Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
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Thursday, October 5 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Revitalizing, Re-energizing and Reforming: an OCLC reclamation process

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Using flexibility and creativity SELCO's 90 federated libraries synced their ILS holdings with the OCLC Worldcat database, a process known as a reclamation. This process could be considered a completely technical matter, but with the right tools it can also be a valuable process for assessing and enhancing your collection. Collaborating with each library SELCO staff saw librarians become empowered, patrons become more engaged, and collections revitalized as libraries were weeded, inventoried and eventually reclaimed. Presenters will discuss general procedures, best practices, and expected and unexpected outcomes of the process. Come and learn how this multi-step process of weeding, completing an inventory of your collection, and using the results of these processes can transform your collection and give you valuable insights to optimize your collection and make it work better for your community.


Chris Austin

Technical Services Assistant, SELCO
Chris Austin is the Technical Services Assistant at SELCO for 3 years now, but feels that "Utility Infielder" better describes her role at SELCO. Prior to that she worked at an ISP and in retail. She was forced to write this after being informed that a picture of Pikachu pouting was... Read More →

Ingvild Herfindahl

Library Director, Dodge Center Public Library
Ingvild Herfindahl has been the Library Director at Dodge Center Public library for the last 2 years. She has previously been worked as a Children's Librarian, LSTA Grant Coordinator and an artist. She received her MLIS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Cheryl Hill

Technical Services Librarian, SELCO
Cheryl Hill has been the Technical Services Librarian at SELCO for 7 years. Before that she worked as the Library Director at Pine Island Public Library, Metadata and Cataloging Librarian at NDSU, and Cataloging and Reference Librarian at the Art Institute in Chicago. She has an MLIS... Read More →

Becky Lashinski

Cataloging Librarian, SELCO
Becky Lashinski has been the Cataloging Librarian at SELCO for the past 6 years. Previously she was the Technical Services Assistant at William Mitchell College of Law. She received her MLIS from St. Catherine University.

Thursday October 5, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 110