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From the President
Volume 37 no.2 June 2017
From the President
Greetings OLAC Community!
In nature, Spring is the time of renewal and rebirth, but for OLAC Executive Board appointments, that cycle refreshes in Summer. So alas, this is my last communication to you as President of OLAC. At the OLAC membership meeting at the ALA Annual Conference, I will be handing over the gavel to Jeremy Myntti, whose creative ideas are sure to propel us through the next year. And if Stacie Traill’s untiring dedication to OLAC activities as Immediate Past President this past year is any indication, my transitioning to that role will not be much of a downshift. Her departure from the Executive Board proper to become an adjunct as Past-Past President allows juggler extraordinaire Marcia Barret to toss off those duties and don just the one Newsletter Editor-in-Chief hat.
A thousand thanks to our outgoing member of the Board, Autumn Faulkner, who has been OLAC’s Treasurer/Membership Coordinator for the past two years. Her attentiveness to our current and projects budgets led to the awareness that it was time to raise our membership dues to keep our organization solvent. She and the Board collaborated on determining an affordable yet fiscally sound increase—please see her report later in this issue. Autumn also was instrumental in planning for the upcoming OLAC conference expenses.
I also would like to thank the other members of the Board whom I’ve been working with for the past year—Secretary Jeannette Ho and I have collaborated on updating the OLAC handbook and Bylaws, and Web Developer Matt Burrell has welcomed my input on the Website Steering Committee although I will not be an official member until becoming Immediate Past President.
And last but not least, the bold leadership of CAPC Chair Bruce Evans over the past year is most definitely worthy of applause. When I first joined the OLAC Board, I unofficially declared that the inclusion of OLAC Best practices in RDA Toolkit was the Vice-President’s Initiative, which later became the President’s Initiative and will soon become the Immediate Past President’s Initiative. Bruce has taken my enthusiasm for sharing OLAC guidelines with the greater cataloging community and run with it. See the CAPC report for updates on the Mega/Unified Best Practices Task Force. The Board has reappointed Bruce as chair of CAPC for another year.
Welcome to the new members of the Board! Mary Husimann, Music Catalog Librarian at St. Olaf College and former CAPC chair, is returning to the Board as Vice President/President-Elect, and I am delighted to introduce Debra Spidal, Cataloging Librarian at Washington State University, as our new Treasurer/Membership Coordinator; and Hayley Moreno, Database Specialist II at OCLC, as our new Outreach-Advocacy Coordinator!
Please join us for the OLAC meetings at ALA Annual in Chicago on Friday, June 23, 2017:
OLAC Membership Meeting 3-4:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Columbus, I/J
CAPC Meeting 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Skyway 260
The Membership meeting will feature Nancy Lorimer speaking about Linked Data for Production (LD4P) projects at Stanford for non-print resources.
This year OLAC will be printing ribbons! Please look for those by the Conference Registration area, the Affiliates Booth #1751 in the exhibition hall, and at OLAC meetings.
As always, I encourage you all to consider serving on the OLAC Executive Board or OLAC committees. It has been an honor serving as your OLAC President, and I hope to see you in Richmond, Virginia at the OLAC Conference this October.