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Wednesday, November 6 • 10:45am - 11:25am
From big ideas to real talk: A front-line perspective on new collections roles in times of organizational restructuring

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Many academic libraries across North America are undertaking major organizational restructuring, bringing significant change to how collections work is done. Many institutions have implemented a centralized collection development model, in which functional librarians are tasked with collections responsibilities across entire faculties, not just in a specific area of subject expertise. Change management conversations often focus on the big picture of organizational restructuring, but what do these changes look like for front-line librarians in their day-to-day work? Join three collections development librarians working at different stages of organizational restructuring for a discussion about organisational change from a front-line perspective. We will discuss strategies for learning our new roles, professional development needs and opportunities, and navigating the challenges of professional change. Topics covered will include: communications within library units and outward to faculty and students; the re-examination of acquisitions methods and models (such as EBA, DDA, or large eBook packages) in light of organizational change; and processes for establishing and evaluating effective workflows within and across functional teams.


Sally Sax

Collections Librarian, Carleton University
I am a collections librarian for business, public affairs, and legal studies. Talk to me about collection development, change management, privacy, copyright, and food.
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Meg Ecclestone

Collections & Content Librarian, University of Guelph Library
I am a Collections Librarian at the University of Guelph, in the areas of Social Sciences and Business. Talk to me about: eBooks, business librarianship, social sciences librarianship, collections assessment, open access, and dismantling capitalism.

Alana Skwarok

Collections Librarian, Carleton University
I am a Collections Librarian for the Arts and Social Sciences at Carleton University in Ottawa, ON.

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