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MSU Libraries eResources & Emerging Technologies Summit

Responsive web design, marketing, perpetual access, social media, troubleshooting, mobile resources and more will take center stage during the two-day annual Mississippi State University (MSU) Libraries eResource and Emerging Technologies Summit (LEETS) later this summer.

According to summit co-chair Mary Ann Jones, the MSU Libraries is dedicated to hosting top quality conference opportunities for academic libraries. The Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Electronic Resources said that for more than a decade the MSU Libraries hosted the MidSouth eResource Symposium and was highly regarded as a low-cost, regional continuing education event. The Libraries then launched a conference focused on the applications of new technologies in libraries with the Emerging Technologies Summit. In 2012, the two conferences were merged into the two-day LEETS event.

The new combined summit allows attendees greater access to nationally known speakers and adaptable ideas they can "steal" from peer institutions that are having success in various areas of eResources and emerging technologies, added co-chair Karen Davidson, an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Serials. Registration for the August 1st and 2nd conference will open in June.

Kicking off this year's summit will be one of Library Journal's 2013 Movers & Shakers, Matthew Reidsma from Grand Valley State University. The website designer and librarian was one of the first advocates for responsive web design, according to co-chair Pattye Archer, Coordinator of the Instructional Media Center.

"We are excited to have Matthew Reidsma as our keynote," Archer said. "Colleagues say he has a 'practical, human-centered approach to web development.' Matthew's philosophy is design should be about meeting the specific needs of your audience. Here at the MSU Libraries, we could not agree more."

Other featured speakers include Marie Kennedy from Loyola Marymount University, who will speak about how to market electronic resources by identifying best practices on how to implement a marketing plan for your library;  Chris Bulock from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, who will present on challenges to perpetual access and strategies for working through those challenges to maintain accurate access to lapsed subscriptions; and Nathan Hosburgh from Montana State University, who will describe how his library approaches troubleshooting access while focused on the user. 

Mary Ann Jones also commented about the eResources line up of speakers, "We are excited to invite these three eResources speakers to MSU to help our attendees gain practical, everyday methods of managing eResources.  We hope our attendees find new ideas to take back to their libraries and implement."

For more information on the summit and this year's speakers visit The co-chairs agree that this year's summit is shaping up to be a great event, one they believe will draw attendees from across the southeast.

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