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Presentation at conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries, New England Chapter, June 2009.

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  • 1. What Public Libraries Can Do For Special Libraries
  • 2. Presenting an Overview of Services By Cathy Balshone Reference Department Newton Free Library 330 Homer Street Newton Massachusetts 02459 Presented at Congregation Beth Israel 701 Farmington Avenue West Hartford, CT 06119 June 19, 2009
  • 3. How the Public Library Can Help the Special Library
    • Ask a question!
      • Call or e-mail the Reference Department.
        • Find out what resources are available.
          • In the library
          • Remotely accessible
          • In other collections
        • Fill out forms for document delivery.
        • Place requests for library materials.
      • Use MassAnswers anytime of the day or night from a public library or regional website .
  • 4. Public Librarians
    • Reference, Children’s, Audio-Visual, and Interlibrary Loan Departments
      • Help track down an answer or referral
      • Guide you to sources, find materials
      • Offer readers advisory service
      • Collect print and non-print materials for all ages
      • Submit ILL requests; procure materials
      • Consider purchase requests
      • Help with electronic searches.
      • Teach basic computer skills and classes on topics, such as Genealogy; prepare handouts.
  • 5. Readers Advisory
    • Book reviews
    • Reading lists and guides for Jewish book clubs
      • AJL Book Club Reading Lists http://www.jewishlibraries.org/ajlweb/resources/bookclub_lists.htm
      • Jewish Book Council http://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/page.php?189
    • Books in a variety of formats and languages
    • Books for adults, children, English learners
    • Borrow a book outside of the library, network
    • Books For You!: Online personalized booklists based on a questionnaire.
    • Bookletters: Online monthly topical book newsletter
  • 6. Foreign Languages
    • Dictionaries
    • Books
      • Original language
      • Translated into another language
    • Recorded Books: variety of formats
    • Collections of Foreign Films
    • Language Instruction
    • ESL Program
  • 7. How to Find a Library How to Share Resources
    • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is organized into regions and networks.
    • Find a library by region, network, city or town, zip code.
    • Libraries joining the public systems include public, academic, school and special libraries.
    • Regional membership totals are 1765 libraries
      • Public 370
      • Academic 124
      • School 1023
      • Special 248
  • 8. Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)
  • 9. MBLC www.mblc.state.ma.us Regional Membership
  • 10. Eligibility Requirements 605 CMR 7.02
  • 11. Massachusetts Regional Library Systems (MARLS)
    • 6 Regions
    • Boston (BRLS) http://www.bpl.org/brls/about.html
    • Metrowest (MMRLS) http://www.mmrls.org/
    • Northeast (NMRLS) http://www.nmrls.org/
    • Southeastern (SEMLS) http://www.semls.org/
    • Central (CMRLS) http://www.cmrls.org/
    • Western (WMRLS) http://www.wmrls.org/
  • 12. About Massachusetts Library Regional/Network Memberships
    • Shared Online Catalog
    • Document Delivery
    • Interlibrary Loan
    • Materials Transfer
    • Database Access
    • Cooperative Purchasing Programs
    • Workshops; Training
    • Technical Assistance
  • 13. Resource Sharing with MassCat and the Virtual Catalog
    • Consider adding your records to MassCat
    • Fees based upon holdings
    • Shared cataloging system:
      • Match your holdings to records in the catalog
      • Add new records from OCLC
      • Use a web-based system and avoid purchasing software
    • Virtual Catalog transfers through the regions
  • 14. MassCat
  • 15. Online Library Catalogs for School and Special Libraries
    • MassCat for all regions except Boston
      • Member school and special libraries
      • Optional to participate
      • State policies about loaning materials
      • Fee to join MassCat based on holdings; set-up fees; migration costs
      • Will generate reports
  • 16. The Virtual Catalog
  • 17. Online Library Catalog for the Networks
    • Virtual Catalog http://www.mln.lib.ma.us/virtcat.htm
      • Holdings of the 9 networks
      • Select and search one network
      • Place reserves
      • Pick items up at a member library
  • 18. More Benefits
    • Collaborative database purchasing
    • Coop membership for discounts on library supplies and materials.
    • Numerous workshops and training sessions at your regional office or at your library.
    • Free equipment & training: barcodes, scanner, computer with link to the Internet.
  • 19. The Networks
    • 9 networks
    • 1,700 libraries
    • Searchable catalogs of more than 400 libraries
    • Millions of full-text articles
    • Hundreds of archives and manuscript collections
    • Digitized collections
  • 20. Search for libraries in your network
  • 21. Massachusetts Library Networks – Boston & West
    • Metro Boston Library Network (MBLN) http://catalog.mbln.org/#focus
    • Fenway Libraries Online (FLO)
    • http://flo.org/
    • Minuteman Library Network (MLN) http://www.mln.lib.ma.us/
    • Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resources Sharing, Inc. (C/W MARS) http://www.cwmars.org/
  • 22. Massachusetts Library Networks – North & South
    • North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE) http://www.noblenet.org/
    • Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC) http://www.mvlc.org/
    • Old Colony Library Network (OCLN) http://ocln.org/wp-public/
    • Sails Library Network (SAILS) http://www.sailsinc.org/
    • Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing (CLAMS) http://www.clamsnet.org/
  • 23. Find an Article
      • Search periodicals databases for citations.
        • E-mail to yourself when full text is available.
        • Request document through Interlibrary Loan
      • Some articles may precede 1980 Gale databases or may not be in JSTOR.
      • Ask for an obituary from an old newspaper.
      • Receive articles by fax, by e-mail, or pick up at your region’s member library.
      • Articles processed through the Boston Public Library (BPL).
  • 24. Delivery Services
    • Books, chapters of books or missing pages, magazines, microfilm, microfiche, recorded books on CD or tape, music scores, music CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes
    • Delivery to your library or a nearby regional library
    • Interlibrary loan (ILL) training and services, e.g. Wellesley Public Library for Minuteman.
  • 25. Databases
    • See what databases are provided
      • By your region
      • By your network
      • By your public library
      • Through statewide database licensing by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 26. Massachusetts Statewide Database Licensing
  • 27. Databases Coded by Funding
  • 28. Try a Database Search
    • Encyclopedia Judaica: Online subscription database
    • Jewishencyclopedia.com :
      • free website, based on edition published from 1901-1906
    • Try some searches:
      • Where and what was the Pale of Settlement?
      • What is the Zohar? Where can I read it?
      • Which chronic genetic diseases afflict Jews?
        • Encyclopedia Judaica search; Change Databases & Cross-search selecting other databases
  • 29. Readers Advisory Database Searches
    • Literary criticism
    • Author biographies
    • Try finding this one author known by given and pen name with multiple spellings:
      • Mendele Moykher Sforim = Sholem Yankev Abramovitsh = Shalom Jacob Abramovitz = Shalom Jacob Abramowitz
        • Encyclopedia Judaica – and how to Change Databases
        • Biography Resource Center
        • Gale Literature Resource Center