Creating Change at the
University of Utah
Rick Anderson
Interim Dean and University Librarian
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Ground Rules
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Humility
Patrons come first
Innovation is a means, not an end
No wasting time (not ours, not our patrons’)
 Death
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to zombie committees
Failure is okay, as long as it’s quick
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Changes/Drivers at the U of Utah
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Patron-driven Acquisition
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E-first
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Visceral hatred of waste
Desire to serve patrons better
Weak demand for P, strong demand for E
Desire to serve patrons everywhere, all the time
Espresso Book Machine
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Enormously expanded functional collection
New service possibilities
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Changes/Drivers at the U of Utah
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Hathi Trust Membership
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USpace
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Effectively doubles the size of our collection at very low cost
Seems like the fundamentally right direction to go
Move towards a more OA publishing environment
Showcase and safeguard UU scholarship
Shared print repositories
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Has to be done, but shouldn’t be unnecessarily duplicative
Frees up space
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Changes/Drivers at the U of Utah
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Books to “Remote” Storage
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Café
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No one wants the books; everyone wants the space
Seems like the fundamentally right direction to go
Not to keep students here—to serve them while here
24-hour Access During Finals
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Strong student demand
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Future Directions
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Data management
Publishing
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Ejournals
Book collaborations
Self-publishing
OA underwriting
Commercial partnerships
Entrepreneurship
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LaunchPad
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Getting Buy-in
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Eh.
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Getting Buy-in
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First of all: resign yourself to less-than-perfect
happiness
Get lots of input from all levels
Make a patron-centered decision
Explain it -- publicly and often
Work with managers and individuals to get
past (not necessarily resolve) concerns
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Discuss!
Rick Anderson
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J. Willard Marriott Library
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Creating Change at the University of Utah