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Put on your “thinking cap” for the Technical Services retreat

Librarianship is all about providing access to information. Getting caught up in the day-to-day tasks of Technical Services, it can be easy to lose track of that “bigger picture” concept.

So I’m excited that this year’s OLC Technical Services retreat (March 28-29, 2018 at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio) delves not only into topics related to our daily duties, but some philosophical concepts that impact our work on a deeper level. In addition to presentations on project management, acquisitions modules, vendor relationships, the NACO authority portal and cataloging realia, there are sessions on the ethical implications of decisions made in Technical Services, generational learning styles, and the important technical services/public services relationship.

Several sessions are also slanted toward special and local heritage collections–materials unique to their individual libraries. Programs explore creating and maintaining such collections, circulating those materials, and discuss digital forms of access via the Ohio Digital Network and the Ohio Memory Project. Opening keynote speaker Eboni Johnson will speak about her work as a field archivist in the Africatown area of Mobile, Alabama, empowering that community to tell its own story for future generations.

Terry Reese will close the programming with his presentation “Making the Choice to Be Relevant: Open Systems, Open Communications” about our reluctance to adopt the open source materials we often promote to our patrons and the consequences of that attitude.

The theme of the 2018 retreat is “Wearing Many Hats” but it’s also about exploring new perspectives about our daily routines. It promises to be a fun and informative few days and we hope you’ll join us.

— Barbara Satow

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Becoming More Engaged

Around the beginning of each year, we start thinking about resolutions and create a to do list that we will hopefully complete within the next 300+ days.  A few years ago, before I was on the Technical Services Action Council, “Become more involved with the Ohio Library Council” made my list.  At that time I reached out to the names I could find associated with the Technical Services Division.  I did not immediately become a member on the Action Council, but I was provided recommendations of how I could increase my involvement.

With the recommendations provided, I have been able to find more ways to be involved which has included having the honor to serve on the actual Action Council.  And now, as a current Action Council member, I see that there are others reaching out in hopes to become more involved and to help the larger library community.  Instead of limiting our responses back to just the individuals that have contacted the Action Council directly, we have decided to extend a response out to everyone via our blog.  Hopefully this will help others with this yearning to find ways to become more engaged.

So… how can you become more involved with the Ohio Library Council, Technical Services Division?  How can you help other librarians?  Well, let me count the ways…

  1. Contribute to the Technical Services Blog (aka, this blog)!

You do not need to have been a journalism major or have groundbreaking ideas.  This blog is to foster communication and sharing of professional observations, lessons, and research.  It actually helps the Action Council better serve members by knowing what the members want to talk about.  Contributing to the blog is probably one of the easiest ways to be involved.  Share something your library is doing; a resource that you have found useful; or an article you read and what you think about it or why you think others might benefit from reading it.

If you are intimidated by writing a full post, you can still contribute by commenting or asking questions on posts made by others.  This can help engage others by breaking the ice.  Others may be waiting for someone else to begin the conversation.  Additionally, comments and questions are another way to spawn future posts because it helps to identify topics that are relevant and immediately impacting our membership.

  1. Attend an OLC conference/convention/retreat/training.

By attending conferences you get to meet other librarians and staff from all areas in library service.  You get to contribute with other OLC members and the larger professional community of librarians; engage in conversations; provide feedback in the surveys; and recharge your professional batteries.

  1. Present at an OLC conference/convention/retreat/training.

This might be a little out of your comfort zone, but do not think you are the first person that has questioned their ability to get up there or are unsure if their ideas are “good enough” to present.  There is a range of ways to present.  You do not have to do it alone nor do you have to be up in the front talking for 60 minutes about a single topic.  One of our upcoming blog posts will outline different types of presentations.

In contrast to those that are nervous to be in front of people, you may be a person that is willing to get up there, but you do not have a topic or know how to get started.  For starters, if you are reading this blog, then you are likely involved in TechServices one way or another.  We are a division organized to provide opportunities to help each other.  I am positive there is another individual within this division or another division that would be interested in pairing up to provide multiple perspectives on a topic.

  1. Run for a seat on the Action Council.

As an Action Council member you get to help develop programs and events, inform division members about trends in TechServices, and keep membership engaged.  If this is heightens your senses and what has been described is in line with your passions, just make your interest known!  You do not need to put out press statements or participate in debates to run for a seat on the Action Council.  To communicate your interest, you can fill out the Get Involved! Membership Participation form on the OLC Website, or you can contact one of the active Action Council members directly.  You can find the list of active Action Council members and their contact information on the Technical Services Division page.

I hope some of you feel inspired to make the next step towards fulfilling your goal.  If something listed sounds interesting to you or you have an idea for another way you can contribute, please contact one of us!  We are friendly and eager to help the library community.  That is one of the many reasons each of us have chosen to be a part of this Action Council.  You can find the list of current Action Council members by visiting the Technical Services Division page.  We hope to hear from you soon!

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ALAO TEDSIG 2016 Workshop — August 12, 2016, The University of Akron, Ohio

In the library technical services world, long acronyms are de rigueur, but ALAO TEDSIG is an overachiever, putting to shame NOTSL, ALCTS, and even the OLC TSD in that department. But I won’t hold it against them, because the ALAO TEDSIG is bringing Terry Reese to my library for a full day on using MarcEdit! Announcement follows:


ALAO TEDSIG 2016 Workshop

The ALAO Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services Interest Group (TEDSIG), with cooperation from the University of Akron Libraries, is pleased to announce its 2016 workshop, “Streamlining Technical Services Workflows with MarcEdit,” with speaker and MarcEdit creator Terry Reese (Head, Digital Initiatives, The Ohio State University). Registration is open for the TEDSIG Workshop (August 12, 2016) at Bierce Library, University of Akron. This workshop will be on how to use MarcEdit to streamline typical technical services workflows, especially as they pertain to cataloging, file loading, and electronic resources. This workshop’s target audience are both those new to MarcEdit, and those who are familiar with MarcEdit but need a refresher.



–Mike Monaco

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Library of Congress to cancel the subject heading “Illegal aliens”

Janis Young of the Policy and Standards Division of the Library of Congress has announced a significant revision to LCSH terminology that has been the topic of a lot of discussion in the past and again more recently.

In response to constituent requests, the Policy and Standards Division of the Library of Congress, which maintains Library of Congress Subject Headings, has investigated the possibility of cancelling or revising the heading Illegal aliens. PSD also explored the possibility of revising the broader term Aliens. It concluded that the meaning of Aliens is often misunderstood and should be revised to Noncitizens, and that the phrase “illegal aliens” has become pejorative. The heading Illegal aliens will therefore be cancelled and replaced by two headings, Noncitizens and Unauthorized immigration, which may be assigned together to describe resources about people who illegally reside in a country.

 Other headings that include the word aliens or the phrase illegal aliens (e.g., Church work with aliens; Children of illegal aliens) will also be revised. All of the revisions will appear on a Tentative List and be approved no earlier than May 2016; the revision of existing bibliographic records will commence shortly thereafter.

 For background on the history and purpose of the headings Aliens and Illegal aliens, the rationale for the revisions to LCSH, and a description of the scope of the project, please see the full announcement on the LC website at

 Questions or comments on these revisions may be directed to Libby Dechman ( in the Policy and Standards Division.

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Registration is open for Link to the Future : the 2016 Technical Services Retreat!

The OLC Technical Services Division’s biennial Retreat will take place  March 31 and April 1, 2016, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center. The Retreat’s theme this year is “Link to the Future” and we are excited to have keynote speaker Bobby Bothmann. Visit the OLC site for details and registration information. The Technical Services Division Action Council is happy to be return to a great venue, and we have a slate of programs and speakers we are proud to offer. The format of the Retreat — where the participants and speakers stay for the entire length of the conference and have opportunities to network and socialize — is unique and we’re sure you’ll be glad you attended. But don’t take our word for it. Here are some comments from attendees at the 2014 retreat:

“The workshop format is so beneficial. I recommend that you retain it. Also, the accessibility of the presenters for questions outside of the presentations was great!” –Lisell Drake, GPO, Washington, D.C.

“I really enjoyed the venue! Great to have comfortable seating and the use of a table. Great speakers and topics as well!” –Lisa McPeek, Denison University Library

“The organizers struck the right balance of big picture and focused, practical topics” –Sevim McCutcheon, Kent State University Libraries

“The event was amazing! Hotel and staff were awesome! Great sessions with a lot of information ; I learned a lot, and had a lot of fun too! Thank you OLC! The food was outstanding! A great event overall!” –Linda Berry, Portsmouth Public Library

“I really liked the conference center. It was easy to get to, attractively designed, comfortable, affordable, and [the food was] delicious.” –Alyssa Briggs, Dayton Metro Library

“This was my first OLC TSD retreat, and I loved this facility. I hope we can come here again. Also, Battledecks was a lot of fun!”  –Wendy Bartlett, Cuyahoga County Public Library

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Technical services programming in 2015

The Technical Services Division (TSD) will be offering several excellent programs this Spring at the North and Northeast OLC Chapter conferences. (Follow the link for details on the conferences.)

“It’s electric: publicizing your archival collections with the EAD FACTORy” will be offered at both the North and Northeast conferences.

The TSD will also offer updated versions of two programs on RDA that were well-received at OhioNet’s 2014 RDA program: “OMG it’s RDA: what Public Services need to know, without TMI” and “RDA without tears: One library’s implementation story,” as well as “Buy This, Weed That: Using Statistics to Make Decisions,” all at the Northeast Chapter conference.

We’d love to offer programming at the Ohio Library Council’s 2015 Convention & Expo (CAE), and there is still time to submit proposals! Contact one of the fine people on the TSD here, if you have an idea for a program or speaker, or  if you would like help submitting a proposal for something you’d like to present at the CAE.

The CAE accepts a wide variety of program formats: poster sessions, LIBChats (short “TED Talk” style presentations), hour-long presentations, panels, and “unprograms” (facilitated open discussions where participants share best practices etc.).  More details about the 2015 CAE are here.

We are always interested in sponsoring programming related to the TSD’s areas of interest, including acquisitions, collection management, cataloging, materials processing, and preservation. If you have an idea for a workshop, webinar, or other programming that might work better as a stand-alone event than as a program at a conference or the convention, let us know about that too!

–Mike Monaco

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Welcome to our newest Action Council members!

The OLC Technical Services Division would like to extend a belated welcome and congratulations to the two new members of the Action Council, elected this year to serve a two-year term:

Christopher Hill, Greene County Public Library


Christine Weaver-Pieh, Medina County District Library

We hope your experiences on Action Council will be fulfilling and enjoyable.  Welcome, and thanks for offering to serve the Ohio Library Council!

— Michael Christian-Budd, Assistant Coordinator, OLC TSD Action Council

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2014 OLC Technical Services Retreat programs announced

Have you registered yet for the  2014 OLC Technical Services Retreat?  This event, to be held April 21-22 at the Northpointe Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio, has an amazing slate of programs of interest to all technical services staff and supervisors.  Full details and registration information can be found here.  This site has been repeatedly updated since the initial save-the-date announcement, and most recently the complete listing of programs has been added.  Catalogers will be delighted to see programs on applying the new RDA rules to audio and video recordings, as well as an informational session on the new Ohio NACO Funnel and programs on MarcEdit and OCLC’s RDA update.  Managers and supervisors will be interested in the programs on using statistics for decision-making, motivating staff, and project management.   And there is so much more — from weeding with the Awful Book Ladies to batch loading, and offering access to materials beyond the library’s stacks and web site — that all technical services staff will find something educational and practical.

You can see the line-up of programs here. (PDF file)

The programs are detailed in full here. (Web page, also linked from the above PDF)

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Did you miss the last of the Mohicans?

Never fear!

The Technical Services Retreat formerly known as the Mohican Retreat is back!

Save the Date – 2014 OLC Technical Services Retreat

Join your colleagues for the 2014 OLC Technical Services Retreat themed “Reach, Discover, Act!” April 21-22 at the NorthPointe Hotel and Conference Center near Columbus. In the past, this popular event has been attended by technical services professionals from multiple states and features outstanding networking opportunities. Come to the retreat, learn from experts, network with colleagues, and take part in a fun evening event. Stay tuned to the OLC website  for more information on this event formerly known as The Mohican Retreat.

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Technical Services @ the CAE

The OLC’s 2013 Convention and Expo will feature a number of great programs for anyone interested in technical services.   Some of the highlights are:

  • RDA is here for good! For Public Services and Technical Services staff
  • Managing your digitization project
  • Mommy, I can find my own books!
  • Patron driven acquisitions at Cleveland Public Library
  • Floating collections: what works
  • Talkin’ tech: Bridging the gap between plain English and techie talk
  • To join or not to join: finding your place in the resource sharing landscape

And don’t miss the Technical Services Division’s “OLC Connects” table in the Exhibit Hall, as well as the TSD’s poster session comparing records created under the old and  new cataloging rules.

For complete details on all the programs being offered at the CAE, follow this link.

–Mike Monaco

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