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Special Interest Group Archive: Academic Directors 9/28/2018

These are the notes from meetings dating back to 2015.

September 28, 2018

The academic library directors met on Friday, September 28, 2018. The following are notes from that meeting.

The next meeting will be on Friday, January 11, 2019  from 10am-12:30pm.


Time management (email)

  • Managing expectations and set parameters
  • Snoozing emails – flag emails for reading in the future
  • Slack – helps to reduce internal email. Conversations are in one central location
  • Block out times when you aren’t available

Library makes institution distinct

  • Take what the library does and market it.
  • Connect with marketing department and share unique programs of the library.
  • Rebranding space.  
  • Students are local.
  • Community outreach.
  • Host events for the community.
  • Museum passes for the library.

DRM free textbooks

Faculty need to be aware of issues students getting access to and paying for textbooks. The library can help by purchasing DRM free textbooks. Can DRM free textbooks be licensed by the library?  The library could pay for concurrent uses of a book. What is the best way to provide electronic books to students?  Faculty engagement and education in order to select books that are DRM free.


Web accessibility and ADA compliancy

  • Expectation that licensed electronic resources and the ILS are also complaint.
  • Available from a different vendor then switch vendors
  • Moving forward include language for compliancy in licenses
  • Advocacy for a library organization to put pressure on vendors (look at what ALA is doing)

Faculty engagement

  • Faculty advisory committee
  • Using the library for faculty events
  • Opening space for faculty use
  • Liaison librarians.
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