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

  February 2015

Monthly News
Request for Information Please!

The DALNET Consortium issued a Request for Information (RFI) for Library System Platforms on January 13, 2015.  Responses are expected by February 9, 2015.  As part of the RFI process WSU/DALNET held a meeting with interested vendors and received and answered questions from vendors through January 26.  RFI responses from vendors will include answers to DALNET questions about system functionality and cost estimates.  The DALNET Executive Committee will take a preliminary look at the responses as part of their preparation for their next meeting on February 23.  It is anticipated that responses to the RFI will help the consortium narrow the list of vendors that will be invited to do product demonstrations or later participate in an official Request for Proposals.

DALNET Planning Video Series

MobileCirc and New Equipment

DALNET has purchased MobileCirc from SirsiDynix for inventory and mobile circulation.  The current release of MobileCirc will perform inventory functions and a later release will offer standard circulation features.  It will be a welcome update to our current Percon inventory software and will also enable staff to circulate items out in the library, instead of being tied to the circulation desk.  

The DALNET office has purchased new equipment for members to use with MobileCirc, including four Socket Mobile Bluetooth scanners, two iPad Airs, and two Google Nexus tablets.  The four tablets are enclosed in sturdy cases and will go out as part of the DALNET mobile inventory kits.  DALNET staff participated in training from SirsiDynix in January and will be creating instructions for the use of this new equipment with MobileCirc.

New Horizon Web Services Installed

Web Services enable behind-the-scenes functionality for Internet and server based systems accessible on the Web.  Our current Web Services enables functionality for authentication in the HIP catalog and use of the BookMyne mobile app.  The latest upgrade of Web Services recently installed by DALNET will enable the new MobileCirc software and other new Horizon enhancements such as the browser based BLUEcloud Cataloging.  The DALNET office is currently working to install and test the new cataloging software functionality for potential use by members later this year. 



Events Calendar
February 5, 2015
Cataloging & Database Standards Committee
Conference Call
1:00 - 3:00 PM

February 9, 2015
Project Managers' Meeting
WSU Undergraduate Library
3rd Floor Community Room
1:30 - 4:00 PM

February 23, 2015
Executive Committee Meeting
WSU Undergraduate Library
DALNET Offices
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM


     Of Note

OCLC Annual Report 2013-2014

OCLC's First Online Annual Report

View Report


DALNET eLibrary

     New Resources
Access for Free Online!

Social maps that reveal a city's intersections - and separations
View In Catalog

What veterinarians know that physicians don't
View In Catalog

The workforce crisis of 2030 - and how to start solving it now
View In Catalog

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

backgound   /   background   (1 time)

holdiay*   /   holiday*   (2 times)

repitition   /   repetition   (4 times)


Monthly Feature

E. Azalia Hackley Collection

"The E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts was established in 1943 when original materials were presented to the Detroit Public Library by the Detroit Musicians Association to serve as the nucleus for a special black music collection."

View the Collection on its new Digital Platform


     Just for Fun

Time's 100 Best Children's Books
The 100 Best Children's Books of all Time

According to Time Magazine.  Is your favorite on the list?

Time's 100 Best Children's Books


Did You Kniow?
OCLC has a free (experimental) site that can help you assign a call number and subject headings to an item. The site is classify.oclc.org and is searchable by ISBN, ISSN, UPC, OCLC #, title or author.  Catalogers, give a try!


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