Yesterday, Wed 9 Jan 2013, your RML staff closed the library and devoted itself to learning. Proposed by library director, Jean Toombs, the day consisted of a series of presentations describing the latest and greatest in library technologies and issues.
We then were treated to visits from Kelvin Smith Library tech gurus, Mike Yeager and Roger Zender. Mike runs our ILS (Integrated Library System) which is Secret Library Jargon for the system that catalogs our stuff and checks it all in and out. Roger discussed the evolution of the KSL website and the implementation of responsive design or how websites make themselves smaller and larger based on their delivery platform (iPad, desktop, mobile).
After a pizza break for lunch, we dove into the nitty gritty with sharing from each member of the library staff.
- Reference Librarian, Laurie Lake, demo-ed some the nifty digital open-source tools she uses on a daily basis like Marker.to, Jing, and Prezi.
- Catalogers Anne Lockard and Denise Green discussed in a welcome user-friendly manner about RDA (more Secret Library Jargon for Resource Discovery and Access), the new way in which libraries will catalog items, which Anne described in an earlier blog post.
- Acquisitions Librarian, Janet Winzenburger, presented a well-researched list of orchestras who are exclusively delivering recordings digitally and not issuing physical cds, an issue that’s been explored previously on this blog.
- Circulation Supervisor, Nicole Thomas, talked about developments on the interlibrary loan front.
Following each of these presentations, the staff got down and dirty with copyright. The Association of Research Libraries recently assembled an excellent document called “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries.” Janet Winzenburger brought this to us from a recent Music Library Association conference. Fair use is a concept meant to be interpreted and adding educational value to an item makes it lean towards a transformative interpretation. It was wonderful to weigh in with colleagues regarding this important issue.
Finally, we ended the day with a Media Center update and tour with Media Center Librarian, Denise Green. Denise runs a tight ship downstairs and the RML is quite proud of its collection of recordings. Check out our:
Kudos to our intrepid library director, Jean Toombs, for organizing such a well-run inspiring day. Wonderful to know what our colleagues are up to and tap their smart brains all in an effort to improve services to you, our valued customers!