Equity and Access in the Age of COVID-19: How Academic Libraries Can Build a Better Digital Content Strategy

Sponsored by BibliU
Recorded on 10/01/2020

Posted in Collection Development and Management


As colleges and universities continue to grapple with the implications of reopening and the need for more effective remote learning, what will the “new normal” look like for academic libraries? How is the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating existing trends, and what new imperatives has it created for librarians? This panel will bring together librarians, institutional leaders, analysts, and technology developers to discuss the changing role of libraries in an unprecedented and uncertain time, against the backdrop of ongoing digital transformation across the higher education landscape. 


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    Valerie Nye

    Library DirectorSanta Fe Community College

    Valerie Nye is the Library Director at Santa Fe Community College and has worked in academic libraries for more than 15 years. She is the editor of the newly published book, Intellectual Freedom Stories: From a Shifting Landscape (ALA, 2020) and is currently serving as secretary on the Amigos Library Services board. Valerie holds a BA in English from Cornell College and MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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    James Wiley

    Principal AnalystEduventures

    James has just under 20 years of education technology experience. Prior to joining, James was Executive Vice President of Enterprise Services at the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology (CELT). James lead efforts to develop a network infrastructure redesign project for a Texas school district rollout of instructional tablets and to develop a statewide information security management system for over 400 school districts for the Massachusetts Department of Education. Before CELT, James successfully designed and managed over 15 large-scale education technology engagements, including the New York State Education Portal, the Rhode Island Department of Education Statewide Longitudinal Data System, and the Hawaii Enterprise Application Integration Solution projects. James has a wealth of experience in education technology and helping all stakeholders understand the steps required to successfully implement and manage enterprise systems. At Eduventures, James focuses on helping stakeholders understand the success criteria for technology and on ensuring alignment between their technology applications and organizational goals. James lives in Providence, Rhode Island and holds an MA and a BA in Classics from Cambridge University, a Certificat d’Enseignant in Sociology from L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and a BA in Philosophy, Greek and Latin from Lehman College, The City University of New York.

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    Lindsay McKenzie

    Technology ReporterInside Higher Ed

    Lindsay McKenzie is a technology reporter for Inside Higher Ed, where she covers all things technology, higher education and science-related. Before joining Inside Higher Ed, Lindsay was a researcher at The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU) and a breaking news reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education. She has an M.A. in Science Journalism from City, University of London.

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    Dave Sherwood

    CEO and Co-FounderBibliU

    Dave Sherwood is the CEO and Co-Founder of BibliU. First as an undergraduate in Western Australia, and then as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Dave had a pressing question: why are textbooks so expensive and unintuitive? Co-founding BibliU six years ago, Dave and his team have since signed over 2000 academic publishers and 140 universities across the globe with this simple message: when it comes to learning, there has to be a better, more affordable, and more accessible way of doing things.