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The IFLA World Library and Information Congress visits one of seven different global regions each year, with stops in Cape Town, South Africa; Lyon, France; Helsinki, Finland and San Juan, Puerto Rico in recent years. This year the congress lands in Columbus, Ohio. Here's how a local group brought it to the heart of Ohio and what to expect from this year's congress. 

The OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC) has undergone a rebuild in recent months and our new, upgraded version is slated to launch on Aug. 4, right around the corner. This new EJC will be a significant upgrade both in infrastructure and interface. The result is more accurate searching and an overall better experience for all of our users, as well as improved features for library staff who analyze and assess the content.  

When the Dell/Intel-Xeon Owens Cluster is completely up and running later this year, the Ohio Supercomputer Center will have deployed the most powerful supercomputer system in the 29-year history of the OSC.

However, before this new system can take off, there’s the significant undertaking of installing this sparkling new system. And to put it mildly, it’s not as simple as opening a laptop box and plugging it in.

What all does it take to set up the Owens Cluster? Get a great overview of this project in our newest blog. 

 

For small- to medium-sized companies to keep pace with both their customers and their competition, they need a technological advantage. That advantage might just be modeling, simulation and data analysis, and that's where AweSim comes in. But where exactly are we going? How can we get there? And how can we engage? 

The American Library Association (ALA) is not only the oldest but the largest library association in the world, dating back to 1876. So it stands to reason that attending the ALA’s annual conference is a must for those of us in the library industry because it brings every piece of what we do together in one location each year. Take a look at some of the takeways first-time attendee Erin Kilkenny experienced at this year's conference. 

 

Cataloging can be a very daunting task, especially if you’re relatively new to the game. Every vendor has different channels in which you need to maneuver through to finally get all your content in the right order in your catalog. At a recent Ohio Library Council Tech Services Retreat, OhioLINK’s Emily Flynn gave a presentation that shed some light on the quality of the vendor records we receive and how she best moves through cataloging.

The democratization of Computer Aided Engineering was a hot topic at the recent 2016 NAFEMS meeting in Seattle. And while many approaches to wider access to modeling and simulation are emerging, a clear path hasn't quite been decided upon yet. One thing that is clear is AweSim plans to be part of the solution, here's how: 

 

Collaboration, innovation and creative design are a few ways OhioLINK and member libraries inspire students, staff, faculty and researchers to develop new art, music and mechanical contraptions. Recently, an installation of musical stairs, an impressive example of collaboration, was on display at Otterbein University’s Courtright Memorial Library.

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