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

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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.

Fall 2017 Meeting

October 19, 2017

The Road Ahead: Trends in Cataloging and Metadata

Kathy Glennan PowerPoint:
Rethinking Restructuring Redesigning RDA
Marcia Zeng PowerPoints:
Learning Linked Data
Silk Road with video

Monday, December 11, 2017

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. – 3:45 p.m.
The deadline to register was Monday, December 4, 2017. Please note that there have been changes made to registration and payment. If you are registering and paying by mail, please notify your business office that the address of the NOTSL Treasurer has changed and is reflected on the registration form. If you are paying electronically, please also complete the registration form and send to

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Student registration ($25)
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NOTSL is pleased to welcome the following speakers and their presentations:

Rethinking, Restructuring, & Redesigning RDA
Presented by Kathy Glennan, Head of Original and Special Collections Cataloging at the University of Maryland

In 2018, the RDA Steering Committee will roll out a significantly updated version of the RDA Toolkit, which will incorporate new elements from the IFLA Library Reference Model (IFLA LRM), restructure the instructions contained in the RDA Toolkit, and implement the four-fold path (four different ways of capturing data) throughout. RDA Steering Committee member Kathy Glennan will provide the context for these changes and will explain how they will impact catalogers.

Kathy Glennan has over 30 years of experience cataloging music and is currently Head of
Original and Special Collections Cataloging at the University of Maryland. She is active in the Music Library Association, the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, and ALCTS. She has served as both a liaison and a voting member of CC:DA. Since 2005, Kathy’s professional contributions have focused on RDA development. She became the ALA Representative to the RDA Steering Committee in 2013.

Learning Linked Data: Introducing a Competency Framework Illuminated by Mapped Learning Resources
Presented by Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph. D., Professor of Library and Information Science at Kent State University

What competencies are required to produce and use Linked Data in various professions? Where can technical services librarians find the materials they need to learn and meet these standards in their work? This presentation begins with a brief overview of developments in Linked Data that impact library professionals. The main body of the presentation will demonstrate how to use the LD4PE website’s Competency Index for Linked Data and the related learning resources to learn how to produce and use Linked data. The presentation will include an overview of the structure and content of the Competency Index, the LD4PE website, and associated tools provided for organizing and exposing learning resources associated with the competencies.

Marcia Lei Zeng is Professor of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Her major research interests include knowledge organization structures/systems/services (KOS), Linked Data, metadata, semantic technologies, and digital humanities. She was an Invited Expert on the W3C Library Linked Data (LOD) Incubator Group and has held office in numerous international library and information science associations, currently she is serving as an Executive Board Member of the International Society for Knowledge Organization.

Save the Date: NOTSL Fall Meeting

September 7, 2017

NOTSL Fall Meeting, Monday, December 11, 2017

NOTSL will hold its Fall Meeting on Monday, December 11, 2017, at Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Parma-Snow Branch Auditorium, 2121 Snow Road in Parma, Ohio.

The times they are a changing! Keep up! The NOTSL Fall Meeting will feature two distinguished speakers with insight into some important developments.

  • RDA is being modified to use the Library Reference Model (LRM) as a basis – how will this affect cataloging? RDA Steering Committee member Kathy Glennan will explain what the LRM is and how it will impact RDA.
  • What is going on with Linked Data and how can I learn more? Marcia Zeng of KSU’s SLIS will discuss the current state of linked data initiatives and demonstrate the resources for learning to use linked data and core competencies for linked data at the LD4EP site.

Details on registration will be available soon.

Spring 2017 Meeting

April 19, 2017

Spring Cleaning the Collection: Projects and Policies for Weeding and Gifts

Awful Library Books PowerPoint (Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly)
Deb Klembara PowerPoint
Cara Gilgenbach PowerPoint
Cara Gilgenbach Resources
Mary Plazo PowerPoint
Friday, June 2, 2017
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. – 3:45 p.m.
The deadline to register was Friday, May 26, 2017 (Registration form)

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

Making a Collection Count!
Presented by Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly from Awful Library Books

Make your collection count! explores the overall quality of a library collection. This includes the benefits and methods of taking a physical inventory, analyzing collection procedures and workflows, and the life cycle of a collection. Most importantly, learn how to measure a collection’s quality. This holistic approach to collection management will help all types and sizes of libraries to keep pace with the demands and expectations of their communities.

Holly and Mary both work in adult services at the Plymouth District Library in Plymouth, Michigan. It’s fair to say that they both have a mild obsession with weeding (ok, maybe not so mild), and can often be found in the stacks taking inventory. For street cred, Holly and Mary co-authored the book Making a Collection Count: a holistic approach to library collection management. They are also co-authors of the popular blog “Awful Library Books.” (

Libraries and Warehouses Intersect!
Presented by Deb Klembara, Manager, Northeast Ohio Cooperative Regional Library Depository

Libraries and Warehouses Intersect! The Northeast Ohio Regional Library Depository houses less used materials and archives for five area public universities in a climate controlled environment. Learn how materials are stored, how you may access the materials, and how even more space is magically being created within the depository system to accommodate additional materials.

Deb Klembara has been a library professional for 25+ years, working mostly in corporate research and development libraries. She has specified, selected and implemented library automation systems and databases. Her current position with the Northeast Ohio Regional Library Depository works with OhioLINK and serves the Ohio public academic community to optimally store less circulated items and archives.

The afternoon will feature three shorter presentations on managing gifts, donations and rare materials.

Weeding Forethoughts Before Accepting Gift Donations
Presented by Pamela J. Eyerdam, Fine Arts & Special Collections Manager, Cleveland Public Library

Save yourself time & trouble before accepting gift donations and avoid weeding dilemmas. It takes some forethought when considering if your library should accept a donation. Gift donations can be a generous addition to the collection or a collection quandary. The presentation will cover gift policies, Deeds of Gift, and what to do about items that will not be processed after acceptance. The discussion will include dealing with miscellaneous donations of books, AV items (LPs, old cassette tapes, sheet music) and magazines.

Pam Eyerdam has been in library management for over 30 years. Her background includes academic and public library experience as well as dealing with different types of media in library collections. She is currently the Manager of Fine Arts & Special Collections at the Cleveland Public Library.

Weeding Rare and Special Collections

Presented by Cara Gilgenbach, Head, Special Collections and Archives, Kent State University Libraries

Is it okay to think about weeding within book collections that are considered rare or special? The answer is “yes,” but one must be systematic and proceed with caution. Some tips for weeding within rare book collections will be offered as well as a discussion about what might be done with materials that may not be appropriate for your institution’s collection but which cannot simply (in good conscience) be discarded.

Cara Gilgenbach has worked in academic libraries, both as a student employee and as a professional librarian, since 1989. She is a graduate of the College of Wooster, and she earned her MLS at Kent State University. She has worked professionally at the University of Akron, Denison University, and finally at Kent State, where she has served as Head of Special Collections since 2003.

There’s More Than One Way to Find Great-Grandmother: Weeding Genealogy and Local History Collections
Presented by Mary Plazo, Special Collections Division Manager, Akron-Summit County Public Library

Many print resources in libraries are becoming quickly outdated, including genealogy and local history print resources. Before the age of online databases, we depended on researchers who visited archives and libraries, compiled and printed abstracts of original records, and then published them for availability to purchase. Now that libraries have made it a priority to purchase databases for their customers and provide access to literally millions of records available online, it may require us to make a different assessment of large genealogy and local history collections.

Mary Plazo has worked at the Akron-Summit County Public Library for over 20 years. Mary received her MLIS from Kent State University and has been a librarian in the Special Collections Division since 2001. She recently became Manager of Special Collections in January after her predecessor, Judy James, retired in 2016. Mary completed the Modern Archives Institute at the National Archives in Washington, DC and currently serves on the Action Council for the Subject and Special Collections Division of the Ohio Library Council.

Run for NOTSL Board!

April 7, 2017

Are you looking to get involved?

This year the Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians (NOTSL) will hold elections at the Spring Meeting on June 2nd. Officers elected in June will take office immediately. We seek a Vice Chairperson, a Treasurer, a Scholarship Committee member and an Executive Committee member. This is a great opportunity to represent your organization and contribute to the profession by serving as an officer.

The chief business of NOTSL is to put together two educational meetings per year. The money raised from these meetings is then given as scholarships to technical services librarians and to library school students. The members of the NOTSL board make this happen.

  • The Vice Chairperson serves three consecutive one-year terms, one as Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson Elect, one as Chairperson, and one as Immediate Past Chair and Chair of the Scholarship Committee. Your busiest year would be the 2nd year. As Chairperson you would run all of the meetings and work with other board members to plan programs. As Immediate Past Chair you chair the Scholarship Committee. It is always more difficult to find candidates for this position. Are you up to the challenge?
  • The Treasurer receives money due to the organization and pays expenditures; maintains records of all transactions; and reports to the Executive Committee and membership. This is a two-year commitment.
  • The Scholarship Committee member helps plan meetings, and helps administer the NOTSL scholarships. This is a two-year commitment.
  • The Executive Committee member helps plan meetings and projects and generally assists the Chair. This is a two-year commitment.

We are seeking two candidates for each of these offices. Are you interested in running for a NOTSL office this spring? If so, please contact Mike Monaco at or at 330-972-2446.

Thank you!

Save the Date: NOTSL Spring Meeting

March 10, 2017


NOTSL will hold its Spring Meeting on Friday, June 2, 2017, at Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Parma-Snow Branch Auditorium, 2121 Snow Road, Parma, Ohio.

Set aside time to learn about weeding and gifts management with a variety of entertaining speakers. Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner from Awful Library Books will be our featured speakers. These public librarians from Michigan share their entertaining and useful insights into collection metrics, weeding processes and collection management. Deb Klembara, Manager of the Northeast Ohio Cooperative Regional Library Depository will bring us up to date on the OhioLINK Library Depository system. Three final brief presentations will focus on strategies for gifts management (including how to decline unwanted items) for both general and special collections.

Details on registration and more detailed program information will be available soon here at

Fall 2016 Meeting

October 11, 2016

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

Kathryn Lybarger: PDF of PowerPoint slides
George Leggiero: PDF of PowerPoint slides
Gary Strawn: Authority Toolkit
Paul Heyde: PDF of PowerPoint slides
Ron Gardner: PDF of PowerPoint slidesCONTENTdm Best PracticesCONTENTdm Digital Collection Gateway Tutorial

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 was 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 by Gary Strawn, Northwestern University

Gary will remotely demonstrate the Authority Toolkit.

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