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May Meeting Musings

Across seven days in May, I traveled to three state-level meetings. Here’s a miscellaneous compilation of lessons learned and other musings. Carolina Consortium The Carolina Consortium negotiates advantageous group deals for e-resource purchases. Besides hearing about deals to possibly join, I picked up a few practical tidbits specific to my department. I learned of one... more

Carol at Charleston Conference 2016

I had a great time in Charleston this year, including a dinner with Derrik (he says “Hi” to everyone). I also had to choose between attending Alice’s presentation or my husband’s presentation at the same time slot. I picked Alice, and she did a great job! Zepheira was promoted as a service that uses BIBFRAME... more

Charleston Conference 2015 (Carol)

James O’Donnell Arizona State: Within a Star-Wars-themed keynote (complete with light saber), he remarked that if you buy a knock-off Louis Vuitton bag you expect it to fall apart. If you get a pirated PDF from an offshore website, you get better access and fewer hurdles. Michael Levine-Clark at U. Denver did three local surveys... more

Carol at the Carolina Consortium Meeting

On May 12, Chris and I attended the annual Carolina Consortium Meeting at UNCG. The format was half business meeting/half mini-conference with a focus on the resources that we purchase (or potentially could purchase) using the Consortium’s discounts. In the business half, I scribbled down the product names of a few offers that we might... more

Carol’s View of ACRL

A building at Portland State University As a collections person, I found this conference rather thin on relevant programming, especially since I knew that Roz/Kyle/Kaeley would cover all the instruction angles. That said, the program committee did a good job of spreading the collections-focused sessions among the time slots so I had at least one... more

Carol Watches the Electronic Resources & Libraries Online Conference

For the third straight year, Derrik has facilitated group viewing of the online presentations of the Electronic Resources & Libraries conference. Read on for some gleanings I reaped from three of the sessions that I watched live and one that I’ve already seen as a recording. I will probably continue watching recorded sessions as I... more

Charleston 2014 According to Carol: Kanopy and E-Books

Illinois State University spoke about their experience with Kanopy. Two key observations about impact: After starting DDA, they saw an increased number of requests to license non-DDA Kanopy titles – suggesting that some percentage of faculty users treat Kanopy as a standalone database. ISU had previously bought streaming rights to some individual titles, which they... more

Carol at the International Medieval Congress

Thanks to a fortunate alignment of events, I got to go on an all-expenses-paid (by me) trip to the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, MI at Western Michigan University. Most sessions were 1½ hours long and included three presentations around a common theme. I attended the following sessions (WFU faculty who presented are listed in... more

2014 ER&L virtual conference

For the second year running, I “attended” the Electronic Resources & Libraries conference by watching streamed sessions. I still plan on watching sessions as time permits throughout the year, since the group purchase that Derrik made runs until the next conference is held in 2015. (ZSR folks: Ask Derrik if you need the password.) One... more

Two Thoughts from the NC Serials Conference

I also attended the North Carolina Serials Conference last month. Since several other ZSR bloggers have already reported, I will focus on two ideas put forward during a late-morning plenary session, which featured David Crotty again. Crotty remarked that the paper announcing the cure is not as important as the actual cure. We might make... more