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Collection Development Symposium

Session Descriptions

Wednesday, May 4

Negotiation Strategies to Empower You in Libraries and Life: A Hands-On Workshop | 10:45 am - 12:30 pm

Librarians negotiate salaries, workloads, vendor contracts, pricing, authorship, and more, yet few have opportunities to learn effective negotiation strategies. If you negotiate as part of your job or are interested in improving your skills in personal negotiation, you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to learn negotiation skills from an expert and experienced trainer.

In this highly interactive session, Katharine Macy, MBA, MLIS, will introduce you to best practices in negotiation strategies and guide you in practicing your new skills in library-based case study role-plays. You’ll become familiar with terminology and concepts used by negotiators in preparing for negotiations, and tactics to employ during negotiations. By the end of the session, you’ll have skills you can use to better advocate for your institution and yourself.


Katharine Macy, MBA, MLIS, is a collection assessment librarian at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis. She worked in the business and library worlds for over twenty years and published on, presented on, and led negotiation training. Most recently, she taught in the Negotiation 101 and 201 series offered by the ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) in 2021 and co-presented a workshop at Electronic Resources & Libraries 2020 on “Negotiate like an MBA: How to conduct principled negotiations for library resources.” She co-leads the SPARC Data Analysis Working Group and advises the SPARC Journal Negotiation Working Group.

Riding the Waves Together: A Librarian and Publisher Conversation | 3:30 - 4:15 pm

Librarians and publishers have the common goal of providing high-quality content to patrons amid the choppy waters of change. Pricing discussions, license negotiations, and other polarizing topics can obscure that goal. You are invited to take the “hot seat” and join a lively fishbowl conversation designed to help build trust between librarians and publishers, reclaim common ground, and turn our transactional relationships into partnerships.

By the end of the session, you’ll have gained an understanding of the perspective of those on the other side of the table and feel more comfortable building partnerships with them. This session is designed for all publishers and librarians interested in improving their communications and relationships.


Christian Patrick is the vice president of sales for EBSCO Information Services. He has more than twenty-eight years of experience working for and with health care organizations, including the last fifteen years at EBSCO and the previous four at Wolters Kluwer. He has spoken to audiences at more than thirty-four conferences in twenty countries, helping clinicians, nurses, and IT professionals understand the ways in which evidence-based medical information can impact patient care.


David Nygren is the vice president, product strategy for medical research at Wolters Kluwer Health. He has been immersed in academic publishing for twenty years in a variety of roles that have touched almost every facet of the publishing business. He has served as a member and steering committee member of MLA’s InSight Initiative, working with medical librarians and representatives from other publishers to solve some of the biggest challenges facing medical researchers and practitioners.

Marlene M. Bishop, MLIS, is the collection development head of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans Division of Libraries. She has over twenty-five years of experience in acquisitions and collection development and expertise in online resources, ebooks, licensing, and library budgets. She is a member of the LOUIS consortium of Louisiana public and private college and university libraries Library Network Electronic Resources Working Group and the South Central Academic Medical Libraries (SCAMeL) Collection Development Committee.

Vida Damijonaitis is the director of worldwide sales and sales development for the JAMA Network. She has more than twenty years of experience in consumer and scholarly publishing and has worked in marketing, sales, and licensing. She has led ongoing outreach efforts to the library community and has championed the development of the JAMA Network Library Advisory Board. 

Linné Girouard, MLIS, AHIP, has over thirty-five years of experience as a hospital librarian in the Houston Methodist Hospital System. She is responsible for all collection development and publisher relations for an eight-hospital system in a large academic medical center in Houston, TX.

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Thursday, May 5

DEI&A Initiatives & Challenges: Librarian and Publisher Lessons from the Frontlines | 10:30 - 11:50 am

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEI&A) are key guiding principles in today’s scholarly communication ecosystems. In this session, you’ll learn from a panel of librarians and publishers how their organizations define DEI&A and are realigning their publications, collections, and environments to better reflect these core values. You’ll gain insights into the successful initiatives implemented by society and association journals to address DEI&A challenges, discover how a consortium prioritizes and evaluates diverse system-wide resource purchasing, and learn how to improve accessibility of library collections and experiences. Come prepared to ask the panelists your pressing DEI&A questions.

Whatever your institutional role, you will be inspired to evaluate how your work aligns with your professional values and leave the session with concrete ideas for change.


Marlene M. Bishop, MLIS, is the collection development head of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans Division of Libraries. She has over twenty-five years of experience in acquisitions and collection development and expertise in online resources, ebooks, licensing, and library budgets. She is a member of the LOUIS consortium of Louisiana public and private college and university libraries Library Network Electronic Resources Working Group and the South Central Academic Medical Libraries (SCAMeL) Collection Development Committee.

Patrick Hannon is the director of editorial publishing operations, New England Journal of Medicine. He is responsible for managing the editorial workflows, disclosure process, and editorial submission system for one of the world’s leading medical journals. He has served on the Massachusetts Medical Society’s committee that addressed how NEJM Group’s publishing operations could better implement DEI initiatives.

Brenda M. Linares, MLIS, MBA, AHIP, is the School of Nursing librarian at the Dykes Library of the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is the MLA Board liaison to the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA), a member of JMLA’s Equity Work Group, and a former JMLA Editorial Board member. She has published and taught on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Laurie Phillips is the Interim Dean of libraries, at Loyola University in New Orleans. She has been a manager in acquisitions and collection development for more than fifteen years. Her areas of expertise include library administration, affordable learning, digital equity, and matching information resources with curricula.

Staying Ahead of the Future: Developing Your Library’s Collection Philosophy and Policy | 2 - 3:30 pm

As technologies advance, values transform, and audiences shift, your collection development philosophy and policy should change to keep pace with and even anticipate these developments. In this interactive session led by Montie’ Dobbins, you’ll learn how to be proactive in the face of change to best serve your users. You’ll explore trends in defining and building a twenty-first-century health sciences collection, understand the important difference between a collection philosophy and a collection policy, and learn about resources and best practices for writing policies and philosophies. Whether you are a novice or experienced collections librarian, you’ll leave the session with the knowledge, tools, and inspiration to write, review, or revise your institution’s collection philosophy and policy statements.


Montie’ Dobbins is the Assistant Director of Technical Services at the LSU Health Shreveport Medical Library. Montie’ began her medical library career in 2002 in collection development as a library associate for serials, at a time when titles were transitioning from print to electronic. Since that time, she has worked to deepen her knowledge about collection development through courses, boot camps, conferences, collaboration with peers, and everyday hands-on work.

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Friday, May 6

Think Like a Lawyer: A Socratic Seminar on Copyright Law | 10:30 - 11:50 am

Copyright law is full of gray areas that can make decision-making and advising daunting tasks for a librarian. In this first-of-its-kind annual conference session, Ford Miller, librarian, and lawyer will use a Socratic teaching approach to lead participants through a series of questions that will enable you to analyze the facts of copyright questions and make your own defensible decisions. He’ll engage you on the purpose and nuance of copyright law, fair use, library safe harbor provisions, and controlled digital lending.

This exceptional learning experience is designed for collection development, interlibrary loan, reference, instruction, and scholarly communication librarians, and anyone interested in the library’s role in US copyright law.


Paul S. “Ford” Miller, MFA, MLIS, JD, is a Loyola University New Orleans assistant professor and reference librarian with over fifteen years of teaching experience, including seven years as a full-time instructor of legal research and writing. He is a published legal scholar and was a lead participant in a 2016 conference on international copyright law, organized by the Doha, Qatar, branch of Weill School of Medicine, Cornell University.

From Selecting to Weeding: Getting “Hands-On” with Tools That Help Resources Become a Collection | 2 - 3:20 pm

Come get your hands on technologies that can improve your collection management processes! The session begins with librarian panelists speaking on the tools they use to improve efficiencies at different stages of the collection life cycle. A technology “petting zoo” will then be opened where you can interact, hands-on, with tools used in collection analytics, resource linking, discovery, weeding, and similar activities. Gather your most pressing questions for vendors in attendance, including Ex Libris and Third Iron.

By the end of the session, you’ll be able to describe key stages in the collection life cycle and identify essential tools for corresponding processes. If you are a health information professional interested in a deep dive into tools for collection assessment, linking, and discoverability, this session is for you!


Julia Esparza, MLS, AHIP, is the associate director of the Health Sciences Library and professor of the Department of Medical Library Science at Louisiana State University, Shreveport.


Rebecca Bealer, MLIS, is the head, serials/systems librarian at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans Library. She has more than twenty-five years of library experience. Her current responsibilities cover the majority of the serials life cycle, ranging from cataloging to link resolver and knowledge base maintenance to authentication configuration.

Jason Burton, MA, is the science collections librarian at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is responsible for collection development and management in the engineering, health, life, and physical sciences. In his lead role in the cross-departmental Collections Functional Team, he has trained liaison librarians in utilizing the new UC systemwide ILS, Alma, and its companion tool, Alma Analytics.

Connie Manning, MLIS, AHIP, is the health sciences librarian at Arkansas Colleges of Health Education, where she is the lead on electronic resources management and assessment and leads a transition of usage analytics from good old spreadsheets to Springshare’s LibInsights.

Sylvia McAphee, MLIS, is the metadata librarian for continuing resources and an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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