This June: Virtual Preconferences

Join us online for virtual preconferences you can attend right at your desk.

Loan Agreements for Exhibits Materials: The Basics  |  June 18–20, 2013 | Three one-hour sessions

Increasingly, libraries are loaning collection materials to other institutions for exhibit. Unlike museums, libraries are often unprepared for this complicated process. This virtual preconference will lay down the basic elements of a loan agreement, including legal and financial expectations of both parties and the care and preservation of the borrowed item. A case study will offer advice and tips on creating a loan agreement from scratch, as well as direct participants to existing resources.

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Shared Collection Development: Collaborative Models for Digital Collections  |  June 10–11, 2013 | Two 60–90 minute sessions

This two-day virtual preconference provides an overview of collection development for shared electronic resource collections.

The first session (90 minutes) describes a consortium eBook demand-driven acquisitions project from the perspective of a library vendor and the consortium. The second session (one hour) addresses special considerations related to developing and licensing shared electronic resource collections.

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Preconferences in Chicago

Techniques for Electronic Resource Management: Crowdsourcing for Best Practices  |  Friday, June 28, 8:30 am–4 pm

Techniques for electronic resource management (TERMS) is a crowdsourcing experiment that has been designed to encourage worldwide librarians to share their best practices and workflows of electronic resource management freely. We invited interested librarians via social media venues such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and a wiki. Come learn how this experiment worked and participate in the development of capturing the best practices of electronic resource management. The TERMS Library Technology Report will be made available to attendees.

Speakers include:

  • Jill Emery, Collection Development Librarian, Portland State University
  • Graham Stone BSc, DipILS, MCLIP, FHEA, Information Resources Manager, Computing and Library Services, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate

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Shared Print Monographs: Making It Work  |  Thursday, June 27, 8:30 am–4 pm

To date, shared print programs have focused largely on journals. Monographs pose a different challenge, and require new approaches. Information from circulation and holdings records can help libraries share responsibility for print collections, while enabling careful drawdown of surplus copies and protection of the scholarly record.

This preconference will highlight the experiences of several groups: Michigan Shared Print Initiative, Connect New York, Maine Shared Collection Strategy, the California State University system, and others.

Speakers include:

  • Rick Lugg, Sustainable Collection Services (SCS)
  • Clem Guthro, Colby College & Maine Shared Collection Strategy
  • Matthew Revitt, Maine Shared Collection Strategy
  • Gerry Hanley, Ph.D, Office of the Chancellor, California State University
  • Alice Kawakami, California State University/Los Angeles
  • Doug Way, Head of Collections & Scholarly Communications
  • Randy Dykhuis, Executive Director, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services and MI-SPI
  • Sara Amato, Systems Librarian, Maine Shared Collections Strategy
  • Andy Breeding, Sustainable Collection Services
  • Emily Hutton-Hughes, Colgate University and Connect NY
  • Debra Bucher, Vassar College and Connect NY
  • Dr. Barbara Cockrell, Western Michigan University and MI-SPI

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Introduction to RDF and Ontologies for the Semantic Web  |  Thursday, June 27, 8:30 am–4 pm

Linked Data and Semantic Web applications hold potential for expressing bibliographic data in ways more flexible, powerful, and openly sharable than MARC. While RDF provides the underlying data model, RDFS, OWL, and SKOS provide the basis for creating vocabularies and "ontologies," machine-actionable models that bring structure to RDF.  This workshop provides a beginner's level introduction for non-IT librarians to the structures that make Linked Data and Semantic Web applications work, with a primary focus on ontologies as models of the entities in a knowledge domain and the relationships among those entities.  It includes examples from cultural heritage metadata communities.

Steven J. Miller, Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies

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RDA: Back to the Basics  |  Friday, June 28, 8:30 am–4 pm

Designed for the cataloger, student, or anyone who has a solid understanding of AACR2 and MARC, this preconference will cover the transition to RDA. Speakers will concentrate on the differences between the two cataloging codes and use examples from various formats providing practical hands-on exercises. Implementation strategies will be discussed. Resources to begin the transition process will be highlighted. This back-to-the basics workshop is for those new to RDA and those requiring refresher training.

Speakers include:

  • June Abbas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Oklahoma
  • Christopher Cronin, Director of Technical Services, University of Chicago Library
  • Christine Oliver, Coordinator of Cataloguing and Authorities, Collection Services, McGill University Libraries
  • Mark K. Ehlert, Minitex Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Digitization, Cataloging & 15 Andersen Library, Metadata Education (DCME)
  • Luiz Mendes, Electronic Resources Librarian, California State University, Northridge
  • Georgia Fujikawa, Vice President Operations, SkyRiver
  • Cynthia M. Whitacre, Manager, WorldCat Quality & Partner Content Dept., OCLC Online Computer Library Center

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