Midwinter Conferenec, January 16, 2010

MLA IB In Academic Libraries Discussion Group Minutes
Midwinter Conference, January 16, 2010
Westin Copley: Baltic Room
Boston, MA


Agenda Item 1: Updates from Barbara Chen, Executive Director, MLAIB

  • The print bibliography ceased publication with the 2008 volume, which was just published last summer/fall.
  • A print-on-demand version of the classified sections will still be available for members.
  • Contact Barbara if you need to order the print. The print volumes need to be prepaid.
  • The 2008 volume was the largest ever put together with the classified sections in 2 parts and the subject index in 2 parts. It comprised more than 71,000 records.
  • For 2009, they are trying to close the files earlier so they can then begin 2010. The number of records exceeds 61,000.
  • They are working to receive more publisher metadata from presses. They’re working specifically with Harvard University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, and Dissertation Abstracts International to have abstracts in the bibliography.
  • Enhancements: Aline Soules and Liorah Golomb presented at the 2008 MLA convention on the “Tolstoy problem” of variant name spellings. MLAIB currently represents the author’s name in the language he or she originally wrote. They will continue this practice but will add a new field to the records: non-preferred name (NPN) for the English or common usage version. These fields will be populated beginning in April. It will be searchable but not displayed in the record.
  • Jim Kelly presented the petition to for the new discussion group in the MLA: Libraries and Research in Language and Literature. The MLA Program Committee accepted the proposal and forwarded it to the Executive Council, which approved it at its October meeting. This newly formed discussion group can have a program as early as January 2011. The MLA convention is no longer in the week between Christmas and New Years.
  • The MLA is still working on licensing the online MLA Handbook for libraries. Librarians should e-mail Barbara Chen regarding pricing ideas.
  • Serial Solutions holdings can be searched in Summon for MLAIB subscribers.
  • The MLAIB FaceBook group has more than 100 fans.
  • They’re looking for online tutorials and have already contacted vendors. They would also like library created tutorials to put on the Facebook page. They will have something up after Jan. 25.
  • Have begun adding DOIs for books.

Agenda Item 2: Updates from MLAIB Vendors

  1. Bethany Wright (EBSCO)
    • E-ISSN is now available. May be searched or browsed through the ISSN index.
    • The thesaurus, MLA Directory of Periodicals, and Names as Subjects are linked up top
    • Have the option to exclude dissertations
    • Users may hover over an icon to view abstracts
    • Images for content your library has full-text rights to are now included
    • Citations specific to each article are available in AMA, APA, Chicago/Turabian (Social Sciences and Humanities), MLA (7th ed.), and Vancouver/ICMJE
    • Icon with plus (+) symbol allows users to create and save notes in “My EBSCOHost”
    • EBSCO’s Literary Reference Center is cross-searchable with MLAIB if a library subscribes to both products
    • EBSCOHost Mobile: Optimized for smart phones (iPhone, Blackberry, Treo, etc.). Older WAP phones may be compatible as well. This service provides a simpler interface and results are only available via e-mail.
    • New EBSCO products: EBSCOHost Integrated Search and EBSCOHost Discovery Service
  2. Mary Onorato (Gale Cengage)
    • Gale is working on optimizing the bibliography’s unique strengths
    • MLAIB supports find-ability; broad, international access to material; selective expertise; controlled vocabulary; granular facets; publisher metadata (TOC, abstracts, etc.); robust full-text links; and the Directory of Periodicals
    • April enhancements: URL fields can contain multiple URLs.
    • Gale specific: Abstracts and TOC, integrated MLA topics and names thesaurus, support for non-English characters, integrate DoP with MLAIB, multiple links to full text, and cross-searchability
    • Searching both with and without diacritics will retrieve the same results
    • Links provided in MLA: JSTOR, Project Muse, DOI, ProQuest Dissertations, websites, Open URL/SFX, WorldCat/library holdings, and Gale full-text databases
    • Discussed user behavior and findability of articles in MLAIB vs. Muse and JSTOR
    • In the past 6 months, they have enabled interface localization and done behind the scenes work for faster, more consistent performance
    • Coming soon: MLA 7th edition citations (February), restoration of links to Gale full text in LRC and periodicals databases on results list (April), restore search limits to citations with Gale full text (April), support multiple URLs, and type-ahead assistance (June)
  3. Jackie Hillcrest (ProQuest)
    • Changes in the second half of 2009: expand LION’s full-text journal offerings, full-text integration with MLAIB records, more full-text journals, consolidated COUNTER 3 usage statistics, one central point for ProQuest humanities products, CSA Illumina platform now works in Firefox 3, and improved speed of ABELL-MLAIB cross-search.
    • CSA Illumina platform: now have desktop shortcuts to the Advanced Search, usage statistics are COUNTER 3 compliant, and SUSHI protocol for harvesting
    • ProQuest and Illumina customers may access the MLAIB in both platforms by request
    • Include JSTOR, Project Muse, and Open URL links
    • New platform to be launched this summer for both MLAIB and MLADP
    • Updates available on ProQuest listserv on their website
    • Fields can support multiple URLs
    • Dissertations feed from ProQuest Dissertations to MLAIB with a link to the full text for subscribers
  4. Brian Cannan (OCLC)
    • Presented on the role of MLAIB in new library discovery services
    • Technology, information, access expectations, and relevance to users is relative (depending on point of need)
    • Library physical holdings, electronic licensed collections, and locally digitized collections
    • OCLC: aims to build, represent, and provide access
    • MLA is and becomes discoverable
    • As libraries reach out beyond physical buildings, MLAIB content needs to be discoverable
    • As it is discovered by new and more users, demand for sophisticated discovery services will grow
    • Relevant by being there for library users at their point of need

Agenda Item 3: LES Member Activities & Other Updates

  • Jim Kelly: Dutch National Library has given up its online book history database. Would the MLA be interested in expanding in that area?

Attendee List: Name and Email


Minutes respectfully submitted, Melissa Van Vuuren

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