Over the past two days we’ve been hosting catalogers and archivists from the Keystone Library Network during their annual conference. Representatives from all libraries within the network attended sessions focusing on the Alma Primo system and what’s currently going on in the world of archives and special collections.
The conference began with tours of the library before the two groups went their separate ways to breakout sessions.
The first session for the archivists dealt with “Dismantling White Supremacy” in the archives, led by Janet Dotterer and Marilyn McKinley of Millersville University.
The catalogers first session was on the topic of Alma authority control, with discussion and demonstration led by Pat Newland of West Chester University. Alma Primo and e-resources was the topic for the second catalogers session.
The archivists were next taken to the library’s special collections area for a behind the scenes tour with our archivist, Harrison Wick. One of the items Wick had to show was a Torah, printed in 1566 and donated by the family of Fernand Fisel, a Holocaust survivor who taught French at IUP.
The conference fun continued today with catalogers continuing their discussions on Alma Primo and the archivists talking about digitization, among other topics. Before the conference came to an end, the two groups came together to discuss how the users, mainly students and faculty members, are adjusting when using the new system.
It was a pleasure having everyone here and we look forward to the next conference when we can gather together and learn from one another again.