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Marta Brunner

College Librarian
Skidmore College
815 N Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone:  (518) 580-5506

BORN AND LIVED:  I’m originally from the Great Lakes region (both sides of the border) but have lived nearly everywhere else since, including stints abroad. 

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I came to academic librarianship through the Council on Library and Information Resources postdoctoral fellowship program, based at UCLA Library.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I recently took up ice hockey.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin.

PET PEEVES:  Poorly cooked rice, tacos made with flour tortillas.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  Though we will not, by any means, have completed the transition to open access, we will have gained important clarity on the question of how best to fund open access publishing more sustainably.

Alaina C. Bull

First Year Experience Librarian
University of Washington Tacoma
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA  98402
Phone:  (253) 692-4395

BORN AND LIVED:  Greater Puget Sound region – Born in South Seattle, resident of Tacoma for past 15 years.  I’ve lived in Georgia, and Montana at different points in my life also. 

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Graduate of UW iSchool in 2015, spent a year consulting and doing freelance information architecture work, then joined Project Information Literacy, and worked as an adjunct in the local community college system before joining UWT in April of 2018.  On campus I work with several units to better embed the library in both curriculuar and co-curricular activities, one of my favorite projects is a social justice themed book group that we co-facilitate with the Center for Equity and Inclusion. 

FAMILY:  I have a wife who works as a pediatric nurse, and we have two boys under three.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I have two very young kids, I am not sure what spare time is at this moment. 

FAVORITE BOOKS:  This changes with my mood and current interests, but the ones I can circle back to and read again and again are any of the Harry Potter series, and anything by Neil Gaiman. 

PET PEEVES:  Privacy violations in the name of “better data.” 

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Presenting on behalf of PIL in Berlin at the Next Library Conference:  the entire conference site was a pop-up plywood site that was built in the five days prior to the conference.  It was the most unique setting and conference I’ve attended.

Sunshine Carter

Electronic Resources Librarian and Interim Collection Development Officer
University of Minnesota Libraries
170 Wilson Library, 309-19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455-0414 USA
Phone:  (612) 625-5615 
https://www.lib.umn.edu/about/staff/sunshine-carter

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  In five years we will have more content available open access but costs will continue to rise for academic institutions whose faculty and staff publish.

Jason Dewland

Co-founder/CEO;  Associate Librarian
Sidecar Learning, LLC;  University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Phone:  (520) 425-7123
www.sidecarlearning.com

BORN AND LIVED:  Athens, OH;  Parma, MI; Boston, MA;  Washington, DC; Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine;  Oxford, MS; and Tucson, AZ.

EARLY LIFE:  Grew up in Parma, Michigan awarded a scholarship to Boston University and have been learning and moving about ever since.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I have worked in the automotive, tech, and retail industries and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Macedonia and Ukraine before becoming a librarian.  My first job in libraries was working for my father in his high school library. My first professional job working in academic libraries was when Duryea Callaway hired me as one of her graduate assistants at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.  I have also worked at the University of Mississippi and the University of Arizona.

FAMILY:  Wife and two teenage children.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  Family, cooking, hiking, reading, watching collegiate/Olympic wrestling and soccer.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Master and Margarita, The Bean Trees, Tomorrow and Yesterday, Neuromancer, and more.

PET PEEVES:  Misinformation.

PHILOSOPHY:  Learn and do.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Building the Sidecar Learning platform and starting SCL.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  Help close the graduation gap for first-generation students and raise the four-year graduation rate for all.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  I see libraries becoming much more involved in student success and being a hub for learning and collaboration.  We will begin to create interventions and use nudging to encourage our learners on the path of greater academic success.  I am also excited to see how AR/VR will enhance discovery and search as well as open up research to new styles of learning such as Tucson’s All Souls Procession in 360 VR as well as Dr. Bryan Carter’s Virtual Harlem.  Its about “Research. Lots of Research.” https://youtu.be/5oZi-wYarDs?t=4

Alison J. Head

Executive Director
Project Information LIteracy
4760 Montecito Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA  95404
Phone:  (707) 800-7590
http://projectinfolit.org

BORN AND LIVED:  Sonoma County.

EARLY LIFE:  Sonoma County and San Francisco Bay Area.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  See my CV at: https://www.projectinfolit.org/uploads/2/7/5/4/27541717/cv_alison_head_3-14-19.pdf.

FAMILY:  Yes.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  Garden.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  William Zinsser, On Writing Well, Howard Rheingold, Tools for Thought, and Joan Didion, The White Album.

PET PEEVES:  Hmm, forms like these?!?

PHILOSOPHY:  Work hard, give it your all, and be sure to sleep at night.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Became a Berkman-Klein Research Fellow at Harvard in 2011.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  Living well, having more free time!!

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  Information literacy will be totally redefined, especially how it is taught by librarians, because of the impact of algorithm-driven platforms on information seeking and creation.

Shannon L. Farrell

Natural Resources Librarian
University of Minnesota
390A Hodson Hall, 1980 Folwell Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55108
Phone:  (612) 624-4799
https://www.lib.umn.edu/about/staff/shannon-farrell

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Previously worked as Agricultural & Biological Sciences Librarian at Colorado State University. Have held numerous offices within ALA, ALA-APA, and ACRL.  Currently co-chair of the ACRL Science & Technology Section Professional Development committee.  

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  I would like to see libraries responding more systematically to the perpetual problem of the rising costs of journals and doing more to facilitate open access publishing.  I would hope this would free up library budgets from primarily collections to allow them to have more flexibility in responding to other important services, such as data management and community outreach.

Elliot Felix

Founder
brightspot
434 West 33rd Street, Suite 1101
New York, NY  10001
Phone:  (347) 960-6365
www.brightspotstrategy.com

BORN AND LIVED:  Albany, NY ’76-’94, Brussels ’94-’95, Charlottesville ’95-’99, NYC ’99-’01, DC ’01-’03, Boston ’03-’06, NYC ’06-present.

EARLY LIFE:  I grew up with life-threatening food allergies that created a unique combination of optimism and risk-taking on the one hand and caution on the other.  I also had an amazing art teacher and mentor who piqued my interest in architecture and its impact on people, putting me on the professional path I’m still following 30 years later.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Elliot founded and leads brightspot, a consultancy that is transforming the higher education experience with smart strategy that connects people, programs, and places – on campus and online – to increase student success, improve research support, and enable staff productivity.  Elliot is an accomplished strategist, facilitator, and sense-maker who has helped transform over 75 colleges and universities. Elliot is a frequent speaker on reimagining the higher education experience, having presented at more than 50 conferences including EDUCAUSE, NACUBO, SXSWedu, SCUP, and Tradeline.  He has written dozens of articles in publications such as Planning for Higher Education, the Journal of Learning Spaces, Library Journal, EDUCAUSE Review, and in Touchpoint: The Journal of Service Design.

FAMILY:  Wife Liz, Daughter Nora (3.5 years), Son Theo (0.75 years).

IN MY SPARE TIME:  Spend time with family, Exercise, Cook, and Read what I call “action movie fiction” (Lee Child, David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, John Grisham, James Rollins).

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Jack Reacher Series.

PET PEEVES:  Using the word “framework” when really you don’t know what you mean and so can’t be more specific.

PHILOSOPHY:  “We do these things not because they are easy but because they are hard.  Because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills.” – JFK Moonshot Speech at Rice University

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Creating the vision, program, service model, and staffing model for Hunt Library at NC State.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  Close student success gaps by race, income, and first gen status to create a more equitable and engaging student experience

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  I’d hope we’d have closed three gaps today – 1) connecting spaces, services, and staffing to learning and research outcomes;  2) the gap in time between assessment and decision-making by using real-time data; 3) good predictive models as the norm not the exception, able to look ahead as easily as we look back.

Jennifer S. Ferguson

Team Lead, Arts & Humanities
Tisch Library, Tufts University
35 Professors Row
Medford, MA  02155
Phone:  (617) 627-2669
https://tischlibrary.tufts.edu/about-us/people/jennifer-ferguson

BORN AND LIVED:  Born in Portage, Indiana.  After graduating from high school in Indiana, lived in:  California, New Jersey, New York City, and currently in Andover, Massachusetts.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Prior to becoming an academic librarian I spent several years working as a Senior Research Associate in the financial industry.  Since that time, I’ve worked as Lead Reference Librarian (Rivier University); Liaison Librarian for Arts, Humanities & Careers (Simmons University), and Team Lead for Arts & Humanities (Tisch Library/Tufts University).  During my time as an academic librarian, I’ve published on topics that include education for librarianship, discovery layer usability, and streaming video in academic libraries, and won the Association of College & Research Libraries-New England Chapter 2017 Best Paper Award.  In October 2018, my book, Using Authentic Assessment in Information Literacy Programs, was published by Rowman & Littlefield.  I’ve also been invited to speak at regional, national, and international conferences on a wide array of topics, including streaming video, information literacy, and assessment.  I have a BA from UCLA, an MA from Rutgers University, and an MSLIS from Simmons College and have worked in both special and academic libraries.

FAMILY:  I’m married and have one son.  My husband is an English professor and, not surprisingly, my son is a graduate student in English. 

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I’m a cinephile and love watching classic films – from all eras and all countries.  I love to read and would also appreciate having a lot more time to travel!

FAVORITE BOOKS:  The Master and Magarita and The White Guard (both by Mikhail Bulgakov);  Catch 22 by Joseph Heller;  Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut;  To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf;  The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence (both by Edith Wharton);  anything by Shirley Jackson or Toni Morrison.

PET PEEVES:  Texting while driving.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  In October 2018 I published my first book – Using Authentic Assessment in Information Literacy Programshttp://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1062359671.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  Perhaps write one more book.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  Five years from now, I see academic libraries continuing to experience a sort of “punctuated equilibrium,” during which change will happen in spurts in between periods of stasis.  For example, as eBooks began to be widely adopted, there was a spurt in acquiring large packages from established vendors. But as we started to learn more about how students learn and what formats they prefer for what purpose, it became apparent that eBooks and print books will coexist for a very, very long time – if not forever, and not just for special collections.  And, implied in that realization, is that perhaps eBooks work best in particular formats rather than as blanket replacements for print books. That same experience is true of streaming video platforms – where a large spurt of acquisitions is now being followed by a period of reevaluation, with concerns about long-term preservation and access, to say nothing of cost, becoming more urgent. 

Thus in five years it is likely that we will have adopted new platforms/technological tools, which will represent mostly a format change rather than a paradigm shift.  Indeed, the biggest change will likely be to position descriptions and the skill sets that hiring committees will be looking for rather than how information is organized and disseminated or how our buildings are designed.  Managing new technology platforms, pursuing open access initiatives, teaching around the information explosion, grappling with increasingly large datasets, and increasing our support for the digital humanities will require a mix of skills and positions that we are currently in the midst of establishing.  With online products and services firmly entrenched in higher education, our task is to determine what the right mix of those products and services will be, along with the best models to support their use, in order to best serve our user populations. I think we’ve just come out of an evolutionary spurt and are heading for a (perhaps relatively short) period of statis.  We should take this time to assess all of the changes that we’ve experienced over the past ten years to determine what we should keep, what we should enhance, and what we should discard so that we’re ready for the next big spurt.

John M. Jackson

Head of Outreach and Communications
William H. Hannon Library
Loyola Marymount UNiversity
1 LMU Drive MS 8200, Los Angeles, CA  90045
Phone:  (310) 338-5234  • Fax: (310) 338-4484 johnxlibris.com

BORN AND LIVED:  I was born in Arkansas, but I grew up in Brandon, Florida.

EARLY LIFE:  I was a band geek and spent most of my high school and college years in the marching band.  Eventually, my interests turned to medieval studies and then to library science. 

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Before coming to LMU, I was the Reference & Instruction Librarian at Whittier College.  I have been heavily involved with ACRL for the past six years.

FAMILY:  Married with two kids and a pug.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I garden every day.  I am lucky to have about 800+ square feet of space in my backyard (in Los Angeles!).  Currently, I’m growing onions, garlic, corn, beets, kohlrabi, cucumbers, tomatoes, sunflowers, dephiniums, flavia, snapdragons, oranges, apples, and peaches. 

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Mindfulness in Plain English / Bhante Henepola Gunarantana.

PET PEEVES:  Email.

PHILOSOPHY:  We are all trying to do what we think is best for the people we love. 

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Developing and co-teaching a full day workshop on professional development for a state-wide conference.  

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  Publish my first book.  (or at least get started on it)

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  Libraries will continue to assert their role as third spaces in the life of campuses and communities.  As the world becomes increasingly privatized and surveilled, we can be the holdouts and still fight for the users.

Margy MacMillan

Senior Researcher
Project Information Literacy
859 Bank Street
Victoria, BC  V8S 4A8
Phone:  (250) 595-1970
http://projectinfolit.org

BORN AND LIVED:  Vancouver Island/Calgary (Canada).

EARLY LIFE:  As much time on the beach as possible.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  28 years as a librarian at Mount Royal University, now retired/Professor Emerita;  worked at the intersection of information literacy and scholarship of teaching and learning, primarily with students in communications.  Research communications and interests include student reading/use of scholarly articles.

FAMILY:  Yes.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  Cooking, gardening, cycling, Twitter.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Social Life of Information by John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid;  To Say the Least, edited by P.K.Page;  On Beyond Zebra by Dr. Seuss;  1066 and All That by W. C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman. 

PET PEEVES:  Misuse of Journal Impact Factors.

PHILOSOPHY:  Be kind.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Quoting 1066 and All That in a published professional paper.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  Growing Himalayan Blue Poppies.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  I hope there is a more expansive view of information literacy beyond academic environments, that moves beyond teaching students hunting and gathering practices to find information into deeper critical understanding of the systems and structures driving how information finds them.

Kristen L. Mastel

Outreach & Instruction Librarian
University of Minnesota Libraries
Magrath Library, 1984 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55108
Phone:  (612) 625-0918
https://www.lib.umn.edu/about/staff/kristen-mastel

BORN AND LIVED:  Minnesota.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Kristen is a Past President of the Minnesota Library Association and currently the immediate Past President of the United States Agricultural Information Network.  She has held numerous offices within ACRL and ALA. She currently is Chair of the Assessment Committee within the Science and Technology Section, and Chair of the Sustainability Round Table Online Education Committee, along with being active in the Academic Outreach Committee, LMAO and contemplative pedagogy groups. 

FAMILY:  My husband and I live in Apple Valley with our English Springer Spaniel, Jiggs.  He is a therapy dog and comes to campus bi-weekly to participate in animal therapy visits with Boynton Health Services to advocate for student and staff mental health. 

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  Outreach assessment is seeing a flourish of attention in articles and presentations as of late!  I find this encouraging and want to help push the profession forward in all areas of assessment through more online education, professional development, publishing, and shifting teaching within MLS curriciulum in order to build sustainable assessment at the institutional and cooperative levels. 

Yvonne Mery

Co-founder, Sidecar Learning;  Associate Librarian, University of Arizona Libraries
Tucson, AZ
Phone:  (520) 626-3850
www.sidecarlearning.com

BORN AND LIVED:  Was born in Tucson, AZ and lived abroad in Spain, and later in Cairo, Egypt.  I also lived in Portland, OR for a few years. 

EARLY LIFE:  I grew up in Tucson, AZ to immigrant parents from Chile, so early on I had the opportunity to experience another culture, and another language different from the one outside my front door.  Growing up bilingual and bicultural has really shaped my view of the world. 

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I am part of the Research & Learning department at the University of Arizona where I serve  as an instructional design librarian. I am also an adjunct instructor in the iSchool at the UA where I teach courses in e-learning and research methods.  I have designed and implemented online courses in information literacy skills for undergraduate students and collaborated with departments across campus to support students and instructors in their research needs.  I have also co-authored several papers and a book on the integration of information literacy in online classes and presented at numerous national and international conferences on best practices for online information literacy instruction.  In addition to my library degree, I hold in MA in Applied Lingusitics and an undergraduate degree in English literature. 

FAMILY:  I have one child, an amazing, intelligent, and talented daughter who is about to start high school. 

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I like to spend time with my daughter.  I especially love traveling with her and cooking with her. 

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Anything by Isabel Allende, The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham, and the Secret History by Donna Tartt.  Those all sound old school!  I am dating myself. 

PET PEEVES:  Lack of critical thinking. 

PHILOSOPHY:  Lifelong learning.  Having an education has given me so much and allowed me so many opportunities.  It is the one thing they can’t take away from you. Know that there is always more to learn and seek it out. 

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Probably starting Sidecar Learning and completing a book on e-learning. 

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  I would love to see Sidecar Learning succeed and become the go-to e-learning tool for libraries.  The opporturnity to own a business was never something I pictured myself doing, but I am loving every step of it and can’t wait to do more. 

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  I see academic libraries continuing to change. We have seen our physical buildings change, our collections change, and our instruction change and this will continue.  We will continue to be the knowledge hub on campus, although not the physical hub. Libraries will be where students come to not only learn and read but also to create, share, and collaborate.  That is already happening in many libraires.

Emma Molls

Publishing Services Librarian
University of Minnesota
65L Wilson Library, 309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
Phone:  (612) 626-5218
https://www.lib.umn.edu/about/staff/emma-molls

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Previously served as Scholarly Communication & Social Science Librarian at Iowa State University.  Currently serves on: Journal of Librarianship & Scholarly Communication, Editorial Board; Directory of Open Access Journals, Associate Editor;  ALCTS Scholarly Communication Interest Group, Vice Chair; ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee, Member. 2019 recipient of Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing from Library Publication Coalition.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  Libraries will have fewer and fewer traditional journal subscriptions.  Publishers will continue to focus on becoming service providers versus content providers.  Newer, less established, open access publishers will begin to consolidate in order to compete with long-standing publishers.

Theodore Pappas

Executive Editor, Chief Development Officer
The Britannica Group
325 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 200
Chicago, IL  60654
Phone:  (312) 347-7491
https://corporate.britannica.com/brands/

BORN AND LIVED:  Born in Rockford, IL, grew up in northern Illinois and west Georgia, and attended Beloit College in Wisconsin and Harvard University in Massachusetts.

EARLY LIFE:  Primary-school years spent in Illinois and Georgia.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Theodore Pappas is Executive Editor and Chief Development Officer of Encyclopaedia Britannica in Chicago, where he cultivates editorial and PR opportunities for Britannica and its many products and services.  He is the author of four books; his writings have been taught, anthologized, as well as discussed in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair; and he has appeared on the NBC Today Show, CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, Fox News radio and television, NPR’s All Things Considered, and BBC Radio.  His latest books are True Grit: Classic Tales of Perseverance and the Encyclopaedia Britannica Anniversary Edition: 250 Years of Excellence (1768-2018).

FAMILY:  Three children.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, playing the piano, exercising, and conducting research for new books. 

FAVORITE BOOKS:  The historical narratives of Erik Larson.

PET PEEVES:  Breaches of cell phone, airlines, and train-commuting etiquette.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:  My two decades of work on behalf of Encyclopaedia Britannica and my latest book, True Grit: Classic Tales of Perseverance.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  Publish two additional books (under research now) — one on train travel and the other on U.S. presidential tragedies. 

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  The publishing industry, and our culture in general, will swing away from a fascination with mere access to facts (and reams of facts) toward a greater desire and appreciation for expert, verified, relevant information.  As we know, current search engines and algorithms excel at highlighting information that’s related to our topic and answers that sound right, but not information that’s reliably relevant and verifiable. Quality, not quantity, will be the call of tomorrow’s knowledge-seekers.

Karen Phillips

Senior VP, Global Learning Resources
SAGE Publishing, SAGE London
SAGE Publications Ltd.
1 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Road
London  EC1Y1SP UK
Phone :  +44 (0) 7534 606573
Fax:  +44 (0) 207 324 8600

BORN AND LIVED:  I was born in North London, grew up just outside London and have lived in London since graduating from university.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I have worked at SAGE Publishing for 32 years, starting in marketing and moving to editorial. I have worked across our textbook, reference and journals programs and since 2010 have focused on developing a digital publishing program including new products such as SAGE Research Methods, SAGE Knowledge, SAGE Video, Adam Matthew, Data Planet, Talis and Lean Library. 

FAMILY:  I am married with two children who are now adults at 24 and 26 years old. 

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I follow football or soccer as you call it in the U.S.;  the local team that I support is Arsenal. I also love contemporary dance and the local theatre that I love is Sadlers Wells.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Mary Wollstonecraft: A Vindication of the Rights of Women;  Much of Anne Tyler’s writing but was particularly moved by The Amateur Marriage.

PHILOSOPHY:  Don’t regret the things you didn’t do.  I think we put more weight behind decisions to do things than decisions not to act, when at times non-intervention can have profound consequences.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  In five years I expect we will see — A continued shift from print to digital;  New types of digital materials – more video, audio, data, virtual reality, augmented reality;  More sophisticated discoverability and access to relevant research content; A significant shift to open access for journals;  Publishers offering new types of software as a service to support the library, faculty and students; The role of the library evolving, still a major budget holder within the institution and negotiating access to research and teaching materials for their institution but increasingly offering teaching and support services and technology for students and researchers and becoming the institutional experts in information literacy, special collections, and research data management.

Julie Rashid

Manager, Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging
University of Minnesota Libraries
309 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
Phone:  (612) 625-0629
https://www.lib.umn.edu/

BORN AND LIVED:  I was born in a suburb of Seattle, WA, but grew up in Cozad, NE.

EARLY LIFE:  In my formative years I had a dream of traveling the world and had a passion for languages.  I majored in French in college and participated in the International Student Exchange Program in Angers, France.  After graduation I took a job teaching English at the Belarussian State Polytechnic Academy in Minsk, Belarus (where I met my husband!)  We moved to the U.S. for 11 years before moving to Rawalpindi, Pakistan, where we lived for 12 years. We moved back to the states in 2015.  

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I started in libraries at the American Institute of Baking, working my way up to Head Librarian.  From there I transitioned to Kansas State University, where I worked my way up to Acquisitions Librarian.  I then moved to Pakistan and worked as Head Librarian at Fatima Jinnah Women’s University (Rawalpindi, Pakistan) and then shifted to Sheikh Zayed International Academy (Islamabad, Pakistan) where I was first Head Librarian and then Head of the Senior Section.  I then taught grades 4 and 5 at Ace International Academy (Rawalpindi, Pakistan) before coming back to the United States to work at the University of Minnesota as the manager of print acquisitions.

FAMILY:  I live with my lovely husband Rashid and my two boys Abdul-Rahman and Ali Abdullah. 

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I enjoy reading, quilting, cross-stitching and bullet journaling.  I am currently dabbling in video editing and graphic design.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  I am a sucker for love stories and adore Jane Austen!  I also will devour books on management self-improvement and health/nutrition.  My current favorites are Mindset by Carol Dweck, Atomic Habits by James Clear and How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Gregor.

PET PEEVES:  I dislike it when people cut into line in front of me!  Grrrr! This is true for cars as well, which is one of the reasons I love the public transportation system in Minneapolis!

PHILOSOPHY:  Life does not give you more than you can handle.  Breathe deeply and enjoy the spectacle!

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Under my supervision, my team at Fatima Jinnah Women’s University in Rawalpindi, Pakistan were able to catalog the entire book collection (20,000+ books) and implemented a new ILS system.  I did the same at Sheikh Zayed International Academy in Islamabad, Pakistan a few years later.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  I hope to learn enough SQL to make Analytics report writing a breeze!  I would also like to tame our serials claiming … it really is a wild beast!

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  We are already seeing a large shift away from print to electronic and I think that will continue.  I do think there will always be a place for print, only maybe a smaller place. There will be more spaces for digital media labs and maker spaces that allow patrons to express themselves creatively.  I think libraries will continue to remove barriers to access to information, whether that is making resources more accessible to patrons with special needs or supporting open access initiatives. They will embrace and champion diversity and inclusion and be a welcome space for patrons from every walk of life.   

Kiren Shoman

Vice President Pedagogy
SAGE Publishing
1 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Road
London  EC1Y 1SP  UK
Phone:  +44 (0)207 342 8525
www.sagepublishing.com

BORN AND LIVED:  I was born in Belize, but moved to the UK in 1988.  I lived for a few years in Henly-on-Thames, followed by my undergraduate years in Brighton (I was at Sussex University).  I’ve been living in London for the last 25 years now.

EARLY LIFE:  I grew up in San Ignacio, in the Cayo District of Belize;  I have fond memories of daily swims in the river after school to cool down.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I have worked at SAGE Publishing since 1995, where I started as an editorial assistant, and moved through the organization as an editor, publisher and then manager.  I’ve worked across the books and journals programs and am now enjoying working on our digital publishing, while overseeing the UK books program. 

FAMILY:  I have two children – Kamal, 17 and Maya, 13.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  As the kids have become more independent, I’ve been enjoying finding space and time for myself, to read more, and learn new things.  I’m trying to learn Arabic, improve my Spanish, and have, through the Cuban novel The Man Who Loved Dogs, accidentally fallen in to a phase of being really interested in learning more about global events around the time of the Russian revolution and after. 

FAVORITE BOOKS:  There are so many books to enjoy out there that I tend not to re-read books.  So I feel a bit unusual in that I don’t have old favourites that I return to time and again.  A book I’ve only recently read and was really struck by is Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss (2018). 

PET PEEVES:  I’m feeling quite easy going right now;  I actually can’t think of one! 

PHILOSOPHY:  I try not to hook up to just one philosophy.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  The first book I ever signed on my own as a newly minted commissioning editor is my most memorable career achievement.  It was on researching race and ethnicity, and I remember it well as a key moment launching this new piece of scholarship into the world. 

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  We’re in a position to learn a lot about how our products are resonating, and I’m keen to see other SAGE products such as our video collections and online courses really resonating.  I’d particularly like to see Talis succeed in the U.S. market and have the same positive impact in terms of institutional and individual value it has been having in the UK and Asia Pacific. 

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  We’ve all been noting that the world is changing fast, and while I’m often reminded how the industry’s been experiencing massive change for decades, it’s hard not to feel change is speeding up in the present.  But I do think in five years we will have achieved a lot more synthesis between student, faculty and librarian engagement with our need for technological change in higher ed, and the products and tools that publishers are able to provide that are felt as useful and valuable for this community.

Craig E. Smith

Assessment Specialist and Senior Associate Librarian, University of Michigan Library
Hatcher Graduate Library
913 South University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI  48109
Phone:  (617) 875-9469
https://www.lib.umich.edu/users/craigsm

BORN AND LIVED:  I was born in Boston, and have lived for meaningful parts of my life in Concord (MA), Olympia (WA), Bloomington (IN), Portland (OR), Somerville (MA), and Ann Arbor (MI).

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I earned a doctoral degree in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  I then completed two postdoctoral fellowships in psychology at Harvard University and the University of Michigan.  During that time I also developed and taught multiple courses. I gained institutional research experience as a senior member of the research and evaluation team at the University of Michigan ADVANCE Program.  Since May 2018, I have been the assessment specialist and a senior associate librarian at the University of Michigan Library.

FAMILY:  I have a partner and two sons who are 14 and 17.  

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  To be completely honest, my goal is to be a part of an increasingly effective  movement that helps the U.S. and the world reject alt-right/trumpist/fascist ideologies and embrace things like compassion, inclusion, openness, humility, justice, democracy, and science.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  I am new to libraries.  One thing I hope to see is libraries doing more effective collaborating on collections of all types.  I would love to see library collections access become more open, efficient, and comprehensive, while freeing up space and time for the provision of a wider array of services that will come to define modern libraries.

Yumiko Toyota-Kindler

Library Program Specialist 1
University of Minnesota Libraries
170 Wilson Library, 309 19th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
Phone:  (612) 625-2837
Fax:  (612) 626-8968

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  I would expect a collective effort or movement toward more open access (e.g., Plan S) to continue into the future.  Being an e-resource acquisitions staff, I am not sure exactly how that would affect the traditional model of paid subscriptions.

David Woodbury

Department Head, Learning Spaces & Services
NC State University Libraries, NC State University
2 Broughton Drive
Raleigh, NC  27695
Phone:  (919) 513-7192
www.lib.ncsu.edu

BORN AND LIVED:  Kansas, Illinois, New York, Missouri, Maryland, Scotland, North Carolina.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Worked in publishing with John Wiley & Sons for seven years then went to the University of North Carolina for a MSIS and then began my career as a librarian at NC State in 2009.

FAMILY:  Two kids in elementary school.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I enjoy travel, eating, and getting outside.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Library books.

PET PEEVES:  Traffic.

PHILOSOPHY:  Everything is connected to everything else.  Everything has to go somewehere. And there is no such thing as a free lunch.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Being a part of opening Hunt Library at NC State.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  Show demonstrable connections to student success in our library renovation (opening in 2020).

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  More focus on measuring the success of our students and having to show how are resources are connected to this mission.

COMPANY PROFILES ENCOURAGED

The Britannica Group

325 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 200
Chicago, IL  60654
Phone:  (312) 347-7000
https://corporate.britannica.com/brands/

AFFILIATED COMPANIES:  The Britannica Group includes Encyclopaedia Britannica, Britannica Digital Learning, Merriam-Webster, Melingo, and Britannica Knowledge Systems. 

OFFICERS:  Karthik Krishnan (Global CEO)

KEY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:  The Britannica Group is a global leader in knowledge-based products and tools.  A pioneer in digital learning since the 1980s, the company today serves the needs of students, lifelong learners, and professionals by providing curriculum products, language-study courses, digital encyclopedias, as well as professional readiness training.  Its key products and companies include Encyclopaedia Britannica, Britannica School, Britannica LaunchPacks, LumieLabs, Britannica ImageQuest, Original Sources, Merriam-Webser, Britannica Knowledge Systems, Melingo, and Angie & Tony (teaching English as a second language).

CORE MARKETS/CLIENTELE:  Global

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES:  550 employees in 6 offices around the world.

HISTORY AND BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR COMPANY/PUBLISHING PROGRAM:  Britannica’s most famous product, Encyclopaedia Britannica, is the oldest continuously published and revised work in the English language.  Its First Edition was pubished in Edinburgh, Scotland, between 1768-71. The last print version of the encyclopedia was published in 2010, and it’s been available in digital form since 1994, making it the first encyclopedia on the Internet.  But Britannica also produces a whole suite of products and tools for teachers and the classroom, in assorted languages, and our sister companies include Merriam-Webster, the famed language and dictionary publisher, and Britannica Knowledge Systems, which provides the training management platform used in numerous industries, especially the airlines industry.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU THINK WOULD BE OF INTEREST TO OUR READERS?  Britannica is one of the leaders in the push to bring reliable information to the public in our age of fake news and questionable websites.  Two examples of this are Britannica’s partnership with YouTube, where Britannica’s summary article is offered alongside YouTube videos on controversial topics around which conspiracy theories have long swirled, to serve as a great primer on the topic to read over first or in tandem with the videos; and our free browser extension for Chrome called “Britannica Insights,” whereby readers can now receive for free the factchecked Britannica article related to their topic of interest — the Britannica article is delivered at the top-right side of their search-results page from Google, Yahoo, Bing et al.  As we like to say, truth needs a champion, and Britannica strives to be part of the solution in an age overwhelmed with misinformation and unverified facts.

SAGE Publishing

Telephone:  1-800-818-7243
Fax:  1-800-583-2665
www.sagepublishing.com

Main address and affiliated addresses:

SAGE Thousand Oaks (Headquarters)
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA  91320 USA
Phone:  1-800-818-7243  • Fax: 1-800-583-2665

SAGE Washington, DC
2600 Virginia Ave NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20037  USA
Phone:  (202) 729-1800

SAGE Asia-Pacific
3 Church Street
#10-04 Samsung Hub
Singapore 049483
Phone:  65 6220 1800  • Fax: 65 6438 1008

SAGE Toronto
77 Bloor St W #600
Toronto, ON M5S 2B4  Canada
Phone:  (416) 575-8667

SAGE London
1 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Road
London, EC1Y1SP  UK
Phone: +44 (0) 207 324 8500  • Fax: +44 (0) 207 324 8600

SAGE India
B-1/I-1, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Estate Mathura Road,
Post Bag 7, New Delhi 110 044 INDIA
Phone:  +91-11-4053 9222  • Fax: +91-11-4053 9234

SAGE Melbourne
Level 9, 2 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000  Australia

AFFILIATED COMPANIES:  CQ Press:  www.cqpress.com

Adam Matthew:  http://www.amdigital.co.uk/

Corwin:  www.corwin.com

Learning Matters:  http://www.uk.sagepub.com/learningmatters/

Lean Library:  https://www.leanlibrary.com/

Talis:  https://talis.com/

OFFICERS:  Blaise R. Simqu, President & Chief Executive Officer;  Tracey A. Ozmina, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, US;  Chris Hickok, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer; Stephen Barr, President of SAGE International;  Ziyad Marar, President of Global Publishing; Karen Phillips, Senior Vice President, Global Learning Resources.

ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS, ETC.:  SAGE Publishing has forged strong partnerships with societies and associations for more than 50 years, publishing on behalf of more than 500 societies in 2019. 

VITAL INFORMATION:  SAGE has been a privately owned company since its founding in 1965.  Our founder and executive chairman, Sara Miller McCune, has put in place an estate plan that guarantees our independence indefinitely.  After Sara’s lifetime, SAGE will become owned by a charitable trust which allows us to uphold our mission of supporting the dissemination of usable knowledge and educating a global community for the long-term.

KEY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:  Journals, books, digital resources, courses, and technology solutions for researchers, instructors, students, and librarians.

CORE MARKETS/CLIENTELE:  Academic, educational, and professional markets.

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES:  More than 1,800.

NUMBER OF BOOKS PUBLISHED ANNUALLY:  More than 800.

TOTAL NUMBER OF JOURNALS CURRENTLY PUBLISHED:  More than 1,000.

HISTORY AND BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR COMPANY/PUBLISHING PROGRAM:  Guided by an unwavering dedication to academia and an entrepreneurial spirit, the passionate and determined Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE Publishing in 1965 just a few months shy of her 24th birthday with the help of her mentor and future husband George McCune.  The company’s name – SAGE – is derived from their names (SAra and GEorge). From the start, the company was guided by Sara’s vision to allow scholars to disseminate quality research in their own voices, often breaking ground in new or emerging areas of study.

Nearly 55 years later, SAGE remains an independent company that shares with librarians the belief that flourishing educational programs and engaged scholarship create healthy minds and healthy societies.  Our publishing program ranges across the social sciences, humanities, medicine, and engineering and includes journals, books, and digital products such as case studies, data, video, courses, and technology solutions for academic and professional markets.  We value working closely with librarians to achieve shared goals, including partnering on white papers and research projects to ensure that together we meet the changing needs of students, researchers, and instructors.

ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU THINK WOULD BE OF INTEREST TO OUR READERS?  SAGE is investing in new ways to support researchers in response to big changes in the instruction and practice of social science research methodology.  For example, we recently acquired Data Planet, a dynamic repository of officially sourced statistical data, and launched SAGE Ocean, an initiative to help social scientists navigate vast data sets and work with new technologies.  From our first methods journals in 1972 to the QASS series published since the 1970s (the “Little Green Books”), to the launch of SAGE Research Methods in 2011, we’ve been honored to serve social scientists at the forefront of research methods publishing for more than four decades.  And we are dedicated to supporting librarians as they help patrons through this journey.

SAGE has also recently launched a new effort to improve the methods currently used to measure the impact of the social sciences and, ultimately, bring sustained attention to the value of these sciences.  While measurement of science impact has traditionally been synonymous with citation counts in academic journals, such metrics fail to capture the influence that research has on policy, practice, and the public.  And while the social sciences are uniquely positioned to make this impact and thus benefit society, their true impact is often ignored or overlooked. 

SAGE’s impact initiative kicked off with a new report “The Latest Thinking About Metrics For Research Impact in the Social Sciences,” based on a workshop we convened at Google’s main campus earlier this year.  Those interested in the report, or in engaging in the social science impact debate can do so at socialsciencespace.com/impact or on Twitter using #SocialScienceImpact.

LIBRARY PROFILES ENCOURAGED

Lucy Scribner Library

Skidmore College
815 N Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY  12866
Phone:  (518) 580-5506
http://lib.skidmore.edu/library

BACKGROUND/HISTORY:  Visit http://lib.skidmore.edu/library/index.php/about-the-library-homepage.

NUMBER OF STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  10 library faculty, 15 library staff.

TYPES OF MATERIALS YOU BUY (EBOOKS, TEXTBOOKS, DVDS, VIDEO STREAMING SERVICES, DATABASES, OTHER):  Everything except textbooks.

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE AN ILS OR ARE YOU PART OF A COLLABORATIVE ILS?  We’re still on Voyager for now.

DO YOU HAVE A DISCOVERY SYSTEM?  EDS

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE A COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT OR SIMILAR DEPARTMENT?  Collection development responsibilities are shared by everyone.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR LIBRARY WILL BE LIKE IN FIVE YEARS?  Even more dynamic than it already is. 

WHAT EXCITES OR FRIGHTENS YOU ABOUT THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?  Our campus is hiring a new president in the coming year, which is both exciting and anxiety-provoking at the same time.

NC State University Libraries

North Carolina State University
2 Broughton Drive
Raleigh, NC  27695
Phone:  (919) 515-3364
www.lib.ncsu.edu

BACKGROUND/HISTORY:  The NCSU Libraries is the gateway to knowledge for the North Carolina State University community and partners. The Libraries’ collections reflect the historic strengths of the University as well as its vision for the future.  With extensive research holdings in the areas of engineering, science, technology, and agriculture, the NCSU Libraries is recognized as a national leader. 

Library facilities include two main libraries – the D. H. Hill Library and the James B. Hunt Jr. Library – as well as the Harrye B. Lyons Design Library, the Natural Resources Library, and the William Rand Kenan Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine, with more than 2.5 million total user visits per year.

NUMBER OF STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Aproximately 200 employees. 

OVERALL LIBRARY BUDGET:  $11,593,241

TYPES OF MATERIALS YOU BUY (EBOOKS, TEXTBOOKS, DVDS, VIDEO STREAMING SERVICES, DATABASES, OTHER):  All of the above.

WHAT TECHNOLOGIES DOES YOUR LIBRARY USE TO SERVE MOBILE USERS?  Responsive web site.

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE AN ILS OR ARE YOU PART OF A COLLABORATIVE ILS?  Collaborative ILS.

DO YOU HAVE A DISCOVERY SYSTEM?  Yes.

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE A COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT OR SIMILAR DEPARTMENT?  Yes.

IF SO, WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET AND WHAT TYPES OF MATERIALS ARE YOU PURCHASING?  PRINT OR ELECTRONIC OR BOTH?  Both.

WHAT PROPORTION OF YOUR MATERIALS ARE LEASED AND NOT OWNED?  Majority are owned.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR LIBRARY WILL BE LIKE IN FIVE YEARS?  It will be more focused on the needs of researchers and the success of students.

WHAT EXCITES OR FRIGHTENS YOU ABOUT THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?  Uncertain budgets.

Tisch Library

Tufts University
35 Professors Row
Medford, MA  02155
Phone:  (617) 627-3347
https://tischlibrary.tufts.edu/

BACKGROUND/HISTORY:  Visit https://tischlibrary.tufts.edu/about-us/about-tisch-library

NUMBER OF STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Visit https://tischlibrary.tufts.edu/sites/default/files/FULL%20Tisch%20Library%20Organization%20Charts%20Updated%202.7.2019.pdf

TYPES OF MATERIALS YOU BUY (EBOOKS, TEXTBOOKS, DVDS, VIDEO STREAMING SERVICES, DATABASES, OTHER):  eBooks, textbooks, DVDs, streaming video, print serials, electronic serials, print monographs of all types;  rare books; primary source document collections; and more based on need.

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE AN ILS OR ARE YOU PART OF A COLLABORATIVE ILS?  ExLibris Alma

DO YOU HAVE A DISCOVERY SYSTEM?  ExLibris Primo

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE A COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT OR SIMILAR DEPARTMENT?  Yes, Scholarly Communications & Collections.

IF SO, WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET AND WHAT TYPES OF MATERIALS ARE YOU PURCHASING?  PRINT OR ELECTRONIC OR BOTH?  Both – $8.2 million.

WHAT PROPORTION OF YOUR MATERIALS ARE LEASED AND NOT OWNED?  Not sure.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR LIBRARY WILL BE LIKE IN FIVE YEARS?  We are in the midst of strategic planning and trying to answer that very question.  At this point, we are considering some practical moves that will enable us to realize a broader vision (noted below):  a plan to weed a large print reference collection to open space for students and more visible space for staff; a plan to move a large microform collection to less visible space to create additional space for student use;  a plan to weed the print collection to free up space for new materials. 

WHAT EXCITES OR FRIGHTENS YOU ABOUT THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?  I think over the next five years Tisch Library will begin to catch up with some of the changes that other libraries have already made, including opening up space and sightlines, reconsidering how and what we collect, reevaluating our mix of online resources, and advocating for more open access.  Tisch has been relatively slow to move in these areas, but we have a chance now to see what’s worked over the last few years and what hasn’t, which will help us to invest in valuable change rather than change for change’s sake.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU THINK OUR READERS SHOULD KNOW?  Inherent in every challenge is an opportunity. In the case of Tisch Library, or relatively slow pace of change over the past few years will enable us to make much more thoughtful change going forward!

University of Arizona Libraries

University of Arizona
1510 E. University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ  85721
Phone:  (520) 621-6442
Fax:  (520) 621-9733
library.arizona.edu

BACKGROUND/HISTORY:  The first library at the University of Arizona was founded in 1891, the same year the university was established.  Today, we have five locations, including the Main Library, the Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library, the Fine Arts Library, the Health Sciences Library, and Special Collections.  We are focused on taking the UA Libraries to new levels of impact as essential contributors to student and faculty success through our strategic map (see https://new.library.arizona.edu/strategic), which highlights our commitment to four long-term directions.

NUMBER OF STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Our library has nearly 200 employees in 10 departments, which include: Access & Information Services, Administration, Content & Collections, Delivery, Description & Acquisitions, the Office of Digital Innovation & Stewardship, Research & Learning, Special Collections, Technology Strategy & Services, the UA Health Sciences Library, and the UA Press. In FY17-18, we had more than 2.3 million total visits to our libraries and responded to 7,670 reference questions.  

OVERALL LIBRARY BUDGET:  $31M.

TYPES OF MATERIALS YOU BUY (EBOOKS, TEXTBOOKS, DVDS, VIDEO STREAMING SERVICES, DATABASES, OTHER):  All types of materials that can be acquired and used by all of our campus users, not limited to a class or subset. 

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE A COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT OR SIMILAR DEPARTMENT?  Yes, Content & Collections, formed in 2017.

WHAT PROPORTION OF YOUR MATERIALS ARE LEASED AND NOT OWNED?  25% of total holdings are subscriptions, the rest are owned.

DO YOU HAVE A DISCOVERY SYSTEM?  Yes, it is Primo.

WHAT EXCITES OR FRIGHTENS YOU ABOUT THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?  The UA Libraries is excited to be an integral part of the UA Student Success District renovation project in progress right now.  The unique design of the District is distinctive to the University of Arizona because it encompasses two libraries, two student services buildings, and their adjacent outdoor spaces to create a seamless experience.  The Main Library and the Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library renovations is scheduled for completion by spring 2020, and the entire project will be completed in 2021. In five years, the UA Libraries will be a well-known partner in the District, empowering UA students to utilize a broad array of services and indoor-outdoor spaces that support collaborative, hands-on learning, deep engagement with technology, and ultimately, academic success and career preparation.  https://successdistrict.arizona.edu/

University of Michigan Library

University of Michigan
818 Hatcher Graduate Library South
913 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1190
Phone:  (734) 764-0400
https://www.lib.umich.edu

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR LIBRARY WILL BE LIKE IN FIVE YEARS?  I think our library will be more engaged in collaborative and strategic collecting, more focused on using its spaces to house exciting and impactful services, and more capable of providing quick, browsable access to materials in many formats even as we reduce the number of library stacks.

University of Minnesota Libraries

University of Minnesota
499 Wilson Library, 309 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN  55455
Phone:  (612) 624-3321 (Wilson Library front desk)
https://www.lib.umn.edu

BACKGROUND/HISTORY:  The University Libraries is a strategic resource of the Twin Cities campus and also provides key information system support for the University’s four coordinate campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester.  Composed of 12 library facilities with collections of more than 7.6 million volumes and 86,676 serial subscriptions, and is the No. 1 lending library to other research libraries in North America. The Libraries has a history of strength in research collections and a longstanding record of contribution to resource sharing within the state and beyond. 

NUMBER OF STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  321

OVERALL LIBRARY BUDGET:  $57.9 million

TYPES OF MATERIALS YOU BUY (EBOOKS, TEXTBOOKS, DVDS, VIDEO STREAMING SERVICES, DATABASES, OTHER):  The University of Minnesota Libraries will purchase or subscribe to any/all types of materials as appropriate.

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE AN ILS OR ARE YOU PART OF A COLLABORATIVE ILS?  Alma (Ex Libris)

DO YOU HAVE A DISCOVERY SYSTEM?  Primo (Ex Libris)

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE A COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT OR SIMILAR DEPARTMENT?  Yes  

IF SO, WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET AND WHAT TYPES OF MATERIALS ARE YOU PURCHASING?  PRINT OR ELECTRONIC OR BOTH?  $18,195,967 (FY2019) for both print and electronic materials.

William H. Hannon Library

Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, MS 8200
Los Angeles, CA  90045
Phone:  (310) 338-2788
Fax:  (310) 338-4484
library.lmu.edu

BACKGROUND/HISTORY:  The William H. Hannon Library opened in 2010 and is the main library at the Westchester campus, serving the research needs of the LMU students, faculty, and staff.  The 120,000 square-foot building is LEED Gold certified and contains 580 individual reading stations, 33 group-study rooms accommodating, various collaborative study spaces, two library instruction classrooms, the Terrence L. Mahan, S.J. Gallery, the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation Information Commons, a Faculty Innovation Center, the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation Faculty Lounge, and the Von der Ahe Family Suite. 

NUMBER OF STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  The library is staffed by 26 professional librarians and approximately 25 library staff.

OVERALL LIBRARY BUDGET:  ~$10 million

TYPES OF MATERIALS YOU BUY (EBOOKS, TEXTBOOKS, DVDS, VIDEO STREAMING SERVICES, DATABASES, OTHER):  As of 2018, its collections included 582,406 print monographs, 686,285 eBooks, 105,877 bound periodicals, 53,941 e-periodicals, 337 databases, and 5,544 linear feet of archives and manuscripts.

WHAT TECHNOLOGIES DOES YOUR LIBRARY USE TO SERVE MOBILE USERS?  Virtual chat, ILL.

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE AN ILS OR ARE YOU PART OF A COLLABORATIVE ILS?  Sierra

DO YOU HAVE A DISCOVERY SYSTEM?  EDS

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE A COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT OR SIMILAR DEPARTMENT?  Yes

IF SO, WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET AND WHAT TYPES OF MATERIALS ARE YOU PURCHASING?  ~$5 million

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR LIBRARY WILL BE LIKE IN FIVE YEARS?  We are exploring new ways to utilize library space as we simultensouly work to increase/improve the way use library space for existing collections. 

WHAT EXCITES OR FRIGHTENS YOU ABOUT THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?  Our university is in a period of rapid growth (more students, more fundraising, more administrators, more programs).  We can expect there will be difficult changes and growing pains in the next five years.

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