2021 NETSL Annual Spring Conference

2021 NETSL Annual Spring Conference

Friday, April 16, 2021 | 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: Virtual

Moving Forward: Coping with New Realities in Technical Services

Welcome & Presentation of NETSL Award

Morning Sessions 9:30 AM

Leading Virtually: An ILS Migration During a Pandemic

This session will discuss the strategies used in an academic library during an ILS migration with limited staff and a sudden shift to remote work. We will share what worked, what didn’t work and what we would do differently.

Amy Jiang – Wilson Library at the University of La Verne

Jennifer Esteron Cady -Wilson Library at the University of La Verne

Making Lemonade Out of Lemons: Adapting to Changes Within Technical Services

The Technical Services Department at Marquette University’s Raynor Memorial Libraries has been in a state of flux since even before the COVID-19 pandemic. In this presentation, we will discuss how we have been adapting to changes at the university and within librarianship by re-evaluating and adjusting job responsibilities, workflows, and procedures.

Elizabeth Kaune – Coordinator of Technical Services, Marquette University

Jean Zanoni – Associate Dean for Administration and Planning, Marquette University 

Taylor Ralph – Acquisitions Librarian, Marquette University

Porsche Schlapper – Discovery and Metadata Librarian, Marquette University

When all else fails, always have a plan Z: navigating constant change

This presentation explores the challenges faced as the Technical Services Librarian at a mid-size public university with both union and non-union employees. From building staff morale, to a two-year state budget crisis and adjusting to multiple retirements, to adapting to an online workplace due to COVID 19 while upgrading to a new library system at the same time, hiring and training a temporary and then a full-time acquisitions person, navigating these changes have provided many opportunities.

Cynthia A. Romanowski – Governors State University Library

With the Time Given Us: Meeting the Challenge of Change 

These are challenging times and libraries are rising to the challenge.  Rather than seeing stumbling blocks, many libraries are creating stepping stones toward even stronger organizations. What can we all learn from them and how do Technical Services departments play a critical role?  Join us as we discuss examples of how libraries have optimized opportunities and partnerships to make collections more accessible, expand what we think of as our communities, and become better prepared to serve them.

Felicia Beaudry – Product and Education Specialist, Equinox Open Library Initiative

Jennifer Weston – Product and Education Specialist, Equinox Open Library Initiative

Lightning Talks 11:00 AM

Creatively Tackling Conservation Backlogs

University of Connecticut Library staff creatively tackled our years-old conservation backlog (hundreds of print volumes in a damaged or deteriorated state), shrinking, streamlining, and standardizing despite the COVID pandemic.

Michael Rodriquez – University of Connecticut Library

Natalie Granados – University of Connecticut Library

Rhonda Kauffman – University of Connecticut Library

Growing your people: how to help staff grow in their positions in response to consolidating job responsibilites

The Binghamton University Libraries Cataloging Department lost two full-time catalogers this past year. Despite this, the Department has been able to do the necessary work while growing remaining staff members by supporting promotions and providing opportunities for growth to all staff, allocating new job responsibilities to the most suited and interested team member

Rachel Berman Turner – Binghamton University

Puzzle Out Your OverDrive Holds Fast

Ebook ordering has become particularly important during the COVID quarantine, but the data OverDrive provides can be overwhelming and sometimes misleading. I have created a web tool in Python that will parse your Current Holds report into a much more helpful guide for buying what your patrons want.

Chris Amorosi – Peabody Institute Library

Afternoon Sessions 1:00 PM

Importance of Metadata Clean-Up and Discoverability

A remote environment is an ideal time to update and give collections some attention. This talk will look at the importance such clean up projects play in making unique materials to an institution discoverable to a larger scholarly community.

Joanna M. Fuchs – Metadata Coordinator Arts and Humanities, Brandeis University

Introducing Open Cataloging Rules: The freely available cataloging code alternative to RDA

The Open Cataloging Rules (OCR) project was first presented at NETSL 2019. In two short years it has grown into a movement!

Amber Billey – Systems & Metadata Librarian, Bard College Libraries

Kelly Swickard – Project MUSE, The Johns Hopkins University Press

Research Solutions for Incarcerated Students

The opportunity to provide online research materials to incarcerated students is growing, due to the emergence of Second Chance Pell Grants, which help these students achieve undergraduate degrees. Join Stacey Brownlie from the University of Maine – Augusta, and professionals from EBSCO, who will share their experiences and describe best practices for bringing best of breed learning content to incarcerated students.  

Joe Tragert – EBSCO Information Services

Stacey Brownlie – University of Maine at Augusta

Who’s Doing What? Aggregated Electronic Resources and Reference Services Management Across Departments

This lightning talk will highlight tips, tools, and strategies for handling aggregated electronic resources management duties by librarians from Resource Management and the Reference Departments at Nassau Community College Library (SUNY).

Shikha Joseph – Nassau Community College’s A. Holly Patterson Library

Leslie Wong Loock – Nassau Community College’s A. Holly Patterson Library