Minitex/MnLINK Conference: November 15, 2012
Keynote speaker Clifford Lynch.
The Minitex/MnLINK Conference, which was held November 15, 2012, received positive
evaluations from the more than 180 attendees. The Conference began with a keynote by
Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI),
discussing the impact for libraries of e-books and other e-content, and an update
about OCLC's WorldShare Interlibrary Loan system by Katie Birch, OCLC's Portfolio
Director for Delivery Services. The session concluded with a welcome and question
and answer session for Valerie Horton, who will assume her responsibilities as
Director of Minitex on December 5.
Lynch discussed the changing e-book marketplace and licensing and preservation
challenges that are key issues for libraries dealing with e-content. He spoke of the
proliferation of authors and self-publishing and how they impact acquisitions as well
as privacy concerns raised by some textbook publishers who provide usage information
about students' viewing of e-books that can be shared with professors. He also
discussed questions related to preservation of these materials in the public and
academic library settings. Lynch covered these topics and many more as he shared his
knowledge of the digital challenges with the audience.
Birch provided an overview of OCLC's WorldShare Interlibrary Loan system that is set
to replace WorldCat Resource Sharing over the coming year. The migration to the new
ILL interface will be completed by December 2013 for users in North America. She noted
that the most requested book on OCLC ILL over the past year was The Hunger Games
with over 5,000 requests.
There were four afternoon breakout sessions on topics including:
- Copyright and licensing, presented by Ruth Dukelow, Executive Director, Cooperating
Libraries In Consortium (CLIC)
- Ex Libris' Alma, presented by Betsy Friesen, Director, Data Management & Access,
University of Minnesota Libraries
- Discovery services, presented by Cody Hanson, Web Architect and UX Analyst, University
of Minnesota Libraries
- RDA, presented by Mark Ehlert, RDA Trainer and Contract Cataloging Manager, Minitex
Katie Birch – "Transforming ILL"
Ruth Dukelow – "OMG I Agreed to That?! Copyright, Licensing, and Libraries"
Mark Ehlert – "RDA 101: Profile and Update"
Betsy Friesen – "The Road to Alma"
More Training & Events
Want to find out about other library events?
Browse our events calendar to get
information about upcoming conferences and training opportunities.