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Sustainable collection development webinar

High-quality content, success metrics, and stakeholder engagement

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What is a collection and what does it do?

During what promises to be a uniquely insightful webinar, Professor David Baker, Dr. Lucy Ellis, and Gwen Evans, VP Global Library Relations at Elsevier, will help librarians expand their knowledge of collections and stakeholder management skills.

Tuesday 23rd July, 10:00AM IST / 12:30PM SGT / 02:30PM AEST


Join (l-r) Prof. David Baker, Dr. Lucy Ellis and Gwen Evans on 23rd July.

A practical guide to sustainable collection development

Over the course of an hour, our expert speakers will guide librarians through a wide-ranging discussion covering:

  • What goes into making high-quality content?

  • What are the metrics for judging the success of a collection?

  • Plus, librarians will learn practical strategies (like stakeholder-mapping) to effectively communicate the value of collections to your community

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of ScienceDirect, don't miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to expand your knowledge of collections and enhance your stakeholder management skills as a librarian.

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Professor David Baker

David Baker has over 30 years’ experience in higher education, including as Principal and Chief Executive of Plymouth Marjon University, and as Deputy Chair of the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (Jisc).

He has written widely in the field of library and information management with 20 monographs and over 100 articles to his credit. He has spoken at numerous conferences, led workshops and seminars and has undertaken consultancy work in most countries in the European Union, along with work in Ethiopia, Kuwait, Nigeria, South Africa and the Sudan, and has led a number of large technology-based projects in the LIS sector, both in relation to digital and hybrid library development and content creation for teaching and learning.


Professor David Baker

Dr Lucy Ellis

Dr Lucy Ellis is an Associate of David Baker Consulting and Honorary Research Fellow at Exeter University. She is currently working as a consultant with a number of HE and FE institutions to transform their governance, research and scholarly activity. Along with David Baker she is Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier Major Reference Work Encyclopedia of Libraries, Librarianship and Information Science and Series Editor for two book series dealing with information structures in HE. Her background is as a lecturer, research scientist and project development consultant. Following a PhD in Instrumental Phonetics in 2000 she was a senior lecturer at Plymouth Marjon University. She is a reviewer for Information and Learning Sciences (Emerald), Journal of British Institute of Organ Studies, British Academy grants scheme and the publisher Palgrave.


Dr Lucy Ellis

Gwen Evans

Gwen Evans, VP of Global Library Relations at Elsevier, has an extensive background in libraries. Former Executive Director of the library consortium OhioLINK, she was also an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Library Information Technologies at Bowling Green State University. Her role at Elsevier is the liaison between the library community and executive leadership at Elsevier, and she leads a team of two librarian VPs in North America (Emily Singley) and Europe (Dr. Charlotte Wien) who also convey the concerns and needs of the library community to the company and connect librarians with relevant units such as product development. Writings include a white paper with Roger Schonfeld of Ithaka S+R entitled “It's Not What Libraries Hold; It's Who Libraries Serve: Seeking a User-Centered Future for Academic Libraries” and “Creating Diversity in Libraries: Management Perspectives” in Library Leadership and Management with Mihoko Hosoi and Nancy S. Kirkpatrick. Recent presentations, panels and workshops include topics on DEIA, Research Integrity, AI, and cybersecurity preparedness at Researcher2Reader, Fiesole Retreat, Charleston and ACRL Choice webinars. Evans is a board member of CLOCKSS and the Friends of the National Library of Medicine and a member of the University Relations Working Group for the Scholarly Networks Security Initiative.


Gwen Evans