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An XML-based Workflow System for ClerkBase

Unlimited Priorities is investigating the introduction of an XML-based workflow management system for ClerkBase, Inc. a publishing company focused on the needs of municipal governments. Their core product gives the public easy search and retrieval tools to access public documents such as meeting agendas, minutes, city codes, and manager reports. ClerkBase wants to establish a common format for these documents, convert the legacy ones and put in place a workflow management system so that all new documents can be rapidly converted to the same formats. Because ClerkBase is growing rapidly they need to ensure that they are using the most efficient and cost effective methods to publish their content.

Unlimited Priorities is reviewing their current processes and helping them develop a strategy for vendor selection to ensure that all documents could be converted to a modern XML format by introducing a state-of-the-art workflow management system.

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Jack B. Blount named OCLC President and CEO

OCLC LogoJack B. Blount, an executive with experience leading several technology organizations in a career spanning 35 years, has been named OCLC President and CEO. He will officially become the fifth President and CEO of OCLC on July 1.

He was most recently at Alpha Bay Corporation, a global technologies and services provider based in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was Founder, Chairman, President and CEO from 2005 through last month.

Prior to that he was President and CEO of Dynix Corporation, a technology-based library services organization that was acquired by Sirsi in 2005 to form SirsiDynix. While he led the organization between 2002 and 2005, Dynix grew from serving 18,000 libraries to 26,000 libraries.

Mr. Blount will succeed Jay Jordan, who presided over a 14-year period of strong grow at OCLC.

More details are in the OCLC press release. The Library Journal article is here: OCLC Picks Jack Blount, former Dynix Executive, as New CEO.

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Queen Victoria’s journals are now online

Queen Victoria’s journals are now online. Done partnership between the Bodleian Libraries and the Royal Archives, working in collaboration with the online publisher ProQuest, the website will be free to all UK users in perpetuity. Global public access to the website is available through June 30. After that, a specialized version for libraries will become available from ProQuest.

Queen Victoria’s journals have never been published in their entirety before and were only accessible by appointment at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. Queen Victoria was a prolific writer and recorded her thoughts and experiences almost daily, from age 13 and continuing until just weeks before her death in 1901. Her journals provide a fascinating insight into her life as Queen, often revealing the personal impact of world events.

The website reproduces as high-resolution color images, each page of the surviving volumes of the journals, along with separate photographs of the many illustrations and inserts within the pages.

Each page is also being transcribed and re-keyed, allowing for journals to be searched. At the time of launch, only a portion of the transcribed text will be available. More transcriptions are being added regularly as the project progresses.

Even if you don’t have royal journals in your archive, you probably have content that people want to see. If you do, we’d be happy to help make that happen.

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Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day — a day to remember those who have died in service to our nation.

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

To ensure the sacrifices of America’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.” –from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs

We’ll be pausing for that moment of silence and encourage all Americans to pause as well.

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Thanks for visiting us at NGS 2012

Thanks to all of you who stopped by to visit with Unlimited Priorities at the NGS 2012 Family History Conference last week (May 9-12, 2012) in Cincinnati, OH.

We had a great crowd, and thoroughly enjoyed all of the discussions and meetings.

If you would like to follow up on any topic we discussed, please contact us.

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Great first day at the NGS 2012 Conference

What a great first day at National Genealogical Society 2012 Family History Conference.

If you haven’t stopped by yet, please do so. We’re in booth 436. Three more days!

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NGS 2012 Update — Please join us in Cincinnati

If you are going to be in Cincinnati next week at the National Genealogical Society annual conference stop by and say hello! We’ll be with Accessible Archives in booth 436 at this event. Be sure to swing by to chat.

Accessible Archives has also created an easy way to follow all of the Official Bloggers. As they say on their site:

National Genealogical Society has published its list of Official Bloggers at their conference blog. Conference bloggers provide a wonderfully valuable service in their role as reporters and distillers of information. Following the official bloggers when attending a large event like NGS 2012 is like recruiting a couple dozen personal assistants and note-takers to be in all the places you cannot.
If you cannot be there at all, the bloggers can give you an inside look at what you are missing as it happens and maybe inspire you to set aside time and resources to attend next year.

To subscribe to the entire list in a single click, go to: Easily Follow the NGS 2012 Official Bloggers

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Join us at the London Book Fair, April 16 – 18

Unlimited Priorities will be at the London Book Fair.

Now in its 41st year, The London Book Fair continues to be the global market place for rights negotiation and the sales and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

With over 400 seminars and events, 1,500 international exhibiting companies and 24,500 publishing professionals, The London Book Fair encompasses the broad spectrum of the publishing industry.

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You belong at your library — National Library Week is April 8-14

National Library Week, 2012It’s less than two weeks until National Library week, to be held April 8-14, 2012. National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It’s a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use.

So, let’s not take these wonderful institutions for granted. Every day, they open their doors to all kinds of people and support all kinds of activities. You belong at your library, before, during and after National Library Week.

To see ideas on how to participate, visit the National Library Week page on @your library, the campaign to save America’s libraries.

To see how you might help directly support your library, visit the American Library Association sponsored I Love Libraries.

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Join us to help save a life

American Cancer Society Relay For LifeOnce again, we come to you and ask you for your ongoing support to help stop cancer.

It is impossible to wake up each day and not remember the devastation we have felt when we heard that cancer had touched our lives, our family’s lives, our friends’ lives, even our pets’ lives. It is impossible to not want to fight this disease with every ounce of strength we have so that we can watch future generations celebrate nothing but recovery.

Today, we know that there is hope, and that death is no longer a certainty. We know that millions of brave men and women all over the world are fighting and surviving cancer. Research has come light years, and continues to advance daily. All of us have a vital role to play in this fight; we must raise funds so that some day when we hear the diagnosis cancer it is no worse than a cold. We will survive!

Follow this link to donate and help to stop this dreaded disease.

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