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March 14, 2016
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WRLC Annual Meeting

Marymount University hosted 170 attendees for the 2016 WRLC Annual Meeting on March 8, 2016. The Annual Meeting began with lunch and the opportunity to meet new colleagues and renew contacts with colleagues from the WRLC community. A first time attendee wrote "Great venue for meeting colleagues at member institutions. This was my first meeting – I'm hooked : )”

Sherri Hughes, Provost at Marymount University and the current chair of the WRLC Board of Directors, welcomed everyone to the Marymount campus. She noted how valuable the WRLC is to Marymount and to all the WRLC partners as it greatly expands the resources readily available to our faculty and students. She expressed her appreciation for the shared expertise resident in the consortium and the advantages it brings to the whole WRLC community. 

Mark Jacobs, Executive Director of the WRLC, provided an update on WRLC initiatives. In reviewing our work together, he showed that many of our initiatives over the past two years originated with the Shared Collections Vision Task Force and its recommendations designed to create a shared vision for coordinated and collaborative collections. The report of the task force has been a real “game-changer”, blazing a new path for the WRLC community. 

Marshall Breeding, internationally known, award-winning consultant, speaker and author on library technology shared his insights on the current landscape of the next generation of library services platforms and considerations for library resource management and discovery. His presentation provided a fuller understanding of the important changes in the systems that support library resource management and discovery. The presentation was especially timely as the WRLC prepares for its next “game-changer,” the planned migration to a new library services platform in the summer of 2018. 

The sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 70’s (gorgeous weather for early March) were especially welcome as attendees walked across the Marymount campus to a nearby academic building for the twelve presentations offered by librarians and staff from seven of the WRLC partners plus two WRLC-wide groups. One participant commented "I'm so pleased to see more concurrent sessions focused on public services!  Great job overall." Another summed up their impressions by saying "I always walk away from these meetings with a better sense of what my colleagues are doing. Very much appreciated!"
- Mark Jacobs
Executive Director

Watch the WRLC Annual Meeting Online

If you were unable to attend the WRLC Annual Meeting this year, don't worry: We have a video of the event available online.

A special thank you to Clinton Watnee at Marymount University for providing the video.
Watch on YouTube

WRLC Project Inventory

A new WRLC Project Inventory is now available on the WRLC Library Staff Intranet.  The new WRLC Service Desk, described in the February 2016 WRLC Newsletter, is the best way to share your ideas or requests for new services or enhancements to existing services provided by the WRLC. The WRLC staff meet regularly throughout the year to consider new project requests, define and allocate resources to approved projects and assess progress on current projects. We have been using an inventory to track our projects and using brief project descriptions, based on a simple tool designed to collaboratively define project scope. These descriptions define the purpose, identify needed resources and describe the desired outcome for each project. The WRLC Project Inventory will be found on the WRLC Library Staff Intranet under Categories – Project Inventory.  Check it out and let us know if you have any questions.
- Mark Jacobs
Executive Director


Researchers and scholars face the ongoing challenge of distinguishing their research activities from those of others with similar names. They need to be able to easily and uniquely attach their identity to research objects such as datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, citations, experiments, patents, and notebooks. As they collaborate across disciplines, institutions and borders, they must interact with an increasing number and diversity of research information systems. 

ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID connects researchers and research by embedding the ORCID identifier in research profiles, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications. Think of ORCID as a standard number for individual scholars, just as the ISBN is for books. 

American, Catholic, George Mason, George Washington, Georgetown, Howard, Marymount and UDC have recently agreed to join ORCID and will be working with faculty, students and colleagues across their campuses to take full advantage of the ORCID identifier to make research at each university more discoverable and accessible.
- Mark Jacobs
Executive Director

Occam's Reader

Libraries can readily share print books through inter-library loan, but, sharing in an online environment is much more complex, if not impossible. Use of e-journals and e-books is generally governed by licenses that delineate how access to these resources can be provided. As a result, most e-books cannot be shared with other libraries or users. 

Occam’s reader is designed to facilitate lending of e-books where the license permits it. Developed through a collaboration of libraries in the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), Occam’s’ Reader is designed to provide the simplest way to share a single e-book between two institutions. Occam’s Reader has been used successfully among the GWLA libraries to share hundreds of e-books titles through ILL using e-books from their publisher partner, Springer. A new version of Occam’s Reader is now available.

The WRLC and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) have recently agreed to participate in a pilot of Occam’s Reader 2.0 to explore its effectiveness and utility among a group of interested WRLC and ASERL libraries.  At its February meeting, the WRLC Library Directors Council approved participating in a one-year pilot program using Occam’s Reader 2.0 with our ASERL resource sharing partners. The WRLC Catalyst Fund will cover the purchase of the software for all WRLC libraries interested in participating.  A kick-off conference call has been set up for the Occam's Reader project participants on March 30.
- Mark Jacobs
Executive Director

George Mason Archival Materials

With the completion of the Fenwick Library expansion and renovation, the bulk of George Mason University’s archival boxes housed in the Shared Collections Facility (SCF) were returned to campus. Between February 22nd and March 3rd staff at the SCF pulled 2,876 boxes in collection order for shipment to Fenwick. Shipments were handled by our new moving service, Fitzgerald Commercials Movers.
- Bruce Hulse
Director, Information Services


Event: Center for Open Science Workshop

Friday, March 18, 2016
12:00pm to 3:00pm
Fenwick Library at George Mason University
Please join us for a workshop, hosted by the Center for Open Science, to learn easy, practical steps researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work in quantitative research. Using example studies, attendees will actively participate in creating a reproducible project from start to finish.

Topics covered:
  • Project documentation
  • Version control
  • Pre-analysis plans
Open source tools like the Center for Open Science’s Open Science Framework will be to easily implement these concepts in a scientific workflow.

Speaker: April Clyburne-Sherin, MSc

This workshop is aimed at faculty, staff, and students across disciplines, who are engaged in quantitative research. The workshop does not require any specialized knowledge of programming. Participants will gain a foundation for incorporating reproducible, transparent practices into their current workflows.

The workshop will be hands-on. Please bring your own laptop.

Registration Required.

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Event: Library Technology Innovation: Building a Start-up in a Library

Thursday, March 31, 2016 -
10:30am to 12:00pm
American University Library, Training and Events Room 115
The Harvard Library Innovation Lab (LIL) was created in 2009 with a mission to create software applications designed to allow people to use libraries in the digital world as effectively as they have been able to do in the physical world. This talk will focus on the creation of the lab, its growth, and the lessons learned from adapting to a start-up process in a traditional library setting.

Kim Dulin is the Director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. The Harvard Library Innovation Lab develops innovative tools for the web designed to share the knowledge, expertise, and benefits that libraries have traditionally provided and imagines what libraries can and should be in the future. She is also the Associate Director for Collection Development and Digital Initiatives at the Harvard Law Library. In addition to her experience as an academic law librarian, Kim has served as practicing attorney and an adjunct professor of law.
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Event: Scholarly Communication Symposium

April 7, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 
Murray Room (5th floor), Lauinger Library at Georgetown University
The Georgetown University Library’s spring Scholarly Communication Symposium will be held in the Library’s Murray Room on Thursday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. The Symposium will address how humanities research is communicated to both scholars and the public. Questions to be considered include:
  • What role does humanities scholarship play in our educational mission? Specifically, how do the humanities contribute to what Provost Bob Groves identified as “generating the creative minds that lead to unusually successful lives in modern society?” (The Provost’s Blog, October 28, 2015)
  • Are there readers who might become more engaged in humanities research if it was more accessible to them, and are these readers worth reaching for? Or does enlarging the audience also dilute the core value of the research for other scholars?
  • What specific models of communication other than scholarly monographs and journal articles might broaden the reach of core humanities scholarship? Would this increase general interest in the study of the humanities?
  • If research is shared in different ways with different audiences, what impact does that have on tenure and promotion decisions?

Robert Groves, Provost, Georgetown University
Robert Newman, Director, National Humanities Center
Jane Aikin, Director, Division of Research Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities


Daniel Shore, Associate Professor, Department of English, Georgetown University
All are welcome to attend the symposium; please RSVP by April 5. For more information, contact

Read more about scholarly communication at Georgetown.
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Event: Wikipedia for Grey Resources: Instruction and Training Skills

Monday, May 2, 2016
9:00 am – 4:30 pm    
Adams Building, LA 151
Library of Congress, 110 2nd St., SE
Washington, DC 20540
This onsite forum and training is organized by GreyNet International together with the African Studies Centre Leiden (Netherlands) and is sponsored by the Federal Library and Information Network of the Library of Congress.

About the Program, Instructors, and Trainees-in-spec:
The program and training is geared to librarians, archivists, researchers, and other information professionals in government, academics, and business involved in raising public awareness to their information resources. Presentations in the morning session are held in a plenary setting, while the afternoon training session is conducted with the aid of computers.

Wikipedia: Successful Against All Odds
Jos Damen, African Studies Centre, ASC Leiden (Netherlands)

GreyGuide :  A Repository and Portal for Grey Resources
Dominic Farace, GreyNet International (Netherlands)

Wiki’s in Progress: Case Studies from Start to Never Finished
Jos Damen, Wikipedian in Residence
Dominic Farace, Wikipedian in the Sandbox

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