Five Months with WorldCat Local

  Speaker: Jennifer Ward, University of Washington Libraries Jennifer started by showing a YouTube video, “Finding Time in the Penn State Libraries,” to illustrate the problems searchers have when looking for material through library catalogs. I was amused when I looked for the video that another librarian has posted a video response, “Finding Time Magazine at Humboldt State” that shows a simpler search process. Jennifer is head of Web Services at the University of Washington Libraries, and she described her experiences as a participant in the OCLC WorldCat Local Beta project. She noted that she was not free to share everything, due to a non-disclosure agreement with OCLC. She largely walked the audience through the uwashington.worldcat.org, which is available to all users although it may not behave as expected for users not in Washington state. The other Beta participant currently is the Peninsula Library System in California, with an implementation…


LITA Keynote Session: "Save America's Treasures"

“Save America’s Treasures: Preservation of Rare Acetate and Vinyl Recording Transcriptions” Speaker: Dr. John Rumble, Senior Historian Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (operated by the non-profit Country Music Foundation) Dr. Rumble spoke about the history of the CMHFM, which opened in 1967. It new location opened in 2001, and the Bob Pinson Recorded Sound Collection now include over 200,000 recorded cylinders and discs. Bob Pinson donated his personal collection of country music recordings to the CMHFM in 1972, when the library first opened. His collection of 15,000 discs, many of which had never been played, along with donations from record labels, forms the core of the current collection. Pinson followed the collection to Nashville and became the music librarian, a position he held for 26 years. The collections of the CMHFM include many rare acetate recordings, which were recordings cut directly to disk, not pressed for mass distribution….