Angela Kroeger here.
I am honored to have been elected vice-chair of TSRT. Thank you to everyone who voted for me. For that matter, thank you to everyone who voted for Emily Nimsakont, as well. Among all the sections and round tables, TSRT had this year’s highest percentage voter turnout: 64.3%. That’s something we should be proud of. It shows how much this group really cares. We are small but mighty.
I didn’t get to all four of TSRT’s programs at NLA/NEMA Fall Conference this year, but the two that I did attend were excellent.
I attended “Let’s Talk about RDA,” presented by Deirdre Routt, Emily Nimsakont, and Corinne Jacox. In addition to the usual overview of RDA, this session included some specific advice on making sure one’s ILS can properly display and index RDA records, and also raised the question of how RDA records will play with other discovery tools. Emily also stressed that we need to be thinking about non-MARC metadata, and she speculated that MODS would be the metadata standard that emerges as MARC’s replacement.
I also attended Sally Gibson’s session on demand-driven acquisitions, “Letting the Patron Drive.” I honestly didn’t know too much about DDA prior to this session, other than the fact that it existed and that my library was looking into it. After Sally’s explanation of how patron-activity triggers and short-term loan options work, I’m completely sold on DDA. She very clearly explained why the Reinert-Alumni Library made the decisions they did, and it all seems very logical and rational. Now demand-driven acquisition seems not just like a way of dealing with ebook purchases, but the ideal way of dealing with ebook purchases.
Beyond TSRT’s sessions, I thought the conference was very good this year. There were a lot of interesting sessions, and everything seemed to run smoothly.
Next year’s conference is going to be huge–bringing together NLA, NEMA, and MPLA. Because of the size of the conference, the session proposal deadline is likely going to be earlier in 2012 than in recent years. So it’s not too early to start thinking about sessions you’d like to see, or sessions you’d like to present yourself.
Thank you again, and I look forward to working with you all.