Saturday, April 30, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Louisiana Board of Regents Meeting March 2011

Click “Archives”, then click “Regents Archives”, then choose the 3/23 meeting and fast forward to time 3:07:45. It’s only about a minute or so.

Information on LLA Legislative Day...May 5th, 2011

LLA Legislative Day is fast approaching. We anticipate a great day on Thursday, May 5 at the state capitol and hope you will join us there. We need to have a large turnout and big presence to make a strong impression. There is a lot of pressure on the budget and on legislators this year, and if we do not speak up on behalf of libraries, we will be left out and left behind. We are asking members to make a real effort to attend if at all possible.

If you are not able to be there in person, we do have ways you can participate virtually. The information below contains an agenda and overview of plans for the day, It also includes parking and other logistical information. Since this message is lengthy, you may want to print and save it. It will also be posted on the LLA website for downloading.

Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

Phyllis Heroy
LLA Legislative Chair

LLA Legislative Day 2011 Agenda & Information May 5, 2011
10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.
State Capitol


9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Shift 1 volunteers gather in the rotunda and receive instructions and general information and assist with information and handouts.
Other LLA members sign in; pick up LLA button and handouts at table & visit Committee Proceedings (a list of anticipated committee meetings will be available at the LLA table.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Shift 2 volunteers gather in the rotunda and receive instructions and general information and assist with information and handouts.
Other LLA members visit legislators as they prepare for afternoon sessions and visit Senate and/or House Chambers to view sessions in progress.
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Shift 3 volunteers gather in the rotunda and receive instructions and general information and assist with information and handouts.
Other LLA members visit Senate and/or House Chambers to view sessions in progress.
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Volunteers continue to answer questions & provide information as needed.

General Information

Try to email your representatives and senator early in the week to let them know you will be attending LLA Legislative Day on Thursday and hope to have a few minutes of their time to say hello. If you do not know your representatives and senator by sight, I suggest looking up their web page where you can find a nice color photo to help you identify them. This will be especially helpful if you pass one in the hall or see them in the rotunda. We will also make a legislative guide with photos available at the table for use there.

Dress professionally (not necessarily formally but appropriately to make a good impression); wear a medium or light blue jacket or shirt, if possible. Wear comfortable shoes.

When you arrive at the Capitol, report to the LLA table. It will be on the House side of the rotunda, which is on the right side if you walk up the front steps, and on the left if you use the elevator and enter the rotunda from the hall. The easiest way to get into the Capitol is through one of the side entrances on the lower level. Walk around the steps and you will see the double doors. You will go through a security check when you enter. Take the elevator up to the next level.

Pick up an LLA button and other information at the table. Meeting schedules will be available for viewing at the table. LLA prepared a packet with information on Louisiana libraries for each legislator. The packet was pre-delivered to legislators along with a letter inviting them to stop by our table in the rotunda. You will have copies of the print materials legislators receive so may use it in having discussions with them, if needed.

If you arrive in the morning and attend any committee meeting in session, there may be an opportunity to speak with one or more of them in the hall or room before or following meetings. Be sensitive to what they are doing and to their body language. Do not interrupt if they are engaged in a discussion with their colleagues, but if you stand to the side, you may have an opportunity to engage him or her afterward. Introduce yourself and identify where you work. Tell them you are present with LLA to let them know we appreciate their ongoing support which will help libraries to continue doing the best job possible for the citizens of Louisiana (or mention the specific group(s) you work with.) Legislators generally have a very hectic schedule so don’t expect a long conversation. Be prepared for a short and cordial conversation. Smile!

When the House and Senate are in a general session, you may quietly enter the Chamber and take a seat at the rear. You may also ask one of the staff members on duty for a card on which you can write a short note to your representative or senator to let him/her know you are there. If you do that, stand at the rear so he/she can easily see you. If there are several from your parish, only one note is necessary; just mention that a small group is there and would like to say hello if possible. They may or may not respond, depending on what business is going on. The Sergeant at Arms may request that you wait in the chamber foyer or immediately outside.

Following Legislative Day, if you miss your legislators, send an email expressing your regret that you were unable to speak with them, but thanking them for their work and for their ongoing support for libraries.


Parking is available in the Louisiana Welcome Center parking garage, only a block from the Capitol. It is located on the right side of North Street, between Lafayette St. and River Road. Walk through the A.Z. Young Park between the Welcome Center and the Pentagon Barracks to get to the Capitol. The Bienville Parking Garage on the southwest corner of North & 3rd streets may have some free spaces. The Main St. Market parking garage is about 3-4 blocks from the Capitol on North St. A few other surface parking lots are available along North and Main streets. Note for those familiar with the area: Parking in Spanish Town is now limited to vehicles of Spanish Town residents with a permit. WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE CAR POOLING!

The Capitol can be accessed through a number of entrances. Most utilized are those on the basement (street) level. Entrance to the building can also be obtained at the top of the steps. Entrance into the Capitol from any outside location is controlled. It is very similar to entering the secure areas at an airport. Security guards are located at the basement level entrances. Each visitor is required to move through a metal detection device, and will be asked to check personal items such as keys, cell phones, purses, etc. These items will be returned after passing through the metal detector.

Rest room facilities are located in the Louisiana Welcome Center and in the Capitol. Capitol restrooms are located on the basement (street) level, through the brass doors into the elevator area. They are located on the left before reaching the bank of elevators, and across from the cafeteria. There is another set of rest rooms on the first floor. They are located on the side of the bank of elevators.

Access to the House and Senate chambers is through the rotunda. When facing the elevators, the Senate chamber is to the left, and the House chamber is to the right. Proceedings can be observed from galleries that are located above the chambers. Getting to the galleries requires climbing a flight of stairs.

Virtual Participation

If you are unable to be in Baton Rouge on May 5 we invite you to participate where you are. First and most important, email a message to your legislators on May 5, letting them know you are unable to attend in person but are writing in support of libraries and/or call their office to leave a message.

In addition, consider wearing blue to work that day, and, if feasible, post a sign inviting patrons to ask you why you are wearing blue so you can let them know you are supporting Louisiana libraries on LLA legislative day. A sample sign is posted on the LLA website under the Legislative Day link.

Print a few copies of handouts from the LLA Legislative Day link on the website (the Quick Facts about Louisiana Libraries document, for example) to have ready to hand out to anyone interested in learning more.

Contacting Legislators

During the session, mail can be sent to legislators at the state capitol:
U.S. Mail
Representative John Doe
State Capitol
P.O. Box 44486
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4486
Senator Jane Doe
State Capitol
P.O. Box 94183
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4183

To talk directly to a Representative or Senator, contact the House switchboard (225-342-6945) or the Senate switchboard (225-342-2040).

During legislative sessions, notes to individual members can be presented to the sergeant-at-arms stationed in or near the chambers.

Helpful Links

This year for the first time Louisiana has a page on the ALA CapWiz website. There you will find a general message about emailing legislators and sample letters of support to use as you write a message of support to legislators. Using this site, you can identify your legislators and link directly to their email to send a letter.

•Don’t know who your representative or senator is? To find a link to that and more information about the legislature, visit the legislative How Do I? page for answers:

•How can you find out what committees are in session and the bills under consideration on any given day? That’s easy! Go to the legislature’s home page and find the list of committees under Today’s Meetings. Click on each committee to see what bills are on the agenda.

•Want to see a map of downtown Baton Rouge and directions to the Capitol? Click on the link below.

We look forward to your participation in LLA Legislative Day on May 5.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

LOUIS ILL Policy Change

From: Kastro, Sabi (ELS-PHI) []
Sent: Monday, April 18, 2011 2:51 PM
Subject: !!! ILL policy change

Please see the new change in ILL policy posted on our information site. I know that many of you were looking into this type of change along the years of our interaction and I wanted to inform you about the change:

Kind Regards,


Sabi Kastro Martin Melendez-Cooper

Account Manager E-Sales Support

Phone: (215) 239-3818 Phone: (212) 633-3968 Fax: (212) 633-3880

Texas & Louisiana, Americas A & G

Mobile: (646) 465-4797 | Fax: (215) 239-3476

Elsevier | 1600 John F. Kennedy Boulevard | Suite 1800 | Philadelphia, PA 19103-2899

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dr. Belle Wheelan, SACSCOC President, Letter of Support for LOUIS

I sent out the letter from Belle to Mr. Levy, BoR, last week. If you missed it we posted it on our website under News and Announcements ( ). I imagine your campus should also be receiving a letter from her.

I wanted to take a moment and thank those instrumental in getting Dr. Wheelan involved. You may recall that Emma Perry, SUBR, serves on the SACS Commission. In that role she has unique access to Dr. Wheelan and spoke to her about the LOUIS funding issue. Dr. Wheelan indicated her commitment to help. From there, Jessica Hutchings, McNeese, and Tony Fonseca, Nicholls, crafted a draft letter with all the necessary details for Dr. Wheelan to use in her own letter. Emma forwarded the draft to Belle for her use. Also instrumental was Michael Matthews, NSULA and Carla Clark, LSUS, that pulled together the addresses that Emma sent along with the letter.

These 5 people are indicative of the power of the consortium. When you can pull experts from around the state to serve a specific purpose that benefits the entire state, we have proven, again, why LOUIS is so successful. It is because of the commitment from each and every person in LOUIS.

Thank you for all the efforts!

Sara Zimmerman, MLIS, Executive Director
LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network
Frey Computing Services, LSU
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Letter from SACS for Support of LOUIS April 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011

LOUIS: Database Intercept Page

From: LALDF-L - Louisiana Academic Library Directors Forum [mailto:LALDF-L@LISTSERV.LSU.EDU] On Behalf Of Sara G Zimmerman
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2011 3:07 PM
Subject: Database Intercept Page


I’ve been asked by the PR Task Force to run this option by you. I believe you have heard me mention this option before. Are you willing/interested in driving home the point that resources are in jeopardy but installing a intercept page when the student accesses a database? The intercept page could look like this:


It would come up after the search but only for a few seconds then the student would continue on with the search. It can be in front of EZProxy or right off your webpage.

An option in place now, and only on the LOUIS EZProxy page, looks like this:


We can share that code with you if you have your own installation of EZProxy.

The intercept page would be in place of #2.

Note: I am only talking about the LOUIS EZProxy. If you have your own you would have to install this.

Please let me know your preference:
1. I am in favor of the Intercept page.
2. I am not in favor of the intercept page.
3. I’ll add the Intercept page or the LOUIS version on my own webpage/ezproxy page.


Sara Zimmerman, MLIS

Executive Director

LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network

Frey Computing Services, LSU

Baton Rouge, LA 70810


[LALINC-L] Weekly eBooks Update #1 - Statistics - 4/15/11

From: EBSCO Publishing []
Sent: Friday, April 15, 2011 10:26 AM
To: Zehra Zamin
Subject: Weekly eBooks Update #1 - Statistics - 4/15/11

Dear eBooks Customer,

We hope that you are enjoying the preview of eBooks on EBSCOhost, and recognize that there is a lot of new information to absorb. To ensure a smooth transition from NetLibrary to eBooks on EBSCOhost, we plan to send you a weekly update every Friday, designed to tell you the most important things you need to know before the final transition from NetLibrary to EBSCOhost takes place on or near July 1.

This week's tip is about your eBooks statistics on NetLibrary. Note that your NetLibrary statistics will not be carried over to eBooks on EBSCOhost, which means that you will need to download them before the transition is completed.

EBSCOhost offers a sophisticated array of statistics gathering formats, allowing administrators to pick and choose fields, timeframes and delivery methods using EBSCOadmin.

Have a question? Check out the NetLibrary Support Center on EBSCO's Support Site @:, or drop us a line with your question using the EBSCO Online Support Form @:


Marcie Brown, Technical Communications manager
EBSCO Publishing
10 Estes Street
Ipswich, MA 01938

Monday, April 11, 2011

LOUIS update and request: LALDF-L - Louisiana Academic Library Directors Forum LALDF-L@LISTSERV.LSU.EDU$Content/Louisiana+Academic+Library+Information+Network+Consortium?OpenDocument

Good morning everyone,

As you should be aware by now, the LALINC Public Relations Task Force has been instrumental in creating ways to get the word out about the LOUIS funding issue. And many of you have also taken time out of your day to personally call or write to your local legislators. I think this has been successful in that almost every elected official, the Governor and the Regents now know about LOUIS. It is safe to say that everyone that hears about LOUIS and the benefits/services/savings agrees that it is a model for how to do “more with less”. BUT, no new funding has resulted from this PR push. In order to keep the pressure on , attached are recommendations from the LALINC PR Task Force with ideas of how to get the word out on your campus. Please take a moment to review and implement what you can.

The Board of Regents has only allocated $500,000 of the 11-12 $2,270,000 that is needed. NSULA did meet with Sen Gerald Long to ask him to introduce a bill to centrally fund LOUIS. It will be hard for him to pull this off without support from other Senators and Representatives. So, I’m asking that each library Dean or Director, call the elected officials that represent your campus and ask that they work together to introduce a bill to centrally fund LOUIS. The amount needed for 11-12, is $2.27m.

Without central funding, your library/campus is responsible for paying the difference. The LALINC Executive Committee understands that this isn’t something easy to do and has implemented a new procedure this year. Each of you has been required to sign a letter of intent that indicates you will pay the LOUIS Membership Fee for 11-12. While you have seen estimates of the fee, the exact amount will not be calculated till later in the year.

There are still a handful of sites that have not signed the letter of intent and today is the deadline. Without this signature, your library will be excluded from access starting July 1, 2011. While this may seem extreme, we have to start the negotiation process for all resources and services in the coming weeks and without the commitment, we will be forced to exclude the campus. This is the ugly, unfortunate truth behind no central funding and not something any of us look forward to.

In conclusion, please review the attachment and implement what you can. And please call your elected officials asking for central funding. The deadline for filing bills is April 29th. If we all start today and make these calls, there is a chance we can get the central funding and offset what each campus will be required to pay.

Thank you for all the efforts you have put forth to date. I know this whole process has been a distraction to the normal activities in your library and with your staff. We all appreciate the efforts of those that are going out of their way. I would like to extend a big thank you to the LALINC PR Task Force. They are: Mike Matthews, NSULA; Karen Niemla, ULM; Carla Clark, LSUS; Nicole Morello, BRCC; Tony Fonseca, Nicholls.


LALINC-L: Petition to Save Statistical Abstract

Dear Folks,

The budget that was just approved by Congress was for fiscal year
2011, so the discussions about the 2012 budget that would eliminate
the Statistical Abstract of the United States are just about to
begin. There's still time to ask Congress not to defund the
Statistical Compendia Branch.

If you'd like to sign a petition in favor of saving the Statistical
Abstract, here's a link:

There's also a Facebook group devoted to this issue:!/home.php?sk=group_193019537404038&ap=1

There will be many important issues to debate related to the 2012
budget, so it will take a concerted effort on our part to make our
voices heard amongst all the other noise.

*Lori Smith
*Government Documents Department Head
*Sims Memorial Library
*Southeastern Louisiana University
*SLU 10896
*Hammond, LA 70402
*(985) 549-3966