Spring 2018 Meeting

Journalpalooza: All You Need to Know About Serials But Were Afraid to Ask
Friday, April 27, 2018

Cuyahoga County Public Library | Parma-Snow Branch Auditorium
2121 Snow Rd. | Parma, OH 44134
Registration and light refreshments: 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Program: 9:30 am – 4 pm
Registration is now CLOSED

Links to Presentations:
A Kaleidoscope of Change / Steve Oberg
Changing Tides and Shifting Sands / Frank J. Bove, Sean Kennedy
Serials in the Public Library / Francine Labriola, Monique Mason

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NOTSL is pleased to welcome the following speakers and their presentations:

A Kaleidoscope of Change: Developments and Trends in the Serials Landscape
Presented by Steve Oberg, Wheaton College

The serials landscape has always been one of change; after all, that is part of its intrigue and value! This talk, along with a guided discussion, will be centered on Oberg’s selection of significant developments and trends happening right now and into the foreseeable future including, among other topics:

  • disassembling the journal publication model (that is, the traditional packaging of journal articles into volumes and issues);
  • necessary skills for those engaged with managing serials;
  • new journal collection models;
  • collaborative digital preservation for serials;
  • authentication and identity issues;
  • licensing trends;
  • social justice considerations in serials management.

Steve Oberg is currently Group Leader for Resource Description and Digital Initiatives at Wheaton College (Illinois). On the side, he teaches e-resources and serials management courses at the iSchool at Illinois, where he graduated with his M.S.L.I.S. in 1991. He is also current president (as well as being a previous president) of NASIG, an independent organization working to advance and transform the management of information resources. He is passionate about serials and also about open source software. He is in his second term leading governance of the international CORAL ERM open source software project.

Changing Tides and Shifting Sands: Serials and Academic Libraries
Presented by Frank J. Bove and Sean Kennedy, The University of Akron

Sailing the seas of serials in academic libraries has always been tumultuous and requires very hardy and nimble sea-legs. The days of print-only serials had its challenges and the advent of electronic resources has not eased the situation, but rather introduces more variables into the equation making the waters even choppier. Our presentation will focus on both the general challenges of electronic serials and those specific to academic libraries:

  • Budgets and funding models
  • Consortia cooperation and subscriptions
  • Archiving and cooperative depositories
  • Data-driven decision making (evaluating usage – COUNTER & SUSHI)
  • NASIG’s Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians
  • Access and authentication issues

Frank J. Bove is an Associate Professor, Bibliography and Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of Akron. In 2015 he was charged with the role of Coordinator, Acquisition Services after a series of retirements and layoffs reduced the acquisitions staff from 5 to 2.5 FTE. Through a rigorous series of evaluation and analysis, new workflows were brought on board that dramatically increased both personnel and fiscal efficiency. Frank serves as UA’s representative to the OhioLINK Electronic Resources Implementation Team. Frank holds a M.L.I.S and a MA in Philosophy from Kent State University.

Sean Kennedy is an Assistant Professor of Practice, Bibliography and the Collections and Content Strategies Librarian at the University of Akron. Prior to joining UA in 2016, he spent seven years at the Cleveland State University Law Library covering all areas of technical services including cataloging and serials processing. Sean serves on OhioLINK’s Cooperative Information Resources Management Committee (CIRM) which oversees Ohio-wide collection deals including very large serial packages. Sean holds a M.L.I.S. degree from Kent State University.

Serials in the Public Library, or as our Patrons refer to them, Magazines
Presented by Francie Labriola and Monique Mason, Akron-Summit County Public Library

Topics for discussion include:

  • History of the Magazines and Newspapers at ASCPL.
  • Changes in procedures, processing and collection development in the public library.
  • Maintaining specialized collections
  • Making deselection and weeding decisions

Francie Labriola has been the Continuing Resources Supervisor for the Akron-Summit County Public Library since 2006. She is in charge of collection maintenance and processing of serials for Main Library and 18 branches. In addition, she oversees the database licensing and outreach for the library. As part of the Collection Development Department’s centralized selection she orders true crime and cookbooks for the system.

Monique Mason is the manager of the Science & Technology division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library where she oversees 8 FTE professionals and para-professionals providing reference and outreach services in subjects ranging from the hard sciences to parapsychology, health and wellness, home economics, and intellectual property issues. The Science & Technology division also serves as the primary public reference point for magazines for the library system.


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