Standardizing Serials: COUNTER, SUSHI, SERU

Wednesday, 5/29/2019
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This webinar was presented on May 29, 2019. Access the recording and materials now:

This is part 2 of the two-part series Standardizing Serials. View part 1, Standardizing Serials: KBART & Project Transfer, of this series.

This webinar, the second part of the Standardizing Serials series, will shift focus to standards related to collection acquisition and analysis, specifically usage analysis (COUNTER and SUSHI) and constructing publisher agreements (SERU), with explanations and demonstrations by librarians who are standards experts. Each standard will be described at a level for the non-expert, with a discussion of their background, purpose, and an overview of their basic components and function. Presenters will then draw on case studies from their own libraries to illustrate how these standards can be used within regular library workflows.

Standardizing Serials is a two-part series that is meant for the librarian who is new to serials work or wishes for a refresher on the many standards that guide continuing resource licensing, discovery, and acquisitions. Attendees will learn the basics of KBART, Project Transfer, COUNTER, SUSHI, and  SERU from experts in the field. Beyond just explaining these standards, however, speakers Kristen Wilson, Athena Hoeppner and Kate Hill will demonstrate their own uses of these standards within their workflows. Through this, the series will help participants gain a better understanding of how they can actually begin to implement standards use in their own libraries.   

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this webinar, attendee will be able to:

  • Explain common standards used within the world of continuing resources and electronic resources
  • Identify areas within their own library in which they could implement or better use standards discussed.
  • Locate and use resources to learn more about these standards and increase their own training and knowledge

Who Should Attend

People new to electronic resources and continuing resources and those who have worked in the continuing resources space but want a refresher on the current state of standards.



Athena Hoeppner is the Discovery Services Librarian at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, Florida. Her career in academic libraries spans over 20 years and a range of roles in public services, systems, and technical services. In her current role, she jointly oversees the eResources collection and expenditures, continuously strives to improve discovery and access technologies, and spends too much time in email and spreadsheets. Her first love remains public service, and she spends four hours per week serving patrons via Reference and Ask a Librarian. Athena's work and research center on applying technology to connect users to content. Her projects explore user experience, resource discovery services, and other technologies that enhance access to information for individuals.

Kate Hill began her library career as an NC State Fellow in the department of Acquisitions and Discovery, where she focused her energy around creating GOKb, the Global Open Knowledge base and became very familiar with the inner workings of KBART and Project Transfer. After her time at NC State, Kate became the Electronic Resources Librarian at UNC Greensboro, where she manages all aspects of electronic resource acquisitions, discovery, and collection development. Currently, she is the Chair of the ALCTS Continuing Resources Standards Committee and also involved in the planning of Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference (along with far too many other committees). She also co-wrote the book The ABC's of Electronic Resources Management, a highly practical introduction to working with electronic resources designed for librarians learning on the job.



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