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Thursday, November 7 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Rompiendo Barreras: Reorganizing Technical & Digital Services in a Small Academic Library

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The Olin Library at Rollins College is a 2013 winner of the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. In May 2012, the library’s new Collections & Systems Department began reorganizing from being two separate units-- rethinking roles, workflows, and procedures. A small department with a wide range of responsibilities, C&S has 4 staff and 3 librarian positions, doing everything from acquisitions to systems to interlibrary loan. We’ll talk about how the department has focused on mutual respect as the basis for full collaboration in merging two departments, flattening the reporting structure, completely redefining some positions, streamlining workflows, literally breaking down walls, and establishing a highly flexible department that will adapt as resources change. We invite anyone interested in reorganizing technical and digital services-- especially but not only in small libraries-- to come and share your own ideas and experiences about making sure all the employees are leading change together. We’ll share what works for us, and in an open and informal discussion, we want to hear what works for you, and/or ideas you’d love to try.

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Jonathan Harwell

Head of Collections and Systems, Rollins College
Jonathan H. Harwell has previously served as guest editor and peer reviewer for Against the Grain. He is Head of Collections & Systems at Rollins College, and was previously a librarian at Georgia Southern University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Berry College. He... Read More →
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Sharon Williams

Acquisitions/Office Coordinator, Rollins College
Sharon P. Williams joined Rollins College seven years ago coming from a public library environment. It has been a great experience for her to work in an academic library and integrating what she learned in her previous position. She loves contributing to and working around young... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Drayton Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

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