Friday, August 7 • 10:15am - 11:00am
Cultivating agency through vendor partnerships in community-owned solutions: Institutional Repositories and Resource Sharing

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(Access Password: joint2020) Despite increasing need for efficiency and widespread availability of technology, there seems to be less choice in the library marketplace, and libraries are finding themselves with much less leverage to secure the options they need. Consolidation among major library technology providers has put libraries in a position to choose: Do we buy it from a vendor, build it ourselves, or something in-between? Several recent community- owned solutions have emerged to address diminished choice in the marketplace and libraries’ growing desire for agency over their services. These initiatives often present opportunities to partner with vendors in unchartered territory of building something together. This work can be challenging but is essential if libraries are to remain in the driver-seat in negotiation, software functionality, and interoperability, empowering the community to select the most appropriate paths. After a quick introduction to each project, panelists Sebastian Hammer, IndexData (FOLIO and ReShare projects) and Kevin Kochanski, Notch8 (Hyku project) will join Kirsten and Jill to discuss aspects of library agency through vendor collaboration: what it looks like, why they support it, and its biggest challenges. Our goal is to share our passion for community-owned solutions with library attendees and motivate librarians to consider similar models for cultivating agency in their environments.

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Sebastian Hammer

President and co-Founder, Index Data
Co-founder of Index Data. Passionate about interoperable systems and collaborative software projects. I have worked with library technology for the better part of three decades.
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Kevin Kochanski

Client Liaison, Notch8
Notch8, a Ruby on Rails consultancy based in San Diego, has been an active developer in the Samvera community since 2016.  We've been privileged to partner with PALNI and PALCI on Hyku for Consortia, helping to bring their vision for a consortial repository to fruition while contributing... Read More →
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Kirsten Leonard

Executive Director, PALNI
Kirsten Leonard is the Executive Director of the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She oversees fourteen full and part-time staff and coordinators who are working to support innovation and collaboration. Kirsten holds an MLIS from Wayne... Read More →
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Jill Morris

Executive Director, PALCI
Jill Morris is the Executive Director of PALCI, the Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration & Innovation, a regional nonprofit library consortium made up of 74 academic and research libraries in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and West Virginia. For the past 12 years, Jill... Read More →

Friday August 7, 2020 10:15am - 11:00am EDT