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Jay Forrest

Jay Forrest

Data and Statistical Analysis Manager Librarian, Georgia Tech
Jay Forrest is the Data and Statistical Analysis Manager Librarian. Forrest serves as the subject liaison for the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, and to the Master of Science in Analytics programs. His service and scholarship focuses on collaborative preservation of the print scholarly record and on using analytical techniques to evaluate and improve library effectiveness. Forrest earned his A.B. from Duke University (Women's Studies|Comparative Area Studies), and holds master's degrees from Georgia State (Geography), Georgia Tech (City and Regional Planning; History and Sociology of Technology and Science), Florida State (Information Studies), and Kennesaw State (Software Engineering). His recent presentations include "Services for Shared Print Collections" (2018) and " Preserving Assets, Maximizing Investments: A Collaborative Model in Process-Focused Facility Design" (2016).

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Particularly in the humanities where the scholarly monograph is of critical importance, where and how books may be accessed by scholars is a sensitive issue. How should libraries be communicating with their communities about issues of access, convenience and responsiveness when it comes to the printed volumes that may take up so many valuable square feet of the library’s physical plant? Automation and offsite storage represent a wonderful benefit to institutions, but do researchers feel their needs have been slighted? How best to engage with the community on sensitive issues of preservation and best practice?

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