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					         AUGUST 8, 2011                                                                           VOLUME 20, ISSUE 1



                   LOUIS Update: Sara Zimmerman, LOUIS
        What a year and what a difference a year can make! Last year at this time we were frantic due to the
massive budget cut. Fast forward to today and this amazing community of academic libraries spent a grueling
year accomplishing 3 goals: finding funding for FY 11-12, branding LOUIS and highlighting the resources/
services and return on investment, and setting the stage to define a sustainable funding model for the future.
Due to the hard work of so many, these goals have been achieved.
         How can I say that that there were any successes since we still don’t
have the level of Regent’s funding we had in 09-10? Let’s start with what I
consider the best news of the year: unanimous adoption of HCR 129 by the
House and Senate. All of the year’s activities were summed up in this instrument.
It was a beautifully written resolution by Rep. Michael Jackson (D District 61)
using Faculty, Staff, and Student Government Resolutions and a letter written by
Dr. Belle Wheelan, President, SACSCOC. Rep. Jackson used strong language
to make a point. Those that read the resolution sat up and paid attention. He
brought to light what the academic library community had been promoting all
year through television, radio, newspaper and social media formats, namely that
LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network was the perfect example of how to ―do
more with less‖, collaborate, cooperate, ―level the playing field‖, spend tax
payers’ dollars wisely, and create and share experts and resources within the
academic library community. HCR 129 sets the stage for the formation of great
partnerships. And the introduction of this resolution gathered enough attention to
provide an additional appropriation in HB1 of $500,000.
        The partners will be the Regents, LOUIS, LALINC, Systems and the LLN Commission. LALINC will
continue to be the experts that define services and resources while the LLN Commission will be in place to
seek sustainable funding and fair distribution of fees. The Board of Regents will lead the funding effort and
employ the system offices, LOUIS members and the state legislature to insure that this critical component in
higher education continues to be equally available to all institutions in the community.
         So why exactly were we successful in achieving the 3 goals? Goal 1 was accomplished by a
commitment of $500,000 from the Board of Regents, $500,000 from the state general fund, and the difference
made up again by LOUIS libraries. Goal 2 was accomplished by each of you. The letters, emails, phone calls,
television and radio interviews, news articles, resolutions and the SaveLOUIS.org site all contributed to putting
LOUIS on the radar of all campuses, Systems, Regents, elected officials and the state in general. Goal 3 was
accomplished by HCR 129 and the re-involvement of the LLN Commission. Having the Commission re-
engage is crucial to solving the need for a sustainable funding model.
        During all this turmoil the libraries continued to provide outstanding service to faculty and students.
How do I know this? Because these same faculty and students rose to the occasion and were engaged in
helping us achieve the goals. That group would not have been as vocal had they not felt that they were being
served well by the libraries.
            A year ago, we were all stunned by the significance of the funding reduction especially in light of all
the successes. While I hoped we could shed light on LOUIS and the funding issue, I would not have believed
the tremendous success that was achieved because of the hard work of so many who took this to heart and
made a difference in so many ways. I am confident that LOUIS support is in place because HCR 129 states,
―the importance of LOUIS to Louisiana’s public postsecondary education institutions cannot be overstated and
it is critical that it remain an available resource for the state’s higher education community,‖ and because the
Board of Regents has ―determined that it is in the state’s best interest to formalize a funding mechanism to
ensure the future of this critical resource for the state’s higher education community.‖




                                                        I
                                2011 COSUGI Conference:
                                 Brian Sherman, McNeese
          The 2011 COSUGI Conference was held                 were shared with the company, who by the end of
April 19 – 21, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown               the conference, had begun discussion with the
Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. The Opening Session                COSUGI Board on implementing a new product
began with a welcome by COSUGI Chair-Elect Brian              enhancement process.
Sherman, standing in for COSUGI Chair Coleen                           Since all work and no play makes Jack a
Neary, who was unable to attend the conference.               dull boy, attendees were able to play at ―Club Blue,‖
The opening welcome stressed the importance of                the theme of this year’s SirsiDynix party. Stages and
doing ―more with less,‖ a practice that Louisiana             cages draped with sheer curtains backlit by blue
institutions have been made familiar with in the most         lighting paint the picture for this scene. While
recent year. SirsiDynix then showcased new and                SirsiDynix employees painted fluorescent paint on
updated products that focused on integrating social           partygoers, dancers in blue spandex performed
networking and mobile applications with the OPAC.             routines on stage and in curtained cages. These
The Opening Session ended                                                          dancers later mingled with the
with Michael Porter’s                                                              crowd on a lighted dance floor,
presentation ―Libraries and                                                        of which LOUIS members
eBooks,‖ in which he explored                                                      controlled a corner.
the issues shaping access                                                                    Although attendance as
rights in libraries. Porter is the                                                 a whole was down this year, a
President of Library Renewal,                                                      small number of public and
an organization offering research and support on              academic institutions from Louisiana attended the
how libraries offer their electronic content.                 conference. LOUIS was represented by John
          Although the conference offered many useful         Guillory, Mary ―Bron‖ Laird, Brian Sherman, and
presentations on support services, mobile solutions,          Cathy Sicard. During 2011 – 2012, LOUIS will be
and some discovery applications, it was apparent              represented on the COSUGI Board by current
that SirsiDynix’s development of their core products          COSUGI Chair-Elect, Brian Sherman, who will
has diminished over the past year. Many users                 become COSUGI Chair in July.
criticized the lack of product enhancements, as well                   Make plans to attend the 2012 COSUGI
as the disappearance of the enhancements process              Conference on May 3-5 at Disney’s’ Coronado
itself and a formal product roadmap. These concerns           Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida!


                         S u b j e c t P l u s : S i g r i d Ke l s e y, L S U
          At LSU Libraries, we are testing                    that guides can be tailored in a variety of ways,
SubjectsPlus (http://www.subjectsplus.com) as an              without requiring mark-up or programming
option for managing our subject guides, database              knowledge.
listings, frequently asked questions, and other
                                                                       There are some features that we would like
components of our web site. SubjectsPlus is a free
                                                              to add, and because it is open source, we hope to be
and open source management system, and I would
                                                              able to add features that are part of our current
recommend it over the proprietary LibGuides                   subject guides. The product has a Google group
product.                                                      with members that help each other out and share
        It is easy to install, but requires some              ideas.
knowledge of mysql/php to install. Once installed, the
                                                                      While we haven't decided for sure to go with
system is simple to use. As an administrator, I can           SubjectsPlus, I like the program very much, and we
quickly add and delete staff members, give them
                                                              will most likely adopt it. I would be happy to answer
various levels of permissions within the system,
                                                              any questions about it.
assign and reassign subject areas, and add
resources to the database, all from an easy-to-                        In other related news, LSU Libraries has
navigate web interface. The css can be modified to            hired a new Computer Analyst, Robbie Gore, to help
coordinate with a web site design.                            with the development of our web site. Robbie has
                                                              already started looking at SubjectsPlus and we're
        Subject librarians can have accounts that
                                                              glad to have him!
allow them to make professional-looking web guides
and course guides using a drag-and-drop system, so




                                                         II
                                   The Carnival Collection:
                                   D a v e C o m m e a u x , Tu l a n e
        Tulane University’s Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) preserves possibly the largest collection
of New Orleans Carnival paper and ephemera, including more than five thousand original designs for
Carnival floats and costumes. Many of these are from the ―Golden Age‖ of Carnival, from the late 19th to
early 20th centuries, and feature the work of noted designers such as Jennie Wilde, B. A. Wikstrom, and
Charles Briton. LaRC also preserves the works of more contemporary
designers, including Patricia Hardin, Olga Peters, and designer and
noted Carnival historian Henri Schindler.
         We are in the process of putting our entire Carnival design
collection online through the LOUIS Digital Library and hope to
complete the project by the end of 2012. The online collection
currently consists of almost 900 float designs from Comus and
Proteus, with more being added every day! We expect to have the complete sets of float and costume
designs from Carnival's "Golden Age" online by the end of 2011.
        You can get started with the Carnival collection here: http://larc.tulane.edu/exhibits/carnival. For
more information, please contact Eira Tansey, etansey@tulane.edu, or larc@tulane.edu.

                  New LOUISiana Digital Library Collection at UNO:
                                The Marcus Christian Collection
                                          Lisa Werling, UNO


         The Earl K. Long              recognized Christian’s many          journal citations and the
Library at the University of New       contributions to the field of        manuscripts many revisions,
Orleans is excited to announce         Louisiana history. However,          Dr. Jumonville uncovered the
the creation of its newest             Christian’s manuscript was           original name of the
LOUISiana digital library              never published, although he         document. Over the years, as
collection, The Marcus                 continuously revised it with         cultural norms and language
Christian Collection. Comprised                                             usage changed, the
of all 46 chapters of historian                                             manuscript had come to be
Marcus Christian’s seminal                                                  known as ―A Black History of
work, The Negro in Louisiana,                                               Louisiana.‖ The original title
it chronicles the history of                                                has now been restored and
slaves and African-Americans                                                the contents meticulously
in Louisiana. Christian was a                                               compiled as an annotated
businessman, a writer and                                                   transcript, with original typos,
poet, historian, teacher, and                                               chapters, and paginations
head of the "Colored Project" of                                            preserved.
the Louisiana Federal Writers'
Project (FWP) at Dillard                                                              Christian's extensive
University. Although he had a                                               collection is one of the most
limited formal education, he                                                popular in the Louisiana and
served as a librarian at Dillard       that intention until his             Special Collection
University upon the conclusion         untimely death in 1976.              Departments holdings. Future
of the FWP, and later as a                                                  additions to the digital library
writer-in-residence and special                 The edition presented       will include some of his nearly
lecturer at Louisiana State            in the digital library is the        twelve-hundred poems, as
University in New Orleans (now         definitive transcript, edited by     well as lectures and other
the University of New Orleans).        UNO librarian and Louisiana          research materials pertaining
He was appointed to that               historian Florence Jumonville,       to the African-American
unlikely post in 1972 after the        Ph.D. Interestingly, through         experience in Louisiana.
late Dr. Joseph Logsdon                her pre-editing research of




                                                       III
                                      Four From the Vaults:
              Digital Projects at Rudolph Matas Library of Health Sciences:
                                   Keith Pickett, Tulane

         Rudolph Matas Library     Isché Library at Louisiana        vital resource. The Registre
of the Health Sciences at          State University Health Sci-      is currently available in the
Tulane University in down-         ences Center in New Orleans       Louisiana Digital Library.
town New Orleans is in the         provided invaluable assis-                 Two new and exciting
midst of several digitization      tance by providing Rudolph        historical collections will soon
projects to provide access to      Matas Library with several        be available through the Loui-
items in the historical archives   copies of the Charity Hospital    siana Digital Library. The first
to the public. These               Reports that were damaged         is the Essai D’Anatomie, a full
items are of use not               or otherwise incomplete. The      color mezzotint-print anatomy
only to researchers                Charity Hospital Reports were     atlas published by Gautier
in the fields of medi-             added to the Louisiana Digital    D’Agoty in Paris in 1754.
cine and health, but               Library Collection of Collec-     The Essai D’Anatomie con-
also those research-               tions (LCOC) on May 23,           tains remarkably detailed
ing the history and                2011.                             drawings of the head, neck,
cultural impact of                         Several other items in    and shoulder anatomy with
medical care in the                the historical archives of Ru-    explanatory text. The other is
New Orleans area.                  dolph Matas Library have          a collection of historical pho-
         A collection of Charity   been digitized for inclusion in   tographs of people and places
Hospital Reports, produced         the Louisiana Digital Library.    of note in the fascinating his-
regularly for the state govern-    The Registre du Comité Medi-      tory of medical practice in the
ment of Louisiana from 1842-       cal de la Nouvelle Orleans,       New Orleans area.
1974, was digitized by the         1816-1854 includes 230 pag-                The staff of Rudolph
staff of Rudolph Matas Library     es (including an index) listing   Matas Library of the Health
under a National Library of        the names of nearly 1200          Sciences at Tulane University
Medicine (NLM) grant for a         physicians, nurses, and other     invites you to take a few
project titled Early Medical       health professionals petition-    minutes to browse our new
Journalism of Louisiana, A         ing the Comité Medical            collections in the Louisiana
pilot project for the preserva-                                      Digital Library. We look for-
tion and sharing of Nineteenth                                       ward to digitizing more of our
Century Medical Publications                                         unique archival material in the
of Louisiana [National Library                                       near future to move our his-
of Medicine (NLM) Prime                                              torical collections out of the
Contract No. N01-LM-6-3505;                                          vaults and into the hands of
HHSN276200663505C].                                                  users everywhere.
         These reports include
a wealth of material on hospi-     (medical licensing board) for
tal administration and disease     the privilege of practicing
epidemics as well as vital sta-    medicine in the state of Loui-
tistics and public health infor-   siana. The Registre is a
mation. The Charity Hospital       handwritten manuscript in
Reports collection consists of     French and will provide gene-
114 PDF items, each with           alogists and those research-
searchable text and accessi-       ing the history of medicine in
bility features. The John P.       Louisiana with a unique and




                                                 IV
               T h e A r i s t i d e s A g r a m o n t e C o l l e c t i o n o n Ye l l o w
                                       Fever now on LDL:
                       Mau reen “Molly” Knapp, LSUHSC -NO
          LSU Health Sciences Center - New Orleans recently completed the digitization of over 130 historical
texts on yellow fever. Consisting of books and journal articles dating back to the 1790s, this collection
examines the epidemiology and pathology of yellow fever in various locations of the southern United States
as well as international locations. Books are included from authors such as Benjamin Rush, Carlos Finlay, the
New Orleans Board of Health, and Aristides Agramonte. In addition to English works, materials in Spanish,
French and German are also available. The entire collection is key-word searchable. Materials in the
Aristides Agramonte Collection on Yellow Fever are freely available on the web through the Louisiana Digital
Library.
                                                              Yellow fever was a scourge of tropical areas in the
                                                    West Indies and North and South America for hundreds of
                                                    years before the United States Army Yellow Fever
                                                    Commission of 1900 (also known as ―The Reed Commission‖
                                                    after its leader, Walter Reed) proved the source of the disease
                                                    once and for all. ―At experimental stations just outside Havana,
                                                    Walter Reed and his assistants James Carroll, Aristides
                                                    Agramonte, and Jesse Lazear proved that the Aedes aegypti
                                                    mosquito was the vector for the yellow fever virus. Their work
                                                    destroyed the popular notion that yellow fever spread by direct
                                                    contact with infected people or ―contaminated‖ objects and
                                                    focused the people’s efforts on the eradication of the Aedes
                                                    mosquito.‖
                                                              After his work on the Yellow Fever Commission, Dr.
Aristides Agramonte’s dedication to the study of infectious disease eventually brought him to New Orleans,
Louisiana, to head the Tropical Medicine Department at the newly established Louisiana State University
School of Medicine. Shortly after his move to New Orleans in 1931, Dr. Agramonte died suddenly at the age
of sixty-three. His personal library became the first materials acquired by the LSU School of Medicine and the
foundation of the school’s first library. His collection included almost 150 books, periodicals, and pamphlets
on yellow fever. Thanks to funding from the National Library of Medicine, these materials are now available
online for the general public.
          ―Yellow jack,‖ as the yellow fever was called, first appeared in epidemic form in the United States in
1793 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where over 10,000 victims succumbed to the disease. New Orleans was
also visited by several yellow fever epidemics: the summer of 1853 caused more than 7,000 deaths, while an
1878 epidemic took 4,600 more. Many other cities across the South suffered similar attacks before the
mosquito was accepted as the sole cause of yellow fever: Bemiss’s Report upon yellow fever in Louisiana in
1878, and subsequently (1883) offers firsthand accounts of various local epidemics as well as morbidity
statistics from many Louisiana towns and cities, while Toner’s Contributions to the study of yellow fever…on
the natural history and distribution of yellow fever in the United States (1873), provides a comprehensive
account of mortality from yellow fever on a national level.
          This collection will be of interest to those with an interest in medical and military history, contagious
disease, the development of scientific theory as well as genealogists and local historians. This project has
been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of
Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3505 with the Houston
Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

Notable and unusual books in the collection include:
Yellow fever and malarial diseases embracing a history of the epidemics of yellow fever in Texas … by
Greensville Dowell (1876): includes illustrations of yellow fever symptoms.
http://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/u?/LSUBK01,10241 (con’t)




                                                        V
Official report of the deaths from yellow fever, as reported by the New Orleans Board of
Health: Lists the name, age, nativity, residence, and date of death for victims of the 1878
yellow fever epidemic in New Orleans. The publication includes an appendix describing
a treatment for yellow fever as well as advertisements for New Orleans businesses.
http://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/u?/LSUBK01,3753


The conquest of yellow fever by James Peabody (undated): An educational pamphlet for
school children discussing the history of yellow fever, the yellow fever experiments in
Cuba, and the later history of the yellow fever heroes of 1900. http://
www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/u?/LSUBK01,3116


The inside history of a great medical discovery by Aristides Agramonte (1915) provides a history of the Yellow
Fever Commission by one of its key players, Dr. Agramonte. http://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/u?/
LSUBK01,1252

Agramonte, Aristides. The inside history of a great medical discovery. (1915)
http://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/u?/LSUBK01,1252.
Bemiss, Samuel M. Report upon yellow fever in Louisiana in 1878, and subsequently. (1883) http://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/u?/
LSUBK01,12185

Toner, Joseph M. Contributions to the study of yellow fever…on the natural history and distribution of yellow
fever in the United States. (1873) http://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/u?/LSUBK01,10240

Report upon yellow fever in Louisiana in 1878, and subsequently by Samuel Bemiss (1883) offers firsthand
accounts of local epidemics as well as morbidity statistics from many Louisiana towns and cities. http://
www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/u?/LSUBK01,12185

               ILLiad Update 2011: Bron Laird and Zee Zee Zamin, LOUIS
          The spring is always a             University, Louisiana State                   after learning how informative
busy time for LOUIS ILLiad users.            University at Shreveport, and                 these meetings are.
The international ILLiad Users               Grambling State University
                                                                                                    The agenda for both the
Conference is held in March                  attended. Even though they
                                                                                           meetings included discussions
followed by the North and South              belong to the South group, both
                                                                                           about when to upgrade to ILLiad
LOUIS ILLiad users meetings held             Southeastern Louisiana University
                                                                                           8.1, how to use Direct Request,
in April. The spring of 2011 was             and Louisiana State University also
                                                                                           highlights from the ILLiad Users
no exception.                                attended to share the tips and
                                                                                           Conference, and tips and tricks
                                             tricks they had developed.
         The international ILLiad                                                          from Southeastern Louisiana
Users Conference was held in                         The South LOUIS ILLiad                University and Louisiana State
Virginia Beach, Virginia on March            users meeting was held on April               University. Of special interest
23-25, 2011. It was well attended            14, 2011 at LSU. Delgado                      were the routing rules presented
with over 300 people from across             Community College, Southern                   at the international ILLiad Users
the nation. As usual the                     University at Baton Rouge,                    Conference. After these
conference sessions were                     Southern University Law Center,               meetings, LOUIS ILLiad sites have
excellent. They included                     University of New Orleans,                    implemented many of the routing
presentations on ILLiad 8.1 which            Louisiana State University,                   rules. They also implemented
completes the move to a new                  Southeastern Louisiana University,            Southeastern Louisiana
platform using C#, routing rules,            Loyola University, Nicholls State             University’s
addons, updates by OCLC as well              University, and Louisiana State               use of search
as by Atlas, and much more.                  University Law School attended.               boxes on the
                                             Louisiana State University Health             patron
        The North LOUIS ILLiad
                                             Sciences Center in New Orleans,               webpages and
users meeting was held on April 7,
                                             who also uses ILLiad but is not a             the ―copy-to-
2011 at Louisiana Tech. ILLiad
                                             member of LOUIS ILLiad users                  clipboard‖
users from University of Louisiana
                                             group, attended as a guest                    feature in the
at Monroe, Northwestern State
                                                                                           ILLiad client.



                                                                VI
                               Louisiana State Museum to Add Images of
                         Louisiana’s Priceless Colonial Court Records to LDL:
                             Anne Atkinson, Louisiana Museum Foundation
         The Louisiana Historical     Endowment for the Humanities          1930’s, and WPA and Louisiana
Center located at the Old U.S.        and has committed itself to a         Historical Society translations.
Mint in the New Orleans’ French       multi-year, half-million dollar
Quarter houses in its climate                                                          Included in the scans to
                                      digitization and online publication
controlled vault some 70,000                                                be uploaded to LOUIS will be a
                                      project. The project’s ultimate
records from colonial Louisiana’s                                           promissory note from 1714 (the
                                      result will be a searchable online,
French Superior Council (1714-                                              earliest document in the
                                      database of scans of the records
1769) and Spanish Judiciary                                                 collection), the 1718 will of the
                                      and extant finding aids.
(1769-1803).                                                                colony’s first midwife, a murder
                                              The Museum’s Director         trial from 1722 in which the
          Belonging to the            of Collections, Greg Lambousy,        defendant—who shot the
Louisiana Historical Society and      and Archivist Howard Margot,          decedent with the decedent’s
in the custody of the Louisiana       Coordinator of The Historic New       gun—claimed self-defense,
State Museum since 1914, this         Orleans Collection’s Vieux Carré      witness testimony in the case of
aging archival treasure has long      Survey Digitization Project since     the shipwreck of La Bellone in
been essential to the study of        2008, designed the colonial           1724, a 1728 trial dealing with
American colonial                                                                  larceny of bacon and a knife
history for the                                                                    -assault, a 1730 petition to
quantity, quality,                                                                 recover a runaway slave
depth, and diversity                                                               who was apprehended by
of the documentation                                                               Indians, various sales of
it contains. It has                                                                material goods and human
provided generations                                                               property, and various
of historians,                                                                     successions with estate
students, sociologists                                                             inventories that provide a
and genealogists with                                                              wealth of information about
a rich source of data                                                              daily life in 18th century
on New Orleans’s                                                                   Louisiana.
earliest days, the Louisiana          documents digitization project.
territory, the slave trade, Native                                                   The documents, penned
                                      Funding from the William R. Irby
American relations, the Atlantic                                            in elaborate script, have never
                                      trust will underwrite Margot’s
World, Canada and the                                                       been fully transcribed and the
                                      contract for the next three years,
Caribbean, and other topics.                                                translations that exist are
                                      and financial support from the
                                                                            synoptic and sometimes omit
                                      Louisiana Historical Society has
           From our food, tools and                                         important information (such as
                                      enabled the hiring of a part-time
weapons to our clothes and                                                  slave names); recently a Tulane
                                      scanning manger and purchase
books, from courtroom activities                                            University French translation
                                      of two state-of-the-art scanners
to barroom activities, from how                                             class transcribed and translated
                                      for the project.
we treated land and water to how                                            a handful of the newly digitized
we treated other human beings,                  Louisiana State Museum      documents with great
the manuscripts remind us in          Historical Center Curator, Sarah-     enthusiasm and success.
stark detail of where we came         Elizabeth Gundlach and                Because the program generated
from and, to a degree, of who we      scanning manager, Polly Rolman        so much positive feedback, LSM
still are.                            have so far overseen the              is forging relationships with
                                      digitization of almost 3,000          French and Spanish departments
        In a race against time to
                                      records by LSM interns. To            at other schools, and is recruiting
save the documents, which in
                                      make the images from these pilot      volunteers from the U.S. and
some cases are darkening,
                                      efforts accessible to researchers     abroad to expand transcription/
decaying and being eaten away
                                      and the general public, LSM will      translation efforts.
by the acidic inks used in their
                                      add them to LOUIS in the coming
creation, the Museum is                                                              Completion of the
                                      months. At the same time, LSM
rehousing the manuscripts with                                              colonial documents digitization
                                      will post images of the WPA
funding from the National                                                   and online publication (con’t)
                                      finding aids created in the



                                                     VII
project will require sustained effort   Scholars who have used the              Louisiana’s first permanent
and several hundred thousand            documents in their research will        European and African inhabitants,
dollars in funding over the next        be on hand to recount interesting       and of their relations with allied
few years. The Louisiana                findings and to support the             and enemy Native tribes. They
Museum Foundation, the                  Museum’s effort to make one of          are a treasure-trove of information
Museum’s major non-profit donor         North America’s most significant        for historians and researchers
support group, is soliciting            (and heretofore most difficult to       studying Louisiana’s colonial
supporters and seeking grants to        access) colonial archives available     period. The Louisiana State
complete the project within three       from anywhere in the world.             Museum is proud to announce
years and to provide for                Before, or as part of the 100           this pilot initiative with LOUIS.
management of the new digital           Boxes Celebration, the
                                                                                         For more information
resources to be created.                Foundation will launch a ―Sponsor
                                                                                about this project or to sign up as
                                        -a-Box‖ program through which
          The Louisiana State                                                   a transcription/translation
                                        supporters may have their names
Museum anticipates that it will                                                 volunteer, contact the Louisiana
                                        inscribed on a colonial documents
complete scanning of the 100th                                                  State Museum’s Director of
                                        manuscript box in exchange for a
document box sometime in early                                                  Collections, Greg Lambousy, at
                                        donation that will pay the
2012. To celebrate and publicize                                                glambousy@crt.la.gov or 504-599
                                        digitization/online publication costs
the project, to encourage                                                       -1946. To make a donation to the
                                        for the box.
contributions to the effort, and to                                             project, contact Anne Atkinson at
recruit transcription and                        The French Superior            the Louisiana Museum
translation volunteers, LMF will        Council and Spanish Judiciary           Foundation,
host an event showcasing the            records tell thousands of individual    aatkinson@thelmf.org or 504-558-
documents and digitization and          stories which, taken together,          0493.
online publication methodology.         document the daily life of



                            Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane:
                                    David Comeaux, Tulane
          With the support of Dave Comeaux and the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Web Services
 Department, the Tulane University Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) has added two new
 pages to its website that highlight its cooperation with LOUIS and the LOUISiana Digital Library,
 ―Digital Collections‖ and ―Digital Initiatives.‖ Both pages are available under the ―Collections‖ tab
 at: http://larc.tulane.edu
          People often think of online access as involving only digital collections. The ―Digital
 Initiatives‖ page explains how LaRC pursues digital access and outreach in a number of areas,
 including online exhibits, web-searchable databases, consortial endeavors, and social media. A
 particularly important LaRC digital initiative is Archon, a web-searchable database of archival
 guides (or ―finding aids‖). Roughly 480+ finding aids are online so far.
          Digitizing collections is, however, a special mission of LaRC. The ―Digital Collections‖
 page is a running list of what is available so far, from Louisiana political ephemera to political
 photographs to Civil War postal covers to Louisiana’s aviation history.
          The star of our online collections, however, is our original Carnival float and costume
 designs, of which we preserve the largest collection extant. Created as working drawings, these
 stunning artworks are used by researchers in many fields, including sociology, history, marketing,
 politics, and literary studies. By the time the Carnival project is finished in about two years, we
 hope to have about five thousand original designs online.




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                                  Reclamation? What’s That?
                                        Joe McNeil, McNeese
          In an effort to promote one of their many services, WorldCat Local "quick start‖, OCLC contacted me
via e-mail and by phone to see if McNeese might be interested in taking advantage of their ―free‖ offer to
utilize this service since we already had a subscription to First Search via our membership in LOUIS.
        Knowing that our reference librarians were already using WorldCat.org and were promoting it in their
classes as a way to link to our local holdings as well as many other libraries, I decided to see if this might be
something that would benefit McNeese. I went to their website and began reading the extensive
documentation they provide at: http://www.oclc.org/us/en/worldcatlocal/quickstart/default.htm
         Our reference staff had already been reporting problems they were
having with WorldCat.org showing we owned items and then clicking on the
link to go to McNeese holdings and the link timed out and did not go directly to
holdings for the items searched in the McNeese catalog. They were very
frustrated by this happening and expected me, their system administrator to be able to just ―fix‖ it.
         I recreated many of their searches and was able to ―fix‖ some by overlaying our existing records with
an upgraded one in WorldCat that was not the original one we entered into our catalog years ago, and what
seemed to be missing for many of them, according to OCLC was the proper ISBN that was a main matching
factor used in making searches in WorldCat work properly.
         I knew that there was no way we could take the time as catalogers and continue to ―fix‖ each search
our reference staff continued to find by upgrading our existing records, so I looked into what OCLC offers to
libraries that have a subscription to First Search, namely a ―reclamation project‖ that would involve ―fixing‖ all
our records in OCLC such that the OCLC control numbers would be the main match points and would be in
the same format on all our bibliographic records.
         I filled out the forms from the links on their website and was assigned a ―project‖ number that would
remain with me throughout the project. Next step would be for me to do an ―extract‖ of all our records and
send them to OCLC via two different methods offered: one using a secure EDI site requiring my setting up an
account for this, or by using their PSW site for uploading files to and from. I contacted LOUIS at this point to
get some clarification as to what I should use for a ―start date‖ for extract of records. Much to my excitement
and relief, LOUIS volunteered to do the extract for me and prepare the files to send to OCLC. All I would then
be responsible for would be to re-load them into our catalog.
         Having LOUIS helped me streamline the process such that I was able to complete the project sooner
than I would have expected. One decision that had to be made was ―format‖ of the OCLC number and the field
it should appear in for MARC records returned from OCLC. LOUIS asked me to request no leading zeros in
the OCLC control number and to use the 035 field which is what finally was done with the records. Also,
LOUIS asked me to have them send one TEST file that could be loaded into Training first such that if there
were complications with the file, changes could be made before proceeding with production.
         After a few quirks were ironed out, OCLC finally had the test file prepared, and I loaded it into Training
and it did like it was supposed to, change all the records such that the OCLC control number worked properly
for matches in WorldCatQuickStart Local searches.
        When the files were all finally made ready and available for pickup from OCLC, I then downloaded
them to my PC and began the process of loading them, one at a time back into our catalog. One decision I
had to make was what DATE to use for date cataloged – either leave it as the original date cataloged on the
records, or to change it to the date the records were re-loaded. This was a suggestion LOUIS made such that
there would be a reference point from when all these records were ―reclamated‖. That is what my final
decision was, and on Feb. 9th, this past year, I re-loaded all our records into our catalog.
         The extract included all records from all libraries we have except ECAT. That was what LOUIS and I
worked out initially. In hind sight, if I could do it over again, I would have been more selective and NOT
included the documents library because of how it fluctuates so much and because they are still involved in a
full inventory because of items lost in Hurricane Rita, so some items were added to OCLC that really are not
there. That is one thing that OCLC will do as part of the project, update your OCLC holdings on any records
that do not already have your holdings attached. (con’t)




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         OCLC sends back a large number of reports to you including a cross-match between the local control
number and the OCLC number and exceptions such that no match could be made, and also ―errors‖
encountered in trying to make a match. These reports are very helpful in that we can go back and make
corrections as we deem necessary on records not properly reclamated.
So what are some advantages to the reclamation project for us?
        - Consistent format of our OCLC control numbers in our catalog such that records will indeed match
        in places such as WorldCat.org and QuickStart local
        - Holdings will be more accurate when they show up in Google books and just Google searching in
        general
        - Ability to correct errors from no-matches or incorrect matches
        - Our OCLC symbol for holdings added to all records that for whatever reason we had not added to
        OCLC (Mostly our documents library)
        - Ability to teach other staff how to do extracts and re-loads
Having LOUIS assist with this project is what made it succeed. I was able to re-learn so many things I have
not done since the very early days of our using WorkFlows, namely extracts to send to a vendor. Also I was
able to see problem areas with our records in our catalog that we have been able to resolve.
Disadvantages:
        - Your local holdings are automatically added to every record for which there is a match even
        though you might not want it added; this was the case with our Documents Library
        - Incorrect matches made on some records that were similar – I found a few just by searching in e-
             Library after the records were reloaded
        - Shadowed locations were for which holdings had been deleted were added back; this happened
            with our WITHDRAWN items; our symbol was added back; fortunately there were NOT that
            many records so we were able to delete holdings again quickly
        - A different OCLC control number is sometimes chosen than the one you had which is usually an
            upgraded one where there are multiple control numbers in an 019 field
        - The long time it will take our cataloging staff to go through all the exceptions and error reports – but
            this will be a way to occupy cataloging staff when we are not having many new items to catalog
I would recommend reclamation to anyone wanting to provide improved and additional access to their
holdings. If asked, would you do this again, I would say a definite YES!! It was well worth the time and effort
involved.




               LDL Update: John Guillory and Zee Zee Zamin, LOUIS
         This is a big year for The    ―look and feel‖ templates. This        about CONTENTdm, and LOUIS
Louisiana Digital Library: OCLC        enables LOUIS staff to move            staff presented to the attendees
has produced a new public ―look        customizations from 5.4 to 6.x and     on how we are preparing for the
and feel‖ to the CONTENTdm 6.x         test with minimal interruption in      migration.
system in March of this year.          service.
LOUIS staff has been in almost                                                Here is the upgrade schedule
                                               Marcy Stevens, Zehra           so far:
daily consultation with OCLC to
                                       Zamin, and John Guillory attended
help us understand and prepare
                                       the South East CONTENTdm               June 20: upgrade the
for the upgrade. One of the
important features of the new          Users Group at which OCLC              development server to 6.0 while
                                       conducted a training class on
system is the ability to run the                                              keeping the 5.4 ―look and feel‖
                                       CONTENTdm 6.0. In addition, at
current 5.4 ―look and feel‖                                                   alongside the new 6.x ―look and
                                       ALA in New Orleans LOUIS staff
templates alongside the new 6.x                                               feel‖. (con’t)
                                       attended OCLC presentations



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July 15: add 2010-2019 to interface timeline and learn about custom home pages in
6.x.

September 1: upgrade development server to 6.1.

September 30: upgrade production server to 6.1 while keeping the 5.4 ―look and feel‖
alongside the new 6.x ―look and feel‖.

October 30: upgrade the custom home pages to the 6.1 ―look and feel‖ and the LDL
custom interface.

November 15: ―cut over‖ to the 6.1 system on production.



                       Symphony Upgrade: John Guillory, LOUIS
                                     In January 2011 at the LOUIS System Administrators Meeting,
                             the LOUIS ―sys admins‖ established two dates on which to upgrade
                             the SirsiDynix Symphony ILS from 3.1 to 3.4. The Symphony BETA
                             server was upgraded in March, the Training server was upgraded on
                             April 11 and the Production was upgraded six weeks later on May 23.
                                     To ensure business continuity skills within the LOUIS staff,
                             Cathy Sicard trained John Guillory in the upgrade of the Symphony
                             system, which included re-writing the documentation steps to perform
                             the upgrade and to establish a new working relationship with our
                             SirsiDynix upgrade contact Chad Wright. Future upgrades will likely be
                             performed by different LOUIS staff persons to spread the risk and
                             skills.

                                     One of the most important new features in 3.4 is the ability to
                             edit groups of items, a feature called the Item Group Editor. This
                             feature will make the ―move collection‖ report obsolete.


                            LUC 2011: Marcy Stevens, LOUIS
         LOUIS Users Conference (LUC) is an annual conference, hosted by LOUIS, for member
libraries. The two day conference includes many interesting topics presented by Louisiana library
professionals, LOUIS staff and vendors. The Board of Regents’ Commissioner Jim Purcell will
open the conference as the keynote speaker. The list of presentations can be found on the LUC
registration page.

        LUC will be held on Thursday Oct. 13, 2011 and Friday Oct. 14, 2011. Since the venue
change last year worked out so well , we will again have LUC at Patrick F. Taylor Hall on the LSU
Campus. This is the building that was formerly called CEBA. The format will be the same in that
we will go all day on Thursday and half the day on Friday. We will offer breakfast both days,
snacks both days and lunch on Thursday. Also, we had such a good response to our reception
that we will again host a reception on Thursday evening. LUC will be two days of wonderful
presentations and collaboration among LOUIS librarians around the state. You can register at
http://www.regonline.com/luc2011. The LOUIS listservs, Facebook, Twitter, and webpage have
the latest information in registration and the agenda. We hope to see you there.




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                                        Resolve and Resolutions:
                                           Megan Lowe, ULM
          Like most people who work in education –               beyond the laughably insufficient amount of
elementary through higher – I expect that when                   $500,000.
budget cuts come down the pipes, education is
                                                                           On September 24, 2010, L.E. Fletcher
going to take a hit. It’s never a surprise. In the realm
                                                                 Technical Community College’s Faculty Senate
of higher education, this oftentimes translates to
                                                                 passed a resolution in support of reinstating funding
institutions cutting from their libraries, considering
                                                                 to LOUIS. This appears to be the earliest resolution
the services and resources provided by the libraries
                                                                 of its kind passed in the state.
as tasty but easily discarded fat. And though we
hate it, and know that it’s wrong, those of us who                      On February 28, 2011, the University of
work in academic libraries learn to                                            New Orleans University Senate
subsist on lean budgets, doing                                                 unanimously passed a resolution in
more with less, a sort of                                                      support of LOUIS, highlighting the
institutional Jack Sprat.                                                      significant savings and services
                                                                               LOUIS provides to the UNO Library
         Nevertheless, we were all,
                                                                               and urging the Board of Regents to
unequivocally, shocked by the
                                                                               ―restore full funding for LOUIS as an
Board of Regents’ inexplicable
                                                                               essential resource for students and
decision to cut the LOUIS budget.
                                                                               faculty.‖ After UNO passed its
It was a bad dream, a proverbial,
                                                                               resolution, ULM’s Faculty Senate
collective, communal nightmare
                                                                               President Anna Hill contacted me
from which we were unable to
                                                                               about presenting a similar resolution
wake. But wake we did, not to
                                                                               to the ULM Faculty Senate. Using
discover that it had been a bad
                                                                               the UNO resolution as a template, I
dream, but in order to rectify the
                                                                               drafted and submitted a resolution to
situation. LOUIS and its
                                                                 the ULM Senate. This resolution was passed on
constituents leapt into action, contacting the BoR,
                                                                 March 17, 2011.
legislators, media – anybody who could help
reverse this decision.                                                    The UNO resolution seems to have inspired
                                                                 and served as a template for other senates around
         This terrible turn of events occurred last
                                                                 the state. By the end of March, both Louisiana Tech
summer, the end of June 2010. At the time, I was
                                                                 and Southern University at Shreveport senates had
serving on the Faculty Senate at the University of
                                                                 passed similar resolutions.
Louisiana at Monroe, on which I have served since
2005. I knew our faculty needed to know; I knew                           But faculty senates weren’t the only ones
they would rise to the occasion and add their voices             getting involved. Students were concerned about
to ours. Unfortunately, the Senate does not meet                 what the LOUIS cuts would do. In March 2011 the
over the summer, since most of the senators do not               Student Government Association of Louisiana State
teach over the summer. I sent a message to the                   University-Shreveport also drafted a resolution in
Senate President nevertheless, bringing the issue to             support of LOUIS. It did not use the UNO template,
her attention and asking that the issue be added to              but it made a very specific point: students
the agenda for the first meeting of the fall semester.           understood what LOUIS was and what it does,
                                                                 something the BoR didn’t appreciate when it made
         On August 19, 2010, the agenda indeed
                                                                 its decision.
featured an item regarding the LOUIS cuts, and I
spoke (passionately) on what impact this would                            Following the example of its student
have not only at the state level but what it would               government, the Staff and Faculty Senates of LSU-
mean to ULM. I’m afraid, however, that the Senate                S also drafted resolutions in support of LOUIS, both
– much like the BoR – didn’t fully appreciate what               patterned after the UNO resolution. On March 23,
the cuts in funding to LOUIS meant. Or perhaps,                  2011, the Staff and Faculty Senates of Louisiana
like many of us, including myself, they secretly                 State University at Alexandria passed a joint
believed the cut would be reversed. However, in the              resolution in support of LOUIS, again using the
following months, it became evident to everybody                 UNO template. (con’t)
just how much was at stake. It became clear, too,
that the BoR was not going to reinstate the funding,




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        The Faculty Senate at the main LSU                    House Committee on Appropriations, where it
campus also passed a resolution in support of                 passed on Monday, June 13, 2011 – but just
LOUIS by the end of March; on March 25, 2011,                 barely.
Louisiana College passed a resolution in support of
                                                                      This prompted the Regents to request to
LOUIS, both using the UNO template. April 5, 2011,
                                                              meet with LOUIS and Representative Jackson.
saw Grambling State University Faculty Senate
                                                              During that meeting a compromise was discussed,
pass a UNO-based resolution.
                                                              and the wording of HCR #129 was amended. It
         April 14, 2011, saw another student senate           then moved on to the House as a whole, where it
add its resolution to the list: Baton Rouge                   was adopted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, and
Community College’s Student Government                        ordered to the Senate. On Thursday, June 23,
Association unanimously passed a resolution.                  2011, the Senate adopted HCR #129, meaning it
BRCC’s SGA used the UNO resolution as a                       passed!
template.
                                                              Admittedly, the amendments to HCR #129 have
        Northwestern State University’s Faculty               affected the funding, but, as Sara Zimmerman
Senate passed its resolution, based on the UNO                pointed out in an email to LOUIS library directors,
template, on April 19, 2011. On April 25, 2011,               the adoption of the bill has provided solutions for
Louisiana State University at Eunice’s Faculty                three goals that LOUIS had going into 2010-2011:
Senate passed its UNO-based resolution, adding                funding for 2011-2012; ―putting LOUIS on
another two-year institution’s voice to the chorus.           everyone’s radar‖ ; and providing LOUIS with
Southeastern State University Faculty Senate                  ―sustainable funding‖ in the future. It is true that
passed its resolution, based on the UNO template,             the funding provided for 2011-2012 will only apply
on May 4, 2011.                                               to publicly-funded academic libraries. However,
                                                              this has engendered a much more functional
         In addition to these resolutions, a task force,
                                                              partnership with the BoR, and it is through this
composed of librarians from around the state and
                                                              partnership (and others!) that the future of LOUIS
chaired by Mike Matthews (NSULA), sent out press
                                                              will be secured.
kits with information about LOUIS and its
significance to higher education to the press, to                      So, here we are, a year out from our
legislators, to anybody who could help reinstate the          nightmare. A year ago, funding was snatched
funding. Facebook pages in support of LOUIS have              away. A year later, not only has disaster been
cropped up; students have written articles in student         averted, but the future of LOUIS has been more
newspapers and published articles in major                    firmly ensured. I don’t think any of us will ever take
newspapers. Librarians have written opinions                  that for granted again.
pieces and letters to the major newspapers.
Students have drawn cartoons. Librarians have                 All of the resolutions mentioned in this article are
made videos. There have been television and radio             available on the Funding Updates site on the
interviews and letter-writing campaigns. There are            LOUIS homepage and the SaveLouis.org site
two major websites dedicated to disseminating                 (http://savelouis.org/)
information about LOUIS and soliciting help to save           http://savelouis.org/sites/default/files/129-louis.pdf
LOUIS – the LOUIS site itself and SaveLouis.org,              http://savelouis.org/node/53
funded and run by Karen Niemla, a reference
librarian at ULM and ACRL-LA’s webmaster.
          All of these efforts – including the
resolutions – have produced a promising fruit. Mike
Matthews made contact with Representative
Michael L. Jackson regarding the LOUIS situation.
The result of that contact was that on Tuesday,
June 7, 2011, Representative Jackson
(Independent District 61) made a resolution, House
Concurrent Resolution #129, directing the BoR to
restore ―its funding of LOUIS, the La. Library
Network, to at least the percentage provided for in
FY 2009-2010 and expresses support for LOUIS as
a critical component of the success of the state's
public postsecondary education institutions.‖ The
House Education Committee referred it to the




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                            EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) Pilot:
                                   Lisa Stigall, LOUIS
        LOUIS has just completed EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) pilot implementation. The product has
not been purchased but there is an extended pilot (through 2011 at least) to see if it’s a product the LALINC
Research and Development Committee would recommend for LOUIS to purchase.
        EDS uses a knowledge base of pre-indexed records and this allows the user to have a faster
response time for searches. All the EBSCOhost databases plus your catalog records are stored in this
knowledge base and other non-EBSCO products are searched using EBSCOhost Integrated Search. They
will appear on the right hand side of the results screen.
        The implementation process included extracting and sending your non-shadowed MARC records to
be stored in that knowledge base and records were extracted July 21, 2011. We will be updating these
records on a regular basis, but the frequency of the record updates currently remains undetermined.
        The authentication is handled by EBSCO AtoZ . There is a database listing for EBSCO Discovery
Service and it has already been selected in all accounts. This means the URL for EDS will look like one of
the URLs for ECAT records and will include each site’s AtoZ customer id and the EDS resource id. The
proxy server information, stored in each site’s AtoZ account, is used for authentication.
        The searching and viewing features are handled by EBSCOhost administrator accounts. Each site
has an EBSCOhost EDS profile and this allows the site to make changes to EDS features. One such
change is the Location Limiter under Search Options. Each site will have their site preselected so that when
a search term is entered, only that catalog will be searched. This can be changed by the user at the time of
the search or the Limiter can be changed using the EBSCOhost administrator account. This account can
also be used to add any additional EBSCOhost resources you may purchase directly from EBSCO.
        Please feel free to play around with this as much as you want. We ask that you leave LOUIS logo
that appears on the right on all pages except the Basic Search page. Statistics are available in EBSCOhost
administrator accounts.
Links for more information:
        EBSCO Discovery Service information page: http://www.ebscohost.com/discovery
        EBSCO Discovery Service Support page: http://support.ebsco.com/eds/
EDS URL:
        URL for your library web page: http://atoz.ebsco.com/link.asp?id=XXXXX&rid=2794470
        (Replace the XXXX with your AtoZ Customer ID)
Base URL: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=eds

Please ask your system administrator to open a Footprints incident for any questions about EDS or if you
need assistance modifying the EDS interface.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank EBSCO for their continued support of LOUIS by allowing this
pilot.




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                                           EZproxy:
                                     Marcy Stevens, LOUIS
             EZproxy helps provide patrons with remote access to Web-based licensed content
    offered by libraries. LOUIS hosts EZproxy for electronic resources that the consortium
    purchases. Several sites have their own EZproxy server for their library specific electronic
    resources. Those sites that use the LOUIS EZproxy authenticate via the SirsiDynix
    Symphony user file. Sites who host their own EZproxy have their patrons authenticate either
    via the Syphony user file or their own form of authentication. Currently there are four sites
    that use alternate way to authenticate their patrons. All other use the SirsiDynix Symphony
    user file.
             If your library is interested in hosting your own EZproxy server, the LOUIS office will
    help you get it setup. Open a footprint requesting help and someone from the LOUIS office
    will be in contact with you to start the configuration process.




                           House Concurrent Resolution 129:
                              Representative Michael Jackson
        To urge and request the Board of Regents to develop a permanent
funding formula for LOUIS, the Louisiana Library Network and to express
support and recognition for LOUIS as a critical component of the success
of the state’s public postsecondary education institutions.
WHEREAS, LOUIS, the Louisiana Library Network, provides essential
information, resources, and services to the public postsecondary education
institutions of the state; and

       WHEREAS, in 1992, LOUIS was formed by the Board of Regents
in response to shrinking library funding in the effort to equalize technology
                        and resources in academic libraries across the
                        state, and since then, LOUIS has contributed significantly to the success of
                        the state’s public postsecondary education institutions as well as museums
                        and archives; and

                                WHEREAS, LOUIS provides around-the-clock technology and
                       enterprise solutions to students, faculty, and staff so that scholarly materials
can be purchased, identified, searched, and shared; and

        WHEREAS, the essential resources and services that LOUIS offers include the library
automation system and catalogs of library collections, electronic research databases and full-text
journals, remote access to library resources twenty-four hours a day, interlibrary loan and reciprocal
borrowing among all member libraries, and the Louisiana Digital Library, as well as centralized
servers and an expert support staff; and

       WHEREAS, LOUIS, a proven model of how to collaborate and consolidate, reduces
duplication and saves the state millions of dollars annually; and (con’t)




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        WHEREAS, LOUIS purchased more than nineteen million dollars worth of resources for
member libraries in 2010 for only three million one hundred thousand
dollars, representing a huge savings to each campus and to the state; and

         WHEREAS, without LOUIS, Louisiana’s public postsecondary
education institutions would have trouble meeting certain southern
Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) core requirements and
comprehensive standards, and the loss of SACS accreditation would
negatively affect an institution’s ability to award degrees and students’
ability to receive financial aid and could also have a detrimental impact on
its National Collegiate Athletic Association accreditation; and

         WHEREAS, the importance of LOUIS to Louisiana’s public postsecondary education
institutions cannot be overstated, and it is critical that it remain an available resource for the state’s
higher education community, and

       WHEREAS, Higher Education funding has been severely reduced during the past three years
impacting all institutions, boards and systems; and

         WHEREAS, the Board of Regents has fought to maintain funding for LOUIS, and has
determined that it is in the state’s best interest to formalize a funding mechanism to ensure the future
of this critical resource for the state’s higher education community.

        THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the legislature of Louisiana does hereby urge and
request the Board of Regents to develop a permanent funding formula for LOUIS, the Louisiana
Library network, which shall include a centralized funding base from the Board of Regents,
assessments to the management boards and individual user fees.

         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Regents shall continue to support and
promote LOUIS as a critical component of the success of the state’s public postsecondary education
institutions.

      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a suitable copy of this Resolution be transmitted to the
chairman of the Board of Regents and to the commissioner of higher education.
A copy of the signed document can be viewed (here) on the LOUIS webpage.
http://appl003.lsu.edu/ocsweb/louishome.nsf/$Content/Loss+of+Funding+for+LOUIS/$File/
streamdocument.pdf




 LOUIS staff and consortium members would like to take this opportunity to thank all their
 partners for working with the consortium during the past year’s fiscal crisis. We appreciate
               your patience and look forward to years of success together!

   We would also like to thank Representative Jackson, Commissioner Jim Purcell, and the
                       Louisiana House and Senate for their support!


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                             LOUIS STAFF

        Executive Director                    Library Consortium Analyst
          Sara Zimmerman                              John Guillory
           (225) 578-3705                            (225) 578-3758

           IT Consultant                      Library Consortium Analyst
            Cathy Sicard                               Lisa Stigall
           (225) 578-3751                            (225) 578-3735

   Library Consortium Analyst                 Library Consortium Analyst
            Mary Laird                                Zehra Zamin
          (225) 578-3753                             (225) 578-3747

   Library Consortium Analyst
           Marcy Stevens                       EDITOR: Alex Zimmerman
          (225) 578-3771


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