November 18, 2008

Automated Services Workshop 2009



The Best Library Catalog in the World

Where: Crowell Public Library

Date: TBA in March or April

Time: 9-12:30


  • Vendors

    SoPac (Joseph Muennich)
    Biblio Commons

  • Update on Open Source Project


  • Experiences of 2 Libraries


Issues we see as needing to be covered

Readers' Advisory mechanisms
Monitoring of content – the pros and consIssues we see as needing to be covered
Readers' Advisory mechanisms
Monitoring of content – the pros and cons
How much control of technology do you need?
Federated Searches – how to make sure the patron knows what they are looking at??
How to talk to the PTB about moving forward
Incremental vs wholesale change??
How much is too much??

Things that Need to be Done Before the Next Meeting

  • Invite Stephanie to participate
  • Find out the dates already taken in March and April
  • Create Survey and distribute URL
  • Heather will send or post the URL for demos for BiblioCommons and SoPac and we will review them
The demo library for bibliocommons is Oakville Public Library in Ontario at:
And Darien CT is the demo for SOPAC:

Next Meeting

December 16, 2008
10 a.m.

Did I miss anything?? If so, please post changes.

April 23, 2008

MCLS Spring Workshop Outline

June 5, 2008

9:00-9:30 am. Registration

9:30 am Greeting and Announcements

9:45 How to Creating and Distributing a Podcast

10:15 Best Practices and Pitfalls

10:45 Video podcasting primer

11:00 Rewards and Measures of Success

11:30 Panel Questions and Responses

April 3, 2008

Thought about the podcasting workshop

Shouldn't we record that and turn it into a podcast?

April 3 meeting

Podcasting libraries:

  • John Legree and InfoPeople are set
  • June 5 from 9-12 City of San Marino Library
  • Irene - will look into educators doing podcasts
  • Linda - will contact Sirsi Dynix
  • Pam will follow up with OCLC, check ASTD podcasters and Knowledgeshift
  • All will rack their brains for other potential speakers

We'll update the blog with info as we get it.

Next Conference Call - April 17th @ 10:00 am

March 18, 2008

Automated Services Workshop

Good meeting Diane and Irene. Will one of you contact, Linda and see what she would like to do?

This is what I believe we decided:

A workshop on Podcasting which will ideally cover

  • What it takes to create and distribute a podcast
  • Best Practices
  • ROI (Return on Investment) - do they increase outreach, make you more visible
  • Vidpod

What we will do in the next two weeks:

  • Diane - Contact Infopeople on possibility of participating - 2 hour format
  • Irene - Contact YBPL
  • Pam - OCLC and Apple

Tentatively - 1st week in June (5th target date)
San Marino
4 hour unless it is a real winner with an exciting speaker then we might think about 6 with lunch brought in (more cost for the workshop)

We will conference call again - April 3rd @ 10:00 am

February 26, 2008

MS Office 2007 docs & OpenOffice

The problem with MS Office 2007 documents is that they have to be saved in a version other than 2007 if you are planning on sending them to anyone who is not using the 2007 version. Now those of us who use OpenOffice (the open source software) have a translator available that should allow us to read Office 2007 documents. The OpenXML Translator allows you to

"Expand's document opening, saving, and conversion powers to Office 2007 documents with the Open XML Translator, a free plug-in intended for Ubuntu systems."

I'll have to try it at home tonight!

February 15, 2008

Tom Edelblute Recognized for Accompishments

At the Anaheim Library Division meeting on February 13, 2008, Tom Edelblute was recognized for two accomplishments. The first was completing the Villanova University certificate curriculum in IS/IT Project Management. The second was receiving the Technican Class for the amature radio (AKA HAM radio) operators license. This second one is important with his operating in the capacity as Communications Lead for Care and Shelter in the event of an emergency in Anaheim.

January 16, 2008