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Thursday, November 6 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Staring into the Whale’s Mouth: Large-Scale Journal Deaccession at a Small University

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Join staff from the Siena Heights University Library, a small, Catholic, liberal arts university in rural Southeast Michigan, for a lively discussion of a serious subject: bound and microform journal deaccession. Speakers will include both librarian and paraprofessional staff for a multi-faceted view of the organizational, historical, operational, and emotional concerns involved in a large-scale journal deaccession project. Participants will gain an understanding of how a large journal deaccession project may be managed, from initial conception to getting it done. The presenters will help participants think about the timeframe needed to plan and complete a project, which staff should be involved, steps necessary to complete the project, how to talk about the project internally and with stakeholders, potential pitfalls, and how to deal with problems as they arise…as they invariably will!


Renee Bracey

Circulation Coordinator, Siena Heights University
My name is Renee and I am the coordinator of all services in the library from reserving space to supervising student workers. | I have worked for the SHU library for 11 years and have worked for three years on repurposing the library into more space for students to use electronic devices and have a relaxed study area. In order to obtain that goal, we have weeded our book collection and migrated from print journals to online journals and... Read More →
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Jennifer Dean

Director of Library, Siena Heights University
I am currently the library director at Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI. My past lives include work in collection development, interlibrary loan, and music in academic libraries, as well as director positions in both a public library and a library cooperative. I play the bassoon, I'm a PhD student studying Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education at Michigan State University, and I love dogs. I'd love to talk with you about leadership, and the... Read More →

Peggy Hlavka

Serial Services Coordinator, Siena Heights University
I have been employed at SHU for 4 years. As serial service coordinator, I work with online and print periodicals, databases, MelCat, (interlibrary loan system) and many small tasks. The last three years I have been busy downsizing the bound periodicals and microform collections. SHU is a growing university and the need for more study space and online resources has been a top priority. Now, for the fun things about me. I am a wife, mother and... Read More →

Thursday November 6, 2014 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Parkview Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403