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September 2010 | Vol. 1, No. 11 | ISSN: 2152- 8993
Mobilizing the membership and
Welcome to the September issue of the eNews ,
which discusses how libraries are creating and
leveraging mobile applications to facilitate the
delivery of their services and connect with users.
Remaining relevant in our technologically
exciting, but often turbulent world is top- of- mind
for just about every librarian I know. And mobile
is just one of the latest mechanisms for meeting
information needs and managing relationships.
We hope that this issue will provide some tips
and resources that will inspire you to expand
your services and leverage all that mobile
innovations and applications developed by
members of the OCLC community have to offer.
As Chair of the Americas Regional Council ( ARC) Interest
Groups Committee, I am happy to report that we are mobilizing
members throughout the Americas. The overall charge of our
committee is to engage the membership on issues of importance
to you and to the cooperative at large, and to connect with
members in ways that fit your needs. More than 400 individuals
have responded to our call to participate in ARC Interest Groups
by joining the ARC Member- to- Member social networking site,
which is the online destination for members to connect, share,
learn and grow, one conversation at a time.
This year, we will continue to promote our Interest Group
discussion areas as zones for sharing ideas and concerns.
Through these discussions, we hope to identify topics that can
benefit from broader discussion, and that can be developed into
webinars and programs and make them available to the
cooperative community. I thank you for your continued
participation and I look forward harnessing the momentum of our
Interest Groups to move the cooperative forward.
Ted is currently Coordinator of Bibliographic Services at Milner Library,
Illinois State University.
In this issue:
literacy and our changing
Digitizing Denver’s Historic
OCLC developer community
creates more mobile apps
Public Libraries: Get Geek
Register for the
OCLC/ Library Journal online
symposium—“ The Ethics of
Save the date— OCLC
Member Link- Up at ALA
Midwinter on Friday,
Monthly Member Q& A: What
is the difference between
WorldCat Local and
WorldCat Local “ quick
Upcoming training and free
Moving Library Cooperation
to Web Scale
Kristen Yarmey, Digital Services
Librarian, Weinberg Memorial Library,
The University of Scranton
Smartphones, information literacy and our
By Kristen Yarmey, Digital Services Librarian, Weinberg Memorial
Library, The University of Scranton
In the past two years, as smartphones have grown in popularity,
librarians have vigorously and often successfully grappled with
the challenges that these handheld devices introduce into our
institutions. Across the country, librarians have designed mobile
Web sites, added text messaging reference services and
embedded QR codes into their catalogs. There are now Web
sites, wikis and conferences specifically dedicated to handheld
devices, where we can trade ideas and knowledge to help our
libraries adjust to the rapidly changing mobile world.
Read this member story ››
Digitizing Denver’s Historic Neighborhoods
Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library
Services, the Denver Public Library, in partnership with the City of
Denver, History Colorado, University of Colorado at Denver
Auraria Library, and the University of Denver Penrose Library, is
bringing together historic resources and digitized archival materials
on Creating Communities Online.
One unique feature that the Denver Public Library staff created in
partnership with Socialight is a free iPhone application for
Creating Communities, which is GPS- enabled with Google Maps.
It helps fans of Denver history to tour the seven historic
Read this member story ››
Reason # 23: Build new services yourself
with widgets, gadgets, RSS feeds, APIs and
A growing library of WorldCat Web applications lets your users
see complementary sources of information, look up physical items
in WorldCat member libraries, and link to electronic resources
such as full- text articles.
View all 25 Reasons to Choose WorldCat ››
News and Events
OCLC developer community creates more
People in the OCLC community have been hard at work all
summer long to bring you inspiring possibilities— and many of
them are now available. Particularly for mobile, there are many
new applications that showcase library results created with the
WorldCat Search API and WorldCat Registry APIs to download
and try out:
CampusBooks – Find free textbooks ( iPhone or Android)
BookMinder – Create a personalized list of books that
interest you ( Android)
iRecommend – See which books you should be reading
( iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad)
iBookshelf – Create your personal portable book database
( iPhone and iPad)
MyLibrary – Organize your personal media collection
( iPhone and iPad)
MyBox Office – Keep track of your DVD and VHS movies
( iPhone and iPad)
Disc Tracker – View your CD collection ( iPhone and iPad)
There are at least five more apps in the queue from WorldCat partners that are still in the prototyping,
testing and learning stages. If you are interested in participating in this innovative community, register
to attend our Mashathon next week in Boston.
View all applications in the OCLC Developer Network Application Gallery ››
Register for the WorldCat Mashathon in Boston, September 23 – 24 ››
Recordings from the Mashathon will be available on our Web site after the event. You will also see
reports from the Mashathon on the OCLC Developer Network Blog ››
Public Libraries: Get Geek the Library
You’ve heard about the Geek the Library public awareness campaign— now you can implement it in
your community! The results of a pilot campaign conducted by OCLC in several markets last year
confirm that Geek the Library has the potential to increase long- term library funding by positively
impacting public perceptions of libraries and library funding. The campaign helped pilot libraries
educate the public about the value of the library and library funding, and start important local funding
conversations. Free materials, resources and support are available to all U. S. public libraries. Learn
more about how this program can benefit your community.
Get Geek the Library ››
Read our news release ››
Register for the OCLC/ Library Journal online symposium—“ The
Ethics of Innovation”
November 17, 2010
A discussion of ethics has been part of the professional landscape since 1903 when Mary Plummer,
ALA President, presented the first code of ethics for librarians. Since then, the information services
landscape has become only more challenging and complex. Join OCLC and Library Journal online for
our second “ Virtual Symposium” as we discuss the ways in which ethical considerations affect
innovation, privacy issues and how libraries deliver services.
In the last few decades, digital content has gone from being a highly technical luxury to the norm of
information storage, search, retrieval, sharing and sales. While many ethical considerations carry
through from previous eras, the digital landscape presents new questions about how to innovate and
succeed in a world that is saturated with data. Our panel will challenge the audience to think about
how these changes impact the role of libraries in the digital mediasphere, and how the traditional
values of the profession can help inform new opportunities.
Register today ››
View the recording from the last OCLC/ Library Journal Online Symposium on The Future of
Mobile: Is your library ready? ››
Save the date— OCLC Member Link- Up at ALA Midwinter on Friday,
Join the Americas Regional Council ( ARC) on Friday, January 7, 2011, for a member meeting
featuring an open forum with OCLC Board members and updates from ARC and OCLC leadership. It
will be followed by the OCLC Symposium, which will showcase several expert speakers on topics that
link our professional endeavors to the aspirations of library users.
Don’t miss this day of engaging conversations with members, leaders of the cooperative and our
featured guest speakers— make plans now to attend! ALA Midwinter will take place in San Diego,
California, January 7– 11, 2011. Stay tuned— agendas, speaker information and the registration form
for in- person and virtual participation will be available online closer to the conference.
View all upcoming conferences and events ››
Visit our Presentation Center to view past presentation slides and video recordings ››
Support and Training
Monthly Member Q& A:
Our Member Services team reports that member libraries want
to know more about WorldCat Local and WorldCat Local “ quick
Question: What is the difference between WorldCat Local
and WorldCat Local “ quick start”?
WorldCat Local is the single search that connects people to all
your library’s materials— physical, electronic and digital— as well
as to the delivery services that get them what they need.
WorldCat Local “ quick start” is included at no extra charge with
a WorldCat on FirstSearch subscription. WorldCat Local is a
subscription service that delivers all of the features available in
WorldCat Local “ quick start,��� plus single- search access to the
databases and content collections your users need and features
that help users reach materials available within a consortium or
group. More than 1,200 libraries are currently taking advantage
of WorldCat Local or WorldCat Local “ quick start.”
See our FAQs and comparison chart for WorldCat Local
and WorldCat Local “ quick start”››
Coming soon to Washington and
Florida: Book Blitz I
This workshop will introduce you to the core skills of
good cataloging and MARC. By learning these skills
and knowing how to find your way around the basic
cataloging tools— the Anglo American Cataloguing
Rules ( AACR2R), Library of Congress Rule
Interpretations ( LCRI) and the MARC coding standards
( MARC21)— you will be able to apply them to catalog
all types of materials, quickly and efficiently. Whether
you are copy cataloging or making original records, this
workshop will teach you the essential cataloging rules
and MARC standards. We will be offering Book Blitz I
at these two locations:
King County Library System, Issaquah, Washington
November 29 – December 2, 2010
9: 00 a. m. – 4: 00 p. m. Pacific Time
Credits and Grants for Washington Library Staff!
This workshop is a Washington State clock hour
offering for school personnel. Continuing education
grants may be available through Washington State
Library; for details, see the Washington State Library
NEFLIN, Orange Park, Florida
December 6 – 9, 2010
9: 00 a. m. – 4: 00 p. m.
Learn more and register ››
View and register for RDA training
via our Training Portal
Many of our Partners— Amigos
LYRASIS, MCLS, Minitex, MLNC and
OHIONET— are making their RDA
information and educational offerings
available to you. We have a new page
on our Training Portal to showcase
View and register for RDA
There is also a wide range of RDA
information available through the
OCLC RDA Resource page. There you
can find informational links to the
OCLC policy with respect to RDA,
training materials and the RDA Toolkit,
which was co- published by the
American Library Association ( ALA),
Canadian Library Association ( CLA)
and Chartered Institute of Library and
Information Professionals ( CILIP).
Join us for a webinar on “ mySkills,
myFuture: A New Tool for Job Seekers”
September 29, from 2: 00 – 3: 30 p. m. Eastern Time
WebJunction is co- hosting a presentation with IMLS and the
United States Department of Labor ( DOL/ ETA) on the new
job- seeking tool, “ mySkills, myFuture.” This free online tool
will enable job seekers to increase their career mobility and
The self- paced tool will help the previously employed to ( 1) use
their previous experience to identify occupations that they might
be qualified for; ( 2) identify the skills needed to acquire to
qualify for a specific job; ( 3) identify education or training
institutions where these skills can be obtained; and ( 4) provide
links to relevant job opportunities in national and state job
banks. Libraries will want to add mySkills, myFuture to their
resources to help job- seeking patrons in their community.
Register today ››
OCLC Partner Update
Libraries have been cooperating on cataloging, collection
management and resource sharing services for decades.
In that time, we have enjoyed the benefits of networked
services— no local software or hardware, elimination of
maintenance and support costs, lower overall expense
and better scalability.
Now, Web scale offers libraries the chance to revitalize
traditional services by sharing workflows, activities, data
and standards as part of a cooperative.
To help our members better understand how Web scale
is changing the face of cooperative library services,
OCLC and LYRASIS are presenting a series of free,
regionally based events. You and your staff will:
Discuss ideas with experts, colleagues and early
Learn the benefits of moving library services to Web
Take away practical tips on how to fit Web scale into
your long- term strategy
Engage in readiness activities to help you in your
Take this opportunity to find out how Web- scale cooperation can lower your costs, make your
services more efficient and improve your users’ overall experience. Events are currently scheduled
October 15, 2010: Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
October 22, 2010: Wichita Free Library, Wichita, KS
November 16, 2010: Durham Public Library, Durham, NC
December 3, 2010: Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA
Additional in- person events will occur throughout the year, along with related webinars, virtual
discussions and more.
SAVE THE DATE for the event nearest you.
And find out how your library can benefit from Web scale.
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