The Many Hats of Technical Services

Friday, April 12th, 2013
College of Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center, Worcester, MA

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Keynote Addresses:

Disruptive Library Landscape by Susan Gibbons, University Librarian, Yale University

Changing technologies, legal challenges, and funder expectations are altering not only the perception of libraries, but how we do our business. This talk will provide an overview of some of the most disruptive forces currently at play.

Slides for Susan Gibbons’ Keynote (PDF, 2.35 MB)
Slides for Susan Gibbons’ Keynote (PPT, 3.32 MB)

Encouraging a Culture of Openness in Libraries by Jessamyn West, Library Technologist & Community Manager, Metafilter.com

New legal decisions and new initiatives are giving libraries more options in how they share content and interact with their patrons. Now is the time for libraries to be bold and take advantage of this favorable environment to provide as much as we can for our patrons. Jessamyn West will talk about ways to do that.

Slides for Jessamyn West’s Keynote (PDF, 5.64 MB)
Link to Jessamyn West’s Keynote on librarian.net

Morning Sessions:

The Accidental Systems Librarian: Using our Librarian Competencies in Managing Systems by Nicole Engard, Vice President of Education, ByWater Solutions.

How can Technical Services librarians use our traditional competencies to benefit our systems (and, by extension, our systems staff)? What new competencies can help us use our tools in these new roles and at peak performance? How can Technical Services librarians and systems staff build and maintain good relationships, with the goal of improving both user experience and staff modules? Can we re-vision ourselves as systems librarians? In this session, opportunities abound – persistence and openness can help us navigate the realities and pitfalls. Nicole C. Engard, author of The Accidental Systems Librarian, will share her tips, tricks and knowledge with us all and raffle off a copy of her book to session attendees.

Slides for Nicole Engard’s Presentation (PDF, 8.27 MB)
Link to Nicole Engard’s Presentation at Slides Share

Basic RDA by Steven Arakawa, Librarian for Training and Documentation, Yale University Library

This presentation will introduce you to Resource Description & Access (RDA), the new content standard, and illustrate the key differences between AACR2 and RDA. Join Steven Arakawa as he introduces you to RDA and the differences between the two.

Slides for Steven Arakawa’s Presentation (PDF, 617 KB)
Slides for Steven Arakawa’s Presentation (PPT, 3.47 MB)
Exercise for Steven Arakawa’s Presentation (PDF, 190 KB)
Exercise for Steven Arakawa’s Presentation (DOC, 87.7 KB)
MARC Worksheet for Steven Arakawa’s Presentation (PDF, 100 KB)
MARC Worksheet for Steven Arakawa’s Presentation (DOC, 41 KB)
Exercise Answers for Steven Arakawa’s Presentation (PDF, 187 KB)
Exercise Answers for Steven Arakawa’s Presentation (PPT, 853 KB)

Why E-Books Suck (unless your name is Amazon) by Alan Wexelblat, Interaction Designer & author, Copyfight

E-books have recently moved to the center of public attention with the advent of cheap good-quality devices specifically for e-books, such as Kindle and Nook. Backed by major marketing campaigns, and boosted by cheap self-publishing enterprises, e-books have steadily increased in sales and interest. But in the rush to the latest and greatest new thing, we are turning a blind eye to some serious problems for e-book readers, for the libraries that want to stock them, and for the
librarians who must deal with them. This talk will discuss some of these problems and talk about current developments in the law and marketplace relevant to e-books.

Slides for Alan Wexelblat’s Presentation (PDF, 830 KB)
Slides for Alan Wexelblat’s Presentation (PPT, 1 MB)

Digital Preservation by Nancy McGovern, Head, Curation and Preservation Services and Kari Smith, Digital Archivist, MIT Libraries

McGovern and Smith will present on this topic using the Identify, Select, Store, Manage, Protect framework to introduce organization and technical issues. They will also highlight examples of tools that can address each of the phases in the framework.

Slides for Nancy McGovern & Kari Smith’s Presentation (PDF, 4.72 MB)

Afternoon Sessions:

Lightning Talks:

Join four presenters who will have a little over 11 minutes to present one key topic in technical services. A question and answer period will follow at the end of all presentations.

Helping Journals to Upgrade Data Publication For Reusable Research by Sonia Barbosa (Project Manager) & Eleni Castro (Project Coordinator), Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University

Slides for Sonia Barbosa & Eleni Castro’s Presentation (PDF, 990 KB)
Slides for Sonia Barbosa & Eleni Castro’s Presentation (PPT, 1.69 MB)

Time Management For Wearing Many Hats by Amber Billey, Catalog/Metadata Librarian, University of Vermont

Slides for Amber Billey’s Presentation (PDF, 1.75 MB)

My New Favorite Hat is my CIA Hat – That is, My Collection Intelligence Agent Hat by Sara Colglazier, Electronic Resources management and Discovery Services Librarian, Mount Holyoke College

Talk Points for Sara Colglazier’s Presentation (PDF, 154 KB)

Open Access Policies at the University of Rhode Island Libraries by Julia A. Lovett, Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Rhode Island & Andree Rathemacher, Head of Acquisitions, University of Rhode Island

Link to URI Open Access Policy with model Harvard policy
Link to URI Open Access Policy FAQs
Link to URI Copyright and Your Scholarly Work (handout)

Advanced RDA by John C. Attig, Distinguished Librarian Monograph Cataloging Librarian, Pennsylvania State University

This presentation will present the latest changes as well as PCC policies to Resource Description & Access (RDA), the new content standard. This presentation assumes a basic knowledge of RDA. Join John C. Attig as he provides a more in depth discussion on RDA and helps you navigate the latest RDA changes.

Slides for John Attig’s Presentation (PDF, 2.39 MB)
Slides for John Attig’s Presentation (PPT, 498 KB)
Handout for John Attig’s Presentation (PDF, 27.7 KB)

Implementing RDA by Erin Stalberg, Director of Discovery and Access, Mount Holyoke College,

Are you ready to implement Resource Description & Access (RDA), the new content standard? Join Erin Stalberg as she discusses the impact of RDA on ILS, OCLC, workflows and more.

Slides for Erin Stalberg’s Presentation (PDF, 2.02 MB)
Slides for Erin Stalberg’s Presentation (PPT, 1.21 MB)

Speaker Biographies

Schedule of the Day Handout (PDF, 684 KB)

Questions, suggestions, or other feedback? Contact Jennifer Eustis, NETSL President, netslinfo@gmail.com

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