Monthly Archives: March 2013

As reported from OLC Chapter Conference, Kent State, March 27, 2013

Attendees at yesterday’s OLC Chapter Conference at Kent State could enhance their knowledge base of technical services issues with 3 exciting programs.  Sevim McCutcheon, Kent State University cataloger informed about 40 attendees in a clear, succinct fashion about the changes we will encounter with the new RDA records.  300 fields, abbreviations, exact transcription were all explained.  “If you know more, you will find more: tips and tricks to find almost anything in your catalog” drew more than 50.  A standing room only audience learned about stopwords, genre headings and subject subdivisions from Mike Monaco, cataloger at Cleveland Public Library.  Christine Burroughs, librarian at Shaker Height Public Library, quickly segued into reality examples.   In the afternoon about 40 attended a panel discussion entitled “Best Practices in Technical Services Workflow.”  Presented by three experienced managers, Jean Gaffney, Dayton Metro Library, Connie Strait, Greene County Public Library and Marilyn Zielinski, Toledo-Lucas Public Library, the audience could easily understand the issues of introducing and incorporating change into a department’s workflow.  The Technical Services Division Council officers – Christine, Connie, Jean, Marilyn and Mike, as well as Sevim, will be repeating these programs at varying OLC Spring chapter conferences.  Check the OLC website http://olc.org/chap_confs.asp for dates and times.

“Knowledge starts from experience” – Aristotle

reported by Christine Burroughs, Coordinator, OLC Technical Services Division

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RDA basics for copy catalogers

Sevim McCutcheon of the Kent State University Library presented a program called “RDA basics for copy catalogers” at the Ohio Library Council’s Northeast Chapter.  As the title suggests, this program was a “crash course” in RDA and was aimed at helping copy catalogers recognize RDA records and verify that they match the item in hand by comparing the  transcribed fields in MARC records created according to AACR2 and RDA.

The Powerpoint presentation for her program is here and a helpful document for copy catalogers (which includes some agency-specific instructions for Kent State staff) is here (PDF file).

–Mike Monaco

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Best Practices in Technical Services Workflow

Jean Gaffney of Dayton Metro Library, Connie Strait of Greene County Public Library, and Marilyn Zielinski of Toledo-Lucas Public Library presented “Best Practices in Technical Services Workflow” at the Ohio Library Council’s Northeast Chapter conference March 27, 2013.  All three shared their experiences in studying their libraries’ Technical Services work flow and provided recommendations for other libraries interested in become more efficient.   The Powerpoint presentation is here and the handout is here (MS Word document). This program will be repeated at other Chapter conferences with the same presenters and/or the fourth collaborator on this presentation, Robin Nesbitt of Columbus Metropolitan Library.

–Mike Monaco

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If you know more, you will find more

Christine Burroughs of Shaker Heights Public Library, and Mike Monaco of Cleveland Public Library, presented the program “If you know more, you will find more: tips and tricks from insiders for finding almost anything in your catalog” at the Ohio Library Council’s Northeast Chapter conference on March 27, 2013 at Kent State University.  This program gives some tips on more effectively searching your ILS and/or OPAC, especially for those situations where simple keyword searches either fails or gives you too many hits.

The slides from the program are here (Google docs presentation — offline temporarily for updates) and the two handouts are here (Google Docs document) and here (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet).

This presentation will also be offered at the OLC North Chapter conference on April 18.

–Mike Monaco

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