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LILRC 6th Annual Technical Services Open Forum

  • April 17, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Online Via Zoom


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The LILRC Resource Sharing and Management Committee invites you to join us for its 6th Annual Technical Services Open Forum.  These Open Forums strive to provide a place for those working in the Technical Services field to come together, hear about new initiatives others are working on, and pose questions to be answered by the collective wisdom of the entire group.  Please email your questions in advance to

The Open Forum has been changed to an online conference via Zoom.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This year’s program will feature presentations of creative commons resources, web content accessibility and video acquisition models.

Moderator: Sarah (Sally) Glasser, Serials and E-Resources Librarian, Hofstra University Library

A Crash Course in Creative Commons

Did you know that over 1 billion works have been licensed with the Creative Commons (CC) licenses?  Though widely adopted, these continually-updated, legally-enforceable tools continue to remain a mystery to librarians. Many librarians are unaware of the permissions afforded to them through the variety of CC licenses, and many are unaware of permissions afforded to users when authors choose to apply a CC license to their original work. By the end of this session, attendees will be able to understand how copyright and the CC licenses work in concert to protect author rights while communicating additional permissions to users, identify and interpret each of the six CC licenses, determine how CC-licensed materials may or may not be used without permission by users, and locate CC-licensed materials for reference or collection development purposes.

Presenter: Danielle S. Apfelbaum, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Farmingdale State College/Greenley Library

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT): What’s Voluntary about it? Adventures in Accessibility and How to Serve Your Entire Community

 Susan Lieberthal, Campus Head Librarian at Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman campus is part of the team assigned to ensure that the library’s databases meet current standards of accessibility.  If not, exception requests can be submitted to the EIT (Electronic and Information technology) committee in order to keep a good suite of databases available to Suffolk students.  How to manage these new requirements and new workflow is a challenge to the entire college as well as to the library with its multitude of databases.  Preparing for and providing this new level of accessibility is the focus of this talk.

Presenter: Susan Lieberthal, Campus Head Librarian, Suffolk County Community College/Ammerman Campus Library

Do the Right Thing: Sustainability, Values, and Streaming Video

The scholarly video ecosystem is complex, with acquisition models that often conflict with libraries’ institutional values, and may be unsustainable for libraries’ budgets. There is no one-size-fits-all model for video acquisitions, no one perfect platform or vendor.  Time-limited streaming licenses are convenient and less costly in the short term, but may conflict with libraries’ missions to build permanent collections.  With repeated licensing, over a number of years the library will spend more than an outright purchase would have cost. Many libraries find the financial model of patron-driven acquisition to be unsustainable.  Purchasing individual titles with life-of-file digital site licenses is economical but disrupts traditional workflows with additional steps (negotiation, purchase, download, upload to host, obtain caption file, etc.).  A library would not acquire all print materials from a single vendor, and cannot expect that for video.  Excellent content resides across an almost unlimited number of platforms.  This session will address how libraries can work with platforms and distributors to employ acquisition models that are in line with institutional values, and are sustainable for institutional budgets.

Presenter: Sarah E. McCleskey, Head of Resource and Collection Services, Hofstra University Library

A certificate for 3.5 Professional Development Hours (.35 CEU's) will be emailed after the workshop.

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