Serials, Staffing, and Workflow

June 15 and 16, 2011
Hosted by Jennifer Sippel and Christine Stachowicz

While working with serials has always required a tolerance for change and ambiguity, the transition from print to electronic subscriptions has introduced workflow and staffing issues that demand flexibility. In this e-forum, we will explore how libraries of different sizes and varying Technical Services configurations have adapted their workflows and staffing in response to format changes, budget cuts and other pressures affecting the serials life cycle.

We will address topics such as:

  •  Changes in staffing needs as subscriptions shift from print to electronic
  • Modifications to print subscription workflows and the development of workflows for electronic subscriptions, including the process by which those workflows are being assessed and documented
  • How serials cataloging workflows have been impacted, particularly given the availability of vendor records for e-journals
  • Whether off-site storage of journals has impacted binding or other Technical Services workflows
  • The challenges of managing electronic subscriptions, including tracking correspondence related to license negotiation and access issues
  • Training and realigning staff to new responsibilities across the serials spectrum

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Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.


Jennifer Sippel has been a faculty Librarian and Instructor at Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC) Library since 2007, and has overseen the library’s serials collection since 2009. She is currently working in collaboration with her colleagues on implementing an open source Electronic Resources Management system, PALSconnect: This summer, she is teaching a course on Serials Management for the recently ALA-accredited MLIS program at the University of St. Catherine (her alma mater), and is presenting a poster session on the topic of “Print Periodicals Processing” at her first NASIG conference in St. Louis.

Christine Stachowicz is Head of E-Resources & Serials Management (ESM) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ESM is one of three departments established in conjunction with the June 2008 reorganization of the Acquisitions Department and the Catalog Department, in which Christine had previously served as Serials Access Librarian and Catalog Management Librarian. ESM is responsible for acquiring, cataloging and managing access to electronic resources and serials in all formats. Between earning her MSLS degree at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science and returning to work at the University Library, Christine served as Reference Librarian/Head of Collection Access at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.


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