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Friday, May 27 • 8:30am - 10:30am
Don't stop believin'...the LOCR journey

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What happens when one institution develops a complex IT application specifically built for their campus community, and a second, very different institution implements the same system? This session outlines the successes and failures experienced by the U of T Libraries staff in implementing UBC’s LOCR e-reserves application, an open-source alternative to existing library reserve services software currently on the market.

This is a story of a complex project implementation: U of T’s experience with LOCR is a case study in the management of a major open-source IT project. Alongside general insights on complex IT project management in academic libraries, the session will discuss strategies for managing the ups and downs of applications and copyright training for staff, decentralized workflows, backend programming issues, as well as the challenges of marketing this whole new world of e-reserves to instructors and students. The invaluable perspectives of LOCR creators at UBC and other institutions using different e-reserves systems will also be included in this session.

This session will be of interest not only to attendees considering the adoption of an electronic reserves application, but also to anyone who is thinking about executing a major project.

Learning Objectives: 


  • Development of the project management skills needed to execute complex projects at home institutions
  • Understanding of alternative e-reserve applications available and implementation process. Discussion of copyright training necessary for staff will also be included.
  • Appreciation of the advantages and disadvantages of adopting an open-source solution
  • The importance of marketing and outreach in introducing new systems to internal stakeholders and collaborators



Stephanie Orfano

University of Toronto
Stephanie is a Copyright Outreach Librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries’ Scholarly Communication and Copyright Office (SCCO). Stephanie and Graeme collaborate with faculty, staff and students on issues related to copyright, licensing and permissions, and the many paths... Read More →
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Graeme Slaght

Copyright Outreach Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries

Friday May 27, 2016 8:30am - 10:30am
Imperial Ballroom

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