32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Wednesday, November 7 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Afternoon Preconference: Positive Trends in Sustainability? Emerging Approaches to Archiving Licensed Databases

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Libraries invest millions of dollars annually in commercially produced research databases. How can affordable, persistent access to these costly digital resources be ensured? What specific archiving and replacement provisions do the various database publishers currently offer? Is persistence now a standard to be expected? What innovations can libraries and researchers expect in the near future?     


  • Introduction:  Marie Waltz, Center for Research Libraries, on core expectations and recent developments in trusted digital repositories.
  • Tim Babbitt, Senior Vice President, Platform Management, ProQuest, on ProQuest’s development of a sustainable platform for long-term content management.
  • Stephanie Orphan, Publisher Relations Manager, Portico, on the operational and business model impact of Portico’s program to archive digitized collections of historical materials.
  • Caitlin Tillman, Head, Collection Development, University of Toronto Libraries and Chair of the OCUL (Ontario Council of University Libraries) Information Resources Committee.  Speaking on Scholars Portal, an academic-based digital repository locally hosting licensed content.
  • Comments: Aisha Harvey, Head, Collection Development, Duke University, on a collections officer’s viewpoint of how and whether these trends influence local investment decisions currently, and how they might in the future.


The CRL Global Resources Forum is a platform for analysis and expertise which enables research libraries to make informed decisions and optimize returns on their investment in traditional and digital collections.

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Timothy Babbitt

SVP, Platform Management, ProQuest
Tim Babbitt is Senior Vice President, ProQuest Platforms and is responsible for bringing innovation to platform content and tools that support researchers across the entire lifecycle of their research. Prior to joining ProQuest in 2009, Babbitt served as the Chief Information Officer... Read More →
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Aisha Harvey

Head, Collection Development, Duke University Library
Aisha Harvey joined Duke University Libraries in 2002.  In her current position as the Head of Collection Development, Aisha provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for the Duke University Libraries in the development and management of the libraries’ collections... Read More →
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Stephanie Orphan

Director of Publisher Relations, Portico
Stephanie is responsible for maintaining and expanding publisher participation in the Portico preservation service to ensure ongoing growth and sustainability of the Portico archive. She brings a dee[ understanding of publishing platforms, metadata, and packaging formats to her role... Read More →

Caitlin Tillman

Head, Collection Development, University of Toronto Libraries
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Caitlin Tillman has worked in libraries in Canada, the United States, and Italy.  She is currently the Head of Collection Development for the University of Toronto Libraries.

Marie Waltz

Head of Access Initiatives and Special Projects, Center for Research Libraries
I am newly appointed to the Head of Access Initiatives at the Center for Research Libraies. I want to learn as much as possible at this meeting about the tools and services used in other libraries. I am also involved in several of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) print archive... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2012 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Francis Marion Colonial Ballroom 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403