From the President

Newsletter Issue: 
Volume 37 no. 3 September 2017
Jeremy Myntti

I am excited to be taking on the role and responsibilities of OLAC President for the coming year. Many great things have been happening in OLAC, and this is due to all of the OLAC members who have served so graciously in many capacities.

A big thank you needs to go to Annie Glerum who served as OLAC President this past year and will remain on the OLAC Board as Past President. Through Annie's term as President, many wonderful tasks were completed such as planning for the upcoming OLAC Conference, investigating ways that OLAC and MOUG could collaborate more or possibly merge the organizations, and working towards developing a mega-best practices guide from CAPC to be incorporated in the RDA Toolkit. I hope to keep the momentum going with these projects in the coming year.

I would like to welcome Mary Huisman, Debra Spidal, and Hayley Moreno to the OLAC Board, and I'm thrilled to be able to work closely with each of them. Mary will be serving as Vice President / President Elect. She is well known in the OLAC community after having served as CAPC Chair for a few years, and she was awarded the Nancy B. Olson Award in 2015. Debra is now OLAC's Treasurer/Membership Coordinator and Hayley will serve as the Outreach/Advocacy Coordinator. Both of these roles are vital to having the work of OLAC run smoothly, and I'm grateful to both of them for taking on these responsibilities.

I would like to extend my thanks to Autumn Faulkner for her service the past two years as Treasurer/Membership Coordinator. Her great work on the OLAC Board has been very much appreciated as she has investigated the best way to keep OLAC's finances sustainable through the dues increase which was well received by our members. Also, thank you to our OLAC membership for your support to help keep the work of OLAC going. This support is greatly appreciated.

In addition to thanking Autumn for her service in the past, I would also like to welcome her aboard as the new MOUG-OLAC Liaison. Autumn has accepted this role starting immediately in a term. Thank you to Karen Peters for her service over the past couple of years in the MOUG-OLAC Liaison role. This position is critical to help us maintain a close relationship with this great organization.

As has been discussed several times in the past year, we have been working closely with members of the MOUG (Music OCLC Users Group) Board to investigate how our two organizations could collaborate more, with some thoughts on even merging the organizations. We have received a lot of useful feedback from members of each organization which is currently being compiled into a white paper and discussed by Board members. Keep an eye open for the near future when we make this white paper available to continue the conversation on how our two organizations can work together.

I am looking forward to the upcoming OLAC Conference to be held in October in Richmond, Virginia. Kay Johnson (Local Arrangements Planning Committee Chair) and Stacie Traill (Program Planning Committee Chair) have been very busy along with several others on their committees to prepare for this conference. In the past, I have always found the OLAC Conference to be a great place to network and learn from many of the experts in the cataloging community, and I am sure this year won't disappoint!

We are currently seeking a liaison with AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists). If you are a member of this organization and would be interested in serving as the OLAC-AMIA liaison, please let me know so we can appoint a new liaison soon in order to keep a close relationship with AMIA.

If you have any comments or feedback on what you would like to see from OLAC, please let me know. I welcome any and all suggestions. You can reach me at jeremy.myntti@utah.edu. I look forward to this coming year in my service to OLAC and all of our membership.