By Lauren Corbett

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Lauren at ALA Annual 2021, Virtually

Instead of “just the facts,” I’ve put in some of my thinking about us for the sessions I selected to cover in my post. On Demand Pre-recorded Sessions “Beyond Picture Perfect Diversity: How to Create a Sense of Inclusion” by executive coach Dima Ghawi, who is based in Louisiana. The coach covered recognizing that organizations... more

The Concerning State of ALA – Special Report from ALA Annual Conference 2021

There will be action in Council on 6/28/2021, on changing ALA governance, which is raising concerns for some people (zoom to the bottom of this post for details). Of great concern to me right now, ALA is operating in the red and needs members and other revenue. Membership declined 9-10% each of the last two... more

Lauren at ALA Annual 2019 in Washington DC

Here are a baker’s dozen of random and relative tibits from a variety of sessions I attended at ALA: ProQuest did a survey and in the results: faculty said they want students to use “a variety of content types including video” video is the largest growing category of content there are a growing number of... more

Lauren at ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans

Here is a 1.5 page list of random items (in chronological order). I’m happy to talk in more detail with anyone who wants to know more about anything I learned (or pushed)! At the opening and closing sessions, officers of the ALA were introduced, including Wanda Brown as president-elect. Photos are courtesy of UNC-G classmate... more

Lauren at ALA Annual 2017 in Chicago

Advocacy, metadata standards, and a tech services perspective on digital projects formed the cruces of my conference, but I gleaned a few Ex Libris updates too. Metadata, Standards, Digital Projects I participated with Erik Mitchell and Jenn Riley in a Metadata Standards presentation about using the Principles for Evaluating Metadata Standards developed by the ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee.... more

Lauren at ALA Midwinter 2017 in Atlanta

Between numerous required committee meetings on metadata and advocacy, I learned about Summon & Primo integration and discussed ebook record problems in several venues (exhibits, a session, a dinner, and a committee meeting). Discovery Tools from Ex Libris: Summon and Primo are gradually being integrated, which I likened to EBL and Ebrary integration. I sent... more

Lauren at ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando

Productivity with vendors (book and ILS), committee obligations, and future of cataloging were the three main themes for me in Orlando. Meetings by chance also played a key role in making this an above average conference for me. I caught up with our Casalini sales rep on how to implement a more Gobi-like version of... more

Charleston Conference 2015 (Lauren)

Contents: Alma from Ex Libris, take care in using downloads as a measure part 2, EPUB 3, NISO ODI (do we need to tweak Summon?), DPLA working on e-books, the Charlotte Initiative, Overdrive, ORCID, and the rising cost of e-book short-term loans with a DDA program part 2 My focus was networking to hear nitty... more

Lauren at ALA 2015 in San Francisco

It probably seemed like everyone was talking about linked data because that was the focus of most of the sessions I attended. One of the more interesting ones was the Library of Congress BIBFRAME Update Forum, because in addition to Sally McCallum and Beacher Wiggins of LC, they had speakers from Ex Libris, Innovative Interfaces,... more

Lauren at ALA Midwinter 2015 (aka Chicago’s 4th Biggest Blizzard)

My notes on: IPEDS, ebook STLs and video, our vendors, linked data, BIBFRAME, OCLC and Schema.org, ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee, advocacy At the ARL Assessment Forum, there was much complaining over the contradiction in instructions with IPEDs collection counts and circulation. Susan and I had the luck of chatting in the hallway with Bob Dugan... more