Minitex/MnLINK Conference: November 15, 2012

Clifford Lynch.

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

Presentation Slides

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"

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