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Follow the bouncing ball at LTU's library

Release Date: May 6, 2013
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Assistant Professor Steven Coy (L) and student Jared Patterson film LTU’s WorldShare sequence with librarian Gretchen Weiner looking on in the background.

Last year Lawrence Technological University was one of the first libraries in the Midwest to join the OCLC WorldShare Management Services System, a cloud-based network for sharing library resources. So when OCLC put together a video to celebrate the 100th library going live on the system, the LTU librarians wanted to get involved.

Each library was sent a WorldShare beachball with the challenge to come up with an idea to show the ball bouncing into the picture on the left and bouncing out on the right.

The Lawrence Tech segment can be seen at the 3:30 mark of the OCLC promotional video.

Librarian Gretchen Weiner had the idea that the ball should bounce down a “staircase” of the many items you can find at the LTU library via the WorldShare system – from books and journal articles to videos, to games, etc. Librarian Sheila Gaddie came across an animated video of blocks and wondered if that could inspire the LTU entry.

The library enlisted Assistant Professor Stephen Coy of the College of Architecture and Design to give advice, and he invited one of his students, Jared Patterson, to work on the idea.  After meeting with Weiner and Library Director Gary Cocozzoli, they decided to film in the Kahn Library.

Cocozzoli said it was fascinating to watch them film and put together the ten-second sequence, which used both live filming and stop-animation. It was photographed backwards, including a rotating globe that would remind viewers that WorldShare is used by libraries across the globe and is a primary method of interlibrary sharing of resources.

“The filmmakers edited the elements into a cogent form that is both amusing and amazing to view,” Cocozzoli said. “Special thanks are in order to Professor Coy and to Jared Patterson for their creative efforts.”

Worldshare topped the charts in new contracts among library automation companies in 2012, according to Library Journal, with 163 libraries contracting for WorldShare.  With 67 more institutions already signed to go live in 2013, what will OCLC do for an encore when it hits 200 libraries?