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Saturday, November 8 • 11:00am - 11:30am
The Importance of Being Lean: Using Lean Principles and Tools to Improve Acquisitions Workflows

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This presentation will demonstrate how the UNLV University Libraries Acquisitions team is using Lean principles to analyze and improve acquisitions processes for firm and approval print and electronic monographic workflows. Lean process improvement is a system of concepts and tools to help an organization provide high value and high quality to our users in an efficient manner. In this session, the presenters will provide a brief overview of lean principles and how this system can be adapted to a library setting. The presenters will then show working examples of Lean-specific tools, like a Value-Stream map, that helped improve the UNLV Libraries acquisitions process. The aim for this session is for attendees to learn some basic Lean principles and how they can utilize these tools at their own institution.

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John Novak

Collection Development Strategies Librarian, University of Maryland, College Park
John Novak is the head of the Scholarly Communication Initiatives department at UNLV. This department manages Digital Scholarship@UNLV, UNLV's institutional repository, and leads and supports UNLV Libraries scholarly communication and research service efforts. He has published articles... Read More →
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Richard Zwiercan

Art, Architecture & Design Librarian, University of Nevada Las Vegas
As of January 7, 2019, I started my position as the Art, Architecture & Design Librarian and oversee the Architecture Studies Library at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) -- University Libraries. I provide instruction and librarianship to the disciplines within the School... Read More →

Saturday November 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Calhoun Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403