Have you registered for ILA yet?

Have you registered for ILA 2015 yet?  I can’t believe it is almost the middle of September; ILA is just around the corner!  There are a host of good programs at ILA this year for Technical Services.  I’m trying to build my schedule for the conference and here are some of the offerings:

“MarcEdit Tech Tips,” facilitated by Brian Conway, Mount Prospect Public Library
10/22/2015: 10:45AM—11:45AM, Location: Peoria Civic Center | Room: TBA
A Chicago-area public library cataloger will highlight some basic MarcEdit text-editing features before demonstrating more advanced functions, such as working with regular expressions, record extraction, the OCLC API, and MarcEdit’s understated RDA Helper. Come with tips and tricks to share, and return to your local database retro-ready with a handle on one of the most practical, versatile, and powerful utilities in our cataloging toolboxes.

“Delivery Discussion,” speakers from CARLI, RAILS, ISL, IHLS
10/22/2015: 1:45—2:45, Location: Pere Marquette Hotel | Room: Illinois
Do you have questions about delivery services?  Are you wondering how a Community Delivery Partnership can benefit your library?  Now is your chance to meet with delivery staff and get answers!  A brief presentation will be followed by an informal question and answer session with delivery staff from ISL, IHLS, RAILS and CARLI (ILDS).

“PDA in Libraries: What We Learned & How It Can Help You,” facilitated by Andrew Medlar & Stephen Sposato, CPL
10/22/2015: 1:45—2:45, Location: TBA | Room: TBA
With two years and thousands of books under our belts, the Illinois State Library-funded Patron Driven Acquisitions pilot project at Chicago Public Library has wrapped up. Come and discover what we did, how it went, what we learned, and how it can benefit your users and facilitate resource sharing across Illinois.

“Not Down, and Not Out: The Perceived Value of Subject Terms in an Age of Information Overload,” facilitated by Lindsay Braddy, Skokie & Bill Schultz, EIU
10/22/2015: 3:00-4:00, Location: Peoria Civic Center | Room: TBA
Technical services librarians and public service-oriented librarians think about and use OPACs in different ways, often with crossover between the two. Common questions include: Are subject headings necessary? How do they help us and our users? What do reference librarians experience that catalogers don’t (and vice versa)? How can our OPACs work better for us, particularly in an age of increasing information overload? A librarian and staff survey will give insight into the different ways public service staff and catalogers/metadata librarians experience and influence the catalog, with a focus on subject searching.

“Super-Size Patron Satisfaction by Right-Sizing Your Collection,” various speakers
10/23/2015: 10:00-11:00, Location: TBA | Room: TBA
With space, budget, and staff resources at a premium, it is more important than ever for each item in your collection to earn its keep. Maximize patron satisfaction and minimize dead weight by using data from your ILS, circulation stats, collection management software such as Collection HQ, and other sources to drive decision-making. Equip your staff with the evidence they need to be comfortable making strategic decisions about weeding and wise choices about acquisition. Topics covered include collection development policies vs collection management strategy/plans, multiple copies beyond bestsellers, overstocked/understocked: both = missed opportunities.

“A RDA State of Mind – Information for the Rest of Us,” facilitated by Elizabeth Cribbs, NIU & Lynnette Fields, SIUE
10/23/2015: 10:00-11:00,
Location: Peoria Civic Center | Room: TBA
Have you wanted to know why Resource Description and Access (RDA) is happening and what will change in your online catalog? In this session, we will explore why RDA has come into existence, what changes you will see as you look at bibliographic records in your own catalog, how these changes benefit your users, and where catalogers and metadata librarians hope to take online catalogs in the future.

Are You Kit-ing Me? Cataloging Kits Using RDA,” facilitated by Karen Snow, Dominican University
10/24/2015: 1:45-2:45, Location: Peoria Civic Center | Room: TBA
If you’re like many of us, you have RDA down when it comes to CDs, DVDs, and books. What about those pesky kits though? Multiple material types in one kit? Never fear! This session is for you. I’ll cover some of the basics of cataloging kits, including new RDA elements, MARC fields, and best practices. Public, academic, school and special libraries all have those oddball items we need to get in the catalog. Attendees will leave ready to catalog their backlog!

I hope to see you in Peoria.  

-Robert

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