2020 Conference Agenda & Presentations

In response to the COVID-19 precautions and UNC system policies, the 2020 NC Serials Conference was cancelled. This page reflects the planned agenda for that conference.

All sessions are scheduled in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−04:00)


8:15am - 8:45am: Continental Breakfast / Conference Packet Pickup


8:45am - 9:00am: Welcoming Remarks


9:00am - 10:00am: Keynote Address

Open Access Incrementalism Has Failed. Uniting Principles With Buying Power to Advance Open Access at the University of California - Kristin Antelman, University Librarian at UC Santa Barbara

The University of California began pursuing a multi-pronged strategy to advance open access scholarship with its 2018 Pathways to Open Access roadmap for our ten campuses. A major initiative under that umbrella was to seek transformative “publish and read” deals with publishers to make all UC scholarship open to the world. Negotiations with Elsevier for such a deal have thus far been unsuccessful, and the UC libraries have been without current Elsevier journal content since July 2019.

How did the UC libraries get to this point? What did we learn from collaborating with faculty throughout the process? What has been the impact on our users? What is the broader impact of UC’s action?

This session will explore these questions in the context of the current scholarly journal publishing landscape. As usual, we find ourselves in a fluid environment. But now it is one in which libraries that desire to move beyond an incremental strategy have more opportunity than ever to realize the goal of advancing open access.


10:00am - 10:45am: ​Sponsor Networking


10:45am - 11:30am: Concurrent Session One

1A. Combined Session

  1. Seeing the Forest Despite the Trees: Analyzing the Usage of Databases and Journal Packages - Danica Lewis & Heidi Tebbe, NC State University Libraries
  2. Seeing the Forest for Trees: Tools for Analyzing Faculty Research Output - Katharine Frazier, John Vickery & Hilary Davis, NC State University Libraries

1B. Lightning Talks

  1. Kanopy: How Do You Take Your Streaming Films, Mediated or Not? - Christine Fischer, Marcie Burton & Anne Owens, UNC Greensboro
  2. Streaming Video in the Curriculum: Faculty and Student Perceptions - Christine Fischer, UNC Greensboro & Elizabeth Ellis, UNCG LIS student
  3. Batten Down the Hatches! Collection Management in Rough Seas - Megan Inman & Marlena Rose, William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University
  4. Undertaking a Massive Bound Journals Deselection Project - Sarah Mueth & Tonya Minor, University of North Carolina Wilmington

1C. Concurrent Session

Things Are Looking Up: Using Cloud-Based Technology Tools in Collection Management Workflows - Allison Jones & Kayla Kipps, College of Charleston Libraries

1D. Combined Session

  1. Late Breaking News: Votes for Women and the WSPU Part Ways - Mandy Hurt, Duke University Libraries
  2. There’s No community For that? Identifying a Need and Building a Professional Community to Meet It - Jacob Shelby, NC State University Libraries & Anna Craft, UNC Greensboro

11:45am - 12:30pm: Concurrent Session Two

2A. Combined Session

  1. Popping Up to Promote uPress Provisions: A Collaboration Between Outreach and E-Resources Librarians - Meggie Lasher & Kelly Denzer, Davidson College
  2. Uncovering the Mystery of How Users Find and Use Ebooks Through Guerilla Usability Testing - Robin Camille Davis & Xiaoyan Song, NC State University Libraries

2B. Combined Session

  1. Toolkits for Equity: Resources for Developing Inclusive and Equitable Workplaces - Jocelyn Dawson & Gisela Concepción Fosado, Duke University Press
  2. Transforming Libraries and Publishing Through an Equity and Anti-Racism Framework - Gisela Concepción Fosado & Cathy Rimer-Surles, Duke University Press

2C. Concurrent Session

E-Resource Troubleshooting: A Staff Training Strategy - Li Ma, University of South Carolina

2D. Concurrent Session

The New Frontier: Implementing OpenAthens at UNC Charlotte - Bethany Blankemeyer, Liz Siler and Shoko Tokoro, UNC Charlotte


12:30pm - 1:45pm: Lunch


1:45pm - 2:30pm: Concurrent Session Three

3A. Concurrent Session

Scholarly Communications Training: Professional Development for the Next Generation of Scholars - Anna Craft & Samantha Harlow, UNC Greensboro

3B. Concurrent Session

Walk This Way: Online Content Platform Migration Experiences and Collaboration - Xiaoyan Song, North Carolina State University & Kimberly Steinle, Duke University Press

3C. Concurrent Session

Copy Catalogers’ Voices in Inclusive Description - Jianying Shou & Ryan Johnson, Duke University Libraries

3D. Combined Session

  1. Closing the Loop on Collections Review - Kristin Calvert & Whitney Jordan, Western Carolina University
  2. Library Resources: What’s the Value? - Elizabeth Cope, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2:45pm - 3:45pm: Closing Session

Can We Get There From Here? - John Sherer, Spangler Family Director of The University of North Carolina Press


3:45pm - 4:00pm: Closing Remarks and Wrap-Up