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Semi-Monthly Newsletter
September 11, 2012

The LYRASIS Emergency Response Network Aids Organizations During Hurricane Isaac    


Hurrican Isaac The LYRASIS Regional Emergency Response Networks (RERN) project, funded in part by a grant from the Division of Preservation and Access, National Endowment for the Humanities, worked with representatives from libraries and cultural heritage institutions in Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Tennessee to aid in the development of networks to assist in disaster planning and recovery. The onsite training component of the four state projects took place in the first half of 2012.


Part of this network development and support was the creation of a listserv for communications and the exchange of ideas within each state and across state borders. When the National Hurricane Center named Hurricane Isaac and posted the possible storm path, LYRASIS Digital and Preservation Services staff connected with RERN participants in its path. During and after the storm, RERN participants were able to share information about their institutions' preparations, as well as report conditions in their communities, and approximately 50 messages were exchanged, and LYRASIS staff provided telephone and e-mail support.


Thankfully, Isaac passed through much of Louisiana and Mississippi with minimal damage to libraries and cultural heritage institutions. Through the RERN communications channels, we are continuing to monitor and support the organizations in the storm's path. Additional preparedness and recovery communication with key statewide preservation planners gave LYRASIS an overview of the overall conditions in the states of Mississippi and Louisiana.


If you experience a collections-related emergency, LYRASIS Digital and Preservation Services is available 24 hours a day at 800.999.8558. After hours, you will be directed to an answering service; tell the operator you need to speak with someone from Digital and Preservation Services. We can also research and answer disaster preparedness and recovery questions via e-mail. Please write Alix Bentrud  or Tom Clareson with questions, to have disaster plans reviewed, or to address other preservation issues.

eGathering Focus on the Speakers: Lightning Panel    

eGathering 2012

 eGathering 2012 - Survive or Thrive: Connecting Libraries and Community is less than 2 months away, and we are excited to bring our members together and start a conversation about how libraries are building community through new services and technologies. To help facilitate the discussion, eGathering will feature a keynote address by Dr. R. David Lankes, professor and Dean's Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse and author of The Atlas of New Librarianship, as well as a reaction panel with innovative and experienced thought leaders.


This year's panelists include academic and public librarians, all of whom have experience building and integrating community into the library's services and functions. Click here to read more about all of the speakers.


Survive or Thrive: The Lightning Roundtable Panelists: 

eGathering 2012 Panelists  

  1. Ada Emmett, visiting Associate Professor of Library Science and Special Assistant to the Dean for Scholarly Communications at Purdue University while on academic leave from her home institution, the University of Kansas (KU)  
  2. Charles M. Getchell, Jr., Director of the Arnold Bernhard Library at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, a position he has held since 1995   
  3. Joseph Lucia, University Librarian and Director of Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University and LYRASIS FY 2009-10 Board Chair and FY2010-12 Trustee   
  4. Kate Nevins, Executive Director of LYRASIS   
  5. Siobhan Reardon, President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia and Chair of the LYRASIS Board of Trustees  
  6. Pam Sandlian Smith, Director of the award winning Anythink Libraries in Adams County, Colorado

eGathering 2012 - Survive or Thrive: Connecting Libraries and Community
November 1
1:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET
Attend online or in-person at one of our community viewing locations
FREE for LYRASIS Members

Register today!   


Stay up-to-date and be part of the Survive or Thrive dialogue with LYRASIS: Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch for the eGathering hashtag #eGathering2012. Click here to volunteer your site as a community viewing location.  


New Offer from LYRASIS: Text-a-Librarian 


Text a Librarian We are excited to introduce a new offer for LYRASIS Members. Text a Librarian is an all-in-one virtual reference system that combines SMS, email, chat and online support widget functions. Text a Librarian features include: 

  • Premier, carrier approved messaging system: no spam / no 3rd party vendors / no server requirements
  • TextChat, Quicksend, Alert, Autosend and Support Widget functionality
  • Fully integrated chat system (no server requirements)
  • Inter-librarian chat
  • Answer Templates for FAQ's via email, chat & SMS 

LYRASIS members will receive exclusive ongoing savings of up to 18%, and through November 15 the implementation fee will be waived, giving a possible discount of 30% off. This is a more-the-merrier offer, so if we reach 100 libraries, all participants will get the maximum discount.

Email Member Support for quotes and orders. Click here to view online demos and informational webinars.

National Preparedness Month 


September is National Preparedness Month, and LYRASIS is here to offer you the tools and resources you need to ensure your institution is ready for an emergency.  LYRASIS Digital & Preservation Services has a wealth of resources and links at the ready to help you navigate an emergency that might threaten your collections, as well as a 24-hour emergency hotline and classes to help you prepare for or recover from a collection-threatening emergency, including Developing a Disaster Plan. Click here to view our upcoming courses.


Other helpful resources and links for disaster preparedness and recovery:


LYRASIS 24/7 Disaster Hotline: 800.999.8558 and email


Tools and Resources from FEMA for Individuals, Institutions, and Communities


Find your state's Emergency Management Agency


In addition, the LYRASIS Disaster Resources Page includes information about who to contact in case of an emergency, resources about disaster planning and prevention as well as response and recovery.

FREE Webinar: LYRASIS Polite Debate Society  


Librarianship is a verbal contact sport! Join us for the LYRASIS Polite Debate Society this week as our panelists explore the ethical principles of our work, and some scenarios that challenge those principles. This online session is FREE for members and you can join the action from your own desktop.   


The LYRASIS Polite Debate Society presents

Operating Principals and Standards:  Engaging Responsibly With Users in Information Organizations

Wednesday September 12

1:00-2:30 ET


Join our panel, representing academic, public, and special libraries as they explore some challenging scenarios that will help us all to better understand and apply ethical principles to our daily work.


Click here for more information about the panel. Register today!

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Internet Librarian    
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LYRASIS Members save $170 off registration for the Internet Librarian 2012 Conference. Discount deadline is September 14 - email Kenna Juliani for discount code or more information.
FOSS4LIB Functionality Update


FOSS4LIB (Free/Open Source Software for Libraries) now provides direct links to service providers and users on project pages. Click here for the full update.

Featured Offers

Text a Librarian

- New Offer 

3M - up to 40% off


Vernon Library Supplies - 12% - 40% off

Email Member Support fro more information, or call 800.999.8558.

Oxford University Press Update
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announces the launch of Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO). OSEO features the full text of over 170 scholarly editions of material written between 1485 and 1660, including Shakespeare's plays and the poetry of John Donne. Contact  Member Support for quotes and ordering. 


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NFAIS Webinar


  A Fresh Look at Google: What's New and What's Changing? 


September 26

11 a.m. ET


LYRASIS members receive a registration discount




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