There's a lot still to do, but I'm confident that everything will be in place for us to provide great service to all of our members and vendor partners.
A couple of recent steps we've taken:
- We have a new mailing address! Our official mailing address after July 1 will be
1360 Regent St. #121
Madison, WI 53715
- I'm happy to announce that Lisa Marten will be our new Financial Specialist/Administrative Coordinator. Lisa has been with WiLS for several years as the Cooperative Purchasing support assistant, and brings a wealth of knowledge about our members, our processes, and our services, along with great attention to detail and customer service skills. She'll begin her new position on June 3. Her email is email@example.com.
Wisconsin Libraries in the News
Two Wisconsin Librarians Make ALA's Emerging Leaders Class of 2013!
ALA's program recognizes "rising stars" in the library profession, and they are given special opportunities to develop their leadership qualities. The Wisconsin honorees are:
- Maegan Heindel, Library Media Specialist, Marquette Elementary School Library
- Sara Bryce, Youth Services Librarian/Field Trip Adventure Coordinator, La Crosse Public Library
read about these talented librarians, and the ALA program: www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/04102013/emerging-leaders-class-2013
The WiLS Peer Council Meeting will be Thursday, May 30
Peer Council is a terrific opportunity to hear about modern cataloging know-how and to connect with your friends and colleagues. Lunch is included in the low registration fee!
The sessions this year:
John Chapman will explain how the WorldShare metadata vision shapes OCLC's new web-based applications for the cataloging community. Designed to integrate related services (e.g., circulation, acquisitions, Record Manager, Collection Manager), the quality, accuracy, and consistency of WorldCat are made stronger.
Jim Novy and Steve Ohs developed an automated cataloging workflow for Lakeshores Library System to work around shortages of staff time. See how it was put together with a series of Perl scripts that hook into features of the SirsiDynix Symphony ILS and the SkyRiver bibliographic service.
Kevin Eliceiri, Director of the Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation (LOCI) at UW-Madison recognizes the need to collect, store, manipulate, analyze, interpret, visualize, *and share* vast amounts of imaging data. The lab's embedded librarian, Kristin Briney, will be joining Kevin to explain how they manage all this information, including adding records to the UW-Madison library discovery layer, Forward.
RDA celebrity, Mark Ehlert (Minitex) will be back to reflect on the insight he gathered during his many months teaching the new cataloging rules. His talk, "Taming the Beast: Thoughts on RDA Implementation," promises to give us the encouragement we need in this fuzzy transition time.
WiLS is also transitioning starting July 1, and some time will be set aside for discussing services, membership, and the new business model.
The registration fee is $50 for WiLS members and $75 for everyone else. See the Peer Council page on the WiLS website for more detail and to register.
Contact Jane Richard if you have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Plan For WiLSWorld, Coming on July 24-25
WiLSWorld is almost here. Save July 24 and 25 for the WiLSWorld experience. I am pleased to announce that our second keynote will be Bess Sadler, presenting a talk entitled "Brain Injuries, Science Fiction, and Library Discovery". Bess is manager of a software engineering team at Stanford University Library. She writes open source software, and spends a lot of time on projects like Project Blacklight and Project Hydra. You'll welcome her unique perspective on library automation and how we think.
Don't forget that Joan Frye Williams is our opening keynote this year. Many of you have heard Joan present, and it is always an eye-opening and idea-packed experience. For those who don't know her, the biographical sketch on her website is revealing: “For more than 25 years, Joan Frye Williams has been a successful librarian, consultant, vendor, planner, trainer, evaluator, and user of library services. Since 1996, she has been an independent consultant specializing in innovation, technology, and the service needs and preferences of non-library 'civilians'.”
In addition to Joan, we have finalized a number of our breakout sessions. Of course there will be the usual chats with the keynotes. We'll offer a Maker session again this year, reprising the three presenters from last year with new content. There will be a couple of sessions on creating and managing digital collections. There will also be sessions on creating mobile apps for libraries, computer gaming in the library, student outcomes when using eTexts, and the humor of Pete Gilbert.
The web site for WiLSWorld, including registration information, is now available. See it here. In the meantime, hold July 24-25 open. See great sessions, schmooze with your colleagues, and have a richly rewarding experience (and some fun, too). Join us!
Resource Sharing Update
Upgrade to Clio version 6.7.1 by June 30, 2013 to retain access to OCLC resource sharing
Clio's versions 6.7.1 or higher work with OCLC's latest resource sharing Web service to provide new functionality that includes an Alert field and updated formatting of addresses for mailing labels. Here are more details:
· The Alert field was added to support Article Exchange and other time-sensitive URL links that the borrowing library needs to be made aware of and act on.
· The "Ship To," "Bill To" and "Return To" address fields have been replaced with the individual address labels to support printing label functionality in the new OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service.
On July 1, 2013, all Clio users must be using Clio version 6.7.1 or higher in order to maintain interaction with OCLC resource sharing as part of their ILL workflows. All libraries currently using versions lower than 6.7.1 must upgrade by June 30, 2013 for uninterrupted access to this functionality. Failure to upgrade will result in the inability to for your CLIO software to connect to OCLC resource sharing services.
Please contact Clio Technical Support at email@example.com or 1-817-726-3475 for assistance with your upgrade.
Update Your Address Fields in Constant Data
OCLC is calling upon the resource sharing community to assist in getting every library to update its address fields in constant data records as we migrate to OCLC WorldShare® Interlibrary Loan.
What can you do to help make this happen?
1. Make sure your own constant data records have the address fields split into the appropriate fields.
2. Whenever you see another library's address in the incorrect format, reach out to staff at that library. Tell them how important it is for them fix their address and to update their constant data.
3. Every library will feel some pain from those libraries that have not made the changes. Let's keep that pain to a minimum.
What kind of pain?
In WorldShare ILL, when you print a mailing label from a library that has not updated its address in constant data, your label will look something like this:
instead of this:
This will require you and your staff to manually write or type the address on a mailing label.
An easy way to help library staff learn about constant data updates is to send them the link to the OCLC tutorial that shows them how easy it is to make these changes: oc.lc/cU4q23.
Questions? Contact OCLC at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about constant data settings.
OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan Best Practices: Real Stories from Real Users May 23
This OCLC Loan Best Practices webinar will feature WorldShare Interlibrary Loan experiences of three members of the resource sharing community. These librarians will share best practices for use of WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, based on their use of the service during its early weeks of availability.
- Anna Lois Kroll, Master's Seminary Library
- Teanna Weeks, Cleveland Heights—University Heights Public Library
- Anita Weathers, West Kentucky Community and Tech College
Title: WorldShare Interlibrary Loan Best Practices
Date: May 23, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm Central
View a list of additional WorldShare Interlibrary Loan webinars.
Digital Project Dispatch
Dogs of Wisconsin Libraries Dog of the Month
May's dog of the month is Buggy who shares his life with Andrew Prellwitz, User Services Librarian and Chair of Lane Library at Ripon College, and his wife Stephanie. Buddy was doing time at the Green Lake Tri-County animal shelter for being an accomplice to a double feline homicide. Soon after DNA evidence was used to clear his name, he joined the Prellwitz home. A yellow lab/golden retriever mix, Buddy enjoys spending time on the family berry farm near Ripon and greets every visitor by wagging his entire posterior (not just his tail) and by mooing with delight. He also enjoys swimming in the irrigation pond and riding on the John Deere Gator. When not on the farm, he spends his days hanging out with his cat named Ralph and dreaming about rolling in noxious substances. Buggy's favorite book is Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child because he knows something will be falling his way if it comes off the shelf.
To add your dog to the collection, see Dogs of WI Libraries.
Share your stories - Wisconsin at Work, Wisconsin at Play
What's the most unusual job you've ever held? What lessons have you learned from your work life? Do you have fond memories of summers spent "Up North," or a favorite summertime tradition? Tell us your story! Recollection Wisconsin has partnered with WPR's Wisconsin Life to collect stories and photos related to the theme of "Wisconsin at Work, Wisconsin at Play." Just about any topic is welcome within the theme as long as it is a personal narrative with a strong connection to Wisconsin.
All stories and photos will be archived by Recollection Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Life will choose two stories to air statewide on Wisconsin Public Radio. Stories can be submitted at any time this spring and summer, but must be submitted by June 15 to be considered for a radio spot. Find out more about this project and submit your stories at recollectionwisconsin.org/stories.
Digital Public Library of America Launched April 18
The DPLA includes millions of "photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States" (from the FAQ)
Overheard on a blog post, Stef Morrill explained how Wisconsin will be involved.
"Data for the DPLA will come from two kinds of hubs—service and content hubs. Content hubs are institutions that can provide more than 250,000 unique objects to the collection. All of the other items in the collection will come from service hubs. These include state or regional digital libraries that pull together information from libraries and other cultural institutions in the area. The Minnesota Digital Library has been designated as the service hub for the midwestern states, including Wisconsin.
Watch for news from the group of Wisconsin organizations involved with digitization, including the Wisconsin Historical Society, UW-Madison, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning, and Recollection Wisconsin/WiLS
help.overdrive.com has thousands of troubleshooting articles to answer your users questions. Not only is it a useful Support tool but it's also a great place to direct your first time users!
RDA and Cataloging News
"RDA: The Basics" Training in Duluth
Minitex continues to host on-site RDA training around the region, including an upcoming session in Duluth, Minnesota, at the College of St. Scholastica. This all-day workshop presents an overview of RDA cataloging for the more common formats like books, videos, and audio recordings. For further information, including workshop description and registration information, please follow the link below.
The registration deadline for this training session is Tuesday, May 14.
RDA: The Basics for Duluth
May 17, 2013
College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN
Register for "RDA: The Basics for Duluth"
More Training Opportunities
See the full list of upcoming Minitex training sessions
Join us to participate in our first, regional program Collective Insight: Driven by Shared Data!
OCLC and Northwestern University Library invite you to join us on May 31 for an engaging symposium on the break-through opportunities and operational challenges of turning data into powerful analyses and purposeful action for academic libraries and the campuses they serve. We will explore how shared user, usage and collections data are changing academic libraries. The program consists of a keynote address by Professor Larry Birnbaum who will share his experience in translating data into meaningful stories, followed by several local academic librarians who will discuss deploying shared data, understanding user behaviors through the ERIAL project, analyzing usage data to guide decision-making, and learning about the CIC's work on shared print repositories.
Space is limited, so register now to ensure your seat, or for more details on the event, as well as a full list of speakers and the agenda, click here and scroll down to the May 31 date.
Introducing WorldShare Metadata and WorldShare Interlibrary Loan
The library community has made it clear that traditional management systems lack the flexibility to meet the challenges of changing collections and the needs of library users. And since the demand for library services has never been higher, new collaborative and innovative solutions are needed now more than ever.
With ongoing member feedback, we are now incrementally moving new and existing OCLC services to the WorldShare Platform, including WorldShare Metadata and WorldShare Interlibrary Loan. One of the key design principles for the WorldShare architecture is vendor neutrality, recognizing that libraries work within an environment of non-OCLC and OCLC services. Learn about these exciting new WorldShare services and applications here!
Demonstration of the OCLC WorldShare Management Services
Join Us for an In-Depth Demonstration of WorldShare Management Services: Acquisitions and License Manager
Thursday, May 16
1:00 pm, Central
Find out how OCLC WorldShare Management Services provide a new cooperative approach to managing library services, such as integrated acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, patron administration, resource sharing and e-resource management. View event details and register here
Expansion of the OCLC Control Number: test records now available
WorldCat continues to grow! OCLC Control Numbers are assigned to WorldCat bibliographic records, including Institution Records. As previously announced, the OCLC Control Number is anticipated to reach 1 billion sometime after July 1, 2013. At that point, OCLC will increase the length of the OCLC Control Number to accommodate a variable-length number string. If you use and/or store OCLC MARC bibliographic records and the OCLC Control Number, you will notice a change when the OCLC Control Number 1 billion is reached. Sample files are now available for use in testing your systems.
Go to OCLC Control Number expansion website »
New video explains the power of syndicating library data
A new, short video—less than 10 minutes—about online syndication of media and data, and the opportunities that syndication can provide for libraries, is now available on the OCLC YouTube channel.
View video »
MOOCs and Libraries event videos now available
The "MOOCs and Libraries: Massive Opportunity or Overwhelming Challenge?" event took place 18–19 March at the University of Pennsylvania and was broadcast live online. Hosted by OCLC Research and University of Pennsylvania Libraries, the event featured thoughtful and provocative presentations about how libraries are already getting involved with MOOCs, and engaged attendees in discussions about strategic opportunities and challenges going forward.
Find links to all 11 individual videos, presenter's slides, and additional information on this exciting event here!
New OCLC registry service shines a spotlight on libraries
Libraries can increase their visibility on the Web by registering basic local information with the OCLC Library Spotlight program—a free service that works with popular Web services to promote libraries. Yelp, the popular local directory service, has agreed to be one of the first to work with OCLC on this new program.
OCLC uses information from a variety of sources to prepopulate location and contact information for thousands of libraries. The OCLC Library Spotlight program takes this a step further, providing a single, easy-to-use interface in which any library can add, edit and update its own information once, in order to populate multiple Web destinations. Initial data was taken from the WorldCat Registry, but libraries can add a variety of information, including pictures and links to services, social content and collections. A custom, mobile-optimized link allows libraries to easily publish information to smartphones and other mobile devices. Read more...
Multitype Library Meeting May 21 in Madison
Registration is now open for this year's Multitype Library Meeting. We'll be meeting at Globe University West on May 21 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The topic for this year's meeting is Building Meaningful Relationships and Collaborations. Here's the agenda:
1-1:30 p.m. Registration & Refreshments
1:30-2:30 p.m. Beyond Networking: Building Meaningful Relationships & Collaborations with Stef Morrill, WiLS and Jean Anderson, SCLS
You go to the conference. You meet interesting people in the line at the taco bar. You chat. You exchange info. You join their network on LinkedIn. That's all great.... now how do you develop meaningful relationships & collaborations from these beginnings? Jean & Stef will share tips, ideas, success stories from others, and more ideas to help you build authentic & successful relationships & collaborations.
2:30-3:30 p.m. Follow-up Discussion with Shawn Brommer, SCLS; Trent Miller, Madison Public Library; Anne Moser, Wisconsin's Water Library
3:30-4 p.m. Tour of Globe University Library with Amy O'Shea
Hope to see you there!
Technology Expo 2013 in Green Bay—May 21
For over 30 years, CCCP (Camera Corner Connecting Point) has held a yearly technology expo for their customers to meet with vendors from all over the United States and see demonstrations of their latest products. This one-day !Free! event also includes seminars that are information packed and cover the latest trends in technology. Technology Expo 2013
Writing contributions by WiLS staff.
WiLS phone: 608.263.2773
728 State Street, Room 464 and B106B, Madison, WI 53706