OCLC Canada Advisory Council
Minutes – October 22nd, 2013
Hélène Roussel, Director General, Direction générale de la diffusion, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
Michael Ireland, Director, Information Management Services Directorate
Knowledge Management, National Research Council
Lisa O'Hara, Head, Technical Services, University of Manitoba Libraries
Madeleine Lefebvre, University Librarian, Ryerson University
Gwen Ebbett, University Librarian, University of Windsor
Fabien Lengellé, Director General, Content and Access, Library and Archives Canada
Debbie Schachter, Director, Learning Resources, Douglas College
Suzanne Payette, Director, Bibliothèque publique de Brossard
Bruce Crocco, Vice-President, Library Services for the Americas, OCLC
Daniel Boivin, Executive Director, OCLC Canada, Latin America & the Caribbean
Joyce Garnett, University Librarian, Western University
Mary-Jo Romaniuk, SLIS, University of Alberta
- Opening of the meeting and agenda approval (Chair: Hélène Roussel)
- Review the minutes of the June, 2013 Meeting (update, questions)
- Update on the Americas Regional Council and discussion about the next Global Council agenda (all delegates)
- OCLC enterprise / Canadian division year in review and update (Daniel & Bruce)
- Review of the OCAC Charter (clauses, number of delegates, etc.)
- Brainstorming on the actual Canadian library landscape (economy, staff, technology), top priorities at your library right now, eBooks initiative in public libraries, MOOCS, etc., and specific recommendations to make to OCLC.
- Group picture and signing of the release form
- Next meeting dates
- Other business
- End of meeting
1. Opening of the meeting, welcoming and agenda approval
- Agenda approved as submitted.
2. Review the minutes of the June 2013 meeting (update, questions)
- Change the date on the first page.
- Accepted without other changes.
3. Update on the Americas Regional Council and discussion about the next Global Council agenda (all delegates)
- Ms. Lefebvre is on the ARC Executive. She indicated having missed the last call.
- ARC is struggling with scheduling calls as many people are always missing. The group decided to go ahead with meetings on dates where the most people were available.
- Ms. Schachter had a copy of the minutes of the last meeting and read them to the group.
- The group went on a discussion on MOOC’s and who is offering it in Canada. Delegates discussed things about the controversy of it, acceptance, level of use, possible future, how are libraries involved in this, how this can make money or be sustainable, etc. It seems to be seen as a supplement or an alternative method to teach by many on the market. Quite a few businesses send staff to some of these as it is free until you apply to get credits. In the US, quite a few venture capital companies have invested in MOOC’s initiatives.
- Apparently, some public libraries do a form of MOOC to teach users how to use iPads, computer or else. The similarity is with how the Web is used to deliver these instead of always being offered in a library.
- The delegates then had a discussion on how many members go to ARC.
- The group also discussed how pairing is done for ARC and GC elections, how many per region are technically allowed, etc. Everybody concluded, including OCLC staff at the meeting, that this is always a bit of a confusing process still.
- Ms. O’Hara asked about French Canadian authority names as they have problems with their new system that flips the French names to English entries from LC instead of keeping the French version. She was asking if VIAF had or would load French names and had found a way to solve this problem. Ms. Roussel from BAnQ reported that they maintain at BAnQ a name authority file for French names and that the U of Manitoba could load it if they wanted to. LAC-BAC has something too with Canadiana and this is the portion that is in VIAF.
- Ms. Roussel reported that they are ready to load in VIAF if OCLC is interested in communicating with them.
- Ms. Roussel also talked about their initiative at BAnQ named “Services québécois de traitement documentaire” (SQTD) and she offered to present it at the next meeting.
4. OCLC enterprise/Canadian division year in review and update (Daniel and Bruce)
- The presentation will be posted. Numerous questions were asked during the two presentations so that it took longer than originally schedule.
5. Review of the OCAC Charter (clauses, number of delegates, etc.)
- The Council did not have the time to address this and this will be reported to the next meeting.
6. Brainstorming on the actual Canadian library landscape (economy, staff, technology), top priorities at your library right now, eBooks initiative in public libraries, MOOCS, etc., and specific recommendations to make to OCLC
- The Council did not have the time to address this and this was reported to the Wednesday morning discussion with Jenny Johnson and Janet Hawk. Ms. Johnson and Hawk will produce a summary of their findings in Canada once they complete their focus groups in Canada in 2014.
7. Group picture and signing of the release form
- Both done.
8. Next meeting dates
- Have not been established yet. Mr. Boivin will send doodles for 2014.
9. Other business
10. End of the meeting
- The meeting is adjourned at 16h05 for a tour of the library.
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