LILRC Technical Services Open Forum Recap: Three Panelists and Q&A

On March 4, 2016, the LILRC Resource Sharing and Management Committee held its second annual Technical Services Open Forum.  These Open Forums strive to provide a place for those working in the Technical Services field to come together, hear about initiatives others are working on, and pose questions to be answered by the collective wisdom of the entire group.  This year’s event was moderated by Sarah Glasser, Serials/Electronic Resources Librarian of Axinn Library at Hofstra University.

Here’s a recap of the panel presentations:

The Perfect Pairing: VuFind Over Your ILS or Discovery
Presented by: Judith Drescher, Director of James E. Tobin Library at Molloy College

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VuFind is a highly customizable open source product that allows information repositories of any size or type to tie together and brand multiple services into a single unified interface. For libraries, VuFind can be applied over an ILS, discovery system, or even discrete holdings such as e-books, digital repositories and other specialized collections. Beyond what might be considered a traditional academic, public, or consortial implementation, commercial, state, and government entities, as well as museums and archives have also leveraged VuFind’s powerful search platform in order to showcase paintings, objects, sheet music, photographs, historical documents and other types of graphic records. This presentation addressed the preparation, configuration and necessary assets required for implementing VuFind, as well as provides an array of examples of different ILS’, discovery systems and collection types.

The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be: Why Many Predictions About the Future of Libraries Are Wrong
Presented by: Kevin McCoy, Professor of Library Technical Services at Suffolk County Community College

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For decades futurists have talked about paperless societies, the extinction of libraries and having all human knowledge easily accessible with a couple clicks of a mouse.  None of these predictions have come to pass and are not likely to anytime soon.  This presentation looked at some common misconceptions about the future of libraries.

Shelf Ready Processing from Baker & Taylor
Presented by: Bruce Silverstein, Head of Technical Services at Patchogue-Medford Public Library

For almost three years now Patchogue-Medford Library has been working with Baker & Taylor’s Customized Library Services (CLS) program to provide shelf-ready processing and cataloging of books for the library’s collection. This presentation detailed one library’s experience with the dreaded outsourcing process and examine the results and lessons learned.

Our panel of three librarians was followed by a discussion period for all types of questions.  Thanks to all who participated in this event and we look forward to seeing you next year!

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