DALNET Details Newsletter
  The e-newsletter of the Detroit Area Library Network

  September 2015

Monthly News
Future System Planning Update

Future System Webinars Scheduled This Month (see Event Calendar)

  • Members may attend Webinar broadcast at WSU
  • Members may watch Webinars from their own computers
  • Members may watch recorded Webinars later at their convenience

*Specific information for each Webinar will be sent out prior to each demonstration date.  Final vendor on-campus demonstrations will be scheduled after the Webinars have all been completed.

See the Future System Planning project page for more information.
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Annual Meeting Recordings Now Available

Image Annual Meeting Well Attended

There was much enthusiasm for the opening session on the forthcoming MI-DPLA project and for the entertaining keynote address.  Both sessions were recorded and are now available on the Educational Forums page.

Presentations included:

Mark Coir, Keynote:
"A Detroit Back Story"

Paul Gallagher and David Votta:
"The Digital Public Library of America
comes to Michigan

Keeping Apps Up to Date

New app releases mean new features and bug fixes. Make sure to keep your apps up-to-date to get the best functionality out of them.  Here are links to update to the latest apps used by DALNET:

TurboMeeting |     iTunes     | N/A
SirsiDynix MobileCirc |     iTunes     | Google Play
BookMyne Catalog App |     iTunes     | Google Play

MeLCat Update


For review of current policies and procedures check out:

George Marck's term on the state-wide MeLCat policies and procedures committee ends this year.  Corinne Thompson, from Siena Heights University, will continue to serve on the committee. George has the following updates on MeLCat:

Server Upgrades and Downtime: In early December MeLCat has been scheduled to move to new servers.  This will be a lengthy process and will take services down for up to 10 days.  Please make plans accordingly for announcing this interruption in service at your library.

Major Influx of A/V Materials Anticipated for MeLCat: Michigan State University has received a rather large donation of approximately one million DVDs.  The University has decided to keep this collection and intends to make the titles available for requesting via the MeLCat system.  If your library does not yet participate in MeLCat A/V resource sharing now is the time to consider adding this service for your patrons. Please contact the DALNET office for more information.


   Events Calendar   Image

   Thursday, September 3, 2015
   Software Webinar
   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
   WSU Undergraduate Library
   Bernath Auditorium

   Monday, September 7, 2015
   DALNET Offices Closed
   All Day

   Tuesday, September 8, 2015
   Software Webinar
   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
   WSU Undergraduate Library
   Bernath Auditorium

   Tuesday, September 15, 2015
   Software Webinar
   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
   WSU Undergraduate Library
   Bernath Auditorium

   Wednesday, September 16, 2015
   Software Webinar
   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
   WSU Undergraduate Library
   Bernath Auditorium

   Monday, September 28, 2015
   Board Meeting
   1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
   University of Detroit Mercy
   Library Conference Room, 3rd Floor

   Wednesday, September 30, 2015
   RFP Task Force Meeting
   2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
   WSU Undergraduate Library
   DALNET Conference Room, 2nd Floor

MUG Annual 2015
Save the Date!

The MUG annual meeting will be held this year on Friday, October 2, 2015 at Delta Township District Library.  SirsiDynix representatives will present on BLUEcloud products and more.

MLA Annual 2015

Early Bird Registration Ends Sept. 11

     Of Note
U.S. Copyright Office
Orphan Works and Mass Digitization : A Report of the Register of Copyrights / U.S. Copyright Office

"The Copyright Office is reviewing the problem of orphan works under U.S. copyright law in continuation of its previous work on the subject and to advise Congress on possible next steps for the United States. The Office has long shared the concern with many in the copyright community that the uncertainty surrounding the ownership status of orphan works does not serve the objectives of the copyright system."

View Report


DALNET eLibrary

     New Resources
Access for Free Online!

The nerd's guide to learning everything online / by John Green
View In Catalog

What happened when I open-sourced my brain cancer / by Salvatore Iaconesi
View In Catalog

When online shaming spirals out of control / by Jon Ronson
View In Catalog

Tall Line Kristy's Corrections
Corrections made this month for commonly misspelled words in the shared catalog:

committe   /   committee   (28 times)

mssions   /   missions  (1 time)

phenon*   /   phenom*   (3 times)


Monthly Feature
Walter P. Reuther on Historypin Walter P. Reuther Library on Historypin

View two virtual tours, "Detroit's Eastern Market" and "1937: Year of the Sit-Down Strike," from the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University on Historypin.

Explore Site

     Just for Fun

15 Amazing Places You Can Tour Virtually

"If you can’t check out these places in person, you can at least visit them virtually—no flights or road trips required."


"Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com."

Did You Kniow?
The DALNET office maintains a Staff Links page that has useful links to online information on instruction, advocacy, intellectual freedom, copyright, and lots more.  Why not take a look?


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