Collection Development/Resource Sharing Conference (CDRS) March 26-27, 2009 in Tallahassee

Collection Development/Resource Sharing (CDRS) Conference, March 26-27, 2009
Florida State University Alumni Center; Tallahassee, Florida

Information about the CDRS conference is available online and below.
Call for Proposals
Florida State University and the Panhandle Library Access Network (PLAN) are co-sponsoring a two day event that is based on the Janus Challenges. The Steering Committee for the Collection Development/Resources Sharing Conference is accepting presentation proposals that address some aspect of the Janus Challenges.  Presentations may demonstrate projects that have been successfully implemented at a local level and have the potential to scale to multi-institutional and/or multi-type groups, or propose innovative new approaches to collection development practices and resource sharing. Panels Sessions, Project or Idea Sessions, Poster Sessions and the hosting of Roundtable Discussions will all be considered. The Call for Proposals closes on October 31, 2008.  The committee will notify applicants of the status of proposals no later than December 1, 2008. Please send inquiries and completed proposals to Roy Ziegler at:
Proposal Submission Criteria:

  1. Type of presentation (Panel Session, Project/Idea Session, Poster Session, Roundtable Discussion Leader)
  2. Presenter(s) contact information (name, job title, institution, mailing address, e-mail address, phone)
  3. Presentation title
  4. Program track (Recon, Procon, Core Collections, Licensing, Archiving, Scholarly Communications, multiple tracks, other)
  5. Brief program description (less than 75 words)
  6. Major learning outcomes (brief statement)
  7. Media requirements
  8. If proposal is accepted, a full program description (less than 500 words)

About the CDRS Conference
In January 2007 a Collection Planning Committee task force was charged by the deans and directors of Florida’s statewide Council of State University Libraries (CSUL) to explore challenges and opportunities for building library collections in the digital age based on the Janus Conference held at Cornell University in October of 2005.  At that conference Ross Atkinson presented the major components that were critical for academic libraries to have a sustainable future: 1) Coordinated retrospective conversion of print collections (Recon), 2) Acceleration of transition from print to  electronic collections (Procon), 3) Importance of defining and building core collections, 4) Expansion of library partnerships and redefinition of the library marketplace for the licensing of electronic resources, 5) Development of mechanisms to archive print and digital content and 6) Creation of an infrastructure for alternative channels for scholarly communication.* Currently there are six statewide CSUL task forces working on the Janus Challenges with the goal of enhancing our ability to develop and share collections, practices and ideas beyond our individual institutions.  The goal of the CDRS Conference is to expand this collaborative discussion to all academic institutions and research libraries within the State of Florida and the Southeast region. Individuals and groups from Florida and neighboring state universities, community colleges, and private institutions are encouraged to participate.
*For additional reading on the Janus Conference, refer to the following article by Ross Atkinson, “Six Key Challenges for the Future of Collection Development,”  Library Resources & Technical Services vol. 50 (4), p.244-251.