Presentations

Pre-conference 2007 Presentations


Restructuring Our Thinking: New Mindsets for Librarianship in a Radically Changed Information Environment
Abstract of session:
Rick Anderson is convinced that the future of libraries will be a dismal one if we don't let go of certain cherished assumptions and traditional mindsets and realign our thinking in some radical and far-reaching ways. He likens library patrons to a river, and the traditional library to an expensive, unwieldy and, ultimately, fatally flawed system of dams and levies designed to force patrons in unnatural directions, a system that is already cracked and leaking and threatens to give way entirely. Among the topics he addresses are:

  • How the OPAC is destroying the library profession
  • Why most serials management tasks are a waste of time
  • Why it's better to give a man a fish than to teach a man to fish
  • Why we should stop thinking like good librarians and start thinking like bad patrons

Rick is an in-demand writer, speaker and instructor who has published and presented his ideas in a wide variety of venues both in North America and abroad. He has garnered an international reputation as a stimulating and thought-provoking presenter who addresses difficult issues with energy, insight and humour.



RDA: progress, implementation, impact on workflow, demo of web version

Abstract of session:

RDA will be the new content standard for resource description and access when it is published in 2008. It is emerging out of a major restructuring of current cataloguing rules. The very process of restructuring is creating quite a new tool, and, at the same time, there is a conscious effort to maintain some aspects of continuity with AACR. When RDA is implemented, it will have an impact on record creation, training and technical services workflow. This session will give a progress report, outline the scope of the changes and begin to explore the impact of RDA. The session will include a look at the web prototype.



8 R’s report & tech services

Abstract of session:

We will hear about the impact on technical services from the results of the 8 R’s report. Topics will include the demographics of the technical services workforce and the number of impending retirement we can expect, overlap between paraprofessional work and librarian work in technical services, the perceived training needs as seen by library administrations, and the adequacy of training available in library schools.


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May 23, 2007 - Delta St. John's - room TBD


Going with the flow: new realities in technical services and serials management

Abstract/Session description

This pre-conference will provide a forum of speakers who will discuss new realities in the world of technical services and serials management. Topics include new ideas about workflows, ERMS issues, implementation of RDA, collection budget allocation formulae, and the 8 R’s report as it relates to technical services. We will finish with round table discussions about cataloguing, acquisitions and serials.

Schedule

8:30-9:00am – Registration

9:00-9:10am – Welcome

9:10-10:00am – Keynote speaker -

Rick Anderson – Director of Resources and Acquisitions, University of Nevada at Reno



Restructuring Our Thinking: New Mindsets for Librarianship in a Radically Changed Information Environment

Abstract of session:

Rick Anderson is convinced that the future of libraries will be a dismal one if we don't let go of certain cherished assumptions and traditional mindsets and realign our thinking in some radical and far-reaching ways. He likens library patrons to a river, and the traditional library to an expensive, unwieldy and, ultimately, fatally flawed system of dams and levies designed to force patrons in unnatural directions, a system that is already cracked and leaking and threatens to give way entirely. Among the topics he addresses are:

  • How the OPAC is destroying the library profession
  • Why most serials management tasks are a waste of time
  • Why it's better to give a man a fish than to teach a man to fish
  • Why we should stop thinking like good librarians and start thinking like bad patrons

Rick is an in-demand writer, speaker and instructor who has published and presented his ideas in a wide variety of venues both in North America and abroad. He has garnered an international reputation as a stimulating and thought-provoking presenter who addresses difficult issues with energy, insight and humour.

10:00am-10:30amCoffee break - Generously sponsored by YBP Library Services

10:30-11:45pmERMS (Electronic Resource Management System) vendor panel

Jeff Aipperspach, Technical Product Manager, Serials Solutions

Ted Fons, Product Manager, Innovative Interfaces Inc.

Ted Koppel, Verde Product Manager, Ex Libris

Abstract of session:

At CLA 2006, a session exploring the selection and implementation of an ERMS system brought many issues to light. In this session, we will explore what the current issues with the varied systems are, and what the vendors are planning to do in order to improve their products to suit libraries needs. As well, intelligent workflow will be discussed to give an opportunity for all to hear how other libraries are dealing with their ERMS systems.

This will be a structured session with timed, prepared questions, with time left at the end for a general Q & A session. The questions will be prepared based upon the presentation from last year’s conference.

11:45-1:00pm – Lunch


1:00-2:00pmRDA: progress, implementation, impact on workflow, demo of web version

Laura May, Collection Access Librarian
Collection Services, Concordia University Libraries

Lynne Howarth, Associate Professor
Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto

Abstract of session:

RDA will be the new content standard for resource description and access when it is published in 2008. It is emerging out of a major restructuring of current cataloguing rules. The very process of restructuring is creating quite a new tool, and, at the same time, there is a conscious effort to maintain some aspects of continuity with AACR. When RDA is implemented, it will have an impact on record creation, training and technical services workflow. This session will give a progress report, outline the scope of the changes and begin to explore the impact of RDA. The session will include a look at the web prototype.

2:00-2:45pmDividing up the Pie: The Collections Budget in the 21st Century

Gwen Bird, AUL Collections Services
Simon Fraser University


Abstract of session:

The speaker will discuss the myriad challenges of allocating library acquisition funds in academic libraries: working with faculty and other stakeholders, the pros, cons and politics of allocation formulas, and the challenges posed by increased interdisciplinarity, to name a few. Hear about a formal allocation review process at Simon Fraser University, and the follow up in subsequent years, as well as approaches to allocating budgets for new programs and courses. The session will also address the profound re-shaping effect that the advent of large interdisciplinary packages of resources has had on collections budgets in recent years.


2:45-3:00pm – Coffee break - Generously sponsored by Coutts Library Services

3:00-3:45pm8 R’s report & tech services

Allison Sivak, Research Associate
University of Alberta

Abstract of session:

We will hear about the impact on technical services from the results of the 8 R’s report. Topics will include the demographics of the technical services workforce and the number of impending retirement we can expect, overlap between paraprofessional work and librarian work in technical services, the perceived training needs as seen by library administrations, and the adequacy of training available in library schools.

3:45-4:45pmRound table discussions

Facilitators:

1. Doug Kariel, Head, Technical Services and Systems
Athabasca University Library

2. Trina Grover, Head, Cataloguing
Ryerson University Library

3. Corinne Durston, Director of Branches - West & Technical Services
Vancouver Public Library

This session consists of a series of roundtable discussions to discuss issues and challenges in technical services and allow participants to share their experiences and views on a variety of timely and evolving topics. The session will be divided into 3 segments to allow people to move around after 20-30 minutes at one topic table.

Topics:
1. ERM implementation and workflow: how successful are the new implementations?

2. NACO in Canada: what is it and why should we participate?

3. Approval plans - What percentage of collections are acquired via approval plans? How much time are they really saving? Are collection development librarians using them to the fullest extent, or can we do more?