Every Spring and Fall (when the weather is good - usually) we choose an area of the 3 state Minitex region to visit and meet face to face with the staff from the various library types that we support. This Spring we chose the St. Cloud area but were limited to one day. We were able to visit St. Johns University and Great River Regional Library on March 17th. Below is a short summary of our visit to St. Johns University - soon you'll see a summary from our Great River Regional Library trip.
During the first part of our meeting, Mark Wilhelmi and I met with Tess Kasling (our OCLC contact) and most of the staff from the library. We gave a brief update on some changes coming down the road with OCLC, Minitex, and libraries in the region (there will be more news about this soon). Alcuin Library staff gave us a lot of feedback about WorldCat Local, which they just launched back in Dec. 2008.
After that we split into two groups - catalogers and staff involved with digital collections using CONTENTdm (an OCLC product that we support). I spoke with staff from the Hill Manuscript and Museum Library (which is physically connected to Alcuin Library) about their upcoming projects. HMML is probably best known for their St. John's Bible project and their extensive physical and digital collections of Medieval manuscripts. We learned a great deal about the library and HMML and hope to have another chance to visit soon!
Upon entering Alcuin Library at St. Johns University, the first thing to catch my eye was this beautiful Hibiscus tree.
On the main floor is the circulation desk.
A view of the main floor at the library.
Staff only stairs we took to get downstairs to the meeting room.
Goodbye Alcuin Library!