2021 Conference Agenda & Presentations

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


9:30am - 10:00am: Opening Remarks

Christine Fischer, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NCSC Planning Committee Co-Chair

Jon Gant, Dean and Professor, NC Central University School of Library and Information Sciences


10:15am – 11:00am: Concurrent Session One

1A. Lightning Round

  1. See an Issue? Broken URL? Report It Here! - Nicole Wood, Austin Peay State University
  2. Making Up the Difference: Using Custom Reporting To Identify Inaccuracies in Link Resolver Serial Metadata – Abigail Sparling, University of Alberta Library [slides.pdf]
  3. Migrating to a Hosted EZproxy Service - Megan Heady, West Virginia University Libraries [slides.pptx]
  4. How the OA Switchboard Is Building the Infrastructure for an OA-Driven Scholarly Communications Landscape - Yvonne Campfens, Stichting OA Switchboard [slides.pptx]

1B. Concurrent Session

Internship Pivot @ ECU: Responding to Our University’s Transition - Wm. Joseph Thomas & Kaye Dotson, East Carolina University [slides.pdf]

East Carolina's MLS program requires internships, pairing students with cooperating professionals to bridge theory and practice and provide real-life experiences. The COVID-19 pandemic’s resulting transition to online-only instruction impacted the traditional in-person internship. ECU’s MLS internship director will describe the resulting changes to programming, placement, and cumulative projects; and a site supervisor will describe the tools and techniques used to plan, communicate, and work collaboratively online. Audience members will also be encouraged to share tips for online internships.


11:15am – 12:15pm: Sponsor Lightning Sessions

Sponsor Session A.

  1. Clarivate [slides.pdf]
  2. DeGruyter [slides.pptx]
  3. Duke University Press [slides.pdf]
  4. EBSCO [slides.pdf]
  5. Emerald [slides.pdf]
  6. IET [slides.pdf]
  7. IOP Publishing [slides.pdf]

Sponsor Session B.

  1. Elsevier [slides.pdf]
  2. Oxford University Press [slides.pdf]
  3. ProQuest [slides.pdf]
  4. SAGE [slides.pdf]
  5. Springhare [slides.pdf]
  6. Wiley
  7. WT Cox [slides.pdf]

1:00pm – 1:45pm: Concurrent Session Two

2A. Concurrent Session

A Journey of Transforming to an Online Government Documents Collection - Hong Li & Caren Nichter, University of Tennessee at Martin [slides.pptx]

As a selective depository library in Tennessee for decades, the Paul Meek Library has received and housed the publications of the Government Printing Office (GPO) in a variety of formats as part of the library’s collections. We will share our experience with the Cataloging Record Distribution Program (CRDP) to improve the maintenance of the government documents collection. We will discuss our collaboration with GPO and MARCIVE to implement the project and transform the partial collection to online resources, and our goals for a sustainable and accessible collection for 2021 and beyond.

2B. Concurrent Session

E-Resource Migration: From Dual to Unified Management - Li Ma, University of South Carolina [slides.pptx]

University of South Carolina (UofSC) went live with a new state-wide shared library service platform (SLSP), Ex Libris’ Alma, on June 1, 2020. Prior to Alma migration, UofSC libraries relied on dual systems to manage electronic resources including a traditional ILS and a link resolver. With Alma, staff can conduct most e-resource management functionalities and connect to Primo, the discovery layer, without leaving the system. The presentation discusses e-resource workflow changes and challenges facing staff training and troubleshooting with the implementation of Alma and Primo.


2:00pm – 2:45pm: Concurrent Session Three

3A. Lightning Round

  1. Opening Our Deep Backfiles: Identifying Open and Public Domain Serial Content in Library Collections - John Mark Ockerbloom & Rachelle R. Nelson, University of Pennsylvania Libraries [slides.pptx]
  2. Making Media Visible: Finding New Pathways for Discovery and Access - Rachel King, Rowan University [slides.pdf]
  3. Rethinking Print Journal Subscriptions at a Large Research University - Michael Rodriguez, University of Connecticut [slides.pptx]
  4. Saving Time on Renewals With Excel and Python - Emily Graham, Brandeis Library [slides.pptx]

3B. Concurrent Session

Professional Applications of Information Literacy: Helping Researchers Learn To Evaluate Journal Quality - Jenny Dale & Anna Craft, UNC Greensboro University Libraries [slides.pptx]

Evaluating journals can be challenging, especially for new researchers. This session will demonstrate how information literacy (IL) techniques can be implemented to teach researchers about evaluating journal quality. IL skills are critical for lifelong learning, and we can apply these techniques to help researchers evaluate journals and other publication venues. Speakers will discuss the connections between IL skills and scholarly communications, and will encourage the audience to consider how to build on these connections in their own work.


3:00pm – 3:45pm: Concurrent Session Four

4A. Combined Session

  1. Reaching Students Through Teaching – Karen Brunsting & Caitlin Harrington, The University of Memphis Libraries [slides.pptx]
  2. Two technical services librarians created an opportunity to reach students by teaching a one credit-hour honors course called, [ edit ] Wikipedia: For the Undergraduate Researcher. It uses Wikipedia, as a lens through which to teach information literacy, scholarly communication, and information privilege. The authors will share their experiences teaching this class in two different iterations, and include discussion on teaching students how to employ fair use and copyright knowledge, practice research skills, evaluate credibility and authority, and recognize the power of information.

  3. History Rhymes: The Role of Learned Societies in the Open Research Landscape – Vincent Cassidy, IET [slides.pptx]
  4. In this session Vincent Cassidy will examine how the open research movement represents an inflection point for learned societies. He will argue that societies’ founding principles of community, quality assurance, independence and mission-centric economic motives, are more relevant now than ever in the context of open research, and its demands for reproducibility, verification and persistence. With examples from the IET and other societies, he will discuss the opportunities and challenges for learned societies in reimagining an enhanced role across scholarly discourse.

4B. Concurrent Session

A Crash Course in Creative Commons Licensing – Danielle Apfelbaum, Farmingdale State College & Derek Stadler, LaGuardia Community College [slides.pptx]

Despite the growing awareness and use of the Creative Commons (CC) licenses, many information professionals remain unaware of the permissions afforded to them and their patrons through the variety of CC licenses. By the end of this session, attendees will understand how copyright and the CC licenses work in concert to protect author rights while communicating additional permissions to users, identify and interpret each of the six CC licenses and their corresponding permissions, and locate CC-licensed materials for reference or collection development purposes.