Melanie Jolynn McGurr, UL Electronic Services
Michael J Monaco, UL Electronic Services
As chair, Melanie McGurr, and vice-chair, Michael Monaco, of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Catalog and Metadata Management Section’s Catalog Form and Function Interest Group, they organized the interest group session at ALA in New Orleans. Mike helped with some of the planning and the slides and Melanie moderated the session. The presentation topics included right-sizing collections and making changes to your Integrated Library System at the Naples Regional Library, adding archival finding aids to the catalog with Marc Edit, and how the Dallas Public Library uses Linked Data. More than 80 people attended the session.
We also presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries Technical Services Interest Group, also at ALA. Our presentation was titled “Even You Can Afford Affordable Learning!: Grace Under the Pressure of Open Educational Resources” and followed the Technical Services workflow challenges faced when dealing with Open Educational Resource textbook processing.
Melanie McGurr presented “So Much to Do and So Little Help: Migrating a Small Consortium,” with Demetria Patrick at the Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians (OVGTSL) 2018 Conference at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, on May 14.
Mike Monaco presented “Automating Authority Control,” also at the OVGTSL 2018 Conference on May 14th.
Frank Bove and Sean Kennedy presented “Changing Tides and Shifting Sands: Serials and Academic Libraries,” at the Spring meeting of the Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians on April 27th in Parma, Ohio.
Melanie McGurr, UL Electronic Services
Melanie McGurr has accepted a two-year appointment to serve on the American Library Association’s Publication Committee starting in July of 2018. The committee oversees publications coming out of ALA in all formats. More information can be found here:
She will also be teaching a two credit Honor’s colloquium in Fall semester. The course, A Cultural History of the British Country House, will concentrate on all aspects of the history of the Country House (architecture and art, politics, economics, and social class) from Tudor times to the present.
Quite impressive, Melanie!
On February 13, 2018, Susan Ashby, Frank Bove, Sean Kennedy, Mike Monaco, and David Prochazka presented “OhioLINK Material Type Implementation @ The University of Akron,” at the 2018 OhioLINK Summit in Columbus. They discussed why and how they implemented the material types, shared their lessons learned, and discussed how the material types are utilized in the OPAC, with tips for other libraries considering doing the same.
David Procházka | Music/Special Materials Cataloger
In December 2017, David Procházka completed an introduction for a new edition of Paul Dukas’ overture Polyeucte, to be published by Musikproduktion Höflich in Munich. Dukas is best known for composing The Sorcerers’ Apprentice. Polyeucte is an early work, based on Corneille’s play of the same title.
While the complete edition (score + intro) will only be available in print; the introduction itself will eventually appear on the publisher’s site.
Nicely done, David!
Susan DiRenzo Ashby
On Saturday, October 28th, Susan DiRenzo Ashby and Lori Fielding participated in the New-to-Libraries Network Resume Review Workshop held at the NEO-RLS Headquarters in Hudson. The workshop included a four-person panel session, a Q & A session, and a review of attendee’s resumes and/or CVs. Susan and Lori presented on the differences between a resume and CV, best practices for both, and tips and best practices for submitting online job applications.
Nice work, Susan and Lori!
On October 17, Mike Monaco presented a webinar for Northeast Ohio-Regional Library System (NEO-RLS), “If You Know More, You’ll Find More: A Cataloger’s Tips on Getting the Most from Your Catalog.”
Well done, Mike!
Gregg Harris and Mike Monaco gave presentations at the Innovative Users Group Ohio conference (IUG-OH) at the State Library of Ohio on September 22. Gregg presented “Utilizing Payment Data with Excel VBA,” with Luke Avsec (alum of The University of Akron). Mike presented “Enhancing Your Catalog with MarcEdit: Batch-Adding Subject Headings and an OhioLINK Refresh Project” with Paul Heyde of Case Western Reserve University.
Nice work, both of you!
On September 11-12, the University Libraries hosted the John F. Kline Jr. Memorial Map Cataloging Workshop. Joy Ramos and Valerie Jenkins attended the hands-on training as did 13 other catalogers from Ohio and five other states, with some coming from as far away as Montana and Alabama! It was taught by Paige G. Andrew, a recognized authority on map cataloging from Penn State University. The workshop was organized by Mike Monaco with invaluable assistance from Stephanie Everett, Melanie McGurr, David Prochazka, and Don Appleby.
What a thoughtful & educational tribute.