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Wednesday, November 6 • 10:45am - 11:25am
Going Through the Looking Glass: Re-envisioning Collections at the University of Houston

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With significant annual price increases for subscription content and scarce resources becoming the norm for academic libraries across the world, we must question and adapt our traditional collections approaches in order to be sustainable. The University of Houston Libraries has embraced a new collections philosophy that prioritizes access to research materials over ownership. This shift has resulted in revised staffing models that rely on teams rather than subject liaisons to manage collections holistically, and new strategies including time-limited subscriptions, cost-sharing arrangements with academic departments, patron driven acquisition for print monographs, and the creation of an ongoing ROI-based assessment process for resource renewals.

This presentation will detail the reasons for the philosophical shift, our change management strategies, and lessons learned. We will also discuss how we have engaged with both our library stakeholders and our campus community as our collections services have evolved. We aim to provide a practical road map for evolving collections services, within the context of the current scholarly communications in higher education landscape. Presenters will encourage attendees to consider the applicability of approaches discussed to their home institutions through a variety of interactive strategies.

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Kerry Creelman

Head of Collections Strategies & Services, University of Houston Libraries
Kerry Creelman is an associate librarian and the head of collections strategies & services at the University of Houston Libraries. 

Nancy Linden

Collections Coordinator, University of Houston

Nora Dethloff

Head of Research Materials Procurement, University of Houston Libraries
Nora Dethloff is the Head of Research Materials Procurement at the University of Houston's M.D. Anderson Library, where she oversees ILL, Acquisitions, and Electronic Resources. Her research interests include OA, OER, and copyright in libraries. She has presented at state, regional... Read More →

Wednesday November 6, 2019 10:45am - 11:25am EST
Gold Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel