February 2011 Archives

OCLC to hold prices flat for 2012 fiscal year

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On behalf of OCLC...

To the OCLC Membership:

I want you to know that OCLC will again hold the line on pricing for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2011. This will be the third consecutive year that OCLC has held prices flat.

This action was supported by the Board of Trustees during its meeting earlier this month. Both the Board and the management team agree that this decision reflects the values of a cooperative, acting in the best interests of its members and participants during a time of economic stress. It is equally clear that on behalf of its members OCLC must pursue its public purposes vigorously. We must continue to promote innovation and invest in developing services to control costs for libraries. In particular, as OCLC delivers Web-scale services, libraries will be able to optimize workflows and take full advantage of the technologies that the Web and cloud computing offer. The scale of the investments to launch these solutions rivals any development effort that the cooperative has undertaken in its 44 year history.

Investments in research and advocacy programs will also remain central to our plans. Already this year, significant studies have been released by OCLC Research, including, Cloud-sourcing Research Collections: Managing Print in the Mass-digitized Library Environment, which examines the feasibility of outsourcing management of low-use print books held in academic libraries to shared service providers. The latest OCLC membership report, Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community, was released last month and offers new insights into information consumers and their online information seeking behaviors. OCLC's investments in research on behalf of its members will continue in 2012 and beyond to support and advance libraries and their work.

Frankly, I must temper the good news by noting that in the future OCLC will not be able to absorb inflation year after year without passing through some of those costs to participating institutions. While our balance sheet and cash flows are sound, we must manage costs very strictly to maintain good financial health and advance the cooperative into the next generation.

OCLC members have been through many up and down economic cycles during the past four decades, but the members always have chosen to sustain the cooperative to advance OCLC's public purpose. In that spirit, the promise of Web-scale Management Services bodes well for OCLC's capacity long into the future to deliver information to people across the world when and where they need it. Toward that end, we will continue to do everything we can to control costs and add value. We look forward to working with you to achieve the vision set out by Fred Kilgour almost 50 years ago.

- Jay Jordan
OCLC President and CEO

Edward Swanson Selected for Margaret Mann Citation

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CHICAGO-The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is announcing that the late Edward Swanson is the recipient of the 2011 Margaret Mann Citation presented by its Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS).

Edward Swanson is recognized for his contributions to the development and interpretation of cataloging practices and as a trainer of catalogers throughout a long and distinguished career. He served on professional cataloging committees at the state, national and international levels, including serving as chair of the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access and as a member of the Board of Directors of ALCTS. His extensive engagement with IFLA was on a governing level as well as with a number of cataloging-specific committees, including serving as a member of the Governing Board, secretary/treasurer of the IFLA section on Classification and Indexing, chair of the Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section, secretary of the Division of Bibliographic Control: Coordinating Board, and chair of the Division of Collections and Services: Coordinating Board. Edward authored or edited publications too numerous to list, including authoring or collaborating in the writing of several training manuals and other documentation relating to AACR2 and the editing of ISBD (CR), International Standard Bibliographic Description for Serials and other Continuing Resources, which was published in 2002.

The Margaret Mann Citation Jury is pleased to honor Edward Swanson for his exemplary dedication and cataloging expertise; his efforts have helped to shape the work of cataloging groups at the highest level and guide the work of innumerable individual catalogers.

The award will be presented on Sunday, June 26, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2011 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. The Mann Citation, recognizing outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification, includes a $2,000 scholarship donated in the recipient's honor by OCLC, Inc. to the library school of the winner's choice. Edward's partner has chosen the St. Catherine University, Master of Library and Information Science Program in St. Paul, MN to be the recipient of this year's scholarship award.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.

Catalogers and Mobile Technologies

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Catalogers, are you involved in projects to build mobile views of your catalog, library web page, or digital repository? ARLD wants to hear from you!

This year's ARLD Day theme is mobile technologies. In addition to keynote speaker Jason Griffey, they are planning on having 4 breakout sessions and lightening round presentations. Please consider a proposal for the April 29 ARLD Day. The deadline is March 1st!

Submit a proposal

Call for Photographs from the Past

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Minitex is seeking photographs from the past and we need your help!

In preparation for our Minitex 40th Anniversary (to officially begin July 1, 2011) we're looking for photos that were taken from the period of 1969 - present day. Do you have:

  • Pictures of library staff with Minitex staff (past or present staff)?
  • Pictures of past Minitex conferences, training sessions, or other events (e.g. Minitex softball team)?
  • Pictures of library staff using Minitex services (like Delivery) or Minitex-supported services or technology (like OCLC, or the old teletype machines)?

How to Submit Photos

Are your photos already in digital form? Email the highest quality version you have to: ring0089@umn.edu

If you have more than a couple photos to send and/or your attached image/s exceeds 25 MB, consider sending them as separate emails or contact Sara Ring directly to work out alternate delivery options.

Minitex Delivery System

If you have photos but they have not been scanned yet, you can use the Minitex Delivery System to send them to us. Sara Ring will scan your photographs and return them to you using the same method. Use the delivery code MII and address it to Sara Ring's attention. If you are not on the Minitex delivery system, please use the U.S. Postal Service and send to:

Sara Ring
University of Minnesota
15 Andersen Library
222 21st Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Information to Include

Along with your images, please include:

  • Names of people in photograph (if known)

  • Approximate date

  • Subject of the photograph (Where was it taken? What was the event?)

  • Any other information you want us to know about the photo/s

Note: The photographs may be used on our website in the future or for other 40th Anniversary promotional events. If you have privacy concerns, please consider sending them to us for archival purposes and note that in your message.


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