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Handouts and slides from the 2015 OLC Convention and Expo

If you missed the Convention & Expo (CAE) last month, or wanted a copy of the slides or handouts from a program, you can still see the slides and handouts from some programs presented the CAE for a limited time at the OLC’s web site here.

Two Technical Services Division-sponsored programs have slides available there (The Patron-Publisher : local authors @ the library, and Digitization, Metadata, and Selecting a CMS: A Case Study).

The slides for the Patron-Publisher program are also available on a more permanent basis courtesy of the panelists:

 

–Mike M

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OLCTSD 2015 post-chapter conference round up

A big thank you to everyone in the Ohio library community who attended the OLC’s chapter conferences and especially to those who presented programs at them.

The Technical Services Division sponsored a number of programs at the chapter conferences this year, and if you attended and wanted a copy of the slides use by the presenters, or missed the programs and want a look at what was covered, we’ve uploaded them here to the OLCTSD blog.

RDA without Tears (MS Powerpoint slides)

OMG it’s RDA (MS Powerpoint slides)

 It’s Electric! slides (Google Drive presentation)

It’s Electric! handout (Google Drive document)

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-Mike Monaco

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Reach, Discover, Act!

Are you planning to attend the Ohio Library Council’s Technical Services Retreat, April 21-22, at the NorthPointe Hotel and Conference Center near Columbus?

This year’s event, themed “Reach, Discover, Act!,” features keynote speaker Eric Miller, Co-founder and President of Zepheira, and offers many breakout sessions including:

  • Cataloging Moving Images with RDA
  • Buy This, Weed That: Using Statistics to Make Decisions
  • Got Code? Computers, Programming, and Coding Librarians
  • and More

Visit http://olc.org/prof_dev_TechServRetreat.php for online registration, complete retreat details, and descriptions of the breakout sessions. Please note: The reservation deadline for the OLC group rate for hotel rooms ($91 per night plus applicable taxes) is March 30.

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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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Get Ready to Register for the OLC Technical Services Retreat

Are you excited about the 2014 OLC Technical Services Retreat, April 21 – 22, at the NorthPointe Hotel and Conference Center? Registration for the retreat will open later this month.  However, you can reserve your hotel room at the NorthPointe Hotel and Conference Center now. Visit http://olc.org/prof_dev_TechServRetreat.php to learn more about the retreat and how to reserve your hotel room.

The retreat will feature visionary speaker Eric Miller, co-founder and President of Zepheira, Inc., as the keynote speaker.  Programs  will be offered on a wide variety of topics including original RDA cataloging for non-print materials with Bobby Bothman, MarcEdit with Terry Reese, programming with coding librarian Carrie Preston, and many more.  Also, there will be an optional tour of OCLC after the conclusion of the retreat.

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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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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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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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