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Friday, June 8


User Group Meeting: Alma
Alma Users Group (Convener: Chris Bulock)

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Chris Bulock

Collection Development Coordinator, CSU Northridge
Chris has been an Electronic Resources Librarian since 2009, and just moved back to Los Angeles after working at Southern Illinois State University Edwardsville for 5 years. He has written and presented on perpetual access, Open Access, and usage analysis.

Friday June 8, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland Ballroom III


User Group Meeting: CORAL
CORAL User group meeting  (Conveners:  Steve Oberg and Heather Wilson)


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Steve Oberg

Group Leader for Resource Description and Digital Initiatives, Wheaton College (IL)
See http://www.wheaton.edu/Academics/Faculty/O/Steve-Oberg

Friday June 8, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm


User Group Meeting: Dimensions & Anywhere Access
Discussion Group: Dimensions & Anywhere Access
(Convener: Heidi Becker)

Are your researchers purchasing publications and materials you've already painstakingly subscribed to?  Are they accessing the materials on platforms where you can't monitor their use?  In this session, we will have a brief Q&A about Dimensions, with a special focus on using Dimensions with Anywhere Access - a Digital Science service that provides one-click, legal access for your users to your library's holdings from within the Dimensions platform. We'll show you the magic in action and answer your questions.

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Heidi Becker

Digital Solutions Specialist, Digital Science
Heidi came to Digital Science with an extensive background in non-profit and government organizations. Most recently, Heidi worked in the Planning and Evaluation department of a major science funder, spearheading the advancement of post-grant assessments as well as enhancing pre-award... Read More →

Friday June 8, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland Ballroom IV/V


User Group Meeting: The Pros and Cons of Discovery Layers for Today’s Library
Discussion Group:  The Pros and Cons of Discovery Layers for Today’s Library (Convener:   Beverly Charlot)

Interested attendees will discuss how discovery layers provide access and the user's experience in locating library materials.  


Friday June 8, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ivy I/II


User Group Meetings: Informal Round Table Discussion Groups
Informal Discussion Groups:  Please join a discussion group of your choice.  
  • How many knowledgebases do we need? Managing e-holdings in OCLC and elsewhere (Convener: Martin Patrick)
  • Ebook Acquisitions  (Convener: Melissa Belvadi)
      Discussion will focus on ebook purchase models (DDA, EBA, subscription) - choices, handling          discovery, and holdings overlap issues.  

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Melissa Belvadi

User Experience & Collections Librarian, University of Prince Edward Island
Academic collections management and analysis, particularly electronic books and serials. How to squeeze every last penny of value from our depressingly small budget. User experience in electronic products and optimizing discoverability experience. Data visualization. Google Sheets... Read More →
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Martin Patrick

Bridge Electronic Resources Librarian, St. Olaf College

Friday June 8, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm


User Group Meetings: Print journals – Current Practices and Effectiveness
Discussion Group: Print Journals – Current Practices and Effectiveness
(Conveners: Derek Wilmott and Helen Monagle)

Discussion topics for this meeting will include current practices and effectiveness of consortia shared print and storage services, systems in place for collating print usage statistics, and other related topics relevant to management of print journals. 

Friday June 8, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland Ballroom I/II
Saturday, June 9


Digital Preservation Task Force Update
The Digital Preservation Task Force proposes a panel discussion wherein we take the opportunity to share updates about the task force’s work, and discuss recent developments in the field of Digital Preservation. The main focus of the session will be a discussion between the panelists with plenty of opportunity for those in attendance to ask questions and offer feedback. Panelists will include members of the Task Force and publisher representation.

Currently, the Task Force is working on documentation to be made available via the NASIG website for reference by librarians, publishers, third party preservation agencies, and other interested parties. In addition, the Task Force has plans to develop a survey to better understand how NASIG can serve its membership and the profession at large with regard to digital preservation initiatives. The Task Force is also seeking ways in which it can collaborate with other professional organizations to proactively ensure digital preservation of the scholarly record.

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Shannon Keller

Helen Bernstein Librarian for Periodicals and Journals, New York Public Library
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Wendy Robertson

University of Iowa
Wendy Robertson, Digital Scholarship Librarian has worked as a librarian at The University of Iowa Libraries since 2001. Her previous work positions include Electronic Resources Systems Librarian in Enterprise Applications, Electronic Resources Management Unit Head in Technical Services... Read More →
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Kimberly Steinle

Library Relations and Sales Manager, Duke University Press

Saturday June 9, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Highland Ballroom I/II


Information Sharing Pipeline
In this paper we will discuss the proposal of creating an information sharing pipeline [real-time information channel] where all stakeholders would engage in exchange/verification of information about entities. Entities affected by this discussion include personal and organizational names and or identifiers as well as subject headings from different controlled vocabularies. This decentralized system could potentially join together various software instances so that everyone would be able to see the activities in all the hubs. Identified stakeholders include individuals, libraries, vendors, publishers, identity providers, OCLC. The proposed solution is a shared information pipeline where these stakeholders/agents will be able to share and exchange data about entities that would enable real time data exchange. Two W3C recommended protocols are considered as potential solution: the WebSub protocol and the ActivityPub protocol. We will compare and explore the two protocols for the purpose of identifying the best way to create an information sharing pipeline that will enable all stakeholders to have access to most up to date information. According to the document on the World Wide Web Consortium (w3c) site, “WebSub provides a common mechanism for communication between publishers of any kind of Web content and their subscribers, based on HTTP web hooks. Subscription requests are relayed through hubs, which validate and verify the request. Hubs then distribute new and updated content to subscribers when it becomes available.” ActivityPub “is a decentralized social networking protocol based upon the [ActivityStreams] 2.0 data format. It provides a client to server API for creating, updating and deleting content, as well as a federated server to server API for delivering notifications and content.


Violeta Ilik

Head of Digital Collections & Preservation Systems, Columbia University

Lukas Koster

Library Systems Coordinator, University of Amsterdam

Saturday June 9, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Highland Ballroom IV/V
Sunday, June 10


The Transfer Code of Practice: Overview and Updates
The Transfer Code of Practice: Overview and Updates
The Transfer Code of Practice is a NISO recommended practice and voluntary code for journal publishers containing best practices for transferring and receiving journals. The code helps publishers to ensure that journal content remains accessible by librarians and readers when there is a transfer between parties, and ensures that the transfer process occurs with minimum disruption. Publishers who register as Transfer-compliant are asked to endorse the Code, and to abide by its principles wherever it is commercially reasonable to do so.
This presentation will briefly review the current activities of the Transfer working group, changes to Transfer, and a brief overview of the Transfer Alerting Service.

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Jessie Copeland

Assistant Director, Resource Management, Emory University

Sunday June 10, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Highland Ballroom IV/V


Bringing Social Justice Behind the Scenes: Transforming the work of technical services
Inspired by the excellent work of the MIT Libraries, I recently advocated for, and was successful in creating, a Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Working Group at the Vassar College Libraries. I co-chair this group along with my colleague, Rachel Finn, and our membership represents a cross-section of library departments, and includes a mix of managers, administrators, and unionized staff.

Though our work is currently in the beginning stages, I am interested in developing a presentation for NASIG that looks specifically at ways in which values of social justice can be integrated into the day-to-day work of technical services. Frequently, social justice initiatives are thought of as activities belonging to outreach staff, or more public-facing staff; such initiatives exist alongside the daily work of librarianship rather than being fully integrated within it. I think there are opportunities for this work to happen within the technical services sphere, but it requires taking a hard look at existing workflows and staff capacity. Much of technical services work is built around the idea of "efficiencies," but what are we sacrificing in the name of efficiency? In the name of conveniences? In the zine librarian community (in which I am active) we have standards surrounding the idea of ethical acquisitions--what would that look like if it were to be developed for technical services more broadly? In the area of collections, how could we enhance diversity and inclusion by backing out of the big deal and/or approval plans? What would the impact on technical services departments be and how would be absorb that work? In the area of vendor performance, are we ready to sever ties with corporations that aren't centering social justice in their own work?

Again, this work at Vassar is only in the early stages; however, this is a moment when Vassar College as a whole is looking very seriously at transforming the academic and residential life of our community through the work of the Engaged Pluralism Initiative. My hope is that we will be able to build on this momentum and contribute to positive changes in campus climate.

I would like the opportunity to speak about our process, enumerate our short-term goals, and talk more about our aspirations for bringing real change to existing department workflows.

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Heidy Berthoud

Head of Technical Services Technical Services, Vassar College
Acquisitions, cataloging, zines, and Russian studies. Frequent lurker on #critlib, #mashcat, and #radlib. Cat enthusiast.

Rachel Finn

Social Sciences Librarian, Vassar College

Sunday June 10, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Monday, June 11


MARC Metamorphosis: Transforming the way you look at eBook records
The world of eBook records can be quite divergent, depending on the source of those records. In the past, most libraries downloaded records from OCLC, edited them and uploaded them to their local ILS. Today, some libraries carry on a similar process, but also receive records directly from the publishers. Other libraries get their MARC records from different vendors or choose to create them on their own. Depending on the source of the eBook, MARC record content and quality can vary greatly.

An engaging session about Metadata 2020 at the NASIG Annual Conference last year led us to wonder; is there a way to assess how libraries, publishers, and vendors are currently operating in this space for eBook records? While not as lofty as the aspirations of CrossRef, we wanted to take a look at what can be done in the short-term to improve metadata and cataloging workflows. Each presenter has a unique relationship with the ""provide access"" stage of the electronic resources life cycle and wanted to share their experiences on cataloging, standards, and workflows.

While presenter interactions are different, one common thread was quickly discovered; there is no standard experience in delivering MARC records to libraries. Furthermore, an examination of eBook records from across various community platforms also shows differences in record quality from different sources. This disparate experience between vendors and publishers causes frustration for libraries who strive for consistency in their local collections. As a result, they are forced to adopt specific cataloging workflows to accommodate. This could be rectified with a more unified approach. Creating a cross-industry dialog between libraries, publishers, and vendors about MARC record quality and maximizing workflow would certainly benefit all stakeholders.

The purpose of this presentation is to present comparative MARC data from two libraries with different cataloging practices. This data will be compared to a publisher’s cataloging practices and their plans for refining the experience. The outcome would be to suggest a set of best practices for what kind of records publishers and vendors should distribute to libraries, in order to increase eBook discoverability and drive usage. This multi-library/publisher partnership attempts to examine these differences and posit suggestions for areas of collaboration and improvement. We hope that this presentation will help further that conversation and transform the way you look at eBook records.

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Jeannie Castro

Electronic Resources Coordinator, University of Houston
University of Houston
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Richard Guajardo

Head of Resource Discovery Systems, University of Houston
Richard Guajardo is Head of Resource Discovery Systems at the University of Houston. He provides oversight for electronic resources management, discovery tools, and the library services platform. He is currently on the 2017 NASIG Conference Planning Committee and is vice-chair of... Read More →
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Matthew Ragucci

Associate Director of Library Solutions, Wiley
I am Wiley's resident librarian and provide insight on metadata sharing strategies for optimizing its electronic resources for discovery, access and usage. This includes working closely with librarians and library solutions providers alike to get the tools they need to help the end... Read More →
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Melissa Randall

Electronic Resources Cataloger, Clemson University
Electronic Resources (eBooks & Streaming) Cataloger at Clemson University Libraries. She currently serves as NASIG SERIALIST Moderator and PASCAL Catalog Design Committee Chair. Her interests include mentoring and cataloging staff development. An avid reader with eclectic tastes... Read More →

Monday June 11, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am