Oh, the Places You Could Go! Getting the Most out of Consortial Collection Development

Tuesday, 1/23/2018 - Wednesday, 1/24/2018
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

Many libraries are members of a consortium, whether loosely based around an initiative, program, or project or more formally organized with an executive director, task groups, and shared services. Consortia provide opportunities for members to leverage resources and staff but can also present challenges, for example, in balancing goals of sometimes diverse members. In this e-Forum, we will have an opportunity to discuss various aspects of consortial activities focusing particularly on collection development including licensing and management of electronic resources. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this e-Forum, attendees will have:
  • shared best practices and lessons learned for consortial acquisition and licensing;
  • discussed the impact of staffing changes and use of volunteers to sustain or maintain consortial initiatives; and
  • learned about ways to evaluate collections especially when considering consortium wide collection development and acquisitions policies.

Who Should Attend

Librarians, consortia staff, and anyone interested in the challenges and opportunities of consortial collection development, including acquisitions and licensing of electronic resources. 


Andrea Langhurst Eickholt is Collection Management Librarian at Eastern Washington University. Andy is chair of the Ebook Working Group of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a group which provides leadership and oversight of a $1M ebook acquisitions program for 39 academic institutions in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. She previously worked managing the resource acquisition and discovery program at the University of Notre Dame and as a corporate technical services librarian in upstate New York.

Lynda Aldana is Associate Director for Technical Services, Serials and Library IT Services at the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). UMBC is a member of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium. USMAI includes 17 member libraries at universities and colleges in the State of Maryland. Previously she was Cataloging Department Coordinator at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University.




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