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The "Collections (Current)" and "BIBs and HOLs (Current)" reporting topics have been refreshed with data that is current as of March 1, 2021. All reports run in the Reporting Environment will now include the refreshed data set.

The next data refresh will take place in early April.

Visit the Data Warehouse web page and read the Data Warehouse Reporting Environment User Guide to learn more about the Data Warehouse and running your own reports.

And... We Have a Runoff!

Out of 24 names, we come down to two. 

No name in the ILS Migration Project Name Contest reached an outright majority. After 10 rounds of vote tallying, two names remain as the final contenders.

ILS Migration Project

A name that is, in the word of the person who submitted this entry, "simple and straightforward." It will standardize how we talk about the project without being "cute or clever." You'll never have to explain this name to a new staff member or fellow librarian.

Monarch 

A name referencing the monarch butterfly, which is known for its incredible summer and autumn migrations. Traveling together in clusters, half a million monarchs fly, glide, and struggle thousands of miles to arrive at a new home that will enable them to thrive.


Which will it be? You get to choose. Voting is now open.

VOTE HERE

Voting closes March 9th at 5 p.m. Winner will be announced the next day.

Free Summit Takes Place Virtually April 8-9, 2021

Registration is now open for the 2021 M.O.S.T. State Summit, which will take place virtually April 8-9, 2021.

The theme of the 2021 conference is Using OER to Advance Equity and Inclusion. The COVID-19 pandemic and continuing patterns of racialized violence have brought to the forefront inequities in educational access, preparation, and experiences on our campuses. How might the use of open educational resources (OER) advance equity and inclusion at our postsecondary institutions and statewide? 

Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from presenters from across Maryland on how they are tackling these issues and building, growing, evaluating, and sustaining their OER initiatives. Keynote presentations will feature Angela Debarger, Program Officer, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Maha Bali, Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo.

There is no cost to attend this Summit.


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Reminder: The M.O.S.T. Workshop Series on OER continues through April. The next workshop, "Creating OER with Students," is March 10. You can register here.

2021 Theme is "Pivoting in Times of Crisis"; Takes Place Virtually on July 28th

The 6th annual Towson Conference for Academic Libraries will be held virtually on Wednesday, July 28th, 2021.

This low-cost, one-day conference is for all academic library workers and MLIS students. We welcome proposals and attendees from all job levels and all departments.

This year’s theme is “Pivoting in Times of Crisis.” This year, we are looking forward to exploring how the past year working through a pandemic has impacted us and our work. What challenges did we face and how did we overcome them (or not)? What new ways of providing our resources and services can, or should, we continue post-pandemic? What opportunities are there for continued revision of workflows, or completely new offerings we can offer as academic libraries? What self-reflection did you do about why you entered the library profession? We are equally interested in hearing about your big ideas and your glorious failures, which we can all learn from. We will look forward to session proposals that explore this theme from such perspectives as:

  • Fresh ideas and innovative perspectives for the 21st century and/or the post-pandemic library
  • Tales of successful and/or not successful projects
  • Personal reflections on a career in librarianship and/or balancing your personal and professional lives
  • Experiences working with new technology
  • Challenges to established workflows and philosophies
  • Ideas for the future in an interdepartmental, collaborative environment
  • Workshops demonstrating hard skills
  • Practical problem-solving and skill sharing
  • Ideas informed by diverse and critical perspectives
  • Innovation and practices from non-library fields
  • Strategies for cross-departmental collaboration and empowerment at work
  • Helping the local academic library community connect and re-connect

Look forward to calls for proposals and more details in the coming weeks. Please pass this message to anyone who might be interested.

Questions may be directed to tcal@towson.edu.

Organizers:

 Adam Zukowski   (TCAL Chair, Towson University)

Whitney Blake  (Towson University)

Sarah Crest (Towson University)

Megan Davis  (University of Maryland Global Campus)

LuAnn Fisher (Hagerstown Community College)

Bill Helman  (Towson University)

Paula Langley  (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

Don Osborn (Stevenson University)

Bria Sinnott  (Towson University)

Jennifer Wodarczyk  (Towson University)



Message originally distributed via usmaicoiall@umd.edu. 

UPDATE: Vote in the runoff election between ILS Migration Project and Monarch. (3/3/2021)

UPDATE: Top 3 names marked below (3/2/2021)

Over 110 USMAIers voted in the ILS Migration Project Name Contest. No name won by an outright majority, so we're currently tallying the votes. We hope to share the winner by the end of the week.

Which name do you think will win? Comment below.

Names in the Running

Accessible Library System

Advance USMAI

CLIMB (Consortium Library Integrated Management Bunch) TOP 3

Fantastic 4th

Future2021 Migration

ILS Migration TOP 3

"Libraries Lead" Migration to the future.

LIMS-BA (LIMS-Beyond Aleph)

"May the 4th be with you"

Migration Movers

Migration moves with Bernie

Mission Migration

Monarch Top 3

ProjectALEX (Achieving Library EXcellence)

Project MULB (Make Users Lives Better)

Project Refresh

Project Skipjack

Project Sandpiper

Project SMILE (Selection and Migration of Integrated Library Experience)

Project Truth

Quatro

Sandpiper

Tortoise

XINA [X (for unknown name of new ILS) Is Not Alpeh] 

As always, be nice.

How Ranked-Choice Voting Works

Broadly speaking, the ranked-choice voting process unfolds as follows for single-winner elections:

  1. Voters rank the candidates for a given office by preference on their ballots.
  2. If a candidate wins an outright majority of first-preference votes (i.e., 50 percent plus one), he or she will be declared the winner.
  3. If, on the other hand, no candidates win an outright majority of first-preference votes, the candidate with the fewest first-preference votes is eliminated.
  4. All first-preference votes for the failed candidate are eliminated, lifting the second-preference choices indicated on those ballots.
  5. A new tally is conducted to determine whether any candidate has won an outright majority of the adjusted voters.
  6. The process is repeated until a candidate wins a majority of votes cast.

From Ballotpedia

The University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) are delighted to announce that as of January 1, 2021 USMAI joined CRL. The USMAI consortium includes 17 academic and specialized libraries within 15 institutions.

USMAI is the first consortium to join under CRL’s new consortium membership model.

“We are excited to join CRL. Belonging to CRL makes our consortium and its libraries stronger and better able to fulfill their core missions," said Chuck Thomas, Executive Director of USMAI.

CRL’s partnership with USMAI has been designed to ensure that CRL’s body of members represents the full spectrum of research libraries, reinforcing one of CRL’s core values, to meaningfully include all voices in the creation and preservation of the research library and knowledge ecosystem.

Benefits of Membership

CRL leverages the collective resources, knowledge, and expertise of a community of over 200 libraries to identify, acquire, and provide access to critical evidence and documentation for advanced research and teaching. Students, faculty, and researchers at voting member institutions benefit from CRL collections and services:

Convenient access to a wealth of scholarly resources

* Collections - Over five million items including the largest circulating collection of newspapers in North America, more than 38,000 journals and 800,000 foreign dissertations, and major microfilm and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Check out the USMAI Core, Centrally Funded E-Resources page for a list of collections that are new to USMAI.

* Electronic resources - A rapidly growing collection of curated digital resources, currently more than 20 million pages.

* Digitization services - On-demand digitization fulfilling requests from researchers and scholars.

* Document delivery - Unlimited delivery of articles from over 50,000 STE journals from the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology.

* Demand purchases  - Three types of materials acquired on request for researchers: foreign dissertations, newspapers, and copies of archival records.

* Expanded content, especially digital, through CRL partnerships in news, law, science, and the historical literature of agriculture.

* Individualized consultations - Providing lists of topic-specific resources for faculty, staff, or students.

Cost-effective cooperative collection building

* Significant potential local savings for libraries through group purchasing and shared purchasing programs.

Support for informed local investment in e-Resources

* Favorable terms for database subscriptions and purchases leveraging the collective purchasing power of over 200 libraries in licensing negotiations.

* eDesiderata - CRL's online platform for analysis and member input on databases and licensing terms.

Leadership in preservation initiatives

* Extensive data analysis and assessment in support of digital and print preservation.

* Shared print - Support for collaborative shared print collection efforts.

Leveraged community expertise

* Communities of interest - Working under the CRL umbrella to preserve and make accessible endangered documentation from all world regions.

* Webinars and Forums Exploring today's critical challenges to collection building and investment in digital resources.

About CRL

Learn more about CRL's, history, news, staff, events, governance and more in the "About" section on their website.

Learn more about membership on CRL's Making the Most of CRL Membership page.

Check out this page for a list of collections new to USMAI with our CRL Membership.

Questions? Please contact Erica Owusu 

Through the Maryland State Library, USMAI libraries have access to live webinars offered by Ryan Dowd's Homeless Training Institute. Staff at USMAI libraries also have access to recorded webinars and the Librarian's Guide to Homelessness through Niche Academy.

The next 1-hour webinar, "Service Animals: Your Obligations Under the ADA," will be held on Thursday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Some of the issues covered:

  • Which types of animals are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
  • What are the two questions you can legally ask? (Yes, there are only two!)
  • Can you legally exclude a service animal if it growls, poops, sets off someone's allergies, or scares someone with a phobia?

If you would like the access info for this webinar, please contact Katia Fowler or comment on this post.

If you would like to receive the access info directly from the Homeless Training Institute (recommended), please fill out this short form. For the last question, enter "Maryland State." 

Attend on March 2 or March 3

Join Ted Tyson from Third Iron to learn how the new LibKey services keep the library at the center of the research process, remove the obstacles to access, and streamline library operations. Ted will provide an overview of LibKey, share the benefits libraries using LibKey are reporting, and provide details on the new LibKey Link and libkey.io services.

The demos are being offered on at 1:00 p.m. and at 11:00 a.m. Registration is not required, but will ensure you get a recording after the presentation. Please register here.

Access info is available to staff at USMAI member libraries on the 2021 Vendor Demos page. You will need to log in or create an account to view.



"Stew of the Month" Provides Regular Updates on CLAS's Activities

DigiStew is the monthly blog for the Digital Services & Technologies (DST) division at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). The Consortial Library Applications Support (CLAS) team is housed at UMCP and is its own department within DST.

The "Stew of the Month" provides regular updates on CLAS's activities.

Stew of the Month: December 2020/January 2021

The following is excerpted from the most recent edition of DigiStew:


The CLAS team responded to 152 Aleph Rx submissions and 28 e-resource requests from across the consortium’s libraries in December and January.

COVID-19 Support

CLAS continues to be available to respond to your support requests. Please use our regular support channels if you need any assistance.

Application Upgrades

CLAS completed a number of upgrades in December and January to keep USMAI applications running on supported software versions:

  • Aleph v23: Completed on Sunday, January 31st. While there are not any major changes to functionality, the upgrade puts the consortium in good position for sustained use of Aleph, minimizing the need for disruptive maintenance during the ILS migration project.
  • USMAI Member Portal: The Portal was upgraded to Confluence v7 on Wednesday, January 27th. There are no major changes in functionality in this version.
  • EZproxy v7.0.16: Completed on Thursday, December 16th. The upgrade positions us for a future upgrade this Spring to v7.1. After August 2021 previous versions of EZproxy will no longer be supported by OCLC.

Upcoming Work

Here are a couple of items to look forward to hearing more about in the coming months:

  • Data Warehouse additions: Work is nearing completion to add more acquisition attributes to our “Collections (Current)” reporting topic.
  • New Ticketing System: Internal planning and investigation continue on this initiative to consolidate and improve the system for making service requests. Once procurement has completed, expect to hear more about this.

Thank you for all the great submissions to the "Name the ILS Migration Project" contest, USMAIers. We had over 20 entries! With very few exceptions–"Bookie McBookface," I'm looking at you–all the entries are on the ballot.

Since we had so many entries, we'll be doing ranked choice voting. Use this form to vote, and please vote only once: https://umdsurvey.umd.edu/jfe/form/SV_5bVmiuGkq65cpkq.

The "Collections (Current)" and "BIBs and HOLs (Current)" reporting topics have been refreshed with data that is current as of February 1, 2021. All reports run in the Reporting Environment will now include the refreshed data set.

The next data refresh will take place in early March.

Visit the Data Warehouse web page and read the Data Warehouse Reporting Environment User Guide to learn more about the Data Warehouse and running your own reports.

Attend on February 23rd or 24th

Chad Simmons and Micaela from WorldArchives.com will be presenting their platform for USMAI later this month. The agenda will include:

  • Introductions
  • History of World Archives
  • Differentiators
  • Live Demo
  • Q&A Session

The demos are being offered on at 2:00 p.m. and on at 10:00 a.m. There is no registration for this event. The demo will be recorded.

Access info is available to staff at USMAI member libraries on the 2021 Vendor Demos page. You will need to log in or create an account to view.

Staff at USMAI member libraries have access to the Atlas Video Training Library.

The Training Library currently includes over 150 courses for ILLiad, covering topics like workflows, copyright, addons, routing rules, and web reports. The Atlas Video Training Library also includes courses about other topics and products, such as ArchivesSpace, Ares, and more.

Information about finding courses and accessing the library is provided in a new page in the Member Portal.

UPDATE: This course now has its own page in the Member Portal under "Professional Development." (2/8/2021)

In addition to the "Librarian's Guide to Homelessness" training course, the Maryland State Library (MSL) also purchased a license for a new course, "Dismantling Institutional Racism." All staff at USMAI member libraries have free access to the course. See the announcement below for details. 

Announcement from MSL

The Maryland State Library has purchased a statewide license to provide online training in the Niche Academy platform to all staff in the state's public libraries on Dismantling Institutional Racism.  The presenter is Tobin Miller Shearer, Widerstand Consulting. The Statewide Staff Development EDIA Task Force in public libraries identified the need for such training and identified this resource.  The course is also available for staff in academic and school libraries.  There is no charge for this training.
 
The total training time including activities is approximately 4 hours, but the training is presented in short video clips that make it easy to participate over time. Niche Academy tracks your progress so you can simply pick up where you left off.
 
Public Library Staff can earn contact hours by completing the training. You will need to document your participation by successfully passing the Final Quiz.  The staff development coordinator in your library system oversees the approval process for this course and can provide you with the details.
 
Total Videos Length – 2 hours + 10 minutes
Average time of exercise completions and knowledge tests  - 2 hours
Average time of completion without readings – 4 hours and 10 minutes
Average time of completion with readings – 8 hours
 
This training opportunity is available through October 31, 2021.
 
Additional Live Sessions – Join others statewide as we work through the course during February 2021. Dr. Tobin Miller Shearer will present two live Zoom sessions to help you get started and stay motivated to finish the course.  Please register here to join us on the dates below - https://bit.ly/2L0jrd8 
 
Opening (kickoff) session – February 3, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Closing session – March 3, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Enroll in the Training

You will need to create a Niche Academy account with username and password so that you are officially enrolled in the training. You must use your work email address to participate. You can get an account and start your training from this URL: https://my.nicheacademy.com/marylandstate-staff/course/16291

If you already have an account, you can go to https://my.nicheacademy.com/marylandstate-staff and select the Dismantling Institutional Racism course.

You will also see two very brief additional courses: How to do a Library Anti-racism Audit and How to Turn Backlash into Buy-in.

Questions? Contact Nini Beegan, Maryland State Library, nini.beegan@maryland.gov

This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act Administered by the Maryland State Library.


UPDATE: This course now has its own page in the Member Portal under "Professional Development." (2/8/2021)

We had great feedback from members who took Ryan Dowd's "Librarian's Guide to Homelessness" training course last year.

Thanks to the Maryland State Library (MSL), staff at all USMAI libraries can register for the course again this year. In addition to the core training course, this year the license also includes about 15 hours of webinars by Ryan Dowd.

See the announcement below for details on how to create an account and get started.

Announcement from MSL

The Maryland State Library has purchased a statewide license from Niche Academy to provide training to all staff in the state's public libraries on serving homeless customers. 

The presenter is Ryan Dowd, Librarian's Guide to Homelessness. The Statewide Staff Development Coordinator’s group in public libraries identified the need for such training and identified this resource.  The course is also available for staff in academic and school libraries.  There is no charge for this training.

The total training time including activities is approximately 4 hours, but the training is presented in short video clips that make it easy to participate over time. Niche Academy tracks your progress so you can simply pick up where you left off.

Public Library Staff can earn contact hours (CE Credit = 4 hours) by completing the trainingYou will need to document your participation by completing the Downloadable Notes and successfully passing the Quiz at 94%.  Both can be printed while participating in the training. The staff development coordinator in your library system oversees the approval process for this course.

This training opportunity is available through October 31, 2021.

Enroll in the Training

You will need to create a Niche Academy account with username and password so that you are officially enrolled in the trainingYou can get an account and start your training from this URL:

 https://my.nicheacademy.com/marylandstate-staff/course/2321

 Questions? Contact Nini Beegan, Maryland State Library, nini.beegan@maryland.gov

This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act Administered by the Maryland State Library.