Several staff from CLIC member libraries presented at the MNIUG Conference at St. Olaf on October 23.
Nathan Wunrow and Kate Burke, both from University of St. Thomas, presented “Mobile Libraries: Beyond the plaster / tear down this wall!” The UST Library has reinterpreted the traditional concept of library as “place” by bringing samples of its collection and services to the many social environments of the University community. The presenters outlined their experience and observations, and they motivated the audience to consider alternative interpretations of library as “place.”
Angi Faiks, MaryLou Steiner, and Jack Davidsen, all from Macalester College, presented “Ready for Shelf Ready?” Macalester’s DeWitt Wallace Library is in the midst of a pilot project to test complete automation of their acquisition workflow with Ingram from request to the shelf, including order submission to acquisitions, invoicing, cataloging, and physical processing. The pilot involves coordination between Macalester, Ingram, OCLC, and CLIC to ensure smooth and accurate automated delivery and processing of shelf-ready materials.
Linda Hulbert from University of St. Thomas, Dixie Ohlander from Augsburg College, Earleen Warner from Bethel University, Emily Asch from St. Catherine University, Jennifer Carlson from Concordia University, and Paddy Salzer from University of St. Thomas participated in a panel presentation, “CLICtrek: The Next GENeration: a Consortial Odyssey.” The presenters, who are all members of CLIC’s ILS Task Force, discussed their evaluation of eight “next-gen” library systems and the process they used to narrow the field to three contenders. It was an odyssey!
Congratulations to all presenters for their programs at MNIUG!