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Anna at RBMS 2013

That’s right, friends. You didn’t misread that title. You’re probably thinking, “Why in the world would Anna go to the Rare Books and Manuscripts Preconference?” While I do value Special Collections and performance (this year’s RBMS motif), I attended this preconference as a panelist/discussion group facilitator. Last summer, Christian Dupont, Special Collections superstar and Aeon... more

Anna at ALA 2013

My [second] ALA Annual conference commenced on Friday afternoon, as I attempted to catch the #5 shuttle bus bound for McCormick Place, only to find myself (and other librarians, too, but this is the “all about me” show) stuck in rush hour traffic. Despite my best efforts to arrive in time for the Opening General... more

Anna at ALA 2012

As many of you know, ALA 2012 marked the first ALA Conference I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of attending. I had never attended a major professional conference other than ILLiad, so I wasn’t certain about the sheer magnitude of the conference. However, I planned thoroughly prior to arriving, and I wasn’t overwhelmed by the... more

Anna at 2012 ILLiad International Conference

From Thursday, March 22nd through Friday, March 23rd, Ellen Makaravage and I attended the ILLiad International Conference in Virginia Beach, VA. Jay Jordan, President and CEO of OCLC, was the keynote speaker for Thursday’s kickoff session (since Ellen will discuss his presentation in detail, I’ll say only that his goals for expanding WorldCat will revolutionize... more

OCLC Resource Sharing User Group Meeting

This afternoon, I participated in the OCLC Resource Sharing User Group Meeting, which was facilitated by OCLC and Atlas staff. The webinar was a follow-up to the User Group Meeting at ALA, but several new tools were introduced. One of the most relevant is the Lender String Report. This assessment tool is used to evaluate... more

Anna at ILLiad Conference

Last week, I attended the 2011 ILLiad Conference in Virginia Beach, VA, from Wednesday, March 23rd, through Friday, March 25th. This was my first experience at an ILLiad conference, and I wanted to share a few things, including updated information about the release of ILLiad 8.1 on April 12, 2011. ILLiad 8.1 will not be... more