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Thursday, November 7 • 3:30pm - 4:10pm
Through the Looking Glass: Measuring Value in the Nontraditional Database Market

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The demand from academic researchers for access to increasingly large and complex databases in news, finance and trade, and statistical information (population, geospatial, etc.) are stretching the limits of licensing practices at academic institutions. Providers of such resources traditionally cater to non-academic consumers and often lack the transparency required to appropriately evaluate the resources for the academic audience. Challenges include:
• Determining database scope: Content in large aggregations is often obscured by vendor merging of data with proprietary analytical tools and services
• Measuring database value: It is difficult to measure the overlap of content and value of added functionality between commercial databases and freely available data (e.g., from government/NGO sites)
• Obtaining suitable terms of use: Specialized researcher needs and idiosyncratic vendor terms of service challenge established license models.

Focusing on the needs of library e-resource and collection-development specialists who make decisions on the acquisition of expensive commercial databases, presenters from the Center for Research Libraries and ccAdvisor will highlight some of the recent challenges in navigating the marketplace of “Big Data” and will suggest measures to counteract vendor opacity through greater community investment in analysis of the products and providers.

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Cynthia Cronin-Kardon

Business Reference & Resource Development Librarian, Lippincott Library at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylviania
I love this conference and have been coming for years. Being a Librarian allows me to learn new things everyday and help researchers in discovering the data resources they require.I love bike riding, my family (which now includes two little grandsons), my cat and GARDENING!!!!
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Ryan Phillips

Business Librarian & Associate Professor, Baruch College, Newman Library
I am associate professor at the Newman Library at Baruch College, CUNY and current treasurer of the Library Association of CUNY (LACUNY). I received my MLS from the University at Buffalo, SUNY and an MBA from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. At Baruch College, I provide reference... Read More →
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George Machovec

Executive Director, Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries and Managing Editor, ccAdvisor, Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries
I am the executive director of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries. My expertise revolves around library consortia, shared print programs, union catalogs and e-resource licensing. I am the managing editor of The Charleston Advisor/ccAdvisor.
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James Simon

Vice President, Collections and Services, Center for Research Libraries
As Vice President of Collections and Services at CRL, I coordinate all activities that support access to collections for CRL members and constituencies, including collection development, licensing, and strategic partnerships.

Thursday November 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:10pm EST
Ashley Room, Courtyard Marriott Hotel 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401