This month marks the first anniversary issue of InsideCUL and the last of winter. Even though we really can't complain about the winter of 2005-06 (unless you are a fan of snow), spring is always welcome.
6 Key Challenges at ALA
I represented CUL at the Chief Collection Development Officers (CCDO) of Large Research Libraries Discussion Group at the ALA midwinter meeting in San Antonio on Saturday, January 21, 2006. Kizer Walker, Sarah How, Jean Poland, and Sarah Thomas were also there. The meeting was overflowing with “visitors,” resulting in the largest turnout ever recorded for the CCDO, because the entire agenda was devoted to the discussion of the 6 Key Challenges in Collection Development that came out of the Janus Conference at Cornell in October 2005.
Updating Cornell Holdings in OCLC: A Vision of Cornell and WorldCat in Sync
Over the past twenty years or so, representation of CUL’s holdings in the OCLC database has grown greatly out of sync with what appears in our local online catalog. Although we have regularly sent our new catalog records to OCLC, the nature of the vendor’s error reports, plus a lack of resources on our part to wrestle with the often inscrutable nature of these documents and the labor-intensive problem resolution associated with keeping our OCLC data up-to-date, have all contributed to this sloppy state of affairs.
New Library Calendar Puts Fun Back in “Dating”
The Weill Cornell Medical Library began a thirty-six-month public relations campaign in October 2005 called “Who We Are… What We Do.” The campaign features a different Library staff member each month on a calendar of Library events that is posted on the main-floor kiosk near the Computer Commons.
“The Peer Review Process Demystified: Advice for New Writers”
The Professional Development Committee recently sponsored a panel discussion aimed at helping newer librarians break into the field of publishing as part of their professional development. Three members of the Writers Group, Virginia Cole, Marty Crowe, and Gail Steinhart, organized the event.
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