“Proving our worth: Evidence and Data in Acquisitions” – Programme information

 6th -7th November, The Hilton Hotel, Leeds

This year #NAG17 returns to the North of England and focuses on the essential topic of proving our worth in these times of austerity.  Prices have been frozen from 2016 at £375 for NAG Members until 1st September 2017. Online booking form is available here

As usual, we have a combination of papers and workshops aimed at librarians from all sectors.  Our speakers include:

Ian Anstice (Public Libraries News) Ian-Profile-Photo-Small-212x300
“An aquarium without fish? The importance of stuff.”
A public library without properly selected and sufficient stock is like one of those pictures of Soviet-era shops with tins sparsely placed on shelves. Not very appetising. The talk looks at issues around bookfunds (and everything-else-funds) over the last few years and stresses the importance of the right title to the right person at the right time.

Chloe Dobson, (Collection Development Librarian at the University of Sussex) and Diana Massam, (project manager for Copac Collection Management Tools at Jisc).
“Using benchmarking data to manage collections: Copac Collection Management Tools in practice.”
“If you are interested in finding out about how benchmarking collections data can help you to manage your collections and acquisitions, then this session is for you. Copac Collection Management Tools offer a range of benefits which can transform your collection management projects and workflows: providing help with difficult decision making and highlighting the strengths of your collections.  We will begin with an overview of the Copac Collection Management Tools, their development as a service designed and tested by practitioners, functionality and outline use cases and benefits. Following this, will be a case study demonstrating how the CCM Tools have transformed stock management processes at the University of Sussex and most importantly reduced the pain of essential stock reviews!”

Rachel Kirkwood, (Collection Development Manager, Joule Library, The University of Manchester Library)
“Just Academic Questions? Building up discipline profiles and digging down into the repository.”
The basic premise of collection development at the University of Manchester Library is that knowledge of the various disciplines is crucial to inform collection development, but in the absence of human, specialist domain knowledge, a variety of data sources can be channeled and combined to drive tightly aligned yet dynamically flexible acquisition of resources.

The paper will present details of the progress made so far and the specific applications we are making to harness the potential of data to link purchasing with the scholarly activities of university. The focus will be on two areas: (1) Discipline profiling in the School of Law has prompted us to ask different questions of data, identify a variety of sources, and explore how best to combine and present these – using Excel spreadsheets and Tableau visualization software. (2) The Library’s close involvement with the management of our institutional repository, and subsequently a Current Research Information System [PURE], has positioned us ideally to exploit those systems in innovative ways.

Karen Colbron, (Digital Content Manager, Jisc)
“National Monograph Solutions: Investigating the problems landscape and innovative access solutions to monographs in a digital form.”
As part of the National Monograph Solutions project, Jisc has been working with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to investigate access barriers to academic books currently unavailable as e-books according to institutions’ requirements. Based on the 2016 ‘Digital Access Solutions’ report and further engagement with key stakeholders and publishers, this session will discuss access and workflow issues faced by libraries as they work towards securing academic e-books in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

Diane McCourt, (Royal College of Nursing)
“Everything we do is driven by you… Patron Driven Acquisition capturing real-time customer input into the digital collection at the Royal College of Nursing.”
“Whilst Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) is not a new product, what makes this case study special is the unique nature of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). Our UK-wide members use us to support their professional development, and range from students to retired, and from those in regular practice to Professors and Fellows.  How do we know what our membership need? How do we gather evidence to show we are meeting our member needs?    How do we respond to what the data is telling us? How can we use the data to inform our purchasing decisions? How do we shift from ‘just in case’ purchasing to ‘just in time’?  How does this enhance the professional role of specialist Librarian?

This session will show how this pilot gave us direct membership input to our purchasing decisions, but will also demonstrate the need for specialist Librarian input into PDA to ensure expert title list selections are fit for purpose. It will explore what’s next in using the evidence that it enables us to gather.  Can PDA usage analytics identify areas of the country where we are not reaching our membership? This session will develop further understanding of the role of PDA in providing customer led services within the diverse library sector.”


Other papers include “Use of evidence and data to improve acquisitions for Junior Non Fiction collections and enhance user experience” (Liam Dixon, Surrey Libraries) Andy Ryan from Stellar Libraries, and a presentation from Innovation Fund winner Jonathan Ebbs from Manchester Libraries as well as our usual popular student panel.

We will be opening submissions for the annual NAG Award 2017 shortly which is kindly sponsored again by Nielsen Book.  This award will be presented at Conference and the 2016 winners from the University of Kent will also be presenting on their Digital Libraries in Europe project.

This year for the first time, we are offering a hands-on workshop focused around e-book accessibility with Victoria Dobson, Gopal Dutta and Susan Smith, (Leeds Beckett University & Manchester Metropolitan University) from the national eBook Accessibility Audit team.  A key theme will be the importance of accessibility as a factor in eBook procurement. The workshop will give an overview of the eBook Accessibility Audit project and a demonstration of the simple survey tool used for evaluating eBook accessibility. There will be a practical activity giving delegates the opportunity to try this out for themselves, followed by feedback and discussion.  As with all workshops, this will run on both days to give the maximum number of delegates the opportunity to attend.

Further workshop choices include “Tales of the unexpected outcome: How an eBook pilot became so much more” with Paul Howell from Middlesex University.  This workshop will discuss the opportunities and challenges the Middlesex University eTextbook scheme has presented to the library as well as looking at possible future developments. The session will touch on the establishment of the scheme but will look beyond the initial aims to cover its impact on acquisition and reading list workflows using accurate module information and student numbers. Whilst Paul will discuss that such schemes are not a “magic bullet” to perennial problems of module, module leader information and up to date reading lists, they do offer opportunities for increased involvement in decision making with the academic on course texts and structuring reading lists to improve and enhance student experiences.

Take advantage of early bird booking until 1st September 2017 here!