Demystifying Library Resources and Expenditures: Faculty Discussion Series

The libraries launched a series of webinars over the spring semester that explored key library collection issues that impact research and study at Vanderbilt. The acquisition of library resources for scholarship and teaching known as “collection development” is a complicated process that strikes a balance between access and ownership. Factors, such as price, budget, availability and licensing, increasingly impact the libraries’ abilities to provide the most relevant and useful set of resources for our campus community. We seek creative solutions, focus on broad and deep access to information and resources, as well as open scholarship. The six-part program explored traditional collecting methods along with newer models designed to meet emerging needs in the wake of the pandemic.

The recordings are available online.  A VUnet ID and password is required for access to all of the recordings except for session six.

Recorded sessions include:

  1. Understanding Library Subscriptions and their Impact on the Collections Budget*
  2. Providing Scholarly Resources to the Vanderbilt Community*
  3. Explore Alternatives to Traditional Subscription-Based Access Models
  4. Providing Broader Access to Library Resources– Embracing Creative Opportunities*
  5. Text and Data Mining (TDM) Scholarly Resources – a Library Collections Perspective*
  6. Collecting Distinctive Collection