The winter meeting of the Symphony User Group was held yesterday. We met to discuss the many projects and systems that keep the Library Automation team busy on your behalf. We truly appreciate the time, participation and contributions of the district and school library representatives who rolled up their sleeves to work on the Symphony Policy Consolidation project and to offer insights and perspectives on issues like checking out materials borrowed through ILL from non-member libraries. Notes from the meeting have been added to the slides where member commented.

Here is the LA Users Group Feb 2012 pptx.pdf from the meeting

During the Enterprise Discovery Catalog presentation, Leah shared the Mid-Continent Public Library Readers' Advisory website that is particularly useful for answering the "which one in the series?" questions. Sue Petersen from Golding MS also suggested the Bettendorf Public Library's website that lists YA series. Here are those links:

1. Mid-Continent Public Library Juvenile Series http://www.mymcpl.org/books-movies-music/juvenile-series Lists childrens and YA series in order by author or series. Easy to use, easy to print

2. Bettendorf Public Library http://yaseries.bettendorflibrary.com/index.php/D YA series by series name, or by author.

3. Fantastic Fiction http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/ Website itself is a little ugly, but great content. For adult, kids, or teen series.

In preparation for the March 10th vendor presentation, anyone interested in learning more about evaluating integrated library systems should check out Marshall Breeding's Library Technology Guides at http://www.librarytechnology.org/AutomationSystemMarketplace.pl

Included in the packet of materials were two handouts: one on and the other on the NYLA Lib Tech Prgm 2012-1.pdf being offered at SUNY University at Albany in late March.