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October 11, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
George Mason University
The Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel
4352 Mason Pond Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

e-Books: Lifecycle Management and Workflows

Registration Deadline: October 4, 2013

Speakers and Vendor Panelists Meeting Schedule
PTPL Advisory Board - Slate of Candidates 2013/14 Term
Travel Information (directions, hotels)
2013 Annual Meeting Registration Packet (PDF)



Joyce Tenney
Associate Director, Head of Serials & Access Services
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

  Joyce Tenney is an Associate Director at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She has been at UMBC since 1975 in varying capacities. Currently, she is responsible for Serials, Access Services and various e-resource functions including pricing negotiations and licensing. She attended UMBC for her undergraduate degree in Ancient Studies, and University of Maryland, College Park for her master’s degree in library science. She has been active in NASIG since the beginning of the organization and is currently NASIG President.


Barbara Anderson
Head, Metadata and Discovery
Virginia Commonwealth University

Barbara Anderson completed her MLS degree from University of Iowa in 1974, and since then has worked as a children’s librarian, an interlibrary cooperation consultant, an assistant head of a regional library system, a manager of a library mail room, and a circulation department. She has (very happily) been a catalog librarian since 1982.

For the past 30 years she has had the good fortune to lead the Virginia Commonwealth University Cataloging Department in their migration from ALIS to NOTIS to Aleph to Alma; from mainly manual to predominantly automated cataloging processes; from dedicated, scheduled OCLC terminals and one shared PC for the whole department to desktops and laptops and dual monitors for everyone; from books and LPs and filmstrips to streaming audio and video and e-books. She arrived on the scene as catalogers were adjusting to AACR2, and now, along with her staff, she is making her peace with RDA. In April, VCU’s Cataloging Department merged with the Serials Unit of its Acquisitions Department to form the Metadata and Discovery Department presenting new challenges and opportunities for cross-training and simplifying workflows for managing electronic resources.


Elizabeth Kupke
Head, Electronic Resources & Serials
Georgetown University

Liz Kupke has been managing electronic resources and serials at Georgetown University since 2012. Prior to her work at Georgetown, she has held positions at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Maryland Department of Legislative Services. During her library career, Liz has focused on improving workflows related to the efficient management of electronic resources. And building on this, how best these workflows contribute to providing seamless access to users. This has ranged from looking at effective methods in acquisition, improving discoverability, cataloging resources, and tracking usage statistics. Liz is always working to make sense of the ever-evolving eccentricities of ERM workflows, and aims to educate others on how various systems can work for you, not against you.


Tiffany Wilson
Electronic Resources & Non-Print Materials Cataloger
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Tiffany Wilson is the Electronic Resources and Non-print Media Cataloger at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has an MLIS from the University of Rhode Island, a Master’s degree in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been cataloging e-books and media since 2006, and has worked in electronic publishing on and off since 2002. She has been working with DDA programs for the past two years.

Vendor Panelists


Robert Boissy

Bob Boissy has spent the last 10 years in a variety of sales and marketing jobs for Springer, and the 15 years before that working in technical support and data exchange operations for a subscription agent. Bob is former Chair of the International Committee for EDI for Serials, and Past President of NASIG. Current work includes carefully monitoring usage of electronic resources for academic clients in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region, and working on methods to bring about better visibility and discovery of those resources. He holds a BA from Middlebury College, an MLS from SUNY Albany, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Transfer from Syracuse University.


Jason Philips

Jason Phillips is Director, Institutional Participation & Strategic Partnerships for ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization that helps the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. In his role, Jason is responsible for building partnerships between ITHAKA and the library and scholarly community. ITHAKA provides several services to the academic community, including JSTOR, Portico, and ITHAKA S&R.
A native of the New York City area, Jason earned a B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an M.B.A. from American University’s Kogod School of Business.

Jason has spoken at conferences around the world on issues related to scholarly publishing, extending access to content important to scholarly work, and the effect of technology on teaching and learning.


Melanie Schaffner
Project Muse

Melanie Schaffner has been with Project MUSE® since 1996, currently serving as Director, Sales and Marketing. Her primary responsibilities include managing global sales and outreach activities, developing business models and a comprehensive marketing strategy for MUSE’s various product lines, contributing to product development plans, and overseeing MUSE’s presence at a variety of library, scholarly, and publishing meetings worldwide. Managed by the Johns Hopkins University Press, in collaboration with the participating publishers and JHU’s Sheridan Libraries, Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community. MUSE is the trusted source of complete, full-text versions of more than 500 scholarly journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, and its UPCC Book Collections offer well over 20,000 titles from nearly 100 distinguished not-for-profit publishers.


Mark Hyer
ProQuest e-brary

Mark Hyer is Director of North American Ebooks with ProQuest.  Mark oversees the E-book sales programs covering all markets in North America including higher education.  Since 1993, Mark held various sales and management positions within the organization including publishing, product management, and sales.  Mark is currently managing the team that delights customers with the innovative ebrary and EBL models including Demand Driven Access with Short Term Loans, ebrary subscriptions, and Consortia DDA.

Meeting Schedule

Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:00-10:10   Welcome and Introduction
       Joyce Tenney, Associate Director, Head of Serials & Access Services, UMBC
10:00-10:50   Barbara Anderson, Head of Metadata & Discovery, Virginia Commonwealth University
    "In the Beginning... (there was netLibrary)"
10:50-11:00   Q&A
11:00-11:50   Elizabeth Kupke, Head of Electronic Resources & Serials, Georgetown University

  "Improved Workflows for the Management, Accessibility, and Discovery of E-Books"
  Business Meeting
01:30-02:20   Tiffany Wilson, Electronic Resources & Non-Print Materials Cataloger, UMBC

  "Demand-Driven Access: Shifting into Gear, Avoiding Roadblocks, and Keeping Traffic Moving"
02:20-02:30   Q&A
02:30-02:45   Break (Refreshments)
02:45-03:00   Historical Moment
03:00-04:00   Vendor Panel w/ Q&A
04:00-04:10   Passing the Gavel / Wrap-Up

PTPL Advisory Board
Slate of Candidates for 2013/2014 Term

Executive Committee
  Vice-Chair/Chair Elect   Secretary
Linda Geisler
Library of Congress
  Mark Winek
Georgetown University
  Sue Neilson
American University, Emerita

Regional Representatives
  District of Columbia
  Maryland   Virginia  
      Polly Khater
Smithsonian Libraries
      Mark Hemhauser
University of Maryland-College Park
      Amy O'Connor
University of Richmond

(** Indicates one-year term)      

Travel & Hotel Information

The Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel is located on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.  Please visit their webpage for information on accommodations and travel information.  PTPL has reserved a small block of rooms at The Mason Inn.  To reserve, please contact Jose Gonzalez (, 703-865-4279) or Kasey Roach (, 703-865-4586) by September 18, 2013.

The free GMU-operated shuttle runs every 30 minutes from the Vienna Metro station.  You can catch the shuttle on the North side of the station at the bus shelter farthest to the left.  The ride varies from 20-30 minutes depending on traffic.  Shuttle service begins at 6:30am.  The Mason Inn is the final stop.  Free parking is also available in several lots adjaced to the Inn.
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