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Work Smarter with “Online Productivity Tools”

LITA Blog - 2 hours 13 min ago

Attend the latest LITA webinar:

Online Productivity Tools: Smart Shortcuts and Clever Tricks

Presenter: Jaclyn McKewan
Tuesday November 8, 2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time

Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Become a lean, mean productivity machine!

In this 90 minute webinar we’ll discuss free online tools that can improve your organization and productivity, both at work and home. We’ll look at to-do lists, calendars, and other programs. We’ll also explore ways these tools can be connected, as well as the use of widgets on your desktop and mobile device to keep information at your fingertips. Perfect for any library workers who spend a significant portion of their day at a computer.

Details here and Registration here

Webinar takeaways will include:

  • Keep track of regular repeating tasks by letting your to-do list remember for you
  • Connect your calendars and to-do lists
  • Use mobile and desktop widgets to keep information at your fingertips

Jaclyn McKewan is the Digital Services Coordinator at WNYLRC, where she has worked since 2008. Her job duties include managing the Ask Us 24/7 virtual reference program, New York Heritage Digital Collections, and internal networking/IT.

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For questions or comments, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty,

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The twelve dogs of Christmas /

New At the Library - 3 hours 20 min ago

    ISBN: 9781427280282
    Author: Rosenfelt, David

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The whistler : a novel /

New At the Library - 3 hours 20 min ago

    ISBN: 9780399565137
    Author: Grisham, John

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The whistler : a novel /

New At the Library - 3 hours 20 min ago

    ISBN: 9780385541190
    Author: Grisham, John

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Escape clause /

New At the Library - 3 hours 20 min ago

    ISBN: 9780735212008
    Author: Sandford, John, 1944 February 23-

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The undoing of Saint Silvanus /

New At the Library - 3 hours 20 min ago

    ISBN: 9781496416476
    Author: Moore, Beth, 1957-

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The twelve dogs of Christmas /

New At the Library - 3 hours 20 min ago

    ISBN: 9781250106773
    Author: Rosenfelt, David

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Dr. Sebastian Muller new Sales Director at OCLC

Library Technology Reports - 9 hours 21 min ago
(October 25, 2016). OCLC GmbH announced that Sebastian Müller has joined the organization as its new Sales Director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He takes over the role previously held by Andreas Schmidt, who became General Manager in July.
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SirsiDynix BLUEcloud Acquisitions in Alpha Release

Library Technology Reports - 9 hours 21 min ago
(October 25, 2016). SirsiDynix announced the alpha release of BLUEcloud Acquisitions. BLUEcloud Acquisitions is the SirsiDynix solution that revolutionizes the collection development and acquisitions process. SirsiDynix released the BLUEcloud Acquisitions alpha release to development partner SAPLN, the South Australian Public Library Network. SAPLN has been closely involved in the development of BLUEcloud Acquisitions since its inception.
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Swedish library consortium to unify e-resource and print collections with Ex Libris Alma and Primo

Library Technology Reports - Sun, 2016-10-23 04:53
(October 23, 2016). Ex Libris announced that the Swedish Library Consortium has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management platform and Primo discovery solution. Consortium members Linnaeus University, the University of Borås and Örebro University will benefit from the openness of the Alma and Primo solutions to streamline resource management workflows, improve discoverability and enhance the teaching and learning experience.
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Murdoch University is first Australian library to use OCLC Sustainable Collection Services

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-10-20 19:33
(October 20, 2016). OCLC, the global library cooperative, today announced that Murdoch University Library, in Perth, Western Australia, has selected OCLC's Sustainable Collection Services to analyse its print monograph collections. Murdoch will use the web-based SCS GreenGlass decision-support application to undertake a large-scale review of its print collections, seeking to integrate data on usage and holdings in other libraries into its decisions to retain, relocate or deselect resources.
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New Research Article: Connected Learning: Evaluating and Refining an Academic Community Blogging Platform

Tame the Web - Thu, 2016-10-20 16:57

I have an article in the new issue of the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science on our student blogging platform at the School of Information, San Jose State University.

This study investigates the benefits of a community blogging platform for students in an online LIS program. Using a web survey and descriptive content analysis methods, this paper empirically addresses how student blogging communities can be effectively foster connections amongst instructors and students, and enhance perceptions of learn- ing performance. Overall, students reported the blogging community and blogging as- signment created a positive impact on their learning performance, particularly with productivity and competence. The positive feedback concerning usability and connec- tions to others in the system reported lead to an overall positive perception of learning within the blogging community. Instructors seeking to create communities such as this for students should make the sites usable, customizable, and attractive.

Special thanks to SJSU School of Information student Ryan Tucci for his assistance with the survey instrument and data analysis.

Download a PDF of the article here: stephensblogginglis
Vol 57, No 4 Fall (2016)
Table of Contents

I. Editorial

II. Peer Reviewed Paper
An Analysis of Online Students’ Behaviors on Course Sites and the Effect
on Learning Performance: A Case Study of Four LIS Online Classes

Opportunities and Challenges for Students in an Online Seminar-Style Course
in LIS Education: A Qualitative Case Study

Critical Literacy Performances in Online Literature Discussions

Connected Learning: Evaluating and Refining an Academic Community Blogging

The Work Calls for Men : The Social Construction of Professionalism and
Professional Education for Librarianship


III. Short Communication
Unsorting Ourselves. A Critical Role for LIS Education: A Short

ALA Library Schools and Subject Reference Coursework: A Short Communication

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Follett supports AASL's ESSA implementation efforts

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-10-20 16:33
(October 20, 2016). Follett School Solutions continues to support the importance of school librarians in students educational careers with a matching funds sponsorship of American Association of School Librarians' Every Student Succeeds Act implementation workshops. Presented nationwide through collaboration with AASL state affiliates, the workshops highlight opportunities within ESSA language for school librarians and school libraries to be included in state and local plans.
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ProQuest uncovers and digitizes hundreds more titles from the dawn of printing

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-10-20 16:33
(October 20, 2016). ProQuest's comprehensive collection of Early English Books Online now includes even more exceptional works from the dawn of printing in England from 1473 to 1700, enabling thousands of rare, delicate resources to be accessible online to researchers around the world. With EEBO's September 2016 release, scholars can now explore an additional 631 scanned image titles acquired from 27 unique archives, bringing the total to nearly 132,000 titles.
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Promise of eTextbooks Being Realized, Albeit Unevenly at UK Universities

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-10-20 16:33
(October 20, 2016). In the face of rising tuition, a generation of “digital-native” students have headed off to university with high expectations for the state of technology in their learning. To gauge the level of satisfaction in the digital programmes – specifically eTextbook programmes – offered by universities in the United Kingdom, VitalSource enlisted Shift Media to conduct a survey of 866 students from 131 higher education institutions. The survey assesses student engagement with eTextbooks and identifies institutional practices and student behaviours that correlate with high levels of student satisfaction.
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Talis announce that UK universities can now deliver core eTextbooks directly into courses via Talis Aspire

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-10-20 16:33
(October 20, 2016). Talis, the leading provider of course resource management solutions and the most widely used solution for course reading lists, are announcing new capabilities in Talis Aspire to support the institutional acquisition and delivery of core eTextbooks directly into courses for students.
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Gold Systems, Inc., Vital Records Division acquired by Sweden-based Axiell

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-10-20 16:33
(October 20, 2016). Axiell, the leading vendor to archives, libraries and museums worldwide, as well as the leading Vital Records systems provider in Australasia and Canada, Tuesday announces the acquisition of a business division of Gold Systems, Inc., a Salt Lake City-based company. The acquisition further strengthens Axiell's position in the market for Vital Records, which comprises software systems to help authorities manage births, deaths, marriages and more. By adding Gold Systems' Vital Records customers, including Washington, D.C., the innovative Vita product and two authorities in the Vital Records field, Steve Gold and Jeff Greenland, Axiell has significantly strengthened its presence in the field.
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Backstage completes extensive on-site digitization and transmissive digitization projects for Library of Congress

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-10-20 16:33
(October 20, 2016). Backstage Library Works recently completed a pair of scanning projects for the Library of Congress. Over the course of 18 months, they digitized 808,000 archival documents and bound book images on-site at the Library, plus 236,500 transmissive images at Backstage's preservation facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Digitizing rare and fragile collections on location at libraries provides curators an alternative to the extra handling involved with shipping.
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OCLC completes building renovations to support library technology innovation

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-10-20 16:33
(October 20, 2016). OCLC has completed a year-long renovation to its headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, a project to not only repair the 35-year-old structure but also to purposefully update the environment to support a vibrant, innovative space for staff and member libraries. The newly renovated headquarters includes structural repairs, a refurbished atrium and entrance, updates to an auditorium, new presentation capabilities, videoconference rooms, new kitchen and cafeteria, and new gathering places and work spaces. Pivotal to the design is the addition of a broad, cantilevered stairway in the atrium that connects staff members throughout the building.
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2016 LITA Forum – Programs, Schedule Available

LITA Blog - Thu, 2016-10-20 11:29

Check out the 2016 LITA Forum website now for the preliminary schedule, program descriptions and speakers. You’re sure to find sessions and more sessions that you really want to attend.

Register Now!

Fort Worth, TX
November 17-20, 2016

Participate with your LITA and library technology colleagues for the excellent networking opportunities at the 2016 LITA Forum.

And don’t forget the other conference highlights including the Keynote speakers and the Preconferences.

Keynote Speakers:

Cecily Walker, Vancouver Public Library

It was her frustration with the way that software was designed to meet the needs of highly technical users rather than the general public that led her to user experience, but it was her love of information, intellectual freedom, and commitment to social justice that led her back to librarianship.

Waldo Jaquith, U.S. Open Data

The director of U.S. Open Data, an organization that works with government and the private sector to advance the cause of open data

Tara Robertson, @tararobertson

“I like figuring out how things work, why they break, and how to make them work better. I’m passionate about universal design, accessibility, open source software, intellectual freedom, feminism and Fluevog shoes.”

The Preconference Workshops:

Librarians can code! A “hands-on” computer programming workshop just for librarians

Computer programming has a reputation for being highly technical, unintelligible, and out of reach for the average librarian. Meanwhile, kids as young as 7 years old are learning to code at library programs every day. This workshop will convince you that you can code. It’s not as hard as you think!

Letting the Collections Tell Their Story: Using Tableau for Collection Evaluation

The increased accessibility of data visualization platforms, both in cost and ease of use, has opened a floodgate of possibilities for telling stories. With our data in Tableau Public, available to all, we are encouraging sharing of library collections data, for the purposes of comparing measures and setting benchmarks.

Full Details

Join us in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel located in Downtown Fort Worth, for the 2016 LITA Forum, a three-day education and networking event featuring 2 preconferences, 3 keynote sessions, more than 55 concurrent sessions and 25 poster presentations. It’s the 19th annual gathering of the highly regarded LITA Forum for technology-minded information professionals. Meet with your colleagues involved in new and leading edge technologies in the library and information technology field. Registration is limited in order to preserve the important networking advantages of a smaller conference. Attendees take advantage of the informal Friday evening reception, networking dinners and other social opportunities to get to know colleagues and speakers.

Get the latest information, register and book a hotel room at the 2016 Forum Web site.

We thank our LITA Forum Sponsors:

OCLC, Yewno, EBSCO, BiblioCommons

See you in Fort Worth.


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