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James Jackson Sanborn <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 13 May 2022 12:04:15 -0400
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Good Morning-
Apologies if you receive this message multiple times due to cross-posting.

Maine InfoNet will be hosting a Pre-Conference at the upcoming Maine
Library Association Annual Conference.
(registration is still open at: )

The second half of the pre-conference will be a working meeting focusing on
editing wordsmithing, and fine-tuning a number of policies that Maine
InfoNet is hoping to institute in the near future. (Additional background
is available below).

The current *DRAFTS* of those policies are open for review and comment at:

Please take some time to read the comments and provide feedback using the
form linked above.

Comments received by noon on Friday, May 20th will be presented to
Pre-Conference attendees for consideration when editing the draft policies.

Thank you in advance for helping us with this process.
Please reach out to me with any questions you might have!

-James Jackson Sanborn
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Prior to the pandemic, Maine InfoNet was working on the development of
draft policies that would help govern interactions between libraries and
systems that connect to MaineCat.

Those activities were shelved while Maine Libraries dealt with the rapidly
changing environment they were facing during the last two years.

With services (mostly) back to normal, and with the ongoing increases in
libraries connecting to MaineCat, it is time to restart that work and put
some policies in place to help direct the interaction between libraries.

These policies are not intended to replace the policies in place *within*
existing systems (e.g. between two Minerva libraries or with the Colby,
Bates, Bowdoin system) but are designed to guide participation in MaineCat
and help govern the interaction between libraries from different systems.

Maine InfoNet will be leading discussions at the May 22, 2022 Maine
Libraries Association Pre-Conference in an effort to further develop the
policies which are presented below in draft form.

With this survey we are asking for librarians from across Maine to provide
feedback and comments that will be presented to the pre-conference
participants and will be used to rework and revamp these drafts into
policies which can be presented to the MaineCat community libraries for
adoption by the Maine InfoNet Board.

Please review the policies and indicate whether you agree or disagree with
the direction of the drafted policy and provide comments on changes that
you feel would be important to make before the policy is adopted.

James M Jackson Sanborn (he/him)
Executive Director, Maine InfoNet
5784 York Village, Suite 58
Orono, Maine 04469-5784
fax: 207-581-3095
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