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On Friday, August 8, 2008, Mitchell Memorial Library on the campus of Mississippi State University hosted librarians and library staff members from eight states across the Southeast for its 8th Annual MidSouth E-Resource Symposium, formerly known as the NASIG E-Resource Workshop.

Jane Burke, Vice President and General Manager of Serials Solutions, was keynote speaker for this year's Symposium, themed "Play Your Cards Right!" Burke's presentation, “The OPAC is Dead: Managing the Virtual Library," discussed some controversial ideas, including putting an end to serial check-in and bibliographic instruction. She fired up the audience as she talked about trends in access and management of library e-resources.

Dan Tonkery, Vice President of Business Development, EBSCO Information Services, shared his 40 years' experience in the information field with his presentation “Publishers, Agents, Users and Libraries: Coming of Age in the E-World.”

Maria Collins, Associate Head of Acquisitions, North Carolina State University Libraries, returned to her old stomping grounds at MSU and presented “Evolving Serials Workflows: Knowing When to Hold ‘em, When to Fold ‘em.” She carried the audience through four phases of e-resources workflow, enhancing her presentation with pictures of her children.

Emily Alford, Reference & Technology Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries, gave an exciting visual presentation, “Promoting & Marketing E-Resources.” Emily made available samples of marketing aids – bookmarks, magnets, pencils, etc. – after her talk.

For more information about Mississippi State University Libraries’ 8th Annual MidSouth E-Resource Symposium, please visit the website at: where podcasts and PowerPoint slides of the presentations will soon be available.

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