A Technical Services Renaissance at Miami University, May 15 – 17, 2011

In this time of turmoil for libraries, some Technical Services librarians are building a foundation for the future.  Some study past successes and failures to guide future decisions and actions. Others apply current tools and concepts to reinvent existing services and to create innovative new services more relevant to today’s information environment. Finally, some are creating entirely new concepts and paradigms that will help drive the future of libraries. The foundation we are building will support a rebirth of function, form and purpose — a Technical Services Renaissance.

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OVGTSL 2011 Newsletter now available

Thank you to all who submitted reports for the newsletter!

Download the OVGTSL 2011 Newsletter in PDF format.

Some of the OVGTSL 2011 Conference meeting reports have now been published in Cataloging and Classification Quarterly in the “Cataloging News” section.

If you have a subscription to CCQ, you can view here.

Eventually, the material will also be freely available as part of volume 50, no. 1.

A report of the conference was also published in Serials Review volume 37, no. 4 (subscription required).

If you have questions regarding the newsletter, please contact Jennifer Bazeley.

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2012 OVGTSL conference

OVGTSL 2012 will be held May 2-4, 2012 in Evansville, Indiana.  The theme for 2012 is “Catching the Next Wave of Technical Services”.  The conference will be hosted by the University of Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana, and the Evansville Vanderburgh County Public Library.

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2011 Newsletter update

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to write reports for conference sessions at the OVGTSL 2011 Conference.  We have reports for all conference sessions.

We are currently in the process of editing reports and putting together the newsletter.  We will post the newsletter here upon completion and send an announcement to the OVGTSL listserv at that time.

If you have questions regarding the newsletter, please contact Jennifer Bazeley.

Reports have been sent to “Cataloging and Classification Quarterly” for possible re-print (with the author’s permission) in the “News” column.

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Presentations online

We have started publishing presentations online. Check out the Program page to see what we have posted so far and keep watching the page for future additions!

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Murder in the Stacks

Murder In The Stacks CoverFor those of you who are interested in the book that we gave to our keynote speakers, Murder in the Stacks by by Marion Havighurst, we have the book for sale at the Miami University Special Collections for $5.00 a copy.

To order a copy send a check (make check payable to: Miami University Libraries) to cover the cost of each book ordered plus $5.00 per volume for shipping and handling. Be sure to include the name and address where the items(s) are to be shipped.

Send check and shipping information to Elizabeth Brice, The Walter Havighurst Special Collections, Miami University Libraries, 321 King Library, Oxford, OH 45056. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for shipping.

You can also see if there’s a copy available in a library near you via WorldCat.

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Thank you

I hope that everyone had an uneventful trip back to their homes yesterday. I would like to thank everyone for coming out to Oxford and Miami University for the conference. Despite Oxford’s best efforts to freeze us out, we still had a good conference! Thank you to the presenters, newsletter volunteers, and the local planning committee for all the time and work they have put into this conference.

We are currently working on collecting presentations from presenters and will let you know when we start posting presentations online. Watch the OVGTSL 2011 home page for updates. We will also have the  conference newsletter ready by late summer and will publish it on the web site.

Ohio OVGTSL members – we are looking for a host for OVGTSL 2014. It’s a great experience and a great way to contribute back to the OVGTSL community. If you are interested, email me at yoosebj@miamioh.edu for more details.

Again, thank you, and we will hopefully see you at Evansville next year to catch a few waves!

~Becky

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OVGTSL is only a week away!

OVGTSL 2011 is only a week away, and we have some updates and reminders to pass along before you join us in lovely Oxford, Ohio!

Archives ad hoc committee report: The Archives ad hoc committee will be reporting on their findings and recommendations at the business meeting on Monday. The report is available for viewing and downloading at the OVGTSL main page. Please print the report out as there will be no paper copies distributed at the conference.

Planned website outage: The OVGTSL 2011 conference website will be down due to a planned university power outage on May 10th, from 7 pm to 2 am. If for any reason there are site issues after the power outage, look for updates from us on Twitter (hashtag – #ovgtsl11) and on the OVGTSL listserv. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Program changes: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the “OASIS (Open Access to Scholarly wrItingS): IUPUI University Library Offers Assistance to Faculty Wandering in the Desert of Publishers’ Self-Archiving Policies” 10:30 – 11:20 am Monday session has been cancelled. The “Free for All” session, originally scheduled for 3:40 – 4:30 pm Monday, will now be at 10:30 – 11:20 am Monday morning in MPR A. The menu for the Sunday Opening Reception has changed as well. View the latest menu and program information on the website.

Sunday opening reception: We hope that you all will join us for the Opening Reception at the Miami University Art Museum. For those of you who are staying at the Miami Inn or Marcum Conference Center, there will be a shuttle between the hotels and the museum, starting at 5:30 pm at the Miami Inn. More information about the shuttle will be posted in the hotel lobbies. There is very limited parking at the Art Museum, so we encourage people to carpool or to take the shuttle.

Free Wi-Fi: Bring your laptops, netbooks, tablets, and smartphones. :c) Instructions to connect to the guest wireless account will be provided in the registration packet.

Weather: April showers bring, well, May showers. The weather has been a bit damp these last couple of months, and the weather forecast, as it stands now, looks rainy with highs in the upper 60s.  Wear your comfortable shoes, bring your umbrellas, and dress accordingly. Renaissance-themed costumes are optional. ;c)

Parking: If you are driving to OVGTSL, the best (and closest) place to park is the North Campus Garage. Rates are $.50 per hour with a maximum charge of $5 per day. The North Campus Garage appears on the center right of the parking map and the Shriver Center appears on the center left of the parking map. If you need handicapped parking at Shriver and you have not contacted us yet, please do so ASAP.

Continuing education: Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio library staff can apply for continuing education credits for their respective state certification programs. Visit the Continuing Education page on the website for instructions.

Getting around campus: If this is your first time at Miami, or if you haven’t visited for a while, you may not know which red brick building is which. We have created a Google Map to help you get around campus as well as posted the more traditional (less exciting) campus map.

Tuesday afternoon library tours: First time at Miami University? Haven’t been here for a while? Come by and visit us at King Library after the conference on Tuesday afternoon! We have several tours for you to choose from: King Library tour, Special Collections and Conservation/Preservation Lab tour, and Technical Services and Digital Initiatives tour. Tour start times for all tours are at 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, and 3:00. All tours are 30 minutes in length. More information about the tours will be provided in the registration packet.

Again, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at yoosebj@miamioh.edu. I look forward to seeing everyone next week, rain or shine!

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Site downtime

The OVGTSL 2011 conference website will be down due to a planned university power outage on May 10th, from 7 pm to 2 am. If for any reason there are site issues after the power outage, look for updates from us on Twitter (hashtag – #ovgtsl11) and on the OVGTSL listserv. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Program Change

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the “OASIS (Open Access to Scholarly wrItingS): IUPUI University Library Offers Assistance to Faculty Wandering in the Desert of Publishers’ Self-Archiving Policies” 10:30 – 11:20 am Monday session has been cancelled.

The “Free for All” session, originally scheduled for 3:40 – 4:30 pm Monday, will now be at 10:30 – 11:20 am Monday morning in MPR A.

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Conference updates, 4/11

The conference is just about a month away, and we have plenty of updates for you all!

Conference housing: If you haven’t done so already, please make your reservations at the conference hotels by April 15th to get the conference rate.

Continuing education: We are pleased to announce that the Ohio Library Council Library Education Committee has approved the conference program for up to nine credit hours towards the Ohio Public Librarian Certification program. More information about claiming credit hours, including for those in Indiana and Kentucky, can be found on the Continuing Education page.

Reporters still needed: We are still looking for reporters for some sessions. For the session list and more information about volunteering, please visit the Newsletter page.

Conference parking: Parking information has now been posted on the conference site. If you need handicapped parking near Shriver Center, please contact Becky Yoose by May 1st to arrange for a parking pass.

Monday evening entertainment: Wondering what to do Monday evening after dinner? Come join us at 7pm at the Schiewetz Fine Arts Plaza for the Miami University Steel Band performance. This is a perfect time to sit back and relax after a full day. You might even get to showcase your steel drum playing skills in this interactive performance. :c)

Getting around campus: If this is your first time at Miami, or if you haven’t visited for a while, you may not know which red brick building is which. We have created a Google Map to help you get around campus as well as posted the more traditional (less exciting) campus map.

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