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Join the current MOBIUS Board President and the Past President for a nostalgic look back at the second year of the MOBIUS 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. Then let's look forward through the windshield towards year three!
In May of 2015 our library director unexpectedly accepted a position at another organization. I was named Interim Director and was provided a one-week crash course on budget, vendor contacts, and acquisition software. In spring 2016 I officially accepted the position of Director. While I had been in management positions before, libraries are a...
We first started thinking about adding our LibGuides to the Fontbonne catalog in 2015 and finally went live with the records this past February. This session will chronicle the entire process, including our discussions about the decision to add the records, a brief introduction of the Open Archives Initiative and its protocol for metadata...
When we began to closely look at our Course Reserves we discovered it was in a state of complete chaos. Much of what was entered in Sierra was inaccurate and out-dated. Things were everywhere and nowhere. There were no clear policies and students didn’t have a clue what “Course Reserves” even meant. Over the course of a year, we worked to bring...
A significant body of human resources research suggests that employees generally do not leave jobs; they leave their managers. Coaching employees toward continued growth and development can be fraught with anxiety for even experienced managers, and downright daunting for those new to leadership positions. This presentation will introduce one of...
Many information professionals are rightfully concerned about the proliferation of “fake news,” “alternative facts,” and troubling rhetoric in our present political culture. In this panel discussion, the presenters will highlight actions that librarians are taking to combat misinformation, inspire information criticality, and stand in solidarity...
At the University of Missouri, our student leaders asked our campus to engage with the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement, especially the Open Textbook movement. The University of Missouri Libraries answered that call by stepping up as a campus leader in facilitating collaboration across campus in efforts to increase OER creation and usage...
Researchers have data and they need some help to use it, manage it, and preserve it. Stakeholders, including faculty, graduate students, information technology services, university administration, and libraries, are engaged in an ongoing conversation about how to best meet current and future data needs on our campuses. National and regional...
This will be a discussion facilitated by one or two folks who are well-versed in the ins and outs of digitization and repositories (these people are TBD) - the purpose primarily to spark conversation among MOBIUS members about what possibilities we may want to investigate in the future for consortial repositories.
In the “frontier days” of digitization (1990s and early 2000s), libraries and archives discussed and developed a variety of data standards with a view to interoperability in future collaborations. Now that some of these large scale collaborations are actually taking place, some of the early data field standards need to be revisited. This matters...
Imagine, if you will, a library that has no leadership. Instead, it is being kept afloat by a somewhat rag-tag group of librarians, just doing their best. Does this sound familiar to you? No? Well, it definitely does to the five full-time staff of the Hooley-Bundschu Library...
Assessment can be a scary idea. It conjures up images of critical judgement, strict panels of reviews, and harsh criticism. However, in this session, we will cover a few simple methods, and some more complex ones) to help illustrate the value of your library. This session will include some standardized, time tested measures, as well as smaller,...
Describes the processing, planning, and implementation to date of re-arranging the nonfiction collections at the Springfield Greene County Library into subject areas, with a mash-up of Dewey Decimal and Bisac like terms. The reasoning, thought processes, successes, changes, and re-do's from the project. What we have completed so far, and...
Are your overdue notices not getting any notice? Ever wish you could add color to your courtesy emails? Or extra lines to help with workflow on your paging slips? If your print templates are not living up to their potential, you are not alone. If you are new to print templates or just want to pick up a few tips, this session is for you....
Plan/Idea: panel of digital repository folks around Missouri who will each have about seven minutes to give an overview of some of their digital collections. I haven't pulled together a panel yet, but based on past years' attendance and the interest digital repository folks have shown in sessions about digital collections, I think I can find 5...
Just when you thought you were beginning to get a good grasp of FRBR and RDA, changes are being planned. Find out more about LRM (Library Reference Model - the successor to FRBR), the 3R project (RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project), and changes to the governance structure of the international group charged to maintain and develop RDA....
The beauty of our system is that it requires no additional purchases of equipment to implement. With an existing bar-code scanner used by your library, you can create searchable folders through Windows that will allow you to quickly search ba-rcode logs to see when a book was shipped, where it was shipped to, and what other items it was shipped...
Libraries of all kinds are always searching for ways to reach out to and serve more people. At the same time, information (including false news) has proliferated beyond the point of becoming overwhelming. Libraries, seen by people as a source of quality information, can help people manage that information for life using Zotero. Zotero is a free,...
Building on the 2015 MOBIUS Annual Conference presentation “Mind the Gap: Reports and Procedures To Prevent Items Slipping Through The Cracks”, this presentation will address the common divide that often exists between Circulation and Technical Services Departments and illustrate how these departments can create a more collegial work environment...
Is your library instruction engaging or are your students bored? Do your students feel like they’re your captive audience and do you feel trapped along with them? My first library instruction sessions back when I was a newbie librarian were horrendous. After just a few weeks, I got tired of hearing myself speak. We were trapped in a dark...
Bedbugs have been an issue of concern for libraries for quite some time. Until now, the knowledge of bedbugs in our individual libraries has been under confidentiality to avoid possible interruption of collection sharing services. The MOBIUS Committee for Circulation and Courier created guidelines and best practices for addressing the bedbug...
With the second year of the successful implementation of the MOBIUS consortium purchase of LibraryH3lp and Chatstaff , a discussion of chat best practices is a valuable avenue to review chat etiquette and basic policies and procedures. Using the Virtual Reference Companion web page sponsored by the Reference and Users Services Association (RUSA...
Saint Louis University (SLU), a Catholic, Jesuit University, has approximately 12,000 students enrolled in nearly 90 undergraduate degree programs and 100+ post-baccalaureate degrees. Library usage is alive and well with average annual check-outs of 59,650 and average annual gate counts of 575,000 patrons. Sierra circulation module seamlessly...
In 2007, the Library of Congress began to develop genre/form terms separately from subject headings. These terms are not a part of the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). Instead they are their own list known as Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT). Now that the majority of projects have been...
We teach a 1 credit hour online for-credit information literacy course that is a General Education Requirement at Fontbonne University. This course was in place when we arrived on campus in 2004 and although it has undergone numerous updates and rewrites over the intervening 13 years, Blackboard has always been the Learning Management System used...
When MOBIUS began lending media in 2013, it was on an opt-in basis by library. Only a portion of libraries chose to lend their media, but all patrons could borrow. We will provide a snapshot of how it is going four years later, including problems that we encountered and solved (for example, damage to cases, multi-barcode containers) and how we set...
Hong Li is Technical Services Librarian at Missouri Southern State University. Emily Jaycox is Librarian at the Missouri History Museum. They will share their favorite “Create Lists Ninja” projects and methods with you, covering a wide spectrum of library activities: administration, public / access services, and technical services functions....
In 2013, Webster University Library started webinars for online students. In the 3+ years since, one overview webinar has grown into a webinar series that has reached 1,000+ students in St. Louis and all over the world. In this session, we will discuss getting started with a webinar series and our marketing strategies and channels. We will...
First, we will discuss how to define your objectives: Why is defining the scope of your survey challenging? What specifically do you want to find out? What will you do with the information? Communicating with management is essential for this step. Second, we will cover how to design survey questions: We will discuss the differences between...
With so many library school graduates and so few open jobs it can be frustrating to find a library job at any level. This round table discussion group will allow students and graduates of library school, or anyone in the library job market, to come together and share their stories of their success and frustrations. What works? What doesn't? Where...