As the fight for research grants intensifies and the pot of money decreases, librarians need to ensure that the topic of scholarly communication remains on the forefront, regardless of funding. Affording researchers avenues to widely share and publish their work to make it widely available should be a mission both in the library and at the highest levels of the institution. How can libraries make an impact? In this presentation two librarians, a consortia officer and vendor, will discuss how consortia have and continue to play a primary role in advocating for dissemination of information and scholarly communication. Additionally, they will discuss other tools that libraries/researchers can use as a method of collaboration, whether regional or international, and why it is essential for libraries to become part of the solution before they are left out in the cold. Please come prepared to discuss how your library is making an impact on this topic.
Program Officer for Resource Sharing, Greater Western Library Alliance
McKee received her M.L.S. from Indiana University, Bloomington and has had a very diverse career in librarianship. She has been an academic librarian, a sales rep for two subscription agencies and now a consortium officer for the past 13 years. A former President of NASIG, McKee is on the Serials Review Editorial Board, 3 publisher/vendor library advisory boards and strives to balance a busy career with an even busier family including a husband, 1 high schooler, 1 middle schooler, 2 dogs while being a first year newbie [and admittedly a rather bewildered] club volleyball mom: all this including wearing orthodontia! McKee is probably the only person you’ll meet with both an undergrad AND MLS in Library Science.
Christine M. Stamison
Senior Customer Relations Manager, Swets
Christine Stamison, Senior Customer Relations Manager for Swets, has worked in various positions in the subscription agent industry for the past 20 years. Previously, she worked for 13 years in academic libraries, primarily in Serials, at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and at the University of Chicago Libraries. Christine received her Masters in Library and Information Services from Rosary College (now Dominican University) and is a regular lecturer for serials, collection development and technical services classes. When not working you can find Christine in the gym working with her trainer trying to get in shape for her upcoming vacation hiking up Machu Picchu and trekking around Easter Island.