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What Can I Do With That? Tech Services Tools Round-Up

Monday, November 21, 2016


Cuyahoga County Public Library | Parma-Snow Branch Auditorium

2121 Snow Rd. | Parma, OH 44134


Registration and light refreshments: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Program: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.




The deadline to register is Wednesday, November 16, 2016. Please contact Laura Maidens at with questions about registration.


If you had tools to improve your work, why wouldn’t you use them? We play with new tools on our smart phones, but don’t carry that habit over to technical services work. Often we don’t understand what we are using at work, what we could build or have built for us, are unaware of what is available, and/or blindly accept methods, not even realizing the potential that these tools have. The program will feature a unique format with brief overviews on a variety of tools by multiple speakers, followed by a panel discussion with the speakers on using the tools. Macros, APIs, OAI harvesting with CONTENTdm and WorldShare will all be discussed.


Regular Expressions for Tech Services

Presented by Kathryn Lybarger, Head of Cataloging and Metadata, University of Kentucky Libraries


Starting with the basics, Kathryn will discuss how to use regular expressions for searching and modifying data. We will also look at how regular expressions can be used in various software packages to get our work done more effectively and efficiently in technical services.


Kathryn Lybarger is the Head of Cataloging and Metadata at the University of Kentucky Libraries, where she has worked as a librarian since 2009. Her research interests in libraries include metadata of all sorts (including traditional cataloging and fancy new standards), preservation, digitization, and automation / computer-assisted workflows.


The Authority Toolkit

Presented remotely by Gary L. Strawn, Northwestern University


A live demonstration of the authority toolkit, a program that works with OCLC's Connexion program to produce higher-quality authority records with less effort. Documentation for the program is available at


Oh my OAI!

Presented by Ron Gardner, OCLC


What and why OAI? Ron will provide current examples of how to use OAI and will explain why it’s important for libraries. This brief overview will also demonstrate using OAI to access your resources through many available ‘on ramps’, and getting your resources’ metadata into OCLC WorldCat.


Ron studied at Adrian College (organ performance major), the University of Toledo (MLS), and Wayne State University (archives and conservation). He worked in acquisitions and serials prior to starting his OCLC career in 1979. Most recently he is Digital Services Consultant working with libraries in their selection, start-up and use of CONTENTdm.


APIs can Expand and Unify Library Services

Presented by George Leggiero, Lead Applications Analyst, University Libraries, Kent State University


Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) can expand the usefulness and efficiency of the assortment of online services used to manage the modern library. Some can provide the patron a web-based interface to interact with the service. Others allow for these various services to interact between themselves to share data or functionality to allow for a convenient staff or patron experience. Many vendors provide these APIs. What do we do with them?


George Leggiero has nearly twenty years’ experience in academic library systems. In his current position at Kent State he co-manages the Innovative ILS and other online supporting services. He was previously on the systems staffs of the libraries at John Carroll University and Notre Dame College.


Organizing E-Resources Workflows with WorldShare Collection Manager

Paul Heyde, Team Leader of Acquisitions & Metadata Services, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University


Tracking and updating bibliographic records from collections of electronic resources can get very confusing, especially when you have to retrieve them from a variety of vendors, who all have a variety of methods for letting you know when their records (of varying quality) are available for you to download for use in your local catalog. This session will provide an introduction to WorldShare Collection Manager, a service included with an OCLC cataloging subscription, that offers a single platform for managing collections of electronic resources. Tips and tricks will be provided on how to maximize its usefulness and integrate it into your local workflows.


Paul Heyde oversees acquisitions, cataloging, and electronic resources as Team Leader of Acquisitions & Metadata Services at Kelvin Smith Library of Case Western Reserve University. Paul previously worked in cataloging and rare books at the Western Reserve Historical Society, cataloging and manuscripts at the Buffalo History Museum, and in archives at the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University.


Panel discussion to follow presentations


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