#introduction Hi, I'm Anna. I do #acquisitions and #eresources things at a small liberal arts university. In my spare time, I #sing in two women's choruses, play #softball on two teams (one of which I manage), volunteer at a community #radio station, and watch/listen to #StLCards #baseball games. I also like #weightlifting, #boardgames, and #beer. #hashtagasm
Still a pet peeve: sales reps who show up early for a scheduled meeting.
I get that you probably want to arrive early just in case you have parking or other issues, but grab a coffee, use the toilet, or take a breather until it's time to meet. Especially if it's with more folks here than just me. It will save us all ten or fifteen minutes of awkward conversation while we wait for my colleagues to arrive in the conference room at the scheduled meeting time.
If you've ever wondered why the library's A-Z databases page contains marketing text from the vendors as the descriptions of the resources, it's because the eresources librarian gave up asking the research and instruction folks to provide useful, localized descriptions whenever they commanded a link be added.
Also, I would love to contract a serials cataloger to come enhance all of our old serials records. Dunno if it will matter when we move to Alma, but it makes me so sad to look at many of them and know there's so much more information to convey than what is in the existing record (i.e. title change history).
When I was importing today's batch to our print holdings in SerSol, their checksum on an ISSN caught an error that was in our catalog record. The OCLC record is correct, which is how I found the ISSN for a title too generic to be easily found in Ulrichs.
This whole project is giving me all sorts of feels about serials librarianship. So many places where things can fall through the cracks. Having good tools to identify and fix them is essential.
Half of the records lack ISSNs. I'm going to tackle those after the ones with ISSNs, which I'm about half-way through now.
I'm finding a lot of instances where we purchased (or were gifted) one volume of a serial for the circulating collection in the 1960s-1980s. As my colleague (who took over a liaison role from someone who retired after 40+ years) says, there was probably a good reason to acquire them at the time.
5. After banging around in Voyager Access reports, I am able to pull a list of MARC records that are serial records and shelved in the stacks. It's over 1,000 titles.
6. I feel briefly overwhelmed, but quickly see that there are some that are not "serials" and remember to remove any that are already in the A-Z list.
7. Feeling kind of excited about making information more discoverable and potentially identifying more things to weed from our stuffed shelves.
1. Stacks student finds a large run of a journal that is classified and shelved with the books, and is also in JSTOR.
2. Coordinator for the big print journal weeding project asks me why it didn't show up in the overlap report.
3. The journal wasn't included in our print A-Z list, and therefore would not be in the overlap report.
4. Coordinator asks if there are more like that and if we can identify them.
This morning, as I was getting ready for work, and after a couple days of sluggish productivity, I decided that before I even triaged my inbox as usual, I would tackle all of the email action items I had punted from yesterday. Sort of an "eat that frog" approach. So, after first browsing the unread message subjects and senders to make sure I wasn't ignoring something from my boss, I jumped right in. All done now! Feels like I accomplished so much, but it really wasn't that big a deal in the end.
@annacreech the IGeLU/ELUNA analytics working group wins a literal trophy for their contributions to the Ex Libris support documentation. They should get paid instead.
This is my first big user group corporate conference and I have some feels. The plenary sessions are just big marketing presentations with little actual value to me. The breakout sessions are librarians explaining how to make the system do what they need and what pitfalls to avoid. I feel like we should be paid to attend, not the other way around. We’re doing the R&D for them.
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