Welcome to the 2018 NC Serials Conference!
It's our 27th North Carolina Serials Conference! Hosted by North Carolina Central University's School of Library and Information Sciences, the conference will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, NC. We are again offering the popular one-day conference format and the even more popular low registration fee (free for library school students).
Our 2018 conference theme is Blazing a New Path: Diversity, Collaboration, and Innovation. Libraries strive to offer users the widest possible array of content to meet their information needs, but face many challenges in doing so. In the face of external constraints, such as budget cuts and reduced staffing, the complexities of scholarly publishing, and constantly shifting patron needs, innovation in the face of change has become a necessary tool for survival. Please join us for a day of discussion around how we've collaborated across traditional organizational boundaries to find new ways to get things done, how we've expanded conversations to include people and ideas outside of traditional norms to improve services and workflows, how we've worked to expand the diversity of the staff at our organizations, and ways we've re-scoped our collections and/or workflows to acknowledge the diversity of our user populations to better serve their needs.
Christine Fischer, Megan Kilb, and Virginia Martin
Co-chairs, NC Serials Conference Planning Committee
The North Carolina Serials Conference provides the opportunity for library professionals, staff, and students to share best practices and innovative ideas, hear from leaders in the field, meet with publishers and vendors, and explore trends, issues, and the future of continuing resources and scholarly communications. We work with print and electronic resources, whether purchased, subscribed, or offered through demand-driven acquisitions programs. Those resources may be journals or other serials publications, e-books, data, or streaming media. Assessment based upon usage statistics, altmetrics, and other measures help inform our collection decisions, and we use a variety of tools to collect and analyze that data to address our budget challenges. Negotiating licensing terms, providing proper access through catalogs and discovery tools, marketing our resources and services, considering the end user experience, and providing staff training are areas of focus that demand our attention. This conference offers a chance for us to find solutions and look at new possibilities — join us in that conversation!
Special Thanks to Our Platinum Sponsors
The NCSC is made possible by generous support from our sponsors.
About the Friday Center
The conference will be held at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. The Friday Center offers state-of-the-art teaching facilities in a comfortable and attractive environment conducive to learning. Services available at The Friday Center include a message desk at 919-962-3000, a gift shop, lounge areas, and a walking trail. Smoking is prohibited in the building and within 100 feet of the exterior. Parking at The Friday Center is free for program participants and public bus service is available. A map is available.