Friday, April 11, 2008

OLAC Conference Scholarship

OLAC (OnLine Audiovisual Catalogers) organizes a biennial conference for catalogers who work with – what else? – audiovisual materials. This is the place where people speak MARCese (“In 245 subfield c … “) and everyone knows exactly what they mean.

The 2008 conference will be held September 26-28 at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland Ohio and scholarships are available for first time attendees. The application and supporting materials must be received no later than May 15, 2008. The award will be announced no later than July 30, 2008.

Eligibility:Any personal member of OLAC who has never attended an OLAC Conference is eligible for the OLAC Conference Scholarship.Award Description:The award amount will be determined by the OLAC Board; it will be sufficient to cover reasonable estimated costs for registration, lodging, travel, and meals.Conditions/Requirements: The recipient must confirm in writing that he or she will attend. The recipient must attend the full conference, including the business meeting where the award will be announced, and the recipient must write a brief report for the OLAC Board indicating what he or she gained and found to be most helpful in his or her work.
Applicants must include the completed application form below, current resume, and a cover letter describing why the applicant wishes to attend the Conference, how the receipt/non-receipt of the scholarship will influence his or her ability to attend the conference, and potential applications to his or her present and future job responsibilities.

2008 OLAC CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM(Please enter information and print the form or type/print neatly)

Name: (First MI Last)
Mailing Address:
Daytime telephone:
Email address:
Place of employment:
Position title:
Personal member of Online Audiovisual Catalogers since:
Brief description of job responsibilities/related non-print involvement/experience:

Send the application (printed or electronic) and supporting materials to:Pam Skittino
OLAC Conference Scholarship CommitteeCook Memorial Public Library District413 N. Milwaukee Ave. Libertyville, IL 60048
For further information, please contact Pam Skittino at (847) 362-2352 x157 or

OLAC has great conferences. Every time I’ve attended I’ve learned a lot, met some really interesting people, and visited wonderful places. As part of the conferences’ programs, I’ve toured a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Oak Park, IL as well as the National Geographic Society in Washington DC.

I encourage catalogers to apply for this scholarship. Good luck to all applicants.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Another NETSL Success

On Friday, April 4, the Hogan Campus Center at Holy Cross College was packed as 280 Librarians attended the annual NETSL (New England Technical Services Librarians) conference. This year’s title was Cohabiting and Colliding: Print and Electronic resources.

If you weren’t there, you missed some great presentations and discussions (as well as a good meal). But all is not lost. PowerPoints and handouts are available to see on the NETSL website.

And congratulations to David Miller of the Levin Library at Currey College. David was the recipient of the NETSL Award for Excellence in Technical Services.

Don’t miss the fun next year. The conference will be held on a Friday in April in 2009. We don’t have a specific date yet, but when we do, it will be posted on the website. Information will be updated as we select a title and begin lining up speakers, so visit the site regularly.