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From funeral to christening: OPAC rites of passage

Mary Koehler Goolsby (Technical Services Supervisor for the Crouch Fine Arts Library, Baylor University, Waco, USA.)
Carol L. Schuetz (Librarian for the Social Science and Humanities Reference Department, Jones Library, Baylor University, Waco, USA.)
Phillip J. Jones (Librarian for the Social Science and Humanities Reference Department, Jones Library, Baylor University, Waco, USA.)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Article publication date: 1 March 2000

Abstract

This article depicts how the Baylor libraries staged two cost‐effective celebrations to address challenges of migrating to a new online catalog. A New Orleans‐style funeral provided a humorous backdrop for library staff to relive the tragedies and successes of the old system as it was laid to rest. Several months later, a christening brought together a significant segment of the campus community to launch the new OPAC. By these rites of passage, library employees entertained and educated campus administrators, faculty, students, and community patrons. Through teamwork, a little humor, and sound fiscal management, the libraries turned an online system migration into a public relations triumph.

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Koehler Goolsby, M., Schuetz, C.L. and Jones, P.J. (2000), "From funeral to christening: OPAC rites of passage", The Bottom Line, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 34-36. https://doi.org/10.1108/08880450010310507

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