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NETSL Annual Conference: Presentation Materials

Last October, the New England Technical Services Librarians Group held their annual conference as part of NELA. Some of the presentations can be found on NELA’s website for the conference at:http://nela2.org/conference/2010/program/.

The program consisted of:

  • “Trends, trends, trends: Innovations in technical services, collections and more”: Presenters Margaret Lourie and Stephen Spohn examined changes taking place in technical services. Such changes include the increase of e-resources, the changing nature of the library catalog, or patron driven acquisitions.
  • “MARC records in North America”: Presenter Ruth Fischer talked about the study commissioned by the Library of Congress. This study examined cataloging records and the economics of current practices.
  • “Saving today: Adventures in preserving born-digital material”: Presenters Andrea Goethals and Wendy Marcus Gogel described what preservation means at Harvard. One of the more interesting discussions covered what to do with email.
  • “Technical services consolidation”: Presenter Robert Wolven talked about how Columbia and Cornell have begun sharing technical services staff as part of the 2CUL consolidation experience.
  • “Open source integrated library systems”: Presenters Stephanie Chase and Pamela Soren Smith described their experiences of migrated from vendor ILS to the open source ILS Koha and Evergreen.

All of these presentations were good. What struck me, however, is that the majority of the presentations focused on the mantra of how to do less with less. Margaret and Stephen concluded that trying to do more with less was not feasible. Therefore, it is necessary to do less with less. Examples of this involve incorporating such things as shelf-ready, patron-driven acquisitions, or automating the process with more batch record loads. This saying of “doing less with less” was echoed in Bob Wolven’s presentation. If an institution doesn’t have the staff to complete a project, then what about sharing staff? The example of the 2CUL project was the Slavic language cataloger, who cataloged materials for both Cornell and Columbia. The idea of doing less with less came up again with the presentation on open source ILS. The presenters explained how their vendor ILS were draining resources. With the move to their new open source ILS, they saved money. However, at one institution, this savings was at the expense of not being having an acquisitions module -a definite sign of doing less with less.

Over the 2 day period, I heard that doing more with less wasn’t working and technical services staff should do less with less. At the end of the conference, the one nagging question that stuck with me was: How far does one go with doing less with less? In asking this question, I realized that doing less with less is not really new to technical services. Staff in this area of librarianship has seen a considerable drop. Bob Wolven talked about a close to 35% decrease in technical services staff over a decade or perhaps a little more at Columbia. Many technical services departments not only have experienced a reduction in staff but already implement shelf-ready, patron-driven acquisitions, no longer do check-in, and do more batch record loads. Despite this, some of these departments are still stressed and overworked. Furthermore, many of these “doing less with less” projects actually take more time, such as batch record loads, which do not always go as planned. So is this just a passing phase? When is doing less with less no longer viable? When is doing less with less a disservice to users? I don’t have the answers to these questions. Unfortunately, neither did any of the presenters.

 

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NETSL on the Future of Metadata

The 2010 Annual Spring conference sponsored by NETSL (the New England Technical Services Librarians) has come and gone. It was an amazing conference with rich presentations. Thankfully, NETSL posted some of the presenters’ presentations at: http://www.nelib.org/netsl/conference/2010/index.htm.

The two keynote speakers this year were Barbara Tillett and Jon Orwant. In the morning and afternoon slots, there were 3 breakout sessions that were well attended.

Barbara opened the conference with her presentation, “Building blocks for the future : making controlled vocabularies available for the web”. Her presentation was extremely rich and touched on several key issues for catalogers and metadata librarians today such as linked data, SKOS, and cloud computing. Throughout her presentation, she provided current examples of people participating in web 2.0 presence for controlled vocabularies. A few examples are the RDA vocabularies over at Metadata Registry or the LC Subject Headings. Barbara mentioned the work on VIAF as well as plans to expand not just VIAF but also the LC Subject Headings to personal names, corporate bodies, and meetings.

Jon Orwant unfortunately hasn’t posted his presentation. However, he gave a brief overview of how Google has developed better ways to differentiate volumes and dates for instance. Hopefully, his presentation will be posed shortly.

Take a look at this material as well as the presentations from the breakout sessions. It was a great conference with lots to learn.

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Save the Date : NETSL Spring Conference

NETSL has some great speakers for its spring conference. If you can go, it’s worth it.

Schedule

8:30 – 9:30 am: Registration/Breakfast

9:30 am: Welcome

Morning Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Barbara B. Tillett, Chief, Policy and Standards Division, Library of Congress
“Building Blocks for the Future: Making Controlled Vocabularies Available for the Semantic Web”

Break – Coffee, Tea, Juice, Water

Breakout Session 1

Session 1A
Managing Objects and Data: from Call Numbers to Namespaces / Mark J. Caprio, Digital Services and Cataloging Librarian, Phillips Memorial Library, Providence College and Martha Rice Sanders, Knowledge Management Librarian, The HELIN Consortium
Over the last decade, formats within our collections have multiplied and collections have become distributed. Digital technologies have presented new challenges, tools, and vocabularies. However, has the intellectual analysis of collections or the need for rules governing their context across the expanse of collections changed? In this session, the presenters will argue, No! It is still about creating structures, identifying relationships, and learning from user/collection interactions using both traditional and newly created tools. Taking this position, they will moderate an open group discussion, highlighting future work, tools, and opportunities.

Session 1B
Mapping Bibliographic Metadata / Jean Godby, Research Scientist, OCLC
This session will start with a presentation of OCLC’s recent work on metadata mapping. Godby will give her perspective on how the subject should be scoped, why mapping is necessary, what has been successful, and where the outstanding problems are. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with the audience about how the library community can advance understanding of this important issue.

Session 1C
Tradition, Transition, and Transformation: A Look at Next Generation Library Systems / Kathryn Harnish, Director of URM Product Management, Ex Libris
As libraries consider current and future library management needs, the emphasis falls on three areas in which strong support is needed: the traditional tasks that libraries have done – and will need to continue to do; transitional activities that allow new, more efficient workflows and realignment of staff resources; and transformational functionality, which enables the library to extend its mission and strengthen its role within the larger institution. In this session, Kathryn will discuss the ways in which a next-generation library services framework will serve this spectrum of needs, pulling in examples from the work Ex Libris has done in developing its Unified Resource Management (URM) platform.

Lunch
—-Spotlight on the New England Archivists (http://www.newenglandarchivists.org/)
—-Presentation of the NETSL Award for Excellence in Technical Services

Breakout Session 2

Session 2A
Metadata 101 / Kelcy Shepherd, Digital Interfaces Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
Metadata plays an essential role in the discovery, delivery, administration, and preservation of both traditional and digital collections. Understanding metadata and its uses goes far beyond the standard definition of metadata as “data about data.” Designed for those with little or no prior knowledge of metadata, this session will explain fundamentals such as structure, schemas, and standards; review different types of metadata and their purposes; and provide an overview of current metadata standards in the library, archives, and visual resources communities.

Session 2B
Go fish! How to catch and clean MARC records using Z39.50 and MarcEdit / Benjamin Abrahamse, Head, Serials Cataloging Section, Cataloging and Metadata Services, MIT Libraries
In this presentation we will explore using MarcEdit’s integrated Z39.50 client to query bibliographic databases on the Web and look at how to manipulate MARC data using various MarcEdit functions, in particular the ability to export MARC as tab-delimited text.   We will also take a brief look at various ways of exporting MARC records from MarcEdit into other applications.

Session 2C
Another full service bibliographic utility for cataloging: why this matters / Leslie Strauss, President, SkyRiver
The arrival of the SkyRiver bibliographic utility has sparked an exceptional level of interest within technical services circles.  There are various reasons for this which will be elucidated during this session.

Break – Soda, Water

Afternoon Keynote Speaker:
Jon Orwant, Engineering Manager for Google Books, Google Magazines, and Google Patents
“Creating a Trillion-Field Catalog: Metadata in Google Books”

3:30 p.m.  Adjournment

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New England Technical Serivces Spring Conference

Just out:

Registration is now open for the New England Technical Services Librarians’ 2010 Spring Conference!

Visit http://www.nelib.org/netsl/conference/2010/index.htm for more details on the program and registration information.  We look forward to seeing you there!

NETSL Annual Spring Conference Program 2010:

Crosswalks to the Future: Library Metadata on the Move

Thursday, April 15, 2010
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.
Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
http://www.holycross.edu/directions/hogan.html

Registration (closes April 2, 2010):

NELA/NETSL Member: $50
Non-Member: $75
Student / Unemployed: $25

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NETSL Awards

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Deadline for nominations is Friday, February 5, 2010
Is there a technical services librarian in your life who has inspired you? Do you have a colleague who has tackled today’s challenges in technical services and triumphed? Do you know a person who leads the way in innovation, collaboration, or data integration? Is there someone you know who puts the service in technical services? If you know of a person who merits any or all of these descriptions, please tell us. We ask you to include documents of support along with the name of your nominee. The requirements are outlined below. The successful nominee will be presented with the Award at the NETSL Annual Spring Conference 2010: Crosswalks to the Future, April 15, 2010, at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

Eligibility for nomination is as follows:

*Nominees may be NETSL/NELA members, but membership in the Association is not a requirement.

*A nomination must be accompanied by a written statement that includes the reasons for nomination and a narrative summary of the nominee’s career and achievements. The person’s resume or CV may be used to meet this requirement.

*You do not have to be a NETSL member to make a nomination.

*Please send your nominations and the above documentation to the NETSL Vice-President no later than Friday, February 5, 2010. Contact information for Amira Aaron, NETSL Vice President, appears below.

*Current members of the NETSL Executive Board are not eligible for consideration

Additional details, including past recipients, are available on the NETSL section of the NELA Web site:

http://nelib.org/netsl/award2010call.htm

Please send nominations and inquiries to:

Amira Aaron
NETSL Vice-President/President-Elect
libconsultaa@gmail.com
781-248-1806 (cell)

NETSL is a section of the New England Library Association and is affiliated with the ALCTS Council of Regional Groups. For more information on NETSL, visit our website at: http://nelib.org/netsl/

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Call for Nominations for NETSL Award

New England Technical Services Librarians (NETSL) Executive Board is seeking
nominations for its annual NETSL Award for Excellence in Library Technical
Services.

The NETSL Award recognizes and honors significant New England-based
contributions to the field of library technical services. Contributions may
have been made in New England by librarians from throughout the United
States, or nationally by librarians residing in New England, through
publications, service, or innovations in practice. The NETSL Executive Board
members select a recipient at their February meeting based on nominations
received. The Board reserves the right to suspend the Award for a year if no
suitable candidate is nominated.

The next NETSL Award will be presented at the NETSL Annual Spring Conference
2010: Crosswalks to the
Future<http://www.nelib.org/netsl/conference/2010/index.htm>
,* April 15, 2010*****, at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

Eligibility for nomination is as follows:

– Nominees may be NETSL/NELA members, but membership in the Association
is not a requirement.
– A nomination must be accompanied by a written statement that includes
the rationale for nomination and, if a resume of the nominee is not
appended, a narrative summary of the nominee’s career and achievements.
Provision of a resume is strongly recommended.
– Nominations may be made by NETSL members, or by non-members.
– Nominations and statement(s) must be received by the NETSL
Vice-President no later than Friday, February 5, 2010.
– Current members of the NETSL Executive Board are not eligible for
consideration.

Nominees shall have made contributions to library technical services in one
or more of the following areas:

1. Leadership in professional associations at local, state, regional or
national level
2. Contributions or innovations in technical services
3. Significant contributions to professional literature
4. Conduct of studies or research in technical services

Past Recipients include:

Lynda Kresge, Birdie MacLennan, Dr. Sheila Intner, Robert L. Cunningham,
Matthew Beacom, Catherine Willis, Lisa Palmer, David Miller, and Martha Rice
Sanders.

Please send nominations and inquiries to:

Amira Aaron
NETSL Vice-President/President-Elect
libconsultaa@gmail.com
781-248-1806 (cell)

NETSL is a section of the New England Library Association and is affiliated
with the ALCTS Council of Regional Groups. For more information on NETSL,
visit our website at:

http://www.netsl.org

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NETSL’S Spring Conference

Just posted from NETSL, their spring meeting at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. NETSL’s spring conference always has something for everyone. This year the focus is on looking towards the future and the relationship between cataloging and metadata. The program looks great so far.

Mark your calendars for the NETSL Annual Spring Conference Program 2010: Crosswalks to the Future

When: Thursday, April 15, 2010

Where: College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Keynotes:

*     Dr. Barbara B. Tillett, Chief, Policy and Standards Division, Library of Congress.

“Building Blocks for the Future: Making Controlled Vocabularies Available for the Semantic Web”

*     Jon Orwant, Engineering Manager for Google Books, Google Magazines, and Google Patents.

“Creating a trillion-field catalog: metadata in Google Books”

Watch for announcements with further program information and registration details coming after the first of the year.

Questions, suggestions, or other feedback? Contact Amy Hart at netslpresident@nelib.org.

NETSL: New England Technical Services Librarians is a section of the New England Library Association. For more information about NETSL see http://www.nelib.org/netsl/

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