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OCLC Seminars in Michigan

OCLC is offering free seminars in Michigan on October 26, 27, and 28 on CONTENTdm and WorldCat Local quick start.  See message below from OCLC for details:

To Michigan libraries participating in the Library of Michigan’s FirstSearch group subscription:

The Library of Michigan subscribes to the FirstSearch® Base Package on behalf of all Michigan libraries. This subscription includes two services: WorldCat Local “quick start” and CONTENTdm “quick start,” both available at no charge to Michigan libraries through the end of the State’s fiscal year 2011, which is September 30, 2011.

To help you get started with one or both of these no-charge services, Jeremy Link and Ron Gardner, OCLC Library Consultants, have planned half-day seminars at three different locations throughout Michigan for you to learn the complete details about WorldCat Local “quick start” and CONTENTdm “quick start.”

To learn a little more about WorldCat Local “quick start” and CONTENTdm “quick start,”  visit:

Half-day Seminars

[12:30-1:30 PM] WorldCat Local “quick start”

·         See a demonstration of WorldCat Local’s powerful discovery features that enable library users to more easily find and interact with electronic materials, licensed databases and journals, locally-digitized content and physical items.
·         Also, see the connections to delivery services, like link resolvers and resource sharing options, that help users take the steps to access the content they need.

[1:30-4:30 PM] CONTENTdm “quick start”

·         See and discuss the Michigan successes using CONTENTdm, including their management of their digital projects, improving access, gaining increased visibility and meeting end- users needs.
·         Handouts will enable you to go back to your library and ( 1) Signup for your own institutions’ activation, (2) create your first digital special collection, and (3)  search and use your digital resources, and thus promote them to your constituents
·         Overview of OCLC Digital Collection Services, which will include the OCLC Digital Archive for preservation of your digital masters/original and the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway for increased visibility of your digital items.

1.       Tues, October 26 [Western part of Michigan] GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
2.       Wed, October 27 [Central part of Michigan] MIDWEST COLLABORATIVE FOR LIBRARY SERVICES’ (MCLS) OFFICES

3.       Thurs, October 28 [Eastern part of Michigan] CRANBROOK ARCHIVES

Please contact Laura Kreis or Ron Gardner at OCLC if you have questions.