SMART President’s Message – Fall 2006

As I write this, I can not believe that the NYLA 2006 Annual Conference is less than two months from now! The SMART Board has spent the last several months planning very informative programs for this year’s conference in Saratoga Springs. We hope to see all of you SMARTies at these events (and bring a friend – the more the merrier).

To start us off, on November 1st we have a full day Continuing Education(CE) workshop entitled “Cataloging 411 or On Your Marc, Get Your AACR2, GO!” Come see Maggie Horn (OLIS) and John Myers (Union College) share their expertise as they explain the 4 basic elements of cataloging: content, communication, classification, and presentation. A combination of lecture and hands-on exercises, this workshop is an absolute must for newbies and those of us who need a refresher.

Mark your calendar, paper or electronic, for the Rudi Weiss Memorial Lecture on November 2nd at 4:00 p.m. Come see Jenny Levine (the Shifted Librarian, ALA) speak about the latest technology and how it will impact our libraries and patrons.

Throughout the rest of the conference, we have many other great programs. “Electronic Resource Management Systems: Hope or Hype?” Many institutions are still trying to decide if an ERM system will really help in managing the library’s ever growing electronic collection. Come hear the experiences of those who are currently using ERM in the libraries.

Is your library loaning laptops and other equipment to patrons? Is it something that you’re thinking about for the future? Then you know where you need to be at 8:00 a.m. Friday morning – “Keeping Your Batteries Charged: Equipment Loan & Management Best Practices.” Those who have dares will share their successes, failures, and best practices at this lively early morning session.

Dublin Core, Encoded Archival Description, VRA … we’ve heard all these terms and maybe even have a vague understanding of what they mean. But how does the metadata help us raise the awareness and use of digital collections in our libraries? Come learn on Fridaymorning at “More Visiblity for Your Digital Collections through Metadata.”

“Taling without Jargon: Improving Library/IT Relations” – Who doesn’t need this one??? It is possible to communicate effectively with the Dark Side. The authors of Technology Made Simple will discuss what is needed to build a good working relationship.

In addition to our programs, please join us Friday afternoon at the SMART Membership Meeting. Always entertaining, this is your chance to get more involved with out section. Come meet the Board and help us plan next year’s programs. Perhaps you’ll have such a good time you’ll want to join us throughout the year!

While your at the exhibit hall please stop by the SMART Booth. We would love to see you. Rumor has it that Saint Minutia, Patron Saint of Catalogers, will be making an appearnace at this year’s conference!!!

I look forward to seeing all of you in November!

– Nancy Howe, SMART President

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