NCTPG 2019 Networking/Collaboration
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Question 1For libraries who have recently migrated to a new ILS: how did you prepare for your migration? What did you do (or wish you had done) before migrating Acquisitions data? Susan Boone <susan.boone@ucsf.edu>Edit directly in the document:
"We cleaned up our fund codes. Name <email@library.edu>:
Wish we had spent more time on making sure our bib and item records were as consistent as possible, and that we had a better understanding of how fields would be displayed in the OPAC. cunha@monterey.org
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Question 2We want to reduce the amount of funds we have in our library. We have over 2000! What are some ways that you've done this at your library? We use Sierra. Swetta Abeyta sba2@stmarys-ca.edu
use other fields of the order record to track things currently in fundcodes. mhemhauser@berkeley.edu2000 is insane! looks for ways to consolidate and group them differently, combine by person/department/subject area/format/etc. Identify who is using the funds and go talk to them or survey them: ask how it helps them to have it broken down the way it is now, and if it would cause them a problem to reduce them. could be a multi-year project that happens in stages. Reducing the number of people involved in spending the $$ helped us reduce the number of funds we used to have. - Jaime Anderson, Sonoma County Library, janderson@sonomalibrary.org
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Question 3Has anyone succesfully been able to convince their department heads that they need more catalogers?nope!one way to try this is to see if there's a part time position that might be available for your department. If that person is able to take on more responsibility, it's possible that a full time job can be created from that position. It's so hard when budgets are being cut, I'm afraid.
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Question 4In the same vein, how can catalogers convince management that authority control is worth the time and effort? :-)Administration should know that properly identified stakeholders for the library—e.g., faculty, students, community members, organizations, etc.—in a discovery layer can help lead users (both internal and external) to connect resources. I can elaborate more if desired. Ryan Tamares <rtamares@law.stanford.edu>
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Question 5Automate library access - Michelle Polchow UC Davis
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Question 6Closing several branches at once for remodel. How did you move the collection out if you have done this? - Sarah Harbison harbisons@santacruzpl.org
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Question 7Why does the focus of the organization tend to cater to colleges and universities? Last bastion for professional degrees.I don't have an answer for this, other than to say that in smaller public libraries it is increasingly difficult to find even librarians that know much about cataloging, so trying to do it properly, much less innovate, is a challenge. I'm the technical services supervisor at our library and I don't have an MLS degree. Everything I know I learned on the job or via workshops. My boss does have an MLS and she always says,"well, you know more about it than I do." And if I tell any of our selectors (all of whom have MLS degrees) that I would like tham to provide cataloging for an item not in SkyRiver or WorldCat, they freak out. cunha@monterey.orgIf you mean NCTPG, we realize we need to do a better job of getting speakers from all types of libraries. That was one of our goals for the field trips, as well. We know we can do better. If you have suggestions for speakers or have other ideas, please reach out to us. Thank you! - Swetta
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Question 8Digital accessibility - Brian McNeilly brian@mcneil.lyI'd love to know more about what you're seeing or curious about in terms of digital accessiblity.
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