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

  MAY 2015

Monthly News
Future System Planning Update

The RFP Task Force had an initial meeting last month and will be working with the DALNET office to complete a final RFP, which is anticipated for release this month.  The RFP should allow the Task Force to narrow the field of prospective vendors by examining how well proposed products meet the needs of the criteria previously defined by the consortium.  Following that, demonstrations are anticipated from 2 to 3 vendors in July/August of this year.  After demonstrations and visits to other libraries that are currently using the potential systems, the Task Force intends to send their final report and/or recommendations to the Project Managers, Executive Committee, and Board.  User input will likely also be sought for the public interface as part of the demonstrations.  To keep up with planning, visit the Future System Planning project page.  [Member Login Required.]

DALNET Planning Video Series

Consortium Work

DALNET Cataloging and Database Standards Committee

The DALNET Cataloging and Database Standards Committee has produced a revised draft of the DALNET Guidelines for Bibliographic and Authority Databases.  The committee worked very hard on the document and it is now ready for review.  Members are encouraged to discuss the document and let the DALNET office know any comments, questions, or issues.  The Project Managers plan to vote on approval for the document later this month.  Once the document is approved the DALNET web pages for cataloging and related policies will be updated to remove older materials and to incorporate the new document.

DALNET Annual Meeting Committee

The DALNET Annual Meeting Committee has scheduled this year's meeting for the morning of August 10, to be held at Wayne State University.  The committee has tentatively identified a theme of "Sharing Our History" developed around preserving history by moving forward with digital initiatives; keynote confirmation and agenda forthcoming. 

Web Site Review Task Force

The Web Site Review Task Force held a meeting and provided input to the DALNET office for content, feature, and design revisions for the DALNET website.  Some noticeable and visual revisions will be coming soon to the website homepage, with other revisions to follow.  Thanks to the group for all of their input!

New DALNET eLibrary Digital Collections

The DALNET office has imported three new eBook collections into the DALNET Union Catalog for use by members.  One collection is the Getty Publications Virtual Library, which consists of 234 titles from the J. Paul Getty Museum. Another is the Met Publications collection consisting of over 400 titles from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The third collection consists of 28 titles from Knowledge Unlatched, a group committed to "opening access to scholarly books." 

Browse all titles here!

Member Extra!

Goodbye to Allie Keller

Thanks to Allie Keller for all of her years of service to DALNET, representing Rochester College on the DALNET Board of Directors, as Chair of the Board, as Executive Committee member, and participant and chair of many committees!  As Allie prepares for retirement, she sends us this update:

I am hoping to move my mom and dog to Kansas City in July. I will be helping with grandkids (nine-year old twins and a 3 year old). I am not sure if I will have time to work part-time, but may do that as well if I can find something. David will work one more semester and follow in the spring. He will be looking for a job. We do hope to spend more time with grandkids, travel and find church work and other volunteer activities in the area. KC has a great art museum so I am planning to spend some time there too! If anyone is in the KC area let me know and we will be glad to host you. I have really enjoyed my years in Michigan, although I did not think I wanted to move here initially. Michigan is a beautiful state and I really enjoyed being near Detroit. I am so glad to see it making a comeback. We have many close ties to RC so will be back to visit. Our youngest son has a romantic interest here so he may stay , therefore another reason to visit. I have also enjoyed my association with all the DALNET members and staff. I hope you continue to grow and thrive.  Blessings, Allie

Congratulations to Mary Ann Sheble

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has announced that Mary Ann Sheble, DALNET Board Vice Chair, and Dean of Learning Resources at Oakland Community College Libraries, has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award.  Read More


Events Calendar

Friday, May 15, 2015

MLA Executive Summit

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day
Office Closure



     Of Note
Do We Need Libraries?

"The scale and pervasiveness of the disruption that sectors like libraries face is amazing."

View Article


DALNET eLibrary

     New Resources
Access for Free Online!

Law, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Terrorism /
by Roger Douglas
View In Catalog

Electronic Iran : the cultural politics of an online evolution / by Niki Akhavan
View In Catalog

Biological relatives : IVF, stem cells, and the future of kinship / by Sarah Franklin
View In Catalog

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

illustat*   /   illustrat*   (17 times)

soceity   /   society  (14 times)

univeristy   /   university   (2 times)


Monthly Feature


Innovation Nation

Catch up on full episodes of Innovation Nation, the Emmy Award Winning television series from The Henry Ford.

Episode Guide


     Just for Fun

Google Cultural Institute

"Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces."



Did You Kniow?
Two MeLCat Regional Symposia have been scheduled in the metropolitan Detroit area for the month of July.  Registration for the events is now available: MeLCat Regional Symposium Registration.


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