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Thanks for visiting us at ALA

ALA LogoThanks to all of you who stopped by to visit or who participated in meetings with Unlimited Priorities at the ALA Annual Conference June 21-26, 2012 in Anaheim, CA.

We had a full agenda 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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He’s baaack!

It looks like everything old is new again. This just in from OCLC:

The OCLC Board of Trustees has concluded that rather than moving forward with the appointment of Jack B. Blount as its President and CEO, it is in the best interest of OCLC to have Jay Jordan continue serving in these capacities. Mr. Jordan has agreed to postpone his retirement to continue leading OCLC.

The OCLC Board of Trustees believes Mr. Jordan’s strong track record, his skills as a leader, and his ability to identify and navigate emerging trends, make him uniquely qualified to serve the nearly 72,000 institutions that use OCLC services.

The Board of Trustees has complete confidence in the global management team and the 1,250 employees, who are working diligently to serve libraries around the world and fulfill OCLC’s mission and goals.

The Board is committed to an orderly transition of leadership and will be assessing its succession planning process as it moves forward.

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Unlimited Priorities coordinates sale of Lily database to CIC

CIC LogoUnlimited Priorities, acting in its capacity as sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives, has coordinated the sale of the Lily database to the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium of thirteen research universities: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin and the University of Chicago.

The Lily, the first newspaper for women, was edited by Amelia Bloomer from 1849 to 1854 and by Mary Birdsall during 1855 and 1856, after which it ceased publication. Conceived as a temperance journal – writing deemed the best way for women to work for reform – it gradually began to include articles about other subjects of interest to women, such as child-bearing and education. However, coverage soon turned to the issue of women’s rights, with articles about laws unfair to women and demanding change. Many of these were penned by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a driving force behind the first women’s rights convention, who played a leadership role in the women’s rights movement for fifty years.

All CIC members will receive permanent access to The Lily.

The Accessible Archives press release is here: CIC Purchases The Lily Database

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Mark Gauthier has joined our Team of Experts

Mark Gauthier

Mark Gauthier

We’re pleased to announced that Mark Gauthier has joined our team of executive-level professionals to bring increased expertise in database publishing and workflow re-engineering.

Mark was most recently Vice President, Indexing and Editorial Services at H.W. Wilson. He managed the editorial and production operations of ten periodical indexes, the Wilson retrospective databases, full text services, and Current Biography. He also oversaw Wilson’s name and subject authority files and coordinated the editorial studies conducted by the American Library Association’s Committee on Wilson Indexes.

Commenting on the latest additions to the Unlimited Priorities team, Iris L. Hanney, President said: “I am delighted to welcome Mark who complements our existing team and adds to the depth of our expertise in all aspects of database publishing and workflow re-engineering, both critical to the success of companies in the information industry. The addition of Mark to our team will continue to ensure that we are able to offer our clients the most current expertise available.”

For more information, see Mark’s Bio on our Team Page.

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Human Relations Area Files

Iris L. Hanney leads one of the discussion meetings held with HRAF staff and Unlimited Priorities Team members.

At Unlimited Priorities we get to meet with a lot of different organizations. Last week, we had the opportunity to meet with Human Relations Area Files, or HRAF as it is known to its members.

HRAF is an internationally recognized organization in the field of cultural anthropology. In the 1930s, behavioral scientists started to develop a classification of cultural information by subject, providing quick access to research materials. HRAF grew out of these efforts. It was founded in 1949 as a not-for-profit membership consortium of universities, colleges, and research institutions. Its mission is to provide information that facilitates the cross-cultural study of human behavior, society and culture.

Today HRAF has two electronic collections, eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology, available online to members of its consortium.

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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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