Sharing Our Collections : Looking to the Future
Cooperative and consortial resource sharing is blurring the lines between Circulation, Access Services, and Interlibrary Loan as libraries find new ways to share collections and create efficiencies. This session will look at the future of consortia: shared e-book collections, floating collections, cloud-based integrated library systems, and the need to be increasingly flexible and collaborative to meet the opportunities and challenges of the future.
Subjects: Administration and Management, Collection Development, Ebooks, Resource Sharing, Transforming Libraries
Library Research Round Table: Research on Library Use and Users
What do we know about the people who need the services of libraries? Whether in-person or virtually, the services must be shaped by community members.
Subjects: Research and Statistics
An Introduction to Integrated Advisory Services
Today’s public libraries have collections far beyond traditional printed books that are the basis of readers’ advisory, and a new service model is needed. No longer limiting ourselves to books and readers, this new concept will help serve users in all areas of the public library, using appeal factors to cross formats from fiction to nonfiction, and DVDs to graphic novels. Panelists will cover popular genres including history, crime, science fiction, and romance.
Subjects: Readers’ Advisory, Technology, Collection Development, Reference Services
Materials Handling Automation to Reduce Operating Costs
What do self check-out machines, self check-in machines, automated sorters, and RFID have in common? One important thing...when selected and implemented correctly, these automated materials handling (AMH) solutions can reduce your library’s operating expenses dramatically. Many libraries are digging into capital funds to implement these solutions in order to reduce staffing costs and while this is a sound strategy, it can go bad pretty quickly. This session will focus on AMH procurements including how to evaluate products, ROI and payback strategies, and critical implementation issues.
Subjects: Administration and Management, Technology
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