Minitex E-NEWS #130

Minitex/OCLC Billing Changes Coming July 1, 2012

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Directors and billing contacts of Minitex participating libraries that use OCLC services were sent an email and letter outlining upcoming changes to the OCLC billing process last week. In July 2009, the nature of the partnership between Minitex and OCLC changed as support for OCLC products and services moved from Minitex to OCLC Support Services. That partnership continues to evolve as OCLC moves to consolidate and centralize administrative services.

Toward that end, billing for OCLC products and services will also move from Minitex to OCLC effective July 1, 2012.

For more information, see the OCLC Announcements and Communications page on the Minitex website and OCLC's Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Minitex and OCLC will provide additional information about this transition in the coming months.

We are working closely with OCLC to ensure a smooth transition for each library. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Carla Urban of Minitex (, 612-624-4002, 800-462-5348) or Becky Hurley of OCLC Support Services (, 800-848-5878, ext. 4316).

Thank you for your support as we make this change in billing, for your strong collaboration as a Minitex participant, and for your important contributions to the OCLC Cooperative. (Carla Urban)

Minitex Transition News: Moving Forward!

Two news notes:

Minitex Policy Advisory Council Meeting

The Minitex Policy Advisory Council met Friday, March 2, 2012, and received a report about changes in billing for Minitex/OCLC libraries and updates about Minitex Resource Sharing, ELM, AskMN, the Minnesota Digital Library, and the status of the search for the new Minitex Director. Documents related to the meeting will be available at the Policy Advisory Council's webpage. The Minitex Director position description has been posted and recruitment activities are underway. See the search website for more information.

Bill DeJohn's Note of Thanks and Farewell

See the "From the Director" webpage to read Bill DeJohn's note of thanks and farewell. "I look forward to seeing you around library gatherings over the next several years, and I wish all of you the best in the years to come as you maintain and improve library services to meet the evolving challenges that are before all of us."

Library of Congress Announces RDA Implementation Plans

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The Library of Congress (LC) recently announced that they have devised a long-range training plan for their (now, effectively, certain) move to Resource Description and Access (RDA).

First, a little background: Last June, the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee issued a report in which they recommended that RDA adoption by the Library of Congress, the National Agricultural Library, and the National Library of Medicine take place "no sooner than January 2013" – and, then, only if nine conditions have been met or significant movement has been made toward achieving them.

According to Beacher Wiggins (LC's Director, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate), a recently published update reveals good progress is being made on such matters as "re-wording" parts of RDA into less elaborate prose and establishing a framework for a successor to the MARC standard. And so, with fulfillment of the prerequisites looking favorable, LC personnel have devised a year-long, three-part training plan to bring their cataloging staff up to speed on RDA.

Doubtless the most significant aspect of LC's plan is their target date for RDA implementation: March 31, 2013. This date, as they put it, is "when all catalog records newly created at LC will be produced according to RDA instructions." (Though a "target" date and not a firm deadline, it does give something for the rest of us to hang our hats on.)

The planning document goes into further detail on scheduling, recommended instruction topics, and logistical issues pertinent to LC staff and supervisors; at the same time, it could also serve as a blueprint for local library training.

For citations to LC's announcement and other sources used for this item, please see the Minitex Blog About Technical Services. (Mark Ehlert)

Rainie & Crews To Speak at the 21st Minitex Interlibrary Loan Conference

Lee Rainie and Kenneth Crews.

Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet & American Library Project, and Kenneth Crews, Director, Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University, will be the featured speakers during the 21st Annual Minitex Interlibrary Loan Conference on May 10, 2012 at the Continuing Education and Conference Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul.

Rainie will be the keynote speaker with "Learning in the Digital Age: Where Libraries Fit In" as his topic. He will discuss the findings of the Internet & American Library Project's research into the way people use e-book readers and tablet computers and how those devices fit into users' digital lives. He will describe how three revolutions in digital technology – broadband, mobile connectivity, and social media – have created a new social operating system that he calls "networked individualism." He will use the Project's latest findings to help describe how librarians can served the new educational needs of networked individuals.

Crews will discuss "Copyright, Licenses, Treaties, and Pressure for Change: The Law of ILL in Transition." U.S. copyright law allows libraries to engage in interlibrary loan arrangements through application of fair use and specific library provisions of the Copyright Act. The pathway for libraries' use of ILL, as crafted by Congress, is today at risk. Amidst heightened pressures, how can the views and needs of libraries be carefully articulated and actively asserted? Crews' talk will explore the challenge of advancing the library's place in a time of transition for copyright law.

Delivery of interlibrary loan materials will be another topic of conversation. Kathy Drozd, Assistant Director for Minitex Delivery Services and MLAC, will talk about the findings of a NISO working group and the new NISO recommended practices document, Physical Delivery of Library Resources.

For more information, see the ILL Conference webpage. Registration materials will be distributed later this month.

New Minitex Oral History Interviews: Helen Stub & Jerry Baldwin

Two new interviews in the Minitex Oral History Project are available on the Minitex website.

Helen Stub

Helen Stub.

Helen Stub gives an account of the history of the Twin City Library Club (TCLC). Founded in 1906, the Club was an organization intended to help librarians of St. Paul and Minneapolis become acquainted with each other and the Twin Cities library collections. She talks about TCLC founders including Clara Baldwin (Director, Public Library Commission, 1889-1936), John King (Director, Minnesota State Library), Gratia Countryman (Director, Minneapolis Public Library, 1904-1936), and W.W. Folwell (President, University of Minnesota). She relays tales from the Secretary-Treasurer's books that chronicle events of the library profession in the Twin Cities.

Jerry Baldwin

Jerry Baldwin.

Jerry Baldwin's first library job was as a student at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus Library (now Magrath Library). From there he went to library school at the University of Minnesota and on to the Minnesota Department of Highways (now the Minnesota Department of Transportation) Library as Director from 1972-2007. He talks about staff from Minitex Union List of Serials (MULS) visiting the MnDOT library to record their serial holdings, development of the Transportation Libraries Catalog (TransCat) as one of the first OCLC Group catalogs, creation of the National Transportation Library (1998) and the Transportation Knowledge Networks, and reauthorization of the National Transportation Library. (Sara Ring)

Look for Minitex's New Conference Banners!

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Minitex has purchased two new banners for our conference exhibits, one for MnKnows representing the suite of Minnesota's online library services and e-resources and one for ELM. The MnKnows banner will be especially nice for such conferences as MLA and others where the entire Minitex office is being represented. [Spoiler Alert! Library Technology Conference attendees will be the first to see our new MnKnows banner].

Reference Outreach and Instruction exhibits and makes presentations about Electronic Library for Minnesota resources at over a dozen conferences a year. We have been in need of a new display for our booth. Gone are the days of the felted triptych – today it's the retractable banners – affordable, easy to store and travel with, and places us squarely in the 21st century of exhibiting.

Both banners will help us share our message and make it much easier for conference attendees to find our booth. (Jennifer Hootman)

AskMN Continues to Grow

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AskMN, Minnesota's 24/7 interactive information service that uses the expertise of librarians in a real-time setting to help with questions on any topic and research guidance, added two libraries to its list of participants in February. The addition of Lake Superior College and College of St. Scholastica brings the total number of participating libraries to 23.

As reported in last month's Minitex E-NEWS, AskMN usage was up 30% in a comparison of the first six months of FY12 (July-December) to FY11 (July-December). Also, January 2012 was a very active month with many K-12 students utilizing the AskMN service for research assistance on their History Day projects. A comparison of FY12 July-January with FY11 same dates saw a 78% increase in traffic.

With comments such as these, AskMN has clearly made an impact with students as well as citizens across Minnesota:

  • "This website has always been my 'go to' website when I needed help! I actually found this website because my teacher told us it was very helpful. You guys have helped my get through my first year of middle school! Thank you all so much!!!!"
  • "I love this source! It has helped me a ton with my National History Day project."
  • "Exceptional service with a positive outcome. Grace went out of her way to help."

Participation in AskMN by more libraries helps provide well-rounded quality assistance to Minnesota residents and students. For more information about AskMN and how participation works, please contact Carla Pfahl ( (Carla Pfahl)

NISO/DCMI Webinars Added for Minitex Participants

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We have added webinars sponsored jointly by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) to the list of NISO webinars that are available in 2012 to Minitex participants in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The newly added sessions include:

  • April 25, 2012 – and Linked Data: Complementary Approaches to Publishing Data
  • August 22, 2012 – Metadata for Managing Scientific Research Data
  • October 24, 2012 – Embedding Linked Data Invisibly into Web Pages: Strategies and Workflows for Publishing with RDFa

We will host each webinar in the Minitex Conference Room, 15 Andersen Library.

Also, the new NISO/DCMI webinars, like the other NISO sessions, are archived, and Minitex participants may have access to the links following the presentations via the Minitex MyLibrary Portal. The webinars are removed from the archive 12 months after the event's date. New archived versions will be posted as they become available (usually about a week after the session's date). Visit the MyLibrary Portal and follow the instructions to create an account. (Mary Parker)

Save the Date: MDL Annual Meeting Set for June 18, 2012

Mark your calendar for Monday, June 18, 2012. The Minnesota Digital Library will hold its 10th Annual Meeting at the Continuing Education and Conference Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul. Watch for more information in the coming weeks about speakers and registration.

News Briefs from the Minitex Region

Map of Minitex 3-state region.

Arrowhead Library System

Here are some key numbers from the recent study Minnesota Libraries' Return on Investment:

  • $4.62 = Return on Investment
  • $898,041,512 = Libraries' Total Value
  • $260,814,618 = Economic Impact of Operations Payroll
  • $366,485,456 = Economic Impact of Operations Services
  • 3,674 = Economic Impact of Operations Jobs
  • $194,498,300 = State and Local Government Support

You can read the report on the MELSA website. The Return on Investment report was made possible with funds from the Arrowhead ROI grant from the IMLS, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership, and a lifetime of learning; and State Library Services, the Minnesota state library agency, under the provisions of the Library Services & Technology Act. (From MetroBriefs, Vol. 3, No. 5, 2012.)

Tea, South Dakota, Intermediate School Gets National Notice

What do you do when you plan a reading club for 10-20 students and 102 middle school kids (one-third of the student body) sign up? Serena Gutnik, librarian at Tea Intermediate School in Tea, SD, is facing that happy challenge.

"I thought we could meet every week, but the library can only hold about 30 students at a time, so I split the club into four groups, R, E, A, and D; this seems to work well... My little school raised $950 dollars in one week with a Class Coin Challenge that went towards Scholastic's One for Books! Program. I am also incredibly proud of a dedicated group of sixth graders, who helped with our Scholastic book fair, craft fundraisers, and shelving books after school." (Excerpted from Tea Intermediate School, viewed March 1, 2012.)

Dickinson State University

Building upon a collaboration between Dickenson State University, the Library of Congress, Harvard College Library, and the National Park Service, the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Collection seeks to bring together resources about America's 26th president at a single website. "The new web site will be a great source for original historical documents," said Sharon Kilzer, project manager of the Theodore Roosevelt Center. "We are pleased and proud to be able to provide a window into Theodore Roosevelt's world, for scholars and schoolchildren alike."

The collection contains more than 5,000 items from 10 collections, including letters to and from Roosevelt, photographs, cartoons, newspaper articles, and diary entries. The Center plans to add new documents and new collections throughout the coming year. (Excerpted from North Dakota State Library Flickertale.)

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota has released the online Ojibwe People's Dictionary, a fully searchable multimedia Ojibwe-English dictionary, consisting of approximately 7,000 words that features the voices of Ojibwe speakers alongside Ojibwe cultural collections. Photographs, documents, and other materials help to illustrate the dictionary. To develop this resource, the Libraries' Digital Library Services and Web Development departments partnered with John D. Nichols, Professor of American Indian Studies, whose lifelong scholarly work provided the basis for this work. This partnership also extended to the University's Department of American Indian Studies and the Minnesota Historical Society. This project was funded with generous support from the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. (Wendy Lougee, excerpted from the Members' Reports for the March 2012 Minitex Policy Advisory Council meeting, which will be available soon.)

March & April 2012 WebJunction Webinars

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Check out WebJunction's Webinar page for information about these sessions, which are free and available to the full library community. Registration is required.

  • Adult Programs on a $0 Budget
    Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 1:00 PM Central, 60 minutes.
  • Skills for the Everyday Leader
    Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 1:00 PM Central, 60 minutes.
  • Virtual Connections
    Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 1:00 PM Central, 60 minutes.

Remember, WebJunction Minnesota is available to all members of the Minnesota library community. See the WebJunction Minnesota website for more information.

Upcoming Library Conferences & Events

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We would be happy to include information about more events of interest to library staff throughout the Minitex region. Please contact Cecelia Boone (, 612-624-6353, 800-462-5348) with information about your event.

For more information about the following events, see the Minitex Calendar of Events.

For more information about more library-related events in the Minitex region, see the WebJunction Minnesota Calendar of Events

Information about and registration forms for currently scheduled Minitex training sessions and webinars are available at the Minitex Training & Events webpage.

Remember, many of the Minitex webinars are recorded, so you can access them at any time.

  • March 13, 2012 – "Connexion Browser Module 2, Basic Searching," webinar
  • March 14, 2012 – NISO webinar, Understanding Critical Elements of E-books: Standards for Formatting and Metadata, Part 1 – "EPUB3: Putting Electronic Books into a Package"
  • March 14-15, 2012 – Library Technology Conference, Macalester College
  • March 20, 2012 – "Smart Resources for the Smart Board," webinar
  • March 20, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Audiovisual Materials," webinar
  • March 21, 2012 – "Making ELM Access Easy," webinar
  • March 21, 2012 – NISO webinar, Understanding Critical Elements of E-books: Standards for Formatting and Metadata, Part 2 – "Find that E-book – or Not: How Metadata Matters"
  • March 22, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Audiovisual Materials," webinar
  • March 23, 2012 – "ELM: More Than Just Articles," webinar
  • March 26, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Audiovisual Materials," webinar
  • March 27, 2012 – "ELM: More Than Just Articles," webinar
  • March 28, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Audiovisual Materials," webinar
  • March 29, 2012 – "Using Maps in Student Resources in Context," webinar
  • April 3, 2012 – "FRBR and FRAD: Keys to RDA," webinar
  • April 4, 2012 – "Just Search: EBSCOhost," webinar
  • April 5, 2012 – "FRBR and FRAD: Keys to RDA," webinar
  • April 5, 2012 – "ELM and Local Government," webinar
  • April 6, 2012 – "Health and Medical Resources in ELM," webinar
  • April 9, 2012 – "ELM and Local Government," webinar
  • April 9, 2012 – "Connexion Client, Module 2, Basic Bibliographic Searching," webinar
  • April 10, 2012 – "Britannica's Interactive Learning Materials," webinar
  • April 11, 2012 – "Just Search: InfoTrac," webinar
  • April 11, 2012 – "Connexion Browser, Module 2, Basic Searching," webinar
  • April 12, 2012 – "Accessing Your ELM Usage Statistics," webinar
  • April 13, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Music Materials," webinar
  • April 17, 2012 – "CatExpress," webinar
  • April 17, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Music Materials," webinar
  • April 18, 2012 – "Just Search: ProQuest," webinar
  • April 18, 2012 – "File Not Found: An Introduction to Digital Preservation," webinar
  • April 19, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Music Materials," webinar
  • April 20, 2012 – "Accessing Your ELM Usage Statistics," webinar
  • April 23, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Music Materials," webinar
  • April 25, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Print Monographs," webinar
  • April 25, 2012 – "Making ELM Access Easy," webinar
  • April 25, 2012 – NISO/DCMI webinar, " and Linked Data: Complementary Approaches to Publishing Data," webinar
  • April 27, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Print Monographs," webinar
  • May 1, 2012 – "The All New Proquest," webinar
  • May 1, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Print Monographs," webinar
  • May 2, 2012 – "Connexion Client, Module 2, Basic Bibliographic Searching," webinar
  • May 3, 2012 – "ELM: More Than Just Articles," webinar
  • May 3, 2012 – "Delivering Curriculum Content through Shareable Online Lesson Plans," webinar
  • May 4, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Print Monographs," webinar
  • May 8, 2012 – "ELM and Local Government," webinar
  • May 9, 2012 – "RDA and the Original Cataloger," webinar
  • May 10, 2012 – "Accessing Your ELM Usage Stats," webinar
  • May 11, 2012 – "RDA and the Original Cataloger," webinar
  • May 14, 2012 – "RDA and the Original Cataloger," webinar
  • May 15, 2012 – "CatExpress," webinar
  • May 15, 2012 – "Connexion Browser, Module 2, Basic Searching," webinar
  • May 16, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger, Continuing Resources," webinar
  • May 18, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger, Continuing Resources," webinar
  • May 22, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger, Continuing Resources," webinar
  • May 24, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger, Continuing Resources," webinar
  • May 30, 2012 – "CONTENTdm, Basic Skills 1: Getting Started," webinar
  • June 1, 2012 – "CONTENTdm, Basic Skills 2: Working with Text," webinar

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