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November 2011 | Vol. 2, No. 10 | ISSN 2152- 8993
In this issue:
Members share global perspectives, common challenges
Covenant College embraces OCLC Web- scale Management
Services as its partner for the 21st century
For Forde Library at USC, single search box returns results
Sarah Lacy, author and Senior Editor at TechCrunch, to keynote
OCLC Member Meeting and Symposium at ALA Midwinter
Kenning Arlitsch and colleagues receive IMLS support for the
" Getting Found" Project
Join WebJunction for " A Small But Powerful Webinar for Winning
Big Support for Your Rural Library"
OHIONET course, " QueRy: What Are QR Codes and Why Should I
More Member Links:
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News and Events
Members share global perspectives, common challenges
Having just experienced my first in- person OCLC Global Council Meeting as Vice
Chair/ Chair- Elect of the Americas Regional Council, I am pleased to report that your
colleagues who represent you, the members, had a busy and productive Global
Council Meeting. Your representatives had many opportunities to give their input to
OCLC on a number of issues— including member communications, the future of OCLC
services, and the state of libraries in today's landscape. This meeting also gave our
representatives the opportunity to learn about OCLC in a global context through
meetings with representatives from the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.
Many of the general sessions during Global Council were recorded and I invite you to watch these
presentations and share them with your colleagues. One important outcome of the meeting was the
decision to form a new Global Council Communications Committee. The members of this new
committee will soon be announced.
As ALA Midwinter quickly approaches, the ARC is planning an important meeting for members on
January 20, 2012. The conversations at this meeting will be a continuation of the ones we began at
Vice Chair/ Chair-
Global Council: member communications, OCLC's strategic direction and the vision for how members
will leverage the latest technologies to collaborate.
If you are attending ALA Midwinter, I hope you will contribute to these conversations by participating in
this important meeting. We will also stream this meeting live, so if you will not be at ALA Midwinter, we
invite you to participate virtually.
Elections for 2012– 2013 are also well underway and the Americas Regional Council Nominating
Committee will soon announce the slate of candidates. If you have any questions or comments about
the Global Council Meeting, our upcoming ARC Member Meeting at ALA Midwinter, or about ARC in
general, we'd love to hear from you.
I look forward to seeing you in Dallas.
— Barbara Preece
Barbara is Dean of the Library at California State University San Marcos.
Covenant College embraces OCLC Web- scale Management Services
as its partner for the 21st century
Tad Mindeman, Covenant College, addresses OCLC's Global Council
" After surveying the product
landscape ... we became
convinced that OCLC’s
WMS offered the most
potential for us to make
some radical improvements."
When Covenant College considered a move to a new integrated library
system, our perspective focused not on the gee- whiz aspect of the
technology, but attempted to ascertain how a particular tool might best
contribute to a better learning experience for our users. We knew that
our users were becoming relatively frustrated by the organization and
accessibility of our collections and resources, and we feared this could
be inhibiting effective learning.
By early 2010, we believed that information management needed
focused attention. Compounding this was a concern that the campus
information technology department would not be able to support an
increasingly technologically dependent library. I was determined to
relieve these colleagues from having to maintain the hardware and
software associated with traditional, server- based library systems. After
surveying the product landscape over the next few months, we became
convinced that OCLC’s WMS offered the most potential for us to make
some radical improvements. On November 9, 2011, Tad
In summer 2010, we implemented WorldCat Local " quick start" to give
us a sample of how this discovery tool would operate. The Covenant
Library applied for WMS early adopter status in late September 2010.
About four weeks later, we were accepted as an early adopter.
Little Covenant College was about to take a big plunge.
Read this member story »
Mindeman, Director of Library
Services at Kresge Memorial Library
at Covenant College, provided an
update on his team’s implementation
of Web- scale Management Services
( WMS) during OCLC’s Global
Council Meeting in Dublin, Ohio.
View more presentations from Global Council
The following presentations, plus Tad's video and more, are now
available online. All were presented during OCLC's Global Council
Meeting, November 7– 9, 2011, in Dublin, Ohio.
Watch these videos »
For Forde Library at
USC, single search
box returns results
WorldCat local provides
easy access to information
for faculty and students at
the University of the
Southern Caribbean’s Forde
" OCLC’s WorldCat
Local was the right
solution to help us
fulfill this action
item, as it
plan and was well
within our budget."
— Petra Pierre-
Robertson, Director of
the Forde Library
The University of the Southern Caribbean ( USC) is situated
on the 384- acre La Realista Estate in Maracas Valley,
Trinidad, and serves staff and students from more than 35
countries. USC’s Forde Library is the academic center of the
campus. The Library boasts of a fully functional LMS, the
addition of electronic books and journals, and scheduled
class sessions for instructing students, as well as introducing
freshmen to the services and resources of the library, and
an expansion beyond physical space into the virtual world
through the provision of access to virtual resources. Mrs.
Petra Pierre- Robertson, Director of the Forde Library shares
some triumphs and tribulations encountered in
communicating the value of the library’s services to library
One of the challenges we faced was getting users to satisfactorily retrieve information through the subscribed
electronic resources. Before the implementation of WorldCat Local, users experienced frustration searching
multiple platforms and complained that search results did not yield information for the topic being searched.
Interestingly, though the students had access to all of the databases the library subscribed to, they often gave
up quickly after their search attempt via the first interface failed. From that point, other users’ default was to
use Google, or some other search engine.
One of our primary goals is that of establishing the library as an information guide. An action item within our
plan included the implementation of a discovery service by 2011. OCLC’s WorldCat Local was the right
solution to help us fulfill this action item, as it contributed to achieving our overall strategic plan and was well
within our budget.
Read this member story »
News and Events
Sarah Lacy, author and Senior Editor at
TechCrunch, to keynote OCLC Member
Meeting and Symposium at ALA Midwinter
Save the Date— Friday, January 20, 2012
OCLC Americas Member Meeting and Symposium
1: 00 – 5: 00 pm
Your member- leaders have revamped the structure of this year's Americas Regional Council
Meeting and Symposium at ALA Midwinter, making this event one you won't want to miss.
During our time together, we will enjoy:
A keynote presentation from Sarah Lacy.
Sarah is Senior Editor at TechCrunch and author of Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky.
Interactive discussions, polls and Q& A with speakers.
The clickers are back! Come prepared to weigh in on important issues throughout the meeting. We will
also have roundtable discussions for vigorous debate with ARC representatives and OCLC leadership
on future strategies of the cooperative.
A Member Reception.
Mingle and continue your conversations and discussions with fellow members.
Registration will open soon, so make plans now to attend this event.
Not attending ALA Midwinter? We will stream this meeting live online at www. oclc. org/ livefeed/, between
1: 00 and 5: 00 pm on January 20.
Mining the Fault Lines: Big Collaboration on a
Richter Web Scale
How did the top one percent come to rule the world? What drives
these individuals to shake things up and stay on top?
To write her latest book, Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky, Sarah Lacy
spent 40 weeks traveling through Asia, South America and Africa,
on the hunt for the most impressive, up- and- coming entrepreneurs
the developed world has never heard of. She explores how this
top one percent does more to change their worlds through greed
and ambition than their politician, NGO and nonprofit counterparts.
During her address, Sarah will share stories that will make you
consider how your library might view and manage risks differently,
better leverage big collaboration in a Web- scale environment, and
drive change to accelerate your mission.
About Sarah Lacy
Sarah is an award- winning journalist and author of two critically
acclaimed books, Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good: The
Rebirth of Silicon Valley and the Rise of Web 2.0 ( Gotham Books,
May 2008) and Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky: How the Top 1% of
Entrepreneurs Profit from Global Chaos ( Wiley, February 2011).
Sarah Lacy, Senior Editor at
TechCrunch and author of Brilliant,
Kenning Arlitsch, Associate Dean for
Information Technology, Willard
Marriott Library, University of Utah
Kenning Arlitsch and colleagues receive
IMLS support for the " Getting Found"
OCLC Research joins the University of Utah's J. Willard
Marriott Library, the Digital Library Federation and
Mountain West Digital Library as partners to explore
search engine optimization for digital resources.
OCLC Senior Research Scientist Jean Godby will serve as a
senior advisor to the three- year project, " Getting Found: Search
Engine Optimization for Digital Repositories," which will develop
strategies for improving the visibility of library digital repositories in
Internet search engines and create best practices guidelines that
will enable librarians to replicate the results of this project at their
To support this work, Godby will create crosswalks and other
metadata conversion mechanisms that help bridge the gap
Jean Godby, Senior Research
between the descriptive practices of libraries and the requirements
of Internet search engines.
Join WebJunction for " A Small But Powerful
Webinar for Winning Big Support for Your
Wednesday, December 14 | 2: 00 – 3: 00 pm Eastern
Join WebJunction for an introduction to the revised edition of the
popular Small But Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your
Rural Library, a new toolkit from the American Library Association’s
Committee on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds, Office for
Literacy and Outreach Services, and the Association for Rural and
Small Libraries. This webinar will introduce you to the tips and strategies
presented in the toolkit, share the experiences of a rural librarian who
has built support for her library, and introduce you to some of the
additional advocacy tools and resources from the American Library
Presenters: Miguel Figueroa, director, ALA Office for Literacy &
Outreach Services; Susan Hill Pieper, director, Paulding County
Carnegie Library ( OH) and editor, " Rural Library Services Newsletter";
and Jennifer Peterson, community manager at WebJunction, board
member, Association for Rural & Small Libraries, and chair of ALA
Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee.
Participate in this webinar »
Support and Training
OHIONET course, " QueRy: What Are QR
Codes and Why Should I Care?"
December 1, 2011 | 2: 00 – 3: 00 pm ET
QR codes are starting to pop up everywhere— in magazines,
advertisements and in stores. What are these barcode- like
squares? Are they just a fad? This workshop will provide an
overview of QR codes, how they can be created and unexpected
ways to utilize them in a library setting.
Register for this course »
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