Reaching New Horizons: Gathering the Resources Librarians Need to Make Hard Decisions


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The information market bubble seems to be bursting, for libraries, with many librarians decrying The End Of The Big Deal and looking toward new models for information access and delivery. But it’s not easy to change our academic institutions, or our expectations after an era of plenty in scholarly communications and serial publishing — and many librarians are left wondering how to enact meaningful change in support of a new way of doing things. Jenica Rogers insists that it can be done, and done well. She will speak to the skills and resources librarians and administrators need to build in order to create thoughtful change at the local level, to make hard decisions with confidence, and to build community around the ever-evolving needs of libraries.

Jenica Rogers
Director of Libraries, State University of New York at Potsdam
Jenica P. Rogers is Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam, coming from a background in cataloging, collection development, and staff training.
Jenica’s current professional interests include interrogating the ways our information economy is breaking down and reforming now that the internet changed everything, figuring out what the role of a library is in a reality in which warehousing books is sort of passé, and informing, mentoring, and supporting new library professionals as they hit the real world face first and at full speed.
Jenica earned her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001 and in 2009, a particularly good year, she earned tenure and promotion to Associate Librarian, was promoted to Director of Libraries, received a SUNY Potsdam President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, and was nominated one of Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers.

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Reaching New Horizons: Gathering the Resources Librarians Need to Make Hard Decisions

  1. 1. Jenica P. Rogers, NASIG, May 4, 2014 Reaching New Horizons Gathering the Resources Librarians Need to Make Hard Decisions
  2. 2. Introduction
 Final Advice
  3. 3. “I could never do what you did.” —Lots of librarians, to me, about the American Chemical Society (and several other things I’ve done in my career)
  4. 4. Photo Credit: Framework: Environmental Know your context
  5. 5. Some frameworks to consider ✤ HEPI: 2014 projections are 2.8% (overall) and 8.1% (supplies and materials)! ✤ Research Data Curation: OSTP mandate, NSF data management, etc.! ✤ Ithaka: Comparison data
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  8. 8. Photo Credit: lost to the annals of time and bad file management, but it was Creative Commons licensed when I found it… Framework: Personal and Professional Know Thyself Confidently
  9. 9. Photo Credit: Resources: Hold on to your capital Claim and demonstrate your expertise and authority.
  10. 10. Photo Credit: Jenica P. Rogers ! ! Cataloging Credit: Elizabeth Andrews and Abby Smith, SUNY Potsdam librarians Resources: Gather Data Be the expert on your problem
  11. 11. Resources: Make Friends Faculty, vendors, administrators, other libraries Photo Credit: default Keynote image
  12. 12. Photo Credit: Tactics: Start Immediately There is no such thing as Too Early, but Too Late is real.
  13. 13. Photo Credit: Tactics: Find Common Ground Where do your issues touch your allies’ issues?
  14. 14. Photo Credit: Tactics: Communicate Effectively
  15. 15. Photo Credit:“ Reactions: Embrace Serendipity
  16. 16. Photo Credit: Reactions: Evolve even when it’s uncomfortable and unexpected
  17. 17. Photo Credit: Final advice: Release Fear fear makes you defensive. fear does not make strong partnerships. fear does not make smart decisions.
  18. 18. 01 There are no easy choices. But it’s almost always worth it. Photo Credit: Justin H. Capen
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 @jenica26 !! Thank you.