Managing Serials: Filling the Gap with Publisher Agents

Tuesday, 3/21/2023 - Wednesday, 3/22/2023
  • 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)

Throughout the past several years, especially since the advent of COVID, serial titles have been at the cross section of an increase in demand while also experiencing an increase in cost. Additionally, many libraries have experienced staffing shortages with budget pressures. These pressures have resulted in libraries having to come up with creative solutions for managing serial titles like smaller packages for electronic titles or collaboratively working with publishing agents.

This e-Forum will explore how to effectively use publisher agents to fill the gap with such uses as data analytics for collection assessments or order changes. Additionally, it will explore other creative strategies libraries are employing to meet the pressures faced.

  • How many people do you have working in serials or acquisitions versus the size of your library collection?
  • In what ways does your library utilize your publishing agent in collection assessment?
  • Is there anything that you have requested that did not offer support but rather caused more issues?
  • What are some other creative solutions that your library has employed, for example, negotiating smaller packages for electronic titles, etc.?

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn varying ways to best utilize their existing relationships with the agents and further support their library.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who works with or has knowledge of serials in academic libraries.


Jess Huffman has served in Acquisitions at the University of Oklahoma since 2018, transitioning from graduate student to supervisor. She is passionate about connecting patrons with the best resources and tools to aid them in their academic pursuits.

Jaymie Turner has served as Head of Acquisitions since 2018. Prior to this, she served as the Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian. She holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts in History.



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