Opening Up Technical Services – NCTPG 83rd Annual Meeting

Online via Zoom

Friday July 30, 2021 • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm PST

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Our theme this year, Opening Up Technical Services, focuses on two issues that are increasingly important to the work we do in library technical processes: Open Access and library-vendor relationships. As always, we aim for a broad representation of types of libraries (public, academic, special) and a diverse representation of roles within and around technical services.

Program and Speakers

Building Momentum for Sustainable Open Access

Rice Majors – University of California, Davis

The University of California has committed to transforming article publishing to sustainable open access models.  We will share our vision for this initiative, progress to date, how we approach publishers and potential agreements, and how all of this is informing our approach to collections.

Managing Vendor Relationships

Matthew Hill – Sacramento Public Library

This presentation will cover managing vendor relationships in a digital landscape, including the request for proposal (RFP) process. Sacramento Public Library has used a standardized Likert scale to make RFP scoring simple, easy, and transparent to vendors. Sacramento Public Library’s approach to the RFP process recently changed; this presentation will compare and contrast the differences between what was done in the past versus what is done now. Attendees will learn how to manage challenging relationships with vendors and how to maintain healthy relationships with long term vendors.

Opening Up ‘Vintage’ Theses and Dissertations

Anneliese Taylor – University of California, San Francisco Library

Katie Fortney, Paul Fogel, and Mahjabeen Yucekul – California Digital Library

Libraries across the University of California system have systematically worked to make student theses and dissertations submitted electronically (ETDs) freely available through eScholarship, the university’s open publishing platform. But what about older, ‘vintage’ theses and dissertations (VTDs) originally produced in print or microformat? In 2018, the University of California, San Francisco Library and the California Digital Library (CDL) embarked on a project to digitize UCSF’s older documents and make them accessible to readers around the world. This project required addressing several complexities related to rights to the digitized files, the right to publicly share student dissertations, file OCRing and converting, redaction of personally identifiable information (PII), metadata production, and catalog match points. Learn about the first phase of the public release of these documents, and how the experience with UCSF’s VTDs can inform efforts at other academic institutions.

Networking Activity

An opportunity to check in with our colleagues and peers. More information TBD.

Registration & Information

Register online to start or renew your membership and attend the Annual Meeting. In acknowledgment of economic and logistical uncertainties from COVID restrictions, NCTPG extends free membership to all interested this year.

Our 2021 meeting is virtual. Zoom information will be sent out to registered individuals closer to the event.

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