March 2, 2018

“Valuing our Collections”
8th Collection Development Seminar for Academic Libraries
Wednesday 23rd May 2018, Birmingham, The Studio (B2 5EP)

This event is now fully booked.


image from 2017 seminarAcademic librarians spend a considerable amount of time and money in investing and acquiring resources for teaching and research but how much do we really value our Library collections?   Are we purchasing the resources that students really need?  Do you know what the strengths of your Library collection are?  Are we giving the best value for students and the university?

The changing landscape of the librarian’s role in acquisitions and subject librarianship has impacted on the way academic libraries purchase Library materials for both print and e.

We are very fortunate to be part of a NAG community where innovation flourishes and an appetite for sharing experience is very healthy. A full programme will be available to download soon but we already have the following details of some of the interesting speakers we have lined up:

Katie Sambrook, Head of Special Collections, King’s College London.
“From strength to strength: defining and building areas of collection strength at King’s College London”

Rachel Bramley, Learning and Teaching Librarian, University of Sussex.
“We were hardcore: the only way is reference only.”

Kevin Wilson, Academic Liaison and Collection Development Manager, LSE Library and Anna Towlson, Archives and Special Collections Manager, LSE.
“Assessing significance: evaluating collections at LSE Library.”

Kerry Hadaway, Acquisitions and Licensing Librarian and Jonathan Chipp Access and Evaluation Librarian, University of Southampton.
“Collections evaluation at the University of Southampton: space, stock and strategy.”

Gary Ward, Head of Capacity Management at the University of Sheffield & Kate Petherbridge, White Rose Libraries Executive Manager
“White Rose Libraries: collaborative collection analysis and beyond.”

Dr Nick Barratt, Acting Librarian, Senate House Library
“Collection development in a collaborative world – Senate House Library as a case study”

Linda Bennett, Founder, Gold Leaf & Annika Bennett, Executive, Gold Leaf
“How are lecturers and students really choosing and using teaching and learning resources today?”

lego (2)Your general feedback indicates that we are doing a good job in ensuring a varied mix of content relevant to the academic library sector and presenting it to you in a professional manner. Of course, the opportunity to get together with our peers from around the country is also extremely valuable for us all. We will endeavour to retain all of this value while making improvements based on your feedback and experimenting where we see potential.

Though aimed primarily at academic libraries we welcome all delegates from all points in the supply chain who are interested in the content. The seminar is an excellent opportunity for networking and dialogue between librarians, vendors, and publishers.

In recognition of the difficulties in the sector, we have frozen prices from 2016 and 2017 and NAG members also receive a significant discount.  The cost to NAG members is £160+VAT, non-members can attend for £210 + VAT.  As you can become a NAG Individual Member for just £55, the benefits of membership are clear, particularly if you’re thinking of attending other NAG events this year!  If you are unsure whether your Library is already a NAG member, just email the office to check.

The venue received good feedback for the last two years so we are returning again for 2018.  It is just a short walk from Birmingham New Street Station, and provides great facilities for the day including WiFi.  We will be using Glisser to share slides and as an option for questions again so please do bring your laptops and tablets.

A full programme is now available here and this event is now fully booked.

Full speaker and paper information are available to download here.

Opportunities for NAG Members to exhibit and sponsor elements of the Seminar will be available; more information available here.

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