Add a tour to your 2016 Annual Meeting experience

The NCTPG Steering Committee is pleased to announce optional tours after the 2016 Annual Meeting. After lunch, join your colleagues on a tour of a local community collection.

Sign up for tours.

San Francisco Public Library History Center
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Get an overview of the collections, see highlights from the archives and rare books, and see the DigiCenter in action, including the Internet Archive scribes and other equipment.
Main Branch, 6th Floor. 100 Larkin St. Limit 25.
http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=0200002501

GLBT History Museum
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Docent-led tour through three exhibits on queer history, posters, photographs, and artifacts.
$3 at the door.
4127 18th St. A ten-minute ride on the MUNI Metro or streetcar. Limit 18.
http://www.glbthistory.org/museum/

Tenderloin Museum and Walking Tour
2:30 – 3:30 museum, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. tour
Visit the museum for an introduction to the Historic Tenderloin Neighborhood and then take a one-hour walking tour led by a resident historian.
$10 special rate for museum admission and tour, at the door.
398 Eddy St at Leavenworth. Six-block walk from SFPL Main. Limit 15.
http://tenderloinmuseum.org/tours/

NCTPG recruiting officers for 2016/2017

Are you in the Northern California area and interested in getting involved with your local Technical Services group?

NCTPG is looking for officers for the 2016/2017 year!

Duties include planning the annual meeting (theme, speakers, logistics) and other programs as desired.

We hope to have wide representation on our steering committee from acquisitions, metadata, and preservation from all types of institutions.

The committee usually meets once a month from September through May, with regular email communication. Remote attendance to meetings is possible.  We are looking for the following positions. A two year commitment is preferred.

  • Webmaster
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Vice Chair

If you are interested or have any questions please contact 2015-2016 Chair,Robert Rohrbacher at rrohrbac@stanford.edu.

NCTPG 2016 Annual Meeting

Beyond Books: Capturing the Unique in Community Collections

79th NCTPG Annual Meeting

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2016

 San Francisco Public Library Koret Auditorium

Perhaps they are hidden in a storeroom or stacked on your desk awaiting attention. Sometimes they are held by communities which lack the resources to preserve and disseminate their materials. Audio, video, physical objects, and ephemeral print materials often do not fit into normal technical processing workflows. This year’s NCTPG Annual Meeting covers collections of non-traditional materials, including their acquisition, metadata, digitization, and preservation. How do we open up hidden and community collections and make them more accessible? What are the possibilities for collaboration with experts outside our institutions, other institutions, and the members of the communities we serve? How can we honor local perspectives and capture their unique voice in the collections we create and preserve?

This year’s speakers:

Register online
to start or renew your membership and attend the Annual Meeting. $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

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Save the date! NCTPG Annual Meeting Friday, May 6, 2016

The Northern California Technical Processes Group (NCTPG) is pleased to announce that its 79th Annual Meeting will take place in the San Francisco Public Library’s Koret Auditorium on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 9:30 to 1:00.

The presenters will be:
Rick Prelinger, Prelinger Archives
Al Bersch, Oakland Museum of California
Michelle Krasowski, Internet Archive
Geoffrey Skinner and Jon Haupt, Sonoma County Library

Please mark your calendars. Further details will be coming soon.

NCTPG Officers 2015-2016

Robert Rohrbacher, Stanford University (Chair)

Renata Ewing, California Digital Library (Vice Chair, Chair Elect)

Nancy Bradford, Napa County Library (Treasurer)

Alissa Hafele, Stanford University (Secretary)

Justine Withers, University of San Francisco (Webmaster)

Hilary Thorsen, Stanford University (Past Chair)

2015 Annual Meeting recap

A great round of applause and much gratitude to our illuminating and entertaining speakers! This year, we took a look at the supply side of technical services: Where does the metadata for our resources come from? How can vendors and libraries work together to improve discoverability and access? And when something is not working, how can we productively solve the problem and strengthen our vendor relationships?

First, Chair Hilary Thorsen opened the 2015 meeting with a recap of our NCTPG history. While we have always focused on technical services, speakers have approached topics from various and surprising directions. Past meetings have even featured travelogues and practices from libraries abroad. A look back at the programs reflects our profession’s history, from wartime responsibilities to the many changes in technology and standards. We look forward to many more years of hearing from our colleagues.

Eli Windchy, VP, Consulting Services, at bepress is a history buff with a special interest in the Gold Rush. She likens searching through finding aids and citations to the meticulous sifting of rock to find valuable ore. Her work helping institutions build digital repositories means that users can go straight to the gold they want. In-house publishing and digital archives are making new demands on institutions. Windchy warns that “it doesn’t matter how beautiful a collection is if no one can find it.” Third-party tools can help smooth the process among all stakeholders and Windchy describes how she helps identify goals and best practices, and how to monitor and adjust as technology and needs change.

We all know Chronicle books for their creative topics and lush illustration. Phoung Mai, Metadata Coordinator, gave us the inside scoop on how those books and their attendant metadata come to be. Every book starts with an editor months or even years in advance. Metadata comes from many sources and changes many times up to and after it is delivered. Mai explains why the metadata does’ always match exactly the item in hand.

As electronic resources and databases become more complex, issues do the same. Linda Wobbe, Head, Collection Management, St. Mary’s College of California shared many inspiring examples of how she has worked with vendors to solve problems. She shows how to work up the chain and network to find the right source for answers, how to create new channels of communication, and, most importantly, how to strengthen relationships so that all parties benefit.

http://www.slideshare.net/nctpg1/slideshelf

The NCTPG Steering Committee hopes you will be a part of planning our 2015/2016 events. What topics do you want to hear about? What projects and ideas would you like to share? NCTPG is for all technical services in all types of information institutions. Your suggestions and comments are always welcome. Feel free to send an email and attend our monthly planning meetings, beginning in the fall.