smulewitz, Rutgers University Libraries; Stephen Bosch, University of Arizona.
Registration Cost: $125
This program will focus on the world of serials – magazines and journals, print and electronic, individual titles and packages. This program will offer content for the novice to the expert serials professional as well as publishers and vendors.
The first half of the session will feature a panel of acquisition and collection development librarians who will share their insights on the library facing aspects of collection development and collection management from selection to renewals, format changes and to ultimately in some cases, non-renewal.
The second half of the session will address the external facing business aspects of serials purchasing. Topics will include how serials vendors are compensated, service charge is calculated and points to consider when issuing a bid, RFI or RFP. Service agreements and contracts and suggestions for a successful library vendor relationship will be addressed.
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Negotiating with Vendors
Speakers: Buzzy Basch, Basch Associates; Rick Burke, SCELC; Bruce Strauch, The Citadel; Ward Shaw, Independent Investor; Adam Chesler, AIP Publishing; John Lavendor, Consultant; Margie Hllava, Information Access.
Registration Cost: $125
The introduction of digital content created a new link in the information chain: the license. Almost every librarian responsible for arranging electronic access to information has had to review or negotiate not just prices but contractual terms, adding hours – sometimes frustrating hours at that – to the process of buying materials. But few have legal training, and most non-sales people haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about what underpins successful negotiations.
Negotiating with Vendors brings together librarians and vendors to help you prepare for these discussions. You’ll come away with a better understanding of what is involved in negotiating, why licenses matter, and how to use them to safeguard your rights and ensure that both party’s obligations are made clear. Some of the dizzying legalese will come into focus, and armed with fresh insights you’ll be able to approach license discussions with less anxiety and doubt.
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Alternative Careers for Librarians
Speakers: Matthew Ismail, University of Central Michigan; Martha Whittaker, American Society for Microbiology; Others TBD
Registration Cost: $125
The library profession is changing quickly. Alternative Jobs for Librarians is a workshop aimed at mid-career librarians who would like to renew their careers within librarianship, but also those who would like to seek new challenges in other domains. The speakers will be people with relevant experience whose example and guidance can help the participants to accomplish their career goals.
This workshop is meant to benefit those librarians interested in career changes and will include a panel of librarians, vendors, and publishers whose perspectives and experiences will supply practical advice on career changes.
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Exploring New Roles of Academic Libraries in a Changing Knowledge Landscape
Speakers: Jacob Jaskov, User Behavior Consultant
Registration Cost: $125
This workshop explores the future roles of academic libraries, and what new library technologies might be needed to support them. The workshop is based on the insights gathered through the Collaboration between Index Data, EBSCO, and the Kuali-OLE libraries to build a new Open Source Library Service Platform (LSP). The project is very much conceived as an engine of change in the industry, and a means of facilitating conversations and collaboration around new kinds of library services.
During the workshop, Jacob Jaskov, the futurist and innovation architect from the Collaboration, will present an overview of key findings to date, and engage participants in a structured exchange of ideas around central themes which have been identified so far. This includes (but is not limited to) supporting knowledge productivity, ensuring an integrated delivery experience, engaging in shared efforts across libraries and not the least exploring new business models.
This workshop is not designed to be a sales pitch for any open source software or for the specific platform, but an earnest desire to engage in conversation around these themes and topics. This is a great chance to participate in a strategic and open minded conversation that can help shape the future of academic libraries.
The strategic workshop will be highly interactive. Participation will therefore be limited to 30 people.
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