State Librarian’s Quarterly Webcast Susan Hildreth March 1, 2006 Noon – 1pm LSTA 06/07 • 97 applications received • Exceed available funding by over $10

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State Librarian’s Quarterly Webcast
Susan Hildreth
March 1, 2006
Noon – 1pm
LSTA 06/07
• 97 applications received
• Exceed available funding by over $10 million
• O6/07 Program
• 63 Competitive/34 Priority Proposals
• Phased application process
• Project with outcome measures determined by State
Library staff
• Full proposals due April 21st
• Award decisions announced by mid-June
Live Homework Help
• Identify funding for statewide service
• Add more libraries to program
• Provide both in-library and remote access
• Remote access – most heavily used
• Total cost – 75% remote/25% in-library
• Current participants
– Support 25% remote access costs + in-library costs – 06/07
– Local support increase in future years – 50%, 75%, 100%
• New participants
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Available funding being determined – 06/07
Competitive process being developed
1st year – in-library and remote
Future years – some local support required
Emergent Literacy
• Available funding being determined
• 1st year – Statewide train the trainer approach – 06/07
• 2nd year – Targeted grant opportunity – 07/08
• Leverage literacy service or community partner
Open WorldCat/California Libraries Catalog
• Primary goal is search engine access to Library records
• 21st century information seeker:
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Uses search engines to meet information needs
Satisfied with results from search engines
Does not seek out library resources
Unaware of value in library resources
• 21st century library:
– Library websites on Internet are not sufficient
– Resources must be where customer goes for information
– Libraries must push resources to users
Open WorldCat
• OpenWorldCat is subset of OCLC WorldCat
• WorldCat – 55 million records
• Open WorldCat – 4-5 million records, most frequently used
• Open WorldCat initially free
• FirstSearch subscription required for access in 2005
• Library records and holdings accessed via Google &Yahoo
• Library resources found without going to library website
California Libraries Catalog – CalCat
• OCLC develops statewide catalogs as part of Group Services
– i.e, Alaska, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri,
Montana.
• CalCat - subset of WorldCat, 15.8 million records of 1221
libraries
• Creation of CalCat - result of Open WorldCat project, not
primary purpose
• Provides regional access to library records
• OCLC providing training throughout state
How the project works
• Funded by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
• Califa is State Library partner
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Public libraries receive subscriptions to FirstSearch
Public libraries update records in OCLC – “Batchload”
Public libraries not in OCLC can add records
Records in CalCat/ available in Google/Yahoo via Open
WorldCat.
Challenges
• Access to CalCat
– No authentication for public library records
– OCLC requires authentication for all California library
records
• Customer awareness of resource
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Need to provide info re search engine access
Access to Yahoo, Google, Firefox
http://www.oclc.org/worldcat/open/searchtools/default.htm
Yahoo most seamless, Firefox also good
Need statewide PR for customers
• Effective use of CalCat
– Most effective with deep linking to online catalogs
– Local concerns re workload, collection drain
• State Library/LSTA support
– Funding for First Search subscriptions/CalCat to
continue in 06/07
– Free batchloading continues through 2006
– Non-OCLC libraries hesitant to join/incur new costs
Gates Projects
PACHUG
• Two programs
– Over 300,000 population – direct with Gates
– Under 300,000 population – administered by State Library
• Under 300K program
– Application just submitted to Gates
– Approved funds to State Library by end of April
– Funds issued to libraries by CA State Library Foundation
• For more information
– http://www.infopeople.org/partners/gates/pac_hug.html
– Ira Bray – [email protected], 916-653-0171
Staying Connected
• Training to support public access computing
• Implemented by Infopeople
– Helping the Public Use Public Access Computers
– Public Access Computing – Best Practices
– Desktop Configuration for Public Access Computing
Spanish Language Outreach
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Operated through WebJunction
Implemented by Infopeople
Increase technology in Spanish-speaking community
Improve skills of library staff
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Intensive 4-day training in Seattle
4 trainers providing 20 workshops
http://www.infopeople.org/WS/workshop/Workshop/260
Infopeople scheduling related workshops
Rural Library Sustainability
• Similar to Spanish Language Outreach
• Rural communities identified
• One-day technology planning session
• 16 sessions throughout state
• Follow-up training depending on priorities

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