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Thursday, November 7 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Down the Rabbit Hole We Go Again (the 19th Health Sciences Lively Lunchtime Discussion)

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Sponsored by Rittenhouse

This year’s sponsored (RSVP required to plan lunches) no holds barred health sciences lively lunchtime gathering is open to all. It will begin with greetings from luncheon sponsor, Rittenhouse. The moderator, Rena Lubker, will introduce the session and will provide introductory remarks about this year’s three presentations: a commentary on issues that keep us up at night; a report on considerations to make when leaving big deal licenses and entering into new, OA friendly arrangements; and more discussion about the impact of expansions on libraries of academic medical affiliation. All three topics should provide fodder for lively discussion by presenters and participants.

Ramune Kubilius will provide a brief annual update on health sciences publishing world developments. 

Are there trends or commonalities in the issues that concern health sciences collection managers across institutions? Susan Kendall, editor of a recent book on 21st century collection management, will share her thoughts on what keeps health sciences collection managers on their toes (or up at night). Be prepared to agree or disagree with her list.

What goes into planning, preparing and actively shifting towards a more open access friendly landscape? How do consortia make decisions to leave or enter into deals on behalf of a multi-type academic library system? Are the interests of health sciences libraries represented? Sarah McClung will share examples of recent collections decisions made by the University of California libraries and what lessons can be imparted to other libraries, including those licensing in smaller groups or even solo.

The ever-changing academic library and affiliated hospital relationship landscape will again be explored. Jean Gudenas will examine the effects of hospital mergers and acquisitions on academic libraries. She will discuss the challenges with negotiating licensing changes quickly, the commitment to communication, and other matters essential to ensuring access to resources for the new affiliates.


Susan K. Kendall

Health Sciences Coordinator and Copyright Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries

Ramune Kubilius

Collection Development / Special Projects Librarian, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Galter Library
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Sarah McClung

Head of Collection Development, UCSF
Sarah McClung, MIS, is the head of collection development at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has worked in academic health sciences libraries for over a decade and, in her current role, she oversees the overall development and management of the UCSF Library’s... Read More →
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Jean Gudenas

Associate Professor, Director of Information Resources and Collection Services, Medical University of South Carolina
Jean Gudenas joined the MUSC Libraries faculty in 2017 as the Director of Information Resources and Collection Services. In this role, Jean leads a team of dedicated workers to deliver information across the campus, whether through the acquisition of resources, direct access to our... Read More →
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Rena Lubker (She, her, hers)

Research and Education Informationist, Medical University of South Carolina
Irene “Rena” Machowa Lubker, PhD, MLS, MPH, RD, AHIP (Distinguished) is a Research and Education Informationist (Professor) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Library. As a liaison librarian at MUSC, she supports the MUSC College of Dental Medicine, Public Health... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm EST
39 Rue de Jean 39 John Street, Charleston, SC 29401