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Using Cost Data to Bridge the Borrow-Buy Dichotomy: RSDD & CD Brown Bag Lunch Webinar

posted Dec 3, 2011, 6:18 PM by Joni Blake   [ updated Dec 5, 2011, 7:27 AM ]

December 9, 2011 at 1pm-2:30 pm (Central); Noon-1:30 pm (Mountain); 11 am-12:30 pm (Pacific); 9-10:30 am (Hawaii) 

Does anyone have the ability to buy whatever their patrons need?  Do you have enough information to make effective decisions on when to purchase, license, and borrow?  When should you buy? When do you license? When should you borrow?  The purpose of our December webinar is to share information from three projects that can aid your institution with these decisions. 

Each project presenter(s) will speak for approximately 20 minutes.  After the presentations, there should be ample time to ask questions via the chat feature of our webinar program.  We are encouraging and anticipating a highly energetic discussion! 


Nancy Kress, UNLV; and Lars Leon, University of Kansas will share some results from their recent cost study that examines the true costs to provide resource sharing. This information will help members’ operations understand what to examine and provide attendees useful information when deciding between purchasing versus borrowing.

Nancy Kress is the Library Supply Chain Manager for University of Nevada Las Vegas Libraries. Her research includes applying supply chain management and Lean and Six Sigma concepts to library operations. Lars Leon is the Head of Resource Sharing at the University of Kansas Libraries. He is also involved with their assessment, staff development and organizational development.  His current research emphasis is on looking into costs and then using that information to help understand the value that their patrons place on their services.

Wayne Pedersen, Iowa State University will update that data he presented at the Joint Meeting, May 2011, Park City Utah.  He will discuss the factors used to evaluate Iowa State's big package collection of e-journals published by Springer, focusing on average ILL costs as they relate to the cost per use of individual Springer titles. If time permits, a short discussion of ILL costs as they relate to the cost of acquiring individual monograph titles may be included.  Wayne Pedersen is the Head of the Acquisitions Department at Iowa State University.  He currently serves double duty as the Head of the Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery unit.  Wayne has been at Iowa State since 1991 and is a tenured Associate Professor.

Dave Fowler, University of Oregon will discuss the process used by the UO in getting rid of one Big Deal and downsizing another.  Included in the presentation, Dave will discuss criteria used for ranking and evaluating journals that were being considered for cancellation. Dave Fowler is head of licensing, grants administration and collection analysis at the University of Oregon. He has previously worked at Iowa State University and Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.

Webinar URL: https://desktopconnect.ku.edu/gwlacost/

University of Kansas has graciously offered their Adobe Connect Pro software.  A link to the webinar will be sent out to the CD & ILL listservs no later than 24 hours prior to the beginning of the webinar.   
Audio Conference Call Dial-in Number: (641) 715-3200; Participant Access Code: 433660#

The webinar & conference calling services only allow for 90 participants--If 3 or more people  from your  institution wish to sit in on the discussion and/Q&A time etc.; please consider  watching together and utilizing a speakerphone to make sure everyone who wishes to attend can get a connection.

Hope to “see” you virtually for a presentation that is relevant, informative, and perhaps a tad bit controversial!