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Beyond the SEA: July 17, 2013 – HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative: What’s the Buzz?

Posted by on June 14th, 2013 Posted in: All Posts

July 17, 2013

Time: Noon to 1:00PM (EDT)

Presenter: Robert T. Mackes, Executive Director, The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey
Robb is the Executive Director of the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ), and has been project manager for the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative (GLI) since 2010. Robb holds a Masters Degree in Library Science from Kutztown University, Pennsylvania, is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals, and has been a medical librarian in New Jersey and Delaware for 20 years. Prior to managing the HSLANJ GLI, he was project manager for the Delaware Medical Information Resources Alliance, an initiative of the Delaware Academy of Medicine, and managed several health sciences libraries in hospitals in New Jersey. Robb has been involved in HSLANJ, MLA, Hospital Libraries Section, and the NYNJ and Philadelphia Chapters for many years. Later this year, HSLANJ has plans to exhibit at both MACMLA (Pittsburgh, PA) and Southern Chapter MLA (Ridgeland, MS). Among Robb’s achievements are the Medical Library Association’s Thomson Reuters Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award, the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey Librarian of the Year, and the Hospital Libraries Section Leadership Award.

HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative: What’s the Buzz?
With support from the National Network of Libraries – Southeastern Atlantic Region (SE/A), HSLANJ is conducting a group licensing pilot within the region ending in April2014. HSLANJ has a tradition and is a strong leader in group licensing of electronic resources strictly for hospital libraries mostly in the mid-Atlantic area; with SE/A support it is anticipated that HSLANJ will fill an important niche for hospital libraries throughout our region. For over 11 years, it has been providing access to high quality, knowledge-based resources, saving hospital libraries between 10% and 90% compared to the cost of licensing the same resources on their own. During these tight economic times, many libraries are seeing flat budgets, at best, or more likely, rapidly shrinking budgets, while librarians are being tasked with maintaining the same level of service as they did in prior years. The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative strives to help the librarian make the right purchasing choices for their hospitals, at a more affordable price.

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