Yearly Archives: 2012

WorldShare Interlibrary Loan

WorldShare™ Interlibrary Loan is a new service that will replace WorldCat Resource Sharing, as part of libraries’ OCLC Resource Sharing subscriptions. The service centralizes workflows now managed in multiple systems, and will provide new functionality that speeds fulfillment of interlibrary loan requests and saves time for library staff and library users. Learn more about this coming change and what you’ll need to do to plan for this migration!  OCLC Update Colorado ILL — Presentation


Resource sharing: a Union Experience

Several libraries use state or regional union catalogs as their primary method of resource sharing. Making a request through the union catalog is often cheaper and more efficient than other methods for fulfilling ILL requests. Union catalogs come in all shapes and sizes and are unique in terms of policies and members.

We will look at three union catalogs–MelCat-(Michigan), Swift (Colorado State Library) and Prospector (CO Alliance of Research Libraries) that have been in operation over the last 10 years. Members from each will discuss how they became established, how they were able to agree on policies, and some of the challenges and opportunities of resource sharing.

Lori Smith – Resource Sharing: a Union Experience


Perspectives on Copyright in the Digital Age

Dave Hansen, Fellow at the UC Berkeley Law School will join Mark Seeley, Senior VP and Legal Counsel at Elsevier Publishing to discuss different perspectives on copyright from a publisher’s view point and a librarian’s view point. Participants will have a chance to ask their most perplexing copyright questions to our expert panelists.   Perspectives on Copyright in the Digital Age — Presentation

Library Advocacy

Community based advocacy and community engagement are key components in driving a successful future for your library. Join Jennifer Pearson, Senior Manager of Advocacy Programs for OCLC, as she discusses why every public library should have a strategy for both and shares lessons learned from the Geek the Library community advocacy program. She will discuss ideas that work and how you can apply them to public library community advocacy and engagement in your local community.  Interlibrary Loan: The Future is Now! — Presentation

Interlibrary Loan: The Future is Now!

Times are tough for libraries. That doesn’t change the fact that our users still want it… and they want it now – not in the future! In spite of these tough times, and sometimes because of them, new and exciting ILL initiatives and innovations are succeeding. Innovation and change in ILL, first and foremost, require collaboration. This session will begin with a collaborative discussion of the most difficult challenges the ILL community will face, and will continue with an overview of how collaboration, new technology, and hard work will lead to useful solutions.  Interlibrary Loan: The Future is Now!

Out of the Cube Ideas for Extensive ILL Requests

A brief presentation regarding ILL extensive searching techniques. Topics include every day extensive searching and out of the box techniques such a search engines, contacting authors, and contacting institutions.

The presentation also explores Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn in regards to attaining articles. I will also discuss language barriers and tips on how to translate e-mails and requests into different languages.

Chris Steele – Out of the Cube Ideas for Extensive ILL Requests

Orbis Cascade-Patron Driven Ebook intiative

The Orbis Cascade consortium in Oregon began a patron driven demand project in July 2011 to purchase ebooks through the union catalog. They worked with their vendors, EBL and YBP to determine costs associated with ebook purchases once a patron requested an item. Greg Doyle from Orbis Cascade will provide an update on the project and future plans for ebook purchasing.  Orbis Cascade-Patron Driven Ebook Initiative — Presentation

eBook Travels: Who has the map for this trip?

Every month libraries find new roads to walk down in our quest for eContent that our patrons and students want. Much of this new ecosystem is confusing. Which way should we turn? Douglas County Libraries decided to take a different route and acquired its own Adobe Content Server and assign Digital Rights Management to each title. We purchase eBook files directly from publishers. Come hear about the successes and snags we’ve experienced along the way. And let’s discuss how owning eBooks might change the resource sharing landscape.   eBook Travels: Who has the map for this trip — Presentation


Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes will provide some comedic relief with their stories about libraries and the amusing characters we often discover there be it the staff or patrons.

Opportunities for Resource Sharing through Prospector and SWIFT

In Colorado, just as in most states, there are different ways to participate in resource sharing through libraries.  SWIFT and Prospector are two of the most well known systems for sharing materials among libraries.  What makes these systems unique to one another?  How does one decide which system is best for the library?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of each system? Representatives that use both systems will share their experiences with participants.

Jimmy Thomas

Jimmy Thomas, Director of Marmot Library NetworkJimmy Thomas earned a BA in 1976 from Oberlin College (OH), and an MLS in 1978 from the University of Pittsburgh (PA). He worked 10 years at OCLC (OH) as developer, systems analyst, and development manager. From 1989-1992 he worked for Unisys Corporation (PA & GA) as a systems analyst then customer support manager.

CARL Corporation (CO) employed Mr Thomas from 1992-2000 as Circulation Team Leader, Manager of Product Support, Project Manager, and Singapore Project Director. The Library Corporation (TLC) purchased CARL in 2000, and he continued representing CARL•Solution, then Library•Solution from 2001-2003. As Director of Strategic Products (2004-2007), Mr Thomas worked with business partners to integrate components in TLC solutions. One strategic product, AquaBrowser, led him to work for Medialab, a Dutch company, when it was purchased by Bowker in 2007.

In 2009 Mr Thomas became Executive Director of the Marmot Library Network, which hosts an integrated library system, maintains a union catalog of 1.4m titles, and provides related services for public, academic, and school libraries in Colorado. Mr Thomas was honored as a “Colorado Librarian of the Year” in 2011 by the Colorado Association of Libraries.

DIY Illiad Tune-Up

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Atlas Systems Training and Library Solutions team recently launched a new service called the ILLiad Tune-Up designed to help ILLiad sites re-examine processes, maintenance tasks, workflows and customizations for increased productivity. In this pre-conference session, we’ll share our tune-up checklist and recommendations with you including custom print templates, helpful routing rules, and OCLC settings evaluations. You will have time to make plans for changes so that you can go home and tune-up your own ILLiad.

Prospector Preconference

Get up to speed on all the latest changes with Prospector. The last couple of years have been a whirlwind. We’ve added 16 new libraries from the Marmot Library Network, implemented Encore and are in the stages of adding Denver Public Library back to the Prospector as a DCB site. Later this year, Longmont Public Library will also join Prospector through a DCB connection.  The content in Prospector has changed as well as more libraries purchase more ebooks and fewer print titles.

Draft Agenda

1:00-1:45 Prospector overview (statistics, new developments, the future)-Rose Nelson, Systems Librarian at CO Alliance

1:45-2:30 Marmot & Prospector — a Progress Report by Jimmy Thomas, Director of Marmot Library Network

2:30-3:00 Break with refreshments

3:00-4:00 Ebooks and Prospector-George Machovec, interim Director of the CO Alliance

4:00-4:45pm Tom Jacobson, Director of Sales-Strategic Accounts, Innovative Interfaces

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Randy Dykhuis

Randy Dykhuis is Executive Director of the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, a nonprofit, membership organization that provides libraries in Michigan and Indiana with a convenient, single point of contact for training, group purchasing and technical support for electronic resources. He has held that position since February 2010. Prior to that, he was Executive Director for the Michigan Library Consortium, a position he held from August 1995 through February 2010. During his tenure at MLC Dykhuis worked with the Library of Michigan, individual Michigan libraries, and other library associations to implement a number of innovative statewide projects including the Michigan eLibrary and MeLCat, a statewide resource sharing system. With almost 410 participating libraries and more than 1,000,000 loan requests in 2011, MeLCat is one of the largest resource sharing projects in the country.

Prior to joining MLC, Dykhuis served as director of OCLC services at OHIONET in Columbus, Ohio and worked as senior marketing representative at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio. His experience in public libraries includes stints at Grand Rapids (MI) Public Library and Grace A. Dow Memorial Library in Midland, Michigan. Dykhuis received his Masters in Library Science from Wayne State University and his Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University.

Bill Barnes

Bill Barnes by Gene Ambaum
Bill Barnes loves librarians, show tunes, and meat. He can count his toes without taking off his shoes. Over the past eight years, he has tried to convince Gene that the meaning of “partnership” is doing what he says 99% of the time. He can often be seen wandering the floor at trade shows playing “The Final Countdown” on his ukulele Death Adder. In his spare time he draws Unshelved and writes a comic about the software industry, Not Invented Here. Follow @billba.