Friday, November 4, 2011

Charleston Conference Report Part 4

Today was another busy and jam-packed day full of keynote speeches, sessions, and lively discussions to attend. The morning started with a keynote speech from the legal counsels at U of M, Stanford University and another lawyer specializing in competition and copyright for libraries. The title of their presentation was "The Long Arm of the Law." It's basically a crash course on copyright, fair use especially in this digital age. They also brought us up-to-date with the leading developments in cases such as Skyriver versus OCLC, Google Books settlement, Georgia State University case against their e-reserves, John Wiley's case against first sale and FTC investigation on Google.

I also attended the lively lunch discussion about the results of ebrary's and Cleveland State University's "Global E-book Survey." It basically compares the 2008 and 2011 trends and perceptions on ebooks by students. We got a sneek peak into the results which would be made public on the ALA Midwinter meeting in January 2012. I plan on presenting the results of the survey to the library staff possibly during our Department meeting because I think the results will give us an insight into students' perceptions and attitudes towards ebooks.

I attended the session called "If You Buy It, Will They Read It" which is about the experience of the University of Utah Libraries in evaluating the purchasing patterns of their subject librarians. In particular, they examined the firm orders made by their selectors over 3 years (2009-2011) and compared the use statistics of the books they selected in print and electronic formats. The patterns they discovered provided me with an inspiration to go beyond the review I have started and drill more into the specifics by subjects.

I also attended the session called "Launching and ePreferred Approval Plan" which is a joint presentation by the Head of Collections and Acquisitions at Duke University and YBP. Duke University librarians talked about how they implemented an e-book only approval plan from their print approval plan at YBP. They talked about the challenges and success they achieved from implementing such a plan. I was already thinking of this anyway with my recent meeting with YBP and it just gave me the pus to try and pilot it in the Library.

Lastly, I attended a presentation from Doug Way and Julie Garrison from GVSU and Rick Lugg from Sutainable Collection Services about "Implementing a Disapproval Plan: A Case Study of Rules-Based Weeding." This is so interesting because this company is the first to develop a data driven deselection system for libraries. It is pretty much like an approval plan where you set the parameters for acquiring new books except it is the opposite because they created a set of rules for weeding their collection "scientifically." It is very inspiring and revolutionary, one that I hope to be able to do when we do our weeding next year.

Finally, we capped the day with the Firday night dine arounds. We RSVP'd way in advance for restaurants we want to go to dinner. And then the organizers put all those people who chose the same restaurants so we can have dinner together. Our group was a diverse mix of people and it was fun to just talk to each other and at the same time enjoy the good food that we were served.

1 comment:

  1. This is all very exciting! I am particularly interested by the "disapproval plan". Really innovative thinking and I can't believe it's taken this long. Maybe the timing is right now because more libraries need to weed now with the impact of electronically available material?

    As well, I fully support any effort to move the LCC library forward in its collecting of, use of, access to electronic books in the most efficient and effective manner.

    This conference sounds amazing and reaffirms for me that the specialized, smaller conferences really provide a better ROI than the fun and useful larger, broader conferences.

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