January 29, 2015
Viewpoint from the Chair
Carla Stoffle, Chair, Amigos Board of Directors
As promised, here is an update on the status of the strategic planning activities that I reported on previously. As I noted last fall, your Board is engaged in the yearlong development of a new strategic plan to guide Amigos over the next 3-5 years. We're calling it Plan 2020.  Read more... 

General Interest

February 12 Amigos conference looks at CONTENTdm

On its website, OCLC says, "CONTENTdm helps you to make your digital collections fully searchable on the Web, more quickly and easily." For a number of years, Amigos has partnered with OCLC to provide consulting services, and continues to provide training, for this product.  Read more... 

Irving Public Library to host inaugural North Texas Teen Book Festival

One of the most anticipated young adult literary events in the Dallas area takes place this spring in Irving, TX, a Dallas suburb. The inaugural North Texas Teen Book Festival (NTTBF), hosted by the Irving Public Library (IPL), is emerging on the book festival scene with a splash book fans might expect of a more established event.  Read more... 

Strategic planning session precedes November board meeting

Prior to the November 13 meeting of the Amigos Board of Directors, Board members and Amigos officers met in Dallas to participate in two days of strategic planning activities. Ideas and input from a September Amigos all-staff meeting were provided to Board members and incorporated into their discussions.  Read more... 

Member Discount News 
MCPL sings the praises of Savannah by OrangeBoy   
Savannah®, a hosted customer intelligence solution offered by OrangeBoy, is now a trusted Amigos vendor partner thanks largely to the positive experiences of an Amigos member. Amigos member Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL), Kansas City, MO, has been working with OrangeBoy since early 2012.  Read more...
Virtual WorldShare ILL and ILLiad User Group   

Join your resource sharing colleagues to hear updates from OCLC and Atlas Systems staff on recent and upcoming changes to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan and ILLiad. Presenters will also share highlights from the ALA Midwinter conference roundtable discussions about the future of resource sharing/ILL in the next 3-5 years. Register to attend this informative February 5 webinar. 

December 2014 data update now available for the WorldCat knowledge base   
The WorldCat knowledge base continues to grow, with new providers and collections added monthly. The details for December updates are now available in the full release notes. Read the highlights.


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