32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Thursday, November 8 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Moving Technical Reports Forward: New Roles for Libraries & Librarians

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Technical reports have always posed problems for libraries and librarians. They are often bibliographically inconsistent, difficult to source, and published to varying standards of quality. In some fields, these reports are also large in number and central in importance. Additionally, established workflows for acquiring and preserving technical reports in distributed repositories have been undermined by the transition from print to digital. Overall, the "gray literature" challenges librarians face have increased.

This concurrent session will present three case studies of how academic libraries have found innovative ways to face the problems of technical reports and improve their production, dissemination, and preservation; thus reducing the duplication of research efforts and saving public funds. Transportation is one example of the disciplines where these described changes are taking place, and the opportunities for libraries to improve the technical report workflow in this field will be a particular focus of the session.

Attendees can expect to learn about the challenges of handling technical reports in the digital age, and the opportunities that exist for improving discoverability and dissemination in the networked environment. A particular focus will be on new roles for libraries and librarians, and how library publishing and data management services can offer new opportunities for partnerships with researchers. Plenty of time will be allotted for questions, discussion, and joint brainstorming.

Session will be chaired by David A. Sherer of Purdue University Libraries.

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David Scherer (he/him)

Scholarly Communications and Research Curation Consultant, Carnegie Mellon University
David Scherer is the Scholarly Communications and Research Curation Consultant with the University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University. David develops and oversees the sustainable programmatic scholarly communication and research curation solutions, services, and workflows through supporting... Read More →
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Maliaca Oxnam

Technical Report Archive & Image Library Chair, University of Arizona
Maliaca Oxnam is a librarian in the Scholarly Publishing & Data Management Team of the University of Arizona Libraries. She serves as the Chair to the Technical Report Archive & Image library (TRAIL) formed with support from the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) and the Center... Read More →

Roberto Sarmiento

Head, Transportation Library, Northwestern University
Roberto A. Sarmiento is the current head of the Northwestern University Transportation Library. Previously, Roberto worked as the director of the Panama Canal Commission Technical Resources Center (library and special collection) and has been a consultant for US, Panamanian and Japanese... Read More →

Charles Watkinson

Director, Purdue University Press and Head of Scholarly Publishing Services, Purdue University
Charles Watkinson joined the staff of Purdue Libraries in September 2009. Previously he was Director of Publications at the American School of Classical Studies. In 2012 he was made head of a newly conceptualized libraries publishing division, with the discipline-focused "Purdue University... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2012 6:00pm - 6:45pm EST
Courtyard Marriott Cypress Ballroom South 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401