Rescheduled : Polaris Cataloging User Group - September 2023

Oct 5 2023 | 10 - 11am


What’s new in your library? Questions? 

  • Dickinson: Cindy- Her library received a $50,000 grant to purchase kids' items. They have purchased about 64 STEAM kits, so Cindy is busy cataloging those. 
  • ND State Library: Jessica- They have had some mini kick-off events for the vending machines, those are about wrapped up. They just got done with a pretty substantial lottery, and they are in the last stages of that being processed by Lexi. 
  • Grand Forks: Bobbi- Lori is out for about six weeks for foot surgery. Bobbi been cataloging Lego robotics laptops, as well as Lego kits. She’s also got these huge bags of books and all kinds of things from Altru Hospital. They are called “Take and Learn Bags.” There are about six of them and they are intended for teens and tweens. They have recently had a book sale, and tonight they have an event with the Friends of the Library with mocktails. 
  • West Fargo: Bree- Their new library director started, Jenna Kahly. She has been at the library about a month. She comes from the other side of the river, at Lake Agassiz Regional Library, and she has a lot of experience. The children’s department has been picking out books for story time kits, and they will be getting those ready to go. They are like a little backpack with about five books, picture books and board books, plus a binder that has activities you can do with the books. They are still working on relabeling all of the fiction. They are just about at Large Print which will be the last big section to do. 

New items: 

  • The NDSL has started testing WorldShare Record Manager for the libraries they catalog for and what they have discovered during this process. – Stacey described how they needed to contact OCLC for the unique url for each WorldShare Record Manager for the libraries they catalog for. She described the features and the interface. 
  • Item record purge dates- 
    • What we have been doing – Annual purge in May of items with a cutoff of December 31. 
    • What we plan to do- 
      • Public Libraries: Annual purge in May of items with a cutoff of December 31. 
      • School Libraries: Annual purge in September of items with a cutoff date of June 30. 
  • Record sets – Propose that ODIN delete record sets over 6 months old. 
  • Elections – we are seeking a chair for this group for 2024-2025. Please use this nomination form: 2023 PKS User Group Chair Nomination | ODIN 
  • ODIN at NDLA – Would you like to meet with us? We have a form for scheduling appointments: NDLA PKS Meetings with ODIN Staff | ODIN 
  • Reschedule the November meeting since it lands on Thanksgiving. We decided the next meeting will be November 30, and Liz will send out updated invitations. 
  • Quarterly meetings?