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October 22, 2013
WRLC Library Staff Intranet Update is Coming Soon

In March, 2013, the WRLC began improving the organization and content of WRLC website services with the release of the new public website.  Over the summer, we have continued the initiative with updated WRLC Catalog and My Library Account websites to serve and engage faculty, students, and scholars at the partner universities.  However, this is just the beginning.  
One of the findings of the WRLC Satisfaction Survey conducted in 2012 was the need to improve organization and communication within the WRLC. With the survey comments as a guide, we have begun planning a redesign of the WRLC Library Staff Intranet as the next phase of the initiative of providing up-to-date, useful and engaging ways to communicate with members of the WRLC and to take advantage of its resources and services. 
In the coming months, we will be developing and releasing additional components as part of the WRLC Library Staff Intranet designed to engage library staff at the partner universities and the internal WRLC staff.
Survey and Beta Testing Program 
Your feedback is important to us.  As we begin the development of the new intranet, your comments and suggestions will influence how we may best serve you.  Please take the time to complete a short survey regarding our current Library Staff Intranet and provide input on features you would like to see for our new website.
Want to participate more?  We are seeking volunteers willing to test the new WRLC Library Staff Intranet once it is ready.  If you would like to be one of the first to experience the website and provide hands-on response, please include your contact information at the end of the survey.  You will be contacted in the coming weeks with further details.
We look forward to hearing from you!
User Experience (UX) & Emerging Technologies Librarian

Summon 2.0 Release Schedule Update

Serials Solutions has extended the Summon 2.0 preview period until August 15, 2014 instead of January 2014.  This will allow WRLC to opt-in to Summon 2.0 on a schedule that is convenient to us and will not result in changing interfaces in the middle of an academic year.

User Experience (UX) & Emerging Technologies Librarian

Sustainable Collections Services Data Extracts Moving Forward

WRLC staff have begun extraction of records for the Sustainable Collections Services project to analyze the WRLC monographic collection. MARC bibliographic and holdings records for all circulating and reference monographs will be included in the extraction, as will item and circulation data. Some non-circulating monographs are being included as well, based on feedback from collections staff at each institution.  

George Mason and Georgetown are handling their own extracts. WRLC staff are working with staff at those libraries to meet our deadline, which is to have all data to SCS by October 31st. The total number of records to be delivered will be approximately 5.2 million.  

Once all the data has been transferred to SCS, they will require two months for their initial processing. This involves looking up the equivalent Worldcat records, running the data through algorithms to identify missing data elements (such as ISBN's) and correlating WRLC data to those libraries we have selected as comparators (e.g. ASERL members). We expect an initial collection summary report from SCS in January.

Director, Information Services

Open Access Week, October 21-27, 2013

The WRLC libraries joined with colleagues from the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) and the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) to kick-off "Open Access Week 2013" with this Open Letter to our members, colleagues, and friends. Together we represent 62 research libraries across much of the US. It is our pleasure to work together to support the development of open access publishing models and the fair use of copyrighted content.
To support our members' ongoing interests in these areas, we are sponsoring a series of jointly-hosted webinars to explore and describe the current world of copyright, fair use, and open access. The first session will be "Copyright and Fair Use 101," hosted by ASERL and TRLN on November 13, 2013. These sessions are free and open to the public. Details can be found here
Additional webinars hosted by other research library consortia, including one sponsored by American University, are under development. Information about future webinars will be posted on each of our organizations' websites as it becomes available.
Read the Open Letter in Observance of Open Access Week 2013.

Executive Director

Going "All-In" for Deep Collaboration

The WRLC Initiatives for FY 2014 are focused on how we together can enable the success of learning and scholarship through collaboration. From developing a shared vision for collections to expanding the Shared Collections Facility and sharing expertise, we are finding new ways of benefiting our libraries and one another. Collaborative Librarianship is an excellent resource for building an awareness and understanding of how other libraries approach questions about creating synergies to benefit all participants. 
A recent article, entitled Going “All-in” for Deep Collaboration, by Valerie Horton, I believe succinctly explains the value of and need for collaboration, especially given the challenges faced by libraries today. Collaboration is defined as “a means to pool finite resources and diverse strengths in order to achieve unique outcomes that have impact beyond what each partner could do individually.” Among the reasons she cites for collaborating are that:
  • Any single library, even the largest, is really too small to compete successfully today.
  • In an age of scarce resources, competition, and complex community issues – organizational collaboration is essential.
She concludes by stating that  we are “at the beginning of a new transformation movement with deep collaboration as one of the critical tools....  The days of libraries as autonomous islands seems a relic of a different era as we continue numerous, often grand experiments in deep collaboration.”
Executive Director

SCF3 Progress

The Prince George’s County Planning Board unanimously approved the Specific Design Plan for the expansion of the WRLC Shared Collections Facility at its meeting on October 10, 2013. Our permits are being vetted and we expect them to be issued in November. The Building Committee of the WRLC Board of Directors has selected Coakley & Williams Construction as our construction manager. The Committee was impressed by the thoughtfulness of the C&W presentation and believed that their prior experience building similar print storage facilities would prove to be beneficial. Construction is expected to begin in early December, 2013.

Executive Director

Share your ideas and expertise!
Call for Proposals: WRLC Annual Meeting and WRLC Forums
The Sharing Expertise Committee is soliciting proposals for:
  • WRLC Forums
  • Concurrent sessions for the 2014 WRLC Annual Meeting
The intent of the Forums and the Annual Meeting concurrent sessions is 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. The Sharing Expertise Committee strongly encourages proposals from library personnel in all areas of practice that: 
  • Explore the vision, mission and initiatives of the WRLC
  • Disseminate best practices and practical knowledge
  • Share information on new tools and techniques.
Each WRLC Forum is two hours in length and should include active participation by the attendees through a Q&A period or integrated as part of the presentation. 
Each Annual Meeting concurrent session is 30 minutes long; proposals that incorporate interaction and discussion are encouraged.  Proposals for the Annual Meeting concurrent sessions will be accepted until December 6, 2013.  
Submit your proposal for the:
Questions? Please contact: 
Chris Dixon
George Mason University

Webinar Event: Copyright and Fair Use 101

November 13, 2013 @ 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hosted by ASERL and TRLN
The first in a series of webinars sponsored by ASERL, Boston Library Consortium, Greater Western Library Alliance, Triangle Research Libraries Network, and Washington Research Library Consortium.
Anne Gilliland (UNC Chapel Hill) and Christine Fruin (University of Florida) will discuss the legal and historical background for copyright principles, the exceptions to copyright found in the principles of fair use, and an overview of recent legal decisions that inform current day policies and processes for research libraries.

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