Save the Date: NOTSL Spring Meeting

April 5, 2019

NOTSL Spring Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019

Registration will open soon

The Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians’ Spring meeting, Can a Catalog Spark Joy? Catalog Maintenance for Management and Migration, will be held on Thursday, May 23, at the Cuyahoga County Public Library Parma-Snow Branch Auditorium. Our featured speaker will be Kyle Banerjee, Digital Collections and Metadata Librarian, Oregon Health & Science University. Kyle has literally written the book on this topic. Mark your calendar now for this entertaining meeting. Please watch for a detailed announcement soon!

Fall 2018 Meeting

October 2, 2018

Acquiring Minds Want to Know

Cuyahoga County Public Library | Parma-Snow Branch Auditorium
2121 Snow Rd. | Parma, OH 44134
Registration and light refreshments: 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Program: 9:30 am – 4 pm

Friday, November 9, 2018
Deadline to register was Friday, November 2!

Links to presentations:
Morag Boyd: Acquiring Minds Want to Know
Pam Matthews: The Mysteries of Publishing Revealed
Barbara Satow: The Mysteries of Publishing Revealed
Joanna Voss: What Use Are Stats?
Kay Downey: The DDA Ebook Model
Jennifer Rice: Streaming Media Acquisitions

Step 1: Registration

All attendees must register here!
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(Registration link is for those paying online below and for those paying by mail.)

Step 2: Payment

(Please either make your payment through PayPal below or by mailing a check to Laura Maidens at the address listed on the registration page)

Regular registration ($50):
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Student registration (You must verify your student status with Laura Maidens) ($25):
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NOTSL is pleased to welcome the following speakers and their presentations:

Acquiring Minds Want to Know: The Future of Procurement of Library Materials
Presented by Morag Boyd, The Ohio State University Libraries

Current trends in acquisitions and collection development are leading to interesting tensions in the acquisitions of library collections. All libraries are facing an exponential demand for streaming media without increasing budgets. Academic libraries are looking to demand- and use-based purchasing/lease models and packages for core titles, and at the same time exploring beyond traditional library markets for unique materials and using non-standard purchasing such as eBay or Kickstarter. This talk will explore the implications now and into the future for technical services.

Morag Boyd is the Acquisitions and Discovery Strategist for The Ohio State University Libraries. She leads a program with responsibility for content ordering, receiving, licensing and negotiation, bibliographic description, metadata creation and management, access management for electronic resources, and arrangement and description of special collections content. In short, Morag provides vision and direction to a large team charged with making content available to researchers.

The Mysteries of Publishing Revealed: Looking Behind the Curtain at the Wonderful World of Publishing
Presented by Pam Matthews and Barbara Satow, Cleveland Public Library

Ever wonder what an agent does? What the differences are among publishers, distributors, jobbers? How and why authors self publish? What are “rights” anyway? Find out the answers to these and other confounding conundrums in this session designed to put those “I’ve always wondered about that!” thoughts to rest.

After many, MANY years of working for libraries (public and academic), non-profits, and even going to the dark side and working for a vendor, Pam Matthews landed her current position as Collections Manager at Cleveland Public Library. She oversees the collections of CPL’s 27 branches, its Popular Library at the Main Branch, and its electronic collection available through OverDrive.

Barbara Satow is a cataloger for the Cleveland Public Library. Long before receiving her MLIS from Kent State University in 2010, she aspired to write fiction and had a historical romance novel published by a small press in 2006. She has dabbled in the world of self-publishing (as have many of her fellow members of the Romance Writers of America) and is always happy to discuss her two “vocations” —  author and librarian.

What Use are Stats? Usage Statistics in Context
Presented by Joanna Voss, OhioLINK

We have the usage statistics, now what? What is the rest of the story? This presentation will cover how electronic resource usage statistics fit into the larger context of information by and about libraries, their collections, and their users. It will review how standards like COUNTER level the playing field for analyzing electronic collections and how other sources of information can be used to build out to get the bigger picture. In short, when making data-driven decisions for a consortium of academic libraries of diverse sizes and types, how do we make sure that the data is not just a slice, but the whole pie?

Joanna Voss is currently the Collections & Insight Analyst for OhioLINK. She has Master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and library and information science and has worked in academic and public libraries.  In her current position she puts these skills to use analyzing data from shared collections, member libraries, and the whole wide world to further OhioLINK’s mission to provide scholarly resources to advance teaching, learning, and research. She is OhioLINK’s staff liaison to its Electronic Resources Implementation Team and works closely with its Cooperative Information Resources Management Committee (CIRM) in evaluating the consortium’s electronic resources.

The DDA Ebook Model, Practices, and Program Variances
Presented by Kay Downey, Kent State University

Kent State University Libraries (KSUL) have been using the Demand Driven Acquisitions (DDA) ebook purchasing model since January 2012. Today, multiple years of DDA data make it possible to conduct a systematic comparison to evaluate different demand driven acquisition scenarios based on ebook usage patterns. Researchers at Kent State University Libraries have also collected DDA ebook program data from 8 large academic libraries in order to further research on DDA use and efficacy. This study specifically compares the economies of the straight PDA business model and the PDA model that uses the Short-Term Loan (STL) component. As libraries transition more and more to the just-in-time acquisition model it is even more imperative to understand the factors that contribute to successful collection management practices and sustainability.

Kay Downey is an associate professor and has been the Collection Management Librarian at Kent State University Libraries since 2008. She previously worked at the Cleveland Museum of Art for 12 years as the Continuing Resources Librarian. She has a B.F.A in Painting and Drawing, and M.L.S. in Library Science.

Streaming Media Acquisitions
Presented by Jennifer Rice, Kent State University

A brief overview of several streaming media acquisition models currently used by Kent State University. A focus will be on Patron Driven Acquisitions (PDA) and the maintenance of catalog records, content access, and budget management challenges. Vendors such as Kanopy, Swank Motion Pictures, Alexander Street Press, and others will be also discussed.

Jennifer Rice is the Manager, Collections at Kent State University, where her focus is streaming media and acquisitions. She has been employed at the KSU library since 2001. She has a BA in History and a MLIS in Library and Information Science.

NOTSL Scholarships 2019

September 11, 2018

Applications for the 2019 Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians (NOTSL) Scholarships are now being accepted. Scholarship(s) will be awarded at the discretion of the NOTSL Scholarship Committee, not to exceed $1,500, dependent upon need and number of applicants.

Applicants must either be currently working in an Ohio library in a professional, paraprofessional, or support position in a technical services area, or be students (residing or studying in Ohio) currently taking coursework in librarianship. The content of the proposed educational activity must relate to technical services, cataloging, serials, acquisitions, preservation, processing or management of technical services. Typically, funded activities can include costs for workshops, conferences, coursework, professional meetings or research, but not training required by an employer. Applicants must specify the nature and cost of proposed activities in order for the Scholarship Board to properly determine eligibility and the allocation of funds.

Scholarships will be applied for the calendar year, from January to December of 2019.

After the educational activity scholarship winners will submit a brief summary of their activities, which will be posted on the NOTSL web page.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, December 31st, 2018, and recipients will receive notification no later than January 31st, 2019.

Application form here

Questions may be directed to the NOTSL Scholarship Committee Chair, Mike Monaco, at

Save the Date: NOTSL Fall Meeting

August 30, 2018

NOTSL Fall Meeting Friday, November 9, 2018
Registration will open soon

The Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians’ Fall meeting “Acquiring Minds Want to Know” will be held on Friday, November 9, at the Cuyahoga County Public Library Parma-Snow Branch Auditorium.

If you want to hear about the latest trends in Acquisitions, including demand driven acquisition of ebooks, Kanopy streaming media, and using statistics such as SUSHI and COUNTER, or you want a better understanding of publishers, distributors, jobbers, imprints, etc., mark your calendar now.  Please watch for a detailed announcement soon!

NOTSL Board Opening : Vice Chair/Chair Elect

August 2, 2018

NOTSL Board opening

The NOTSL Board is seeking a new Vice Chairperson/Chair Elect. If you are interested in an opportunity to work with a dedicated local group of technical services librarians to provide professional development opportunities for the region, please contact Andrea Johnson. The only requirement is willingness to serve, and it’s a great experience!
The Board accepted Jennifer Wasserman’s resignation due to recent changes in her work and family life. According to the NOTSL bylaws, the Chairperson may appoint a person to fill a vacancy in any position on the Board other than Chair.

Spring 2018 Meeting

March 21, 2018

Journalpalooza: All You Need to Know About Serials But Were Afraid to Ask
Friday, April 27, 2018

Cuyahoga County Public Library | Parma-Snow Branch Auditorium
2121 Snow Rd. | Parma, OH 44134
Registration and light refreshments: 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Program: 9:30 am – 4 pm
Registration is now CLOSED

Links to Presentations:
A Kaleidoscope of Change / Steve Oberg
Changing Tides and Shifting Sands / Frank J. Bove, Sean Kennedy
Serials in the Public Library / Francine Labriola, Monique Mason

Register here! (For both online and mail payment options) (link removed)

Pay online through PayPal by PayPal or credit card (optional):

Regular Registration ($50)

Student Registration ($25; must verify with Treasurer)

NOTSL is pleased to welcome the following speakers and their presentations:

A Kaleidoscope of Change: Developments and Trends in the Serials Landscape
Presented by Steve Oberg, Wheaton College

The serials landscape has always been one of change; after all, that is part of its intrigue and value! This talk, along with a guided discussion, will be centered on Oberg’s selection of significant developments and trends happening right now and into the foreseeable future including, among other topics:

  • disassembling the journal publication model (that is, the traditional packaging of journal articles into volumes and issues);
  • necessary skills for those engaged with managing serials;
  • new journal collection models;
  • collaborative digital preservation for serials;
  • authentication and identity issues;
  • licensing trends;
  • social justice considerations in serials management.

Steve Oberg is currently Group Leader for Resource Description and Digital Initiatives at Wheaton College (Illinois). On the side, he teaches e-resources and serials management courses at the iSchool at Illinois, where he graduated with his M.S.L.I.S. in 1991. He is also current president (as well as being a previous president) of NASIG, an independent organization working to advance and transform the management of information resources. He is passionate about serials and also about open source software. He is in his second term leading governance of the international CORAL ERM open source software project.

Changing Tides and Shifting Sands: Serials and Academic Libraries
Presented by Frank J. Bove and Sean Kennedy, The University of Akron

Sailing the seas of serials in academic libraries has always been tumultuous and requires very hardy and nimble sea-legs. The days of print-only serials had its challenges and the advent of electronic resources has not eased the situation, but rather introduces more variables into the equation making the waters even choppier. Our presentation will focus on both the general challenges of electronic serials and those specific to academic libraries:

  • Budgets and funding models
  • Consortia cooperation and subscriptions
  • Archiving and cooperative depositories
  • Data-driven decision making (evaluating usage – COUNTER & SUSHI)
  • NASIG’s Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians
  • Access and authentication issues

Frank J. Bove is an Associate Professor, Bibliography and Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of Akron. In 2015 he was charged with the role of Coordinator, Acquisition Services after a series of retirements and layoffs reduced the acquisitions staff from 5 to 2.5 FTE. Through a rigorous series of evaluation and analysis, new workflows were brought on board that dramatically increased both personnel and fiscal efficiency. Frank serves as UA’s representative to the OhioLINK Electronic Resources Implementation Team. Frank holds a M.L.I.S and a MA in Philosophy from Kent State University.

Sean Kennedy is an Assistant Professor of Practice, Bibliography and the Collections and Content Strategies Librarian at the University of Akron. Prior to joining UA in 2016, he spent seven years at the Cleveland State University Law Library covering all areas of technical services including cataloging and serials processing. Sean serves on OhioLINK’s Cooperative Information Resources Management Committee (CIRM) which oversees Ohio-wide collection deals including very large serial packages. Sean holds a M.L.I.S. degree from Kent State University.

Serials in the Public Library, or as our Patrons refer to them, Magazines
Presented by Francie Labriola and Monique Mason, Akron-Summit County Public Library

Topics for discussion include:

  • History of the Magazines and Newspapers at ASCPL.
  • Changes in procedures, processing and collection development in the public library.
  • Maintaining specialized collections
  • Making deselection and weeding decisions

Francie Labriola has been the Continuing Resources Supervisor for the Akron-Summit County Public Library since 2006. She is in charge of collection maintenance and processing of serials for Main Library and 18 branches. In addition, she oversees the database licensing and outreach for the library. As part of the Collection Development Department’s centralized selection she orders true crime and cookbooks for the system.

Monique Mason is the manager of the Science & Technology division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library where she oversees 8 FTE professionals and para-professionals providing reference and outreach services in subjects ranging from the hard sciences to parapsychology, health and wellness, home economics, and intellectual property issues. The Science & Technology division also serves as the primary public reference point for magazines for the library system.

Save the Date: NOTSL Spring Meeting

March 15, 2018

NOTSL Spring Meeting, Friday, April 27, 2018
Registration will open soon

NOTSL will hold its Spring Meeting on Friday, April 27, 2018, at Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Parma-Snow Branch Auditorium, 2121 Snow Road in Parma, Ohio.

Journalpalooza: All you need to know about serials but were afraid to ask

Our speakers will discuss serials management and serials librarianship from a wide range of perspectives, theoretical and practical, academic and public.

  • Steve Oberg (president of NASIG, Group Leader for Resource Description and Digital Initiatives at Wheaton College (Illinois), and LIS teacher at the iSchool at Illinois) will present A Kaleidoscope of Change: Developments and Trends in the Serials Landscape.
  • Then, the University of Akron’s Frank J. Bove (Associate Professor, Bibliography and Electronic Resources Librarian) and Sean Kennedy (Assistant Professor of Practice, Bibliography and the Collections and Content Strategies Librarian) will present Changing Tides and Shifting Sands: Serials and Academic Libraries.
  • Finally, the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Francie Labriola (Continuing Resources Supervisor) and Monique Mason (manager of the Science & Technology division) will present Serials in the Public Library, or as our Patrons refer to them, Magazines.

Learn everything you need to know, but were afraid to ask, about trends in serial publication (print and online), managing serial collections, and providing access to serials.