Preconferences are workshops and seminars that range from a half day to a full day in length. These sessions require an additional registration and fee. Full Day sessions are $225, and Half Day sessions are $150. 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. Usually, preconferences are held on Monday and Tuesday of the conference week but this year since we’re moving online they will be held in the weeks prior to the online conference.
All Dates and Times TBA
Speakers: Rebecca Vargha, Head, Information and Library Science Library, UNC Chapel Hill; Megan Kilb, E-Resources Librarian, UNC-Chapel Hill
Description: This seminar will offer a high-level overview of the workflows and concepts of the acquisitions process, from selecting materials to interacting with vendors, and articulating the return on investment to the parent organization (academic/special/public libraries). Attendees will gain pragmatic knowledge of strategies and best practices to manage a variety of material types, such as print materials, e-books, and other e-resources. The group will also discuss how emerging issues, like Plan S for open-access science publishing, are affecting core resource management workflows. This class is ideally suited for librarians new to selection and acquisitions workflows.
• Collection Management Overview
• Assessing User Needs / Selecting Materials
• Acquisitions Workflows
• Negotiation Strategies & Legal Issues
• Collections Assessment
• (E)Resources Management
• Marketing / Outreach
Skills for Leading in an Uncertain Future
Speakers: Heather Staines, Head of Partnerships, Knowledge Futures Group; Curtis Michelson, Founder, MindsAlert; Alex Humphreys, Associate VP, JSTOR and Director JSTOR Labs; Geoff Timms, Marine Resources Librarian, College of Charleston; Caroline Muglia, Co-Assoc. Dean Collections, USC Libraries; Tim Lloyd, CEO LibLynx; Gary Price, Editor, InfoDOCKET.
Description: If you’re struggling to re-envision and problem solve in today’s very uncertain environment, then this session is for you. Predicting the future in this environment is hard or near impossible, but we know that life won’t revert back to how it was. We need to forge new pathways, in order to maintain, preserve and provide access to the research outputs and cultural heritage we are stewards for.
Doing so in an uncertain world, however, requires the cultivation of new skills and approaches. What does it take to foster adaptation and even growth of our organizations in a fast changing world? To turn lemons into lemonade? This session empowers creative problem solvers and those desiring to evolve their organizations – libraries, publishers and other cultural institutions – with the skills to do so.
This fast-paced hands-on session is facilitated by creative leaders from the library and corporate world and is blisteringly honest about the challenges faced by anyone trying to innovate, and the resistance from your organization’s immune system to new and radically different ideas. Exercises such as “We Can If”, “Crazy 8’s”, “Empathy Maps”, “Comprehension Tests” and “Solution Interviews” will let you tap into the abundant creativity of your co-workers and campus stakeholders, enabling creative problem solving, organizational strategy, and nimbleness in decision-making. Really! And because the exercises are structured as “learn by doing” attendees can take this back to their home office and try and apply right away.
Introduction to Collections Data Analysis
Speakers: Danica Lewis, Emily Cox, Hillary Fox, and Katharine Frazier – NC State University
Description: Are you a librarian who wants to use data to support analysis of your library’s collection, but you’re not sure where to start? Do you want to build a better understanding of processes that many researchers use in their own work? Or, are you a vendor who wonders what librarians actually do with that data you provide? If yes, this may be the preconference session for you.
Focusing on understanding library collections, we will talk about project organization and planning, discuss tactics for dealing with common collections data issues, share potential project ideas, and provide a basic overview of common tools and reproducible practices. Participants will have the opportunity to work with standard collections data formats and common tools, as well as brief introductions to tools that support more reproducible work.
Attendees will leave the workshop prepared to plan their own collection analysis project, familiar with best practices for data sharing and reusable research, and with some hands-on experience with collections data.
How to Successfully Negotiate and Implement Transformative and Central Open Access Publishing Agreements
Speakers: Colleen Campbell, Open Access 2020 and ESAC Initiatives, Max Planck Digital Library; Additional speakers TBA.
Description: The number of transformative open access agreements being negotiated worldwide is a clear indicator that we are no longer in a time of “business as usual” when it comes to licensing. If some of the most recent and successful transformative agreements have secured perpetual reading access to complete publisher portfolios in addition to open access publishing of all articles by the institutions’ authors for the same cost as the previous subscription spend, why would libraries today settle for anything less?
Indeed, a recent ITHAKA S+R survey revealed that while transformative agreements were virtually unknown to the US library landscape just one year ago, already 20% of library directors surveyed deemed it a high priority to integrate open access publishing into their license negotiations, but how are library faculty and staff to prepare for such a change?
The pre-conference will provide participants with an overview of the strategic and operational elements of transformative open access agreements, including data gathering and analysis, negotiation tactics, cost models, library workflows, budgeting, staff organization, metadata standards, and more. Participants will be guided in break-out activities aimed at developing strategies and work plans to take back to their libraries, enabling them to build a catwalk from the old, collecting-focused realm of subscriptions to the service-oriented domain of open access publishing.
PivotTables are easier than you think! Simple Yet Powerful Data Visualizations for Librarians with Excel
Speakers: Russell Michalak, Director of Library, Goldey-Beacom College; Monica Rysavy, Director of the Office of Institutional Research & Training, Goldey-Beacom College
Description: Librarians and library staff work with data collected from a variety of sources however data collection doesn’t always translate to data analysis or reporting. Lack of time, budgetary constraints prohibiting the purchase of data visualization software, and potentially steep learning curves regarding using advanced features of existing software to create meaningful data visualizations can all impact individuals’ ability and/or willingness to analyze collected data using data visualizations.
In this session, we will walk all workshop attendees through the process of turning their library data (no matter how disorganized) into meaningful data visualizations using PivotTables in Excel. We will start off the workshop by discussing types of data that are best visualized with PivotTables, using examples of PivotTable visualizations created with our library’s data. We’ll discuss basic data cleaning, and specific concerns to consider when prepping your data for visualizing with Pivot Tables. We’ll share potential limitations of pivot tables and issues that you can encounter when building PivotTables. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is encouraged and time will be provided for workshop attendees to create their own data visualizations with the assistance of the workshop presenters.
Responding to Challenges, Activating Opportunities, and Rethinking the Status Quo
Organized by the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP)
Speakers: Heather Staines, Director of Partnerships, MIT Knowledge Futures Group; Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Lori Carlin, Chief Commercial Officer and Senior Consultant, Delta Think; Other speakers TBA
Description: In recent years, publishers and librarians have grappled with enormous changes—the transition from print to digital, the rise of Open Access, and the expansion of funder mandates. Today, the industry faces a new disruptor in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, which brings supply chain disruption, economic uncertainty, and the possibility of long-term closures of academic institutions. How will the pandemic affect scholarly research, library budgets, and publisher outputs? How will researcher needs and behavior contribute to the complexity? How will changing expectations for teaching and learning shift library work? In this evidence-based preconference, speakers from across scholarly publishing and libraries will discuss how organizations and processes will be transformed as they adapt to the “new normal.” The preconference will include presentations as well as an interactive discussion and an opportunity to network with other attendees.