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Thursday, September 19 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Checking Out Superheroes: How Our Academic Library Got Students on Bicycles, Buses, and Trains

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Augsburg University's Lindell Library became home to a flock of superheroes last year, superhero bicycles, that is. Augsburg Day Student Government bought 14 bicycles, 9 helmets, and 5 Metro Transit bus cards, all for checkout to Augsburg students at the library. It was up to us librarians to figure out how to catalog, process, maintain, and check out these new items. We classified the bikes with superhero names in alphabetical order (Ant-Man to Nightwing), created detailed OCLC catalog records and local holdings records in WMS, figured out checkout policies, trained student Circulation workers, marketed the program with LibGuide pages, and schlepped the bikes to a nearby repair shop when necessary. We also weathered some major setbacks, like villainous bike thieves, and learned some lessons that we are happy to pass on to other libraries. Bottom line: Bike- and transit-share is a popular program that is worth the effort.

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Rebecca Ganzel

Metadata & Cataloging Librarian, Augsburg College
Rebecca Ganzel's LinkedIn profile grandly says that she "oversees the Cataloging Department of the library for Augsburg University" -- a Department that consists of Rebecca and up to three student workers. She has been Cataloging and Metadata Librarian for Augsburg since 2013, and... Read More →

Karen Alexander

Karen Alexander has been working in Circulation and Interlibrary Loan since 2003. She was initially inspired by her 2001 student worker job at the University of Minnesota's ILL department in Wilson Library. She has circulated items and trained student workers at Minitex, Luther Seminary... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
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