Faceted Searching Solutions

July 31, 2008

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) offered a forum series at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.  One was sponsored by the ALCTS Catalog Form and Function Interest Group entitled “Old Records, New Records, New Interfaces.”  Three librarians, Charley Pennell, Mary Charles Lasater, and Cheryl Gowing, presented their experiences from their online catalog redesign projects.  Links to the powerpoint presentations are below:

Charley Pennell, Principal Cataloger for Metadata, North Carolina State University LibrariesEndeca Presentation

Mary Charles Lasater, Authorities Librarian, Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt UniversityPrimo Presentation

Cheryl Gowing, Director, Information Management & Systems, University of MiamiEncore Presentation

[Also, here is a link to SirsiDynix’s faceted searching solution: Enterprise.]


Digital TV Conversion

July 28, 2008

Have questions about the Digital Television Conversion coming up on February 17, 2009?

Go to dtvanswers.com or dtv2009.gov for answers.

To apply for a coupon for a digital converter box, go here or here.

From “Curious Expeditions”

July 25, 2008

At the blog Curious Expeditions: Travelling and Exhuming the Extraordinary Past, you can explore some beautiful libraries around the world:  Librophiliac Love Letter.

Here is a beautiful library many of us are familiar with…

“Man’s Mobility” by John Stephens Coppin 
in Detroit Public Library’s Adam Strohm Hall

Interested in Learning to Write Grants?

July 22, 2008

Save the Date for this Informative Workshop

Are you looking for sources for grant funding for your school, lab or community organization? Trying to write a grant to fund a special project? Or supporting administrators or researchers who are applying for federal or foundation funding? Plan to attend “Grant Writing Basics For All” on Saturday, August 23rd at Wayne State’s David Adamany Undergraduate Library.

The Wayne State University Library System is pleased to sponsor “Grant Writing Basics For All” – a one-day workshop to provide participants with the skills to identify funding sources and write good grants. The programming includes:
• A keynote lecture on the grant-writing process
• Hands-on workshops to locate grant resources
• A lecture on grant-writing techniques
• Break out sessions on grant-writing for community organizations, researchers and K-12 educators
• An open lab for assistance with grants in progress or general questions

The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2008 at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library, in the heart of Wayne State’s Detroit campus. The cost is $45 or $20 for students.

Click Here to register

For more information, contact Lothar Spang at 313-577-3367 or by e-mail at lothar.spang@wayne.edu.


July 21, 2008

Here are some useful links about copyright in libraries:

Five Things you should read about Copyright and Sharing Instructional Materials (from ACRL)

Is it protected by copyright? (Calculator)

International Study on the Impact of Copyright Law on Digital Preservation (PDF document)

“Best Practices for Locating Copyright Owners of Photographic and Visual Art” (from American Society of Picture Professionals)


July 16, 2008

Karen Calhoun, Vice President, WorldCat and Metadata Services for OCLC is hosting a new blog called Metalogue.  It is “a forum for sharing thoughts on all things related to knowledge organization by and for libraries.”  Also posting to the blog will be “friends and colleagues from all over the globe, who contribute perspectives and experiences about the current and future state of cataloguing and metadata.”

Take a look at some other OCLC blogs:

DALNET Board Approves New Grant Program

July 14, 2008

Looking toward the future, the DALNET Board of Directors established the Program Initiative Reserve as a shared resource for DALNET members.  The Board has now formalized a process for offering grants from the reserve to DALNET members.  Through this new program the Board will be pleased to award grants ranging from $250 to $25,000 per project or program.  The grants will be awarded to members whose proposals support the DALNET mission to advance research and learning through resource sharing.   The grant program is one in a host of benefits and services for DALNET members.

Members may read and download the grant application and materials on the new grant website at:

Institutions interested in placing membership in DALNET may find more information here: http://www.dalnet.lib.mi.us/howtojoin.html