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Reminder: Registration Open for ACRL Technical Services Interest Group Presentations on Cataloging VR and Merging Acquisitions (12:00 PM CDT on Tues., June 23)

(via Cynthia Romanowski, Governors State University)

The ACRL Technical Services Interest Group invites you to join us virtually for two presentations on:

Date: Tuesday, June 23

Time: 12:00 PM CDT

Place: Zoom

The following will be 20-minute presentations with a five-minute question session:

Cataloging Virtual Reality programming: why and how — Joy DuBose, Assistant Professor, Special Collections Cataloger at Mississippi State University Libraries

When video games really came to the forefront, there were arguments as to whether these materials should be offered by libraries and whether or not they should be cataloged. Now with the appearance of virtual reality (VR), which has games and programming that are mostly in digital format, these arguments are returning. Many libraries are questioning whether or not to add this technology, and whether to catalog it.

While VR has taken off in many ways in the public arena, libraries are somewhat slower to do so. The Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State University has embraced VR. Through the library students, faculty, and non-university affiliates can experience VR on several different systems. However, questions were soon raised on how exactly do we catalog VR programming? This presentation examines the question of should these materials be cataloged, the different questions that arose during the process, and the workflow that was created to catalog these materials.

Merging all Acquisitions functions into one cohesive unit: a case study at University of Nevada, Las Vegas — Jennifer Culley, Lead Acquisitions Librarian, Continuing Resources & Collections, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

I am the Lead Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I started in October of 2019. My position was tasked with pulling together two units into one. One unit was responsible for one time purchases, including material receiving and invoice processing. The other area was tasked with ongoing resources acquisitions which also would include invoice processing in addition to all access issues such as activation, troubleshooting and cancellation. In addition to merging these two areas together the library was also about to hit two years post migration to a new library system. This presentation will explain the division of duties for these areas, how I merged them together, as well as how I pulled together the staff into one cohesive unit. Also, as not all library systems have the same capabilities, I would like to share how I am evaluating processes and procedures and making changes to better align with the opportunities available in the new system. This presentation is to serve as a case study for how this can be done, and hopefully allow the audience to get ideas for their own libraries, as well as allow for questions.

Register in advance for this webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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