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April 21, 2014

NetLibrary EBooks: Records Available from EBSCO for all Alliance libraries
In the early 2000s, our consortium purchased a 3,000 title collection of NetLibrary books. I looked to see if this would be a collection of records worth managing centrally for libraries. Given the date of many titles and some libraries' decisions to weed their NetLibrary collections, the Alliance will not be managing the records in Alma for this specific collection of titles.

EBSCO, the new owner of NetLibrary, has extended access to all libraries not part of the consortium in 2003, so all Alliance libraries may now access these titles. They are accessible in two ways:  through EBSCOhost and MARC record loads.

If you would like a set of MARC records from EBSCO, please contact Jillian Cole. She can be reached at jdcole@ebsco.com and 800-653-2726 ext 2599. EBSCO can route these records to you through OCLC at no additional charge from EBSCO.

A spreadsheet of the NANC titles is on the Ebooks Program page under "Archived Documents."  

Naxos Records as Test Case for Central Record Management
At the request of a member library, I am investigating the feasibility of managing records centrally for Naxos Music Library and Naxos Jazz Library subscribers. The Alma functionality appears to be in place, and this will serve as a test case for managing records on behalf of a subset of Alliance libraries. I am currently working with Naxos and OCLC to determine costs and other business details.  I will work closely with subscribing libraries when I know more about our options.

Summer Meeting Planning
Program planning is currently underway for the Summer Meeting in July. SILS, CTST, CDMC, SPOT, and Assessment have submitted proposals to present breakout sessions related to the shared ILS. This will be an excellent time to bring technical services staff together to hash out Alma issues and policies. We hope you plan to join us.

Template Management for Alma
CTST's Acquisitions Working Group is discussing approaches to template management in Alma. They are considering the possibility of creating templates that support recommended Alma practice, and naming conventions to clearly identify such work.

Traffic is picking up on the Technical Services Discussion Group. Let me or Elizabeth Duell know if you'd like to join the list.