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SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE! A Tribute to Sara Zimmerman Upon Her Retirement


Mapping It Out: The LOUIS-Louisiana Board of Regents Alignment Project


LUC 2017 See what's in the works for the next conference!


CONTENTS 7 Tribute to Sara Zimmerman Upon Her Retirement

12   Mapping It Out: LOUIS-Louisiana Board of Regents OER Curriculum Alignment Project

18   LOUIS Collaborator: Teri Gallaway

4 Credo Transition 5     Onsite Training at NTCC 6 Discussion List Name Change Coming Soon 9 RPCC Librarians Present Quality Matters Workshop at SOWELA 11 LUC 2017: Planning is Underway! 15 Syndetics Enrichment Livens Up the User Experience 16 LOUIS Libraries to Implement SirsiDynix's Discovery System 17 Electronic Resources Update

3 LOUIS Recognized as Community Connector LOUIS receives award from SirsiDynix for best outreach.


Cover image: "Savanah, United States.jpg" by Ashley Knedler is licensed under CC BY 2.0.




   OUIS was recognized as a Community Connector by SirsiDynix at COSUGI 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. This award recognizes the best outreach programs among SirsiDynix customers. LOUIS, and the LOUIS Team, was recognized for efforts to manage and support thirty-five instances of SirsiDynix's Symphony, a library management system that allows libraries to administer vital library operations.  These efforts include troubleshooting issues, 

customizing services, and ongoing training solutions. LOUIS was also recognized for our communication efforts with member libraries, keeping them abreast of current trends in the library field, ongoing projects within the consortium, and other professional development opportunities outside of SirsiDynix. The LOUIS Team is honored to receive this award on behalf of the consortium, the team, and our members!

[LOUIS does] an outstanding job of caring for their Louisiana academic community and going above and beyond with their open communication and continuing professional education. LOUIS LAGNIAPPE  |   3

CREDO TRANSITION LOUIS is Moving from Literati to Credo Online Reference Service by Lisa Hill, Credo Reference


   his summer Credo will be transitioning all LOUIS members off of our Literati platform onto an enhanced version of our flagship Credo Online Reference Service platform.  This platform enhancement will include a cleaner layout and several new features designed to help students orient to their topic faster, discover background information more efficiently, and explore related concepts and keywords without becoming overwhelmed.  This new platform provides the same award winning content and research tools that you have accessed via Literati for years, such as our Topic Pages, Mind Maps and a customizable homepage. Join us for a Learning with LOUIS presentation on Monday, July 10 at 2pm CDT.   This presentation will include a tour of the platform with a special focus on some of the newer tools available to our users: • LMS or VLE embeddable reference entries • Google Drive integration • New filtering and permalinking capabilities If you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming transition, please reach out to Lisa Hill at Credo. She is happy to speak with you at any time.

Watch the LER Discussion List for Updates!


ONSITE TRAINING AT NTCC by Margaret Keller, Northshore Technical Community College


       TCC GATOR Library staff had a welcome site visit by LOUIS Team members Jaime Barrilleaux and John Guillory. We discovered that Jaime is from around the area, but John had a little more fun finding the NTCC campus located in bucolic Greensburg, Louisiana. NTCC’s newest GATOR Library staff member, Michelle Guidry, was given baptism by fire (or, should we say, a deluge of library software terminology), but the visit was quite productive.

Jaime and John lent their knowledge and expertise on topics ranging from Symphony Workflows report issues and mentor training to improving the look, feel and discoverability of eResources through LibGuides and EDS. Thanks to all of the LOUIS Team for their help on a daily basis, much of which we do not even see, as they go about their days making our jobs a little easier.

NTCC Welcomes Michelle Guidry! NTCC GATOR Library is pleased to announce that Ms. Michelle Guidry has joined the staff as the librarian at the Florida Parishes Campus in Greensburg. Michelle has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from LSU and spent a postgraduate semester abroad studying library and research skills at The University of Strathclyde in Glasglow, Scotland. Michelle loves reading and likes to blog about her favorite books.




   he names of two of the LOUIS discussion lists will be changing soon.  The names are changing in accordance with the change to the bylaws. The membership voted this past fall to approve the changeover from LALINC to LOUIS. This change will apply to all subscribers to the LALINC-L and LALINCTECH-L discussion lists.

The current plan is to the implement the changeover on May 31st. Subscribers will not need to do anything to join the newly named lists. Once the change has gone into effect, however, you will need to make sure you email the discussion list using the new email address. The LOUIS Team will send further details out to the lists closer to the changeover date. 




   he TASK Portal now features a help topic on the LOUIS Discussion Lists.  You can find information on how to subscribe, including the available lists, and how to post messages and search the archives.  It also features some new sections on how to manage your subscriptions online, including how to update your name and email address.

Visit the help topic at http://www. answers/listhowtos



SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE! A Tribute to Sara Zimmerman of LOUIS Upon Her Retirement


     ara Zimmerman, Executive Director of LOUIS, retired in early March after over thirty years of service.  She was a champion for academic libraries in Louisiana, seeing the consortium through one of the toughest budget crises in its history. While she is missed, we know she's living the high life, enjoying her retirement with family and friends.  We wish her all the best and can't wait to hear about her grand adventures! In addition to warm wishes sent out on our discussion lists, a few LOUIS board members wanted to send their thoughts for us to share here. Sara Zimmerman has been the heart and soul of LOUIS since she became Executive Director. She was the right person at the right time for LOUIS, and helped us weather the financial cutbacks, explosive growth, and new services with ease.  It has been a genuine pleasure working with Sara over the past eight years.  I will miss her expertise, her sense of humor, and her can-do spirit.  Quite simply, she’s the best! -James Duggan, Tulane Law Library      OUIS was recognized as a Community Connector by SirsiDynix at COSUGI 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. This Sara Zimmermann unwavering commitment to the profession of Library Science and to the award recognizesexhibited the best outreach programs mission of SirsiDynix Louisiana’scustomers. Academic Libraries.  As a champion of Libraries and their role in the communities among they serve, Sara remained tireless in her ability to communicate issues of importance in the state to all Libraries the LOUIS Consortium.  She wasfor steadfast in her ability to educate and inform key LOUIS, and in the LOUIS Team, was recognized stakeholders of the role, scope, and mission of Academic Libraries, and their ability to play crucial roles in efforts to manage and support thirty-five addressing variety of issues and challenges. instancesaof SirsiDynix's Symphony, a library Sara’s ability to share important information, to identify topics at the cusp of discovery, to motivate individuals and groups to action, all helped LOUIS management system that allowsand libraries Libraries to remainvital a cohesive and comprehensive to administer library operations.  These group united with a common goal: to provide increased opportunities for student success in our efforts include troubleshooting issues,  college, university, and special academic Libraries.  Through many challenging times, Sara’s vision of communicating and demonstrating the value of the services and access Libraries provide helped individual Libraries within the Consortium maintain their core mission and highlighted the importance and value of the Academic Library. -Tim Stamm, Delgado Community College LOUIS LAGNIAPPE  |   7


Dear Sara, The first time that I met you was in your office when you were expounding on the virtues of the LOUIS Consortium to our NTCC ViceChancellor, I.T. Director and me. When you handed me the Systems Administrators’ list of duties, I almost fell out of my chair, but you assured us that it would not be too much to handle. Well, it might have been, if it were not for the great care and concern that you and your staff (under your direction) have given to me since that time. Every question that I have had has been met with endless patience and support. As I have gotten to know you better, I learned that you are easy-going but very passionate about libraries and their role in student academic success. I have come to admire your knowledge, expertise and tenacity. If there are ways to advocate, find funding, expand libraries resources or make library services more efficient, you are on it! And, you are always trying to make every experience for the deans/directors/ librarians/staff a fun, yet informative, experience. I have learned so much from you, and I appreciate that you treat us all with respect and understanding.    OUIS was recognized as a Community Whoever takes over for you has some really Connector by SirsiDynix at COSUGI 2017 in Salt big shoes to fill (metaphorically, course!). Lake City, Utah on Tuesday,of April 11, 2017. This You will be greatly missed. I hope that we programs award recognizes the best outreach have among not seen the last of you, but I truly hope SirsiDynix customers. that you enjoy this next chapter in your life. Who knows youLOUIS will beTeam, up towas next!?! LOUIS, what and the recognized for efforts to manage and support thirty-five Warmest regards, instances of SirsiDynix's Symphony, a library management system that allows libraries Margaret Keller to administer vital library operations.  These Northshore Technical Community College efforts include troubleshooting issues, 

But, of course, it's not goodbye! It's just "See ya later!"




       n March 10, SOWELA Technical Community College Library hosted a Quality Matters workshop for SOWELA faculty participating in an LCTCS grant to develop OER courses using QM course design. Wendy Johnson and Connie Chemay of River Parishes Community College 

Library presented the workshop to 11 faculty and staff at SOWELA in the Library’s computerequipped instruction room. The attendees will develop several General Education courses to share with other colleges around the state.


THE PURGE Database Anarchy by Janelle Zetty, University of Louisiana at Lafayette


     OUIS recently took care of an issue with eresource records at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Many duplicate records appeared in the catalog, and in turn, EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).  In addition, there were records with links to titles with expired licenses.  These issues affected students and reference staff, as it created confusion about what the library owned and it cluttered search results. After assessing the problem, we opened a Footprint with LOUIS. Jaime responded to our Footprint and thought it would be best to schedule a conference call. During the call, we gained a better understanding of the issue and the options to move forward.  After the call, we discussed our course of action. A decision had to be made, whether have LOUIS to continue with monthly bib loads or staff to do e-resource bib loads on site.  We consulted with the Head of Reference on what would be best, as the OCLC records loaded on site would be fuller than the ones loaded by LOUIS and would contain Library of Congress subject headings. 

It was decided that we would go with the LOUIS records because they would be timely, accurate, regularly scheduled, and remove some of the workload from staff. Jaime formulated a game plan that consisted of purging the EBSCO OCLC records and getting EBSCO to generate a new file of Dupre Library’s holdings. She found some stray online resources in the ULL-DUPRE library and generated a list of those titles so we could review them and see what needed to be consolidated into the ECAT library, or remain as is, or removed.  She spent her Lundi Gras working in test mode, identifying collections that needed to be removed or moved. Once she received the full extract file from EBSCO, she scheduled a rebuild heading and rebuild text reports, scheduling them to run during a time when the library was closed, as no cataloging work could be done during that time. Our database is now cleaned up and more accurate.  We were definitely pleased with the results.  LOUIS provided a whole other level of expertise and responded quickly.  We couldn’t have done it without LOUIS!

LOUIS provided a whole other level of expertise and responded quickly. We couldn’t have done it without LOUIS!

Need help with a project at YOUR library? Let us know! LOUIS LAGNIAPPE  |   10

LUC 2017 Planning is Underway! by Jaime Barrilleaux, LOUIS


     UC 2017 is shaping up, thanks to the help of the inaugural planning committee!  These gogetters have hit the ground running.

Missed the deadline for LUC 2017 proposals? No worries - we'll be sending out a second call soon! LUC 2017 Planning Committee

The Program committee has sent out the call for proposals, began the process of finding keynote speakers, and determined pre-conference sessions. The Sponsorship committee created a Sponsorship Prospectus that outlines the benefits of sponsoring LUC. The Hospitality committee has been evaluating area caterers to provide conference-goers with an outstanding menu this year.  And the Media committee has been working on social media content, including hilarious memes, to encourage participation; they also produced a great video outlining the benefits of presenting at LUC. The Planning committee is currently reviewing scholarship proposals to sponsor conference attendance and the award categories and eligibility criteria for the 2017 awards.

Shanna Clevenger Jodi Duet Sarah Dauterive Penny Hecker Paul Kelsey Megan Lowe Marty Miller Jo Ann Palermo Heather Plaisance Emily Rush Carly Searcy Mike Waugh LOUIS Team Members Learn more about their involvement at planning

Follow the planning fun at http:/// luc2017, with the hashtag #louisuc17 on social media, or our Facebook Event page!





n December 2015, LOUIS announced it would assist Louisiana Commission of Higher Education Dr. Joe Rallo in pursuing initiatives related to affordable and open access ebooks and etextbooks and called upon Louisiana librarians to participate.  LOUIS had already gleaned much information on this topic from other initiatives, so a consultant role seemed a natural fit.  The various projects were brought together under the name Affordable Learning LOUISiana (ALL).  A brief guide to ALL, including background and related initiatives, was released as a PDF in January 2016.

In July 2016, LOUIS announced the selection of three Open Textbook Network leaders to travel to the first OTN Summer Institute training program, held August 5-7, 2016, at the University of Minnesota. The leaders selected were Emily Frank (LSU), Jeanne Pavy (UNO), and Sarah Simms (Nicholls).  Program participants worked to adopt and develop open textbook programs on their campuses, with the goal of creating a plan to involve other institutions across the state through train-the-trainer workshops and other strategies.  Train-the-trainer workshops on OTN were subsequently held at Delgado and UL Monroe.



The Open Textbook Library (OTL) of the University of Minnesota is the first searchable online catalog of open textbooks: i.e., textbooks that have been published under an open copyright license for free usage and distribution. As such the OTL has become the foundation of LOUIS’s initial efforts at making reliable, cost-free textbooks available across Louisiana. But how best to get the word out?  Despite the ready availability of open source etextbooks, many faculty are not aware of what’s available in their respective subjects.  Guidance was needed. Thus, in February 2017, six Louisiana librarians were nominated by their deans and directors to work with LOUIS staff to align available OTL offerings with the Louisiana Common Course Catalog.  These OER Curriculum Alignment Project Fellows were Lonnie Beene (McNeese), Nancy Hampton (Xavier), Emily Frank (LSU), Jeanne Pavy (UNO), Maletta Payne (Southern), and Sarah Simms (LSU). The “align-a-thon” took place on March 3, 2017, at the Earl K. Long Library of the University of New Orleans.  Participants spent the morning dividing the course catalog by subject and distributing it among themselves; then they examined the textbook offerings looking for which books best matched which courses and pairing them.  If more than one book matched a course, each matching book was listed.  If no matching book could be determined, a note of “Make a Recommendation” was made.  Finished sections were then passed along to another participant for review.  LOUIS staff members Teri Gallaway, Jaime Barrilleaux, Lisa Stigall, and Marcy Stevens provided framework, answered questions, and kept everyone on track.

This is such important and timely student-centered work. Thank you to everyone who had a part in making this happen. I just looked at LOUIS’ find textbooks tool.  All I can say is WOW.

Participants spent the afternoon moving beyond the OTL selections looking for discipline-specific videos, online tutorials, workshop and training materials, and other web-based OER. MERLOT, the California State University project collecting tens of thousands of such works, was used as a starting point.  As with textbooks, a match could not always be found.  Searches sometimes meandered their way back to MERLOT.  But many useful resources were found and recorded. The following week, the LOUIS Team worked with the completed list to make it consistent and userfriendly.  The resulting searchable, sortable table was published under the title “Find Textbooks” ( on the LOUIS website.  Response has been very positive.  As Bonnie Bess Wood, Director of Rouquette Library at Saint Joseph Seminary College, said on LALINC-L, “This is such important and timely student-centered work. Thank you to everyone who had a part in making this happen.  I just looked at LOUIS’ find textbooks tool.  All I can say is WOW.” The project was a centerpiece of Open Ed Week, celebrated on LALINC-L March 27-31, 2017.  For example, a live demo and virtual brown bag discussion was held on March 28.  It was also prominently mentioned at the Board of Regents Electronic Learning and Strategic Planning Task Force conference, “Shaping the Future of eLearning,” held April 4, 2017, in Baton Rouge. Neither the OER universe nor the state higher education curriculum is static; the search for new open source materials to supplement the needs of an ever-changing curriculum is expected to be ongoing.  LOUIS will continue to lead the way. The alignment workshop is expected to be a continuing event, to be held annually. Meanwhile, librarians are encouraged to watch for and suggest new materials, especially in those subjects where materials were not readily available.



OPEN TEXTBOOK NETWORK Cohort Five Workshop by Connie Chemay, River Parishes Community College


       n February 17, Dr. Esperanza Zenon, RPCC physics and physical science professor, and Connie Chemay, RPCC Library Head of Public Services, conduct an OTN Workshop, with 8 attendees. Of those, at least half have decided to review a textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Presenting: Esperanza Zenon Front table, left to right:  Jared Eusea, Henry Smith, Ginny Bradley Back table, left to right:  Sarah Hyde, Laura Kamath, Deborah Murphree Not shown: Emily Aucoin, Robert Sexton, Constance Chemay

Presenting: Esperanza Zenon Seated, left to right: Deborah Murphree, Laura Kamath, Sarah Hyde


SYNDETICS Syndetics Enrichment Livens up the User Experience by Cathy Sicard, LOUIS


    ast summer LOUIS libraries completed a Library Services Platform survey submitted by the LOUIS Technology Interest Group. The survey results revealed interest in enhancing the eLibrary catalog with enriched content to enhance the discovery experience for users. This resulted in LOUIS working with SirsiDynix to procure a subscription to the Syndetics ICE (Indexed Content Enrichment). The content includes cover images, table of contents, awards, author notes, first chapters, summaries, annotations, and more! It has been enabled in e-Library and EDS for Symphony ILS sites. It can also be enabled within BookMyne and other BLUEcloud components, for sites using those products.  The feedback received has been great!   “Having the cover images seems to cut down on the time the user takes to filter through search results when they come to the circulation desk for help finding a book.” “I love the new look and the enriched content is amazing!” “It adds visual interest in an otherwise plain interface.” “It helps users make more informed decisions about whether or not a resource may meet their needs.” "It makes it easy to spot what's a book and what is not, and I think that will help us and our users find the Government Information in a list of records."

"Wow, I never thought we would have this!” “It improves the look of the e-Library catalog!” “It improves the tired, old, lackluster eLibrary interface.” “Staff really like it!” “The content improves the searchability of the catalog.” “The cover images alone add so much. Tables of contents, summaries, author notes, and some excerpts add to the usability of the catalog.” “Users see this type of content in EDS, online bookstores, and in public library catalogs. It made sense to include it in our online catalog.” “Very nice!’ LOUIS is in the process of implementing the SirsiDynix Enterprise Discovery portal for all Symphony sites. The Syndetics content will be enabled there as well, before each site goes live.


ENTERPRISE LOUIS Libraries To Implement SirsiDynix's Discovery System by Marcy Stevens, LOUIS


  he LOUIS Executive Board, Deans, and Directors approved the recommendation to move forward with the implementation of SirsiDynix’s Enterprise discovery tool for LOUIS Symphony sites. The decision to implement the Enterprise Discovery portal was a result of feedback received from the LSP Survey distributed by the LOUIS Technology Interest Group last summer. The survey feedback revealed the need for a better user discovery experience than e-Library provided.  Also, concerns about the looming eLibrary end-of-life were revealed in the survey. The 9 trial sites spent months testing and evaluating Enterprise and are to be applauded for their dedication and commitment to this evaluation. 

The consortium is well represented by this group: Delgado Community College Fletcher Technical Community College Louisiana State University Louisiana State University Law Center Nicholls State University River Parishes Community College University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Louisiana at Monroe Xavier University of Louisiana LOUIS is working with SirsiDynix to develop an implementation plan for all sites. Work for the first site is underway. A full implementation timeline will be available soon and will be distributed to System Administrators. 




NEXIS UNI The launch of the new student portal is scheduled for May 12, 2017. Users will be able to access Nexis Uni at In addition, the Nexis Uni release will feature design and function enhancements based on input from these student panelists, as well as from librarians already using Nexis Uni with their trial IDs.

CLOSED: Bloomsbury Digital Resources (Bloomsbury Publishing)     EBSCO Apps & Cloud Services (EBSCO)  Handbook of Prophyrin Science (World Scientific Publishing) Mango Languages  

EBSCO UPDATES CREDO PACKAGES On April 21, 2017 EBSCO Support automatically replaced the Credo Reference Collections database with the new Credo Reference: Academic Core (edscra) in EDS. This EDS database provides enhanced metadata and direct linking to Credo Reference’s platform by way of the Credo Reference CustomLink. The database also provides better visibility into the content’s source via the result list and Content Provider facet and, within EBSCOadmin, via the Databases list. You can contact Ebsco Support to opt out of it.

UNDER CONSIDERATION: Info Lit Modules (Credo) Mango Languages (new packages) Taber’s Medical dictionary Online 23rd edition (F.A. Davis Co)

NEW MINIS: DSM-5: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (APA)

NEWSBANK SPECIAL REPORTS NewsBank’s Special Reports are news articles, images, maps and other useful content grouped for convenience under specific topics and themes. They enable users to quickly locate information while helping them gain better insight into current global issues and events. Special Reports are easily accessible from the left side bar on the online resource menu page. Visit for more information and help on how to use them. 

APA STYLE CENTRAL Help students master the art of scholarly writing with APA Style CENTRAL. This state-of-the-art writing tool includes a host of APA publications, tutorials, samples, and reference forms that help guide and inform the writing and research process. APA will host an APA Style Central Online Introduction webinar on May 24, 2017. Register at

FILMS ON DEMAND WEBINARS Infobase Learning is offering two webinars for Films on Demand. Stimulate Learning with Films On Demand is on Wednesday May 17, 2017.  Register at Get to Know the On Demand Admin Portal is on Thursday May 18, 2017.  Register at



LOUIS COLLABORATOR: An interview with Teri Gallaway of LOUIS What is your job title? Interim Executive Director If you had to tweet your job description, what would it say?  cheerleader, consensus builder, storyteller and status quo challenger When you were graduating high school, where did you see yourself in 10-15 years? How accurate was that vision? My freshman year of college I declared my major as international business with a minor in Japanese, so I think it's safe to say that I've pursued some alternate plans. What is your greatest professional achievement so far? Why? Getting to work with the LOUIS Team and membership is pretty amazing. What has been one of the most memorable (or comedic) moments in your career? Signing my contract to start my job at Loyola and then evacuating the city the next day, having spent all my cash moving there. Who or what inspires you? Why? I'm inspired by the level of engagement we see on the LOUIS discussion lists.  Sometimes for the LOUIS Team it's hard to know if anyone is listening. When we get responses to our calls for participants or for feedback on the ideas we have, we are all thrilled. How do you motivate or inspire others? By example, I hope.

DISCLAIMER: Don't drive slow in front of her.

If others described you in one word, how do you think they'd describe you? Cheeky If you describe yourself in one word, how would you describe you? Do-er If you came with a disclaimer, what would it be? Don't drive slow in front of her. What do you find most relaxing in your down time? I take an adult French language course on Saturday mornings to unwind.


What is your favorite song in your playlist right now? Alexa doesn't lie and she says that I ask for "Shake, Shake, Shake" by KC and the Sunshine Band a lot. Could be kids though. What book are you currently reading? Dora Bruder

What words of wisdom do you have for students or new employees entering the field today? Understand the history of your organization, it will help you create a new future, and take every professional development opportunity that comes your way. Any other random facts or anecdotes you'd like to add? I love vintage clip-on earrings, and I wear them over pierced ears!

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SAVE THE DATE June 13, 2017 2:00 - 3:00 PM Tipasa ILL Product Overview with OCLC Details coming soon!

July 10, 2017 2:00 - 3:00 PM Credo Transition to Credo Reference Service Details coming soon!

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LOUIS Lagniappe Volume 3, Issue 4  

The official newsletter of LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network. This is issue four of the third volume, published on May 4, 2017.

LOUIS Lagniappe Volume 3, Issue 4  

The official newsletter of LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network. This is issue four of the third volume, published on May 4, 2017.