Seminar 3

Pre-Meeting Seminar
Thinking the Unthinkable, Or How to Prepare for a Platform Migration

Online publishing platforms are key to our overall business strategy, and publishers are seeking partnerships that meet business as well as content requirements. As the platform provider landscape continues to be marked by acquisition, consolidation, and new approaches, many of us find ourselves contemplating the once-unthinkable: what if we need to change platforms? Migration is a daunting undertaking, and it's wise to be cautious. But most of us will change platforms eventually. This seminar will break down the migration project into its constituent efforts. Publishers fresh off of recent migrations will highlight lessons-learned, and librarians will share what they wish we knew when changing platforms. Members of the vendor community will be available to field questions and offer tips. Join us for this highly interactive session to learn what practical, concrete steps you can take now--before you have to migrate--to be ready for the inevitable.


Allison Belan, Duke University Press
Allison C Belan is the Associate Director for Digital Strategy and Publishing Systems at Duke University Press. Allison works to align all aspects of the Press’s digital publishing strategy and operations to build a digital presence that connects scholars and thinkers to Duke University Press’s publications and that speeds our scholarship to the world. Twitter Handle - @acbelan


Karie Kirkpatrick, American Physiological Society
Karie Kirkpatrick is the Digital Publications Manager at the American Physiological Society in Bethesda, Maryland. Previous to her arrival at APS in 2014, she served in various production and technology roles at The MIT Press for 10 years. She holds a Certificate in Scholarly Publishing from Arizona State University and a M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.
Kristin E. Martin, University of Chicago Library
Kristin E. Martin is Director of Technical Services at the University of Chicago. She has eighteen years of experience working in libraries and archives, covering a wide range of technical services activities. She has had responsibility for acquisitions workflows and processes for e-resources, included overseeing access and availability of resources to library users, at both the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Angela Sidman, Yale University Library
Angela Sidman is the Director for E-Resources & Serials Management for Yale University Library. Angela’s department is responsible for the full content life cycle, from acquisitions through access to renewals, for all of Yale’s licensed online resources and a substantial collection of print serials.
Christine Stamison, NERL Consortium
Christine Stamison is the Director of the NorthEast Research Libraries Consortium (NERL), where her focus is the negotiation of favorable terms and conditions for electronic resources for a group of 30 core members and over 110 affiliate member libraries. The core members of NERL are some of the most research-intensive libraries in the US and globally. In this position, she works daily with vendors to resolve all matters relating to licensing, access and any other issue that may arise. Previously Christine worked at Swets Information Services as the National Sales Manager for North America and as the Director of Customer Relations.
Kristen Twardowski, Duke University Press
Kristen Twardowski is the Library Sales Coordinator at Duke University Press, where she works with consortia, renewals, metadata, and e-resources. Before joining the publishing industry, she held positions at Oberlin College Libraries and Purdue University Libraries