OhioLINK Summit 2018

Organizers just posted the official announcement for OhioLINK Summit 2018, which will be held in Columbus on February 13, 2018.  They describe it as “an annual information gathering and sharing event for staff from OhioLINK member institutions. Participants are encouraged to share ideas, brainstorm on future initiatives and desired services, and participate in discussions about OhioLINK resources, policies, and procedures and their impact on member institutions.”

Details are available at https://www.ohiolink.edu/content/ohiolink_summit_2018#Register.

Double Header at Friday’s ALAO Conference

If you weren’t at the ALAO Conference last Friday, in Lewis Center, Ohio, you may not have heard the brouhaha when our Karen Plummer was awarded not one, but TWO awards!  She received the Teddy award from the Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services Interest Group, which “recognizes an individual’s significant contributions to the technical, electronic or digital services fields” (http://www.alaoweb.org/igs/tedsig/index.html).

Karen also received ALAO’s Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award, in acknowledgement of her ongoing promotion of “academic libraries and librarianship not only on …her own campus, but also within the state” (http://www.alaoweb.org/aboutalao/jay-ladd-award.php).  This is the second time in three years a colleague at The University of Akron has been honored with this prestigious award; Don Appleby received it in 2013.

Congratulations, Karen!  This is reportedly the first time a single ALAO member has won two of their awards in a single year.


ALCTS webinar: RDA Serials Cataloging Update

On December 8, at 2:00, University Libraries will host a live showing of an ALCTS webinar titled “RDA Serials Cataloging Update,” presented by Steve Shadle (University of Washington).  We’ve reserved Bierce Learning Studio 154 for the event.  Additional information about the webinar is available at http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/121015.  Questions?  Ask David or Michelle.


OCLC Research publishes ‘The Library in the Life of the User’

DUBLIN, Ohio, 09 November 2015—OCLC Research has published a new compilation, The Library in the Life of the User: Engaging with People Where They Live and Learn, which represents more than a decade of collaborative work studying the information-seeking behaviors of library users.

Compiled and co-authored by Lynn Silipigni Connaway, findings from The Library in the Life of the User articulate the need for the design of future library services to be focused on the library user. The compilation is intended to provide a sequential overview of the findings of user behavior research for librarians, information scientists, and library and information science students and researchers as they think about new ways to provide user-centered library services.

For more details, see:  http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/2015/201532dublin.en.html.


End of an Era

OCLC prints last library catalog cards

OCLC printed its last library catalog cards October 1, officially closing the book on what was once a familiar resource for generations of information seekers who now use computer catalogs and online search engines to access library collections. The final print run marked the end of a service that has steadily decreased over the past few decades as libraries moved their catalogs online. During the 44-year run of automated catalog card production, OCLC printed more than 1.9 billion cards.

More of the story available at http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/2015/201529dublin.en.html.

NOTSL Fall Meeting: 10/30/2015

Save the Date: NOTSL Fall Meeting

anounced September 15, 2015

NOTSL will hold its Fall Meeting October 30, 2015 at Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Parma-Snow Branch Auditorium, 2121 Snow Road, Parma, Ohio.

Our topic will be Don’t Be Afraid of the Big, Bad BIBFRAME (or Linked Data!).

Interested in learning more about BIBFRAME and Linked Data?  Wondering how to prepare your library catalog?  If so, please join NOTSL as we learn about Linked Data, the Library of Congress BIBFRAME Pilot, as well as practical applications of these topics.

This timely subject will be discussed by Paul Frank of Library of Congress and Roman Panchyshyn of Kent State University. Registration and program details will be available on the NOTSL website soon.

Lunch will be on your own.


“The Archival Advantage”–New report from OCLC

OCLC has published an essay by Jackie Dooley which argues for involving archivists in the management of born-digital library materials. It also focuses on ten areas of archival expertise and their relevance to the digital context.  The report can be downloaded here:  http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/2015/oclcresearch-archival-advantage-2015.html.