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December 16, 2014

Library Staff Orientation at the WRLC

Thursday, January 15, 2015
10:00 am to 12:00 noon

WRLC Headquarters
901 Commerce Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Are you new to Washington Research Library Consortium? Have you ever wanted to know more about the partners in the Consortium and what we are trying to accomplish together? Have you been curious to see the WRLC Headquarters? 

Join us for an orientation to the services, initiatives and facilities of your Consortium. Get a tour of the WRLC HQ, including the Shared Collections Facility! Learn about your partners, how decisions are made and highlights of the services that benefit you and your university! Check out our first orientation graduation here.

Space is limited. Please complete the registration form by Friday, January 9, 2015. A future orientation will be scheduled in March. We look forward to welcoming you!

Transportation: Directions to the WRLC HQ can be found at:
Register for Orientation

Save the Date: 2015 WRLC Annual Meeting

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The Marvin Center at The George Washington University
The Washington Research Library Consortium will hold its Annual Meeting in the afternoon of Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in the Marvin Center at The George Washington University. Details and registration will be announced in the January WRLC Newsletter. The Annual Meeting is a great opportunity to bring together the WRLC community to discuss, learn, and plan our future together. See you there!
Mark Jacobs
WRLC Executive Director

Call for Proposals: WRLC Annual Meeting

The Sharing Expertise Committee is soliciting proposals for concurrent sessions for the 2015 WRLC Annual Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at George Washington University. Share your ideas and expertise with other members of the WRLC community! 

The Annual Meeting concurrent sessions are designed to provide you or a group of your Consortium colleagues an opportunity to share your ideas and expertise with other members of the WRLC community. Each concurrent session is 30 minutes long; proposals that incorporate interaction and discussion are encouraged.  Submit your Annual Meeting concurrent session proposal by January 9, 2015.

Questions? Please contact: 
Amanda Rudd
Georgetown University
Submit Proposal

Updating Voyager Location Codes for Retention Commitments and Duplicate Items

WRLC staff have completed marking the initial set of retention items (items in the library stacks) and are working to complete some necessary cleanup activities. As nearly a year elapsed between the initial data extraction and the assignment of retention responsibility by SCS, the location codes for a small percentage of the items changed  during that time. This led to discrepancies between the retention location assigned by SCS and the item's current shelving location. WRLC staff have been using the log files generated by the process to identify these errors and correct then using an automated process (even a small percentage of 1.6 million items is a sizable number!).  

The next steps to be taken are marking as duplicates the 80,000 items physically located in the partner libraries for which there are already two copies in the SCF, and marking retention items that are already shelved in the SCF.
Director, Information Services

Islandora Testing Nears Completion

Staff at the five libraries participating in the Islandora implementation have been testing their instances over the last two weeks. We expect to complete this initial round of testing by December 17th. Functional issues identified during the testing have been reported to DiscoveryGarden and they are working to clean these up. Our expectation is for that work to be completed in early January. Once that is done we will be deploying the software from the development server to the production platform. 

WRLC staff are working in parallel to the testing to migrate the collections with different metadata formats to the Islandora environment. We will also be looking at any enhancements to the site that might be considered a priority before making Islandora publicly available.

Two training sessions were conducted for library staff in late November to provide a functional overview of the software.  More in-depth training may be offered in the future as experience with the software provides a better sense of what may be needed.
Director, Information Services

WRLC Board approves FY16 Budget

The WRLC Board approved the FY 2016 budget at its December meeting. The FY 2016 budget will continue to enable shared access to cost-effective, innovative and reliable information resources, services and expertise. In particular, the FY 2016 budget will:
  • Fund the principal, interest and operations of our expanded Shared Collections Facility that will accommodate an additional 2.75 million volumes at stable environmental conditions of 60 degrees and 40% relative humidity. 
  • Maintain the Highly Available virtual server environment by replacing and expanding the existing nodes.
  • Increase the capacity of the current Tier 2 data storage to a total of 700 terabytes of raw storage.
  • Enhance the business continuity infrastructure to enable longer retention of backups to ensure continued operations in the event of unexpected emergencies.
Operating expenses are slightly lower than in FY 2015. The increase in the overall budget is the result of full principal and interest for the Shared Collections Facility expansion.
Mark Jacobs
WRLC Executive Director

Shared Collections Facility Expansion Progress

The pace of construction has quickened as we approach the planned date for substantial completion of the expansion of our Shared Collections Facility. Just three weeks there was no floor, the roof was not watertight and the walls were bare concrete block. Today, the roof keeps the rain out, the last of the masonry work has been finished, the super flat floor has been poured, the walls are all painted and about half of the shelf racks have been installed. You can begin to imagine the new module as the future home to two million volumes and archival boxes!
Mark Jacobs
WRLC Executive Director

Giving Back

The WRLC HQ staff continued its tradition of giving back to those less fortunate in our community during the holiday season. Our Thanksgiving food drive netted 253 pounds of food and personal care items and $910 for the Capital Area Food Bank. And, 56 toys were collected and donated to the Toys for Tots program. 

Event: Persistent Identifiers for People, Places, and Things in Scholarly Communications

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Training & Events Room (115)
Bender Library, American University
Presenter Laurel L. Haak (Laure), PhD, is the Executive Director of ORCID, a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to connecting research and researchers by providing a registry of unique and persistent personal identifiers. Dr. Haak earned a BS and MS in Biology at Stanford University, completed her PhD in neuroscience at Stanford University Medical School, and conducted postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health. Following postdoctoral work, she served as editor of Science Magazine's NextWave Postdoc Network. Dr. Haak was a program officer for the Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy at the National Academies, where she directed workforce policy studies on international students, interdisciplinary research, women faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and innovation policy. She also served as Chief Science Officer at Discovery Logic, a Thomson Reuters business, where she provided research policy expertise and managed development of research evaluation systems.

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