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OCLC introduces WorldCat Discovery API beta

Library Technology Reports - 8 min 35 sec ago
(October 1, 2014). OCLC is introducing beta availability of the new WorldCat Discovery API, which provides access for libraries to search and find resources in both WorldCat and a central index of article and e-book metadata that represent the wide range of resources libraries provide to their users.
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SAPLN and SirsiDynix announce 77th live site

Library Technology Reports - 3 hours 9 min ago
(October 1, 2014). SirsiDynix is pleased to announce that the final member of the South Australian Public Library Network is prepared to go live with SirsiDynix Symphony. Yankalilla will mark the 77th SAPLN site to go live since the consortium's Symphony implementation began in 2012. With a complete Symphony integration— and with some sites running on two databases or through multiple branches—SAPLN will include circulation materials from 80 databases, 159 sites, and over four million items.
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Jobs in Information Technology: Oct 1

LITA Blog - 7 hours 30 min ago

New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.

New This Week

Dean of the Library, California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA

Library Systems and  Applications Specialist, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, OH

Manager, Digital Services, Florida Virtual Campus, Gainesville, FL

Senior Software Developer, University of Maryland, College Park – Libraries, College Park, MD

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a  job posting.

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Vital Source Collaborates with Metrodigi to Enable Production of Interactive Content

Library Technology Reports - 9 hours 10 min ago
(October 1, 2014). Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group's leading digital textbook solution, and Metrodigi®, the leading global cloud-based content creation software company, today announced a collaboration at EDUCAUSE 2014, taking place this week in Orlando, FL. This collaboration provides educational publishers with a powerful end-to-end solution for the production and distribution of customizable, interactive digital products. As a result, publishers will be able to develop robust interactive content more efficiently and affordably, and students will be able to access highly interactive and visual course materials across a wide range of devices through the VitalSource Bookshelf eReader and distribution platform.
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ProQuest meets discovery needs at Saint Peter's University Library

Library Technology Reports - 12 hours 10 min ago
(October 1, 2014). Saint Peter's University will meet the research needs and expectations of its library users with an integrated suite of ProQuest discovery services – the Summon discovery service, the 360 Link link resolver and Syndetic Solutions.
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The perfect witness /

New At the Library - 12 hours 10 min ago

    ISBN: 9781250020062
    Author: Johansen, Iris

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Burn /

New At the Library - 12 hours 10 min ago

    ISBN: 9780316211048
    Author: Patterson, James, 1947-

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Raging Heat /

New At the Library - 12 hours 10 min ago

    ISBN: 9781401324810
    Author: Castle, Richard

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Cataloging a world of languages

LITA Blog - 12 hours 53 min ago

My university has a mandate to increase our international reach through research collaborations, courses offered, and support for international students.

From the technical services side, this means our catalogers must provide metadata for resources in unfamiliar languages, including some that don’t use the Roman alphabet. A few of the challenges we face include:

  • Identifying the language of an item (is that Spanish or Catalan?)
  • Cataloging an item in a language you don’t speak or read (what is this book even about?)
  • Transliterating from non-Roman alphabets (e.g. Cyrillic, Chinese, Thai)
  • Diacritic codes in copy cataloging that don’t match your system’s encoding scheme

I’d like to share a few free tools that our catalogers have found helpful. I’ve used some of these in other areas of librarianship as well, including acquisitions and reference.

Language identifiers

Sometimes I open a book or article and have no idea where to start, because the language isn’t anything I’ve seen before.

I turn to the Open Xerox Language Identifier, which covers over 80 different languages. Type or paste in text of the mysterious language, and give it a try. The more text you provide, the more accurate it is.

Language translators

Web translation tools aren’t perfect, but they’re a great way to get the gist of a piece of writing (don’t use them for sending sensitive emails to bilingual coworkers, however).

Google Translate includes over 75 languages, and also a language identification tool. Enter the title, a few chapter names, or back cover blurb, and you’ll get the general idea of the content.

Transliteration tables

If you catalog in Roman script, and you wind up with a resource in Cyrillic or Chinese, how do you translate that so the record is searchable in your ILS? Transliteration tables match up characters between scripts.

The ALA-LC Romanization Tables for non-Roman scripts are approved by the American Library Association and the Library of Congress. They cover over 70 different scripts.

Bibliographic dictionaries

We’re fortunate that librarians love to share: there are quite a few sites produced by libraries that look at common bibliographic terms you’d find on title pages: numbers, dates, editions, statements of responsibility, price, etc.

To share two Canadian examples, Memorial University maintains a Glossary of Bibliographic Information by Language and Queen’s University has a page of Foreign Language Equivalents for Bibliographic Terms.

If you’ve ever seen the phrase “bibliographic knowledge of [language]” in a job posting, this is what it’s referring to—when you’ve cataloged enough material in a language to know these terms, but can’t carry on a conversation about daily life. I have bibliographic knowledge of Spanish, Italian, and Germany, but don’t ask me to go to a restaurant in Hamburg and order a hamburger.

Subject-specific glossaries

Similar to bibliographic dictionaries, these are for terms common to specific subjects.

My university has significant music and map collections, so I often consult the language tools at Music Cataloging at Yale (…and I once  thought music was the universal language) and the European Environment Agency’s Terminology and Discovery Service.

Diacritic charts

In order to ensure that accented characters and special symbols display properly in the catalog, it’s important to have the correct diacritic code.

Our system uses Unicode, and we often rely on the Unicode Character Code Chart or Unicode Character Table.  Which interface you use is personal preference.

It may also be worth coming up with a cheat sheet of the codes you use most frequently – for example, common French accents if you’re cataloging Canadian government documents, which are bilingual.

Many Integrated Library Systems also have diacritic charts built in, where you can select the symbol you need and click it to place it in the record.

Diacritic guessers

Diacritic charts can be long and involved (the Unicode example above is a bit of a nightmare), so if you’re working with a new language, browsing through them searching for a specific code can be time-consuming. You can see the symbol in front of you, but have no idea what it’s called.

This is where Shapecatcher comes in.  This utility allows you to draw a character using your mouse or tablet. It identifies possible matches for the symbol and gives you the symbol’s name and Unicode number.

Have you encountered issues handling different languages when cataloguing? Is there a free language tool you’d like to share? Tell us about it in the comments!


Credits: Image of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s painting The Tower of Babel courtesy of the Google Art Project. Many thanks also to my colleagues Judy Harris and Vivian Zhang for sharing their language challenges and tools.

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New IMLS funding to support the Digital Public Library of America announced

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2014-09-30 17:43
(September 30, 2014). The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced a $999,485 grant to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) for a major expansion of its infrastructure. The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America's heritage, to the efforts and data of science. DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used.
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Dawson College Library chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha support

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2014-09-30 17:43
(September 29, 2014). ByWater Solutions announced that the Dawson College Library in Westmount, Quebec is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.
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EBSCO launches the free database American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2014-09-30 17:43
(September 28, 2014). The print index, Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities (DDAAU), is now available digitally as American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955™. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston worked together to digitize the content and build the free database from the volumes originally published by the H.W. Wilson Company. This effort was made possible through a donation from the H.W. Wilson Foundation.
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Internet Librarian International is Coming Up!

Tame the Web - Tue, 2014-09-30 10:29

Shout out to all the fine folks organizing and attending my favorite conference – Internet Librarian International – in London in just 3 weeks. I am so sorry I cannot be there this year!

Folks come from all over the world for this conference and I have always come away inspired and energized.

Here’s a sampling of what delegates will experience:

How are library and information services evolving?
This is what ILI is all about! Technology, content and the methods for delivering it, plus evolving new services and models, all influence our ability to provide the best possible experience for our users. Hear this year’s trends in library tech – including 3D printers, the latest in digital learning materials, apps, the future of documents, library labs and more – plus meaningful social media, marketing and measuring impact, altmetrics, and how search and discovery tools and techniques are revolutionising the library experience.

Which new technologies and business models are the most appropriate for us to pursue now – and where should we focus our attention next?
All three tracks on Day One of ILI – New Blueprints for Libraries, Technology Innovation & Impact, and Content Innovation – are dedicated to technology and service trends and how to harness them now for future gain. Learn from practitioners who have redesigned their services to become key influencers in their organisations; how to create and curate innovative new content; get up to speed on real-world tech and how technology partnerships are driving change; and understand how gaming is building user experiences and encouraging social sharing.

What changes can we make to ensure our organisations and communities thrive?
ILI’s Day Two track, Closer to Communities and Customers, sets out the latest techniques for engaging new audiences, as well as models for developing your communities through co-creation and cooperation programmes. You’ll hear from experts in a range of library environments, each practising what they preach by listening to users and other key stakeholders, and developing services based on their needs.

What new models and roles have emerged to meet the changing demands of end-users?
New Blueprints for Libraries
 comprises a host of discussions on new and innovative models for libraries and librarians. Learn how radical, emerging new roles – from DJ to UX specialist – are inspiring change, plus a look at how libraries from different countries and cultures are responding to the same core issues to transform their communities.

How are libraries – and librarians – changing to ensure they are future-ready?
As information professionals, we’re not unique in our need to constantly evolve our services and roles, but we are fortunate that ILI brings together so many pioneers of library services from all over the world to show us what works, and what doesn’t! We know our libraries must grow with our users, and ILI’s track Closer to Communities and Customers provides plenty of insight into how to engage with existing audiences, and reach new ones too. If you are currently redesigning your services, then ILI’s New Blueprint for Libraries track helps you benefit from the experiences of global library leaders already exploiting multifunctional potential; while the Technology Innovation & Impact track guides you through technology that is going to make a big difference to us all in the future, and how we plan for its implementation and uptake.

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Equipment for my Library’s Makerspace

David Lee King - Tue, 2014-09-30 09:30

My library is putting the final touches on our fledgling makerspace/digital media lab. It opens December 8, assuming all the details fall into place! I thought it might be interesting to do a few posts on our plans – to share equipment ideas, policies and guidelines, and planning – in hopes that someone else will find it useful.

We are calling it the MakeIT Lab. Our goal is to allow customers to use computers and digital technology to make stuff, including:

  • edit and manipulate photos
  • create digital art
  • create and edit videos
  • record music, podcasts, and oral histories
  • transfer videos from old formats to newer ones
  • scan photos and documents
  • and make cool stuff with our 3D printer.

We’ll let customers do this inside the building in the lab, and outside the building by checking out a Media Bag. We’re placing the 3D printer in a very public area with signage about the MakeIT Lab in hopes that it promotes the rest of the makerspace just by … being cool (fingers crossed on that).

This is very much a pilot project for us. We have a starting list of equipment, procedures, trained staff (still working on that one), and a small room. If it goes well, we might need to expand services – more on that next year!

Here’s our starting list of equipment:

For the room:

  • Two Apple iMac computers
  • Alesis Elevate 3 studio monitors for the computers
  • flatbed scanner
  • Wacom digital drawing tablet
  • MakerBot 3D printer and filament
  • Canon Vixia camcorder
  • Elgato A/D converter
  • tripods and video lighting
  • M-Audio Oxygen 25 USB Keyboard controller
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio interface
  • Microphones (Audio Technica AT 2020 and Shure SM57 mics)
  • Microphone stands and cables

For the Media Bags. These are bags of stuff that you can check out. We do lots of “bag” things, including Travel Bags, Health Bags, and Book Group in a Bag. Each of the Media Bags will have some basic equipment and a Dummies Guide book in the bag. Bags include:

  • Video bag: Canon Vixia camcorder
  • Photography bag: Canon PowerShot digital camera
  • Field Recording bag (for podcasting, oral histories, etc): Zoom H1 digital recorder
  • Songwriters Bag: Tascam DR-40 Portable digital recorder, Audio Technica AT 2020 microphones (2 of them), mic stand and cables.


  • iLife suite (GarageBand, iMovie)
  • Google Sketchup
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • And probably some other software that I’m forgetting at the moment.

Should be a fun project!

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Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative (MN) selects the Sierra Library Services Platform

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2014-09-29 14:42
(September 29, 2014). Innovative announced that Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative, headquartered in Mankato, Minnesota, has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. TdS serves a population of over 228,000 in south-central Minnesota across 38 public libraries and one academic library. The Cooperative's collections top 1 million items. They will be migrating from a Symphony system provided by SirsiDynix.
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Libraries praise TLC's new Academic Reserves solution

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2014-09-29 14:42
(September 29, 2014). The Library Corporation's new Academic Reserves functionality delivers a powerful new tool to college and university libraries. Charlotte Nutter of Denver Seminary in Colorado calls it the Cadillac of Reserves modules
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2014 LITA Forum Student Registration Rate Deadline Extended

LITA Blog - Mon, 2014-09-29 13:57

The special student registration rate to the 2014 LITA National Forum has been extended through Monday October 6th, 2014.  The Forum will be held November 5-8, 2014 at the Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM. Learn more about the Forum here.

This special rate is intended for a limited number of graduate students enrolled in ALA accredited programs. In exchange for a discounted registration, students will assist the LITA organizers and the Forum presenters with on-site operations. This year’s theme is “Transformation: From Node to Network.” We are anticipating an attendance of 300 decision makers and implementers of new information technologies in libraries.

The selected students will be expected to attend the full LITA National Forum, Thursday noon through Saturday noon. This does not include the pre-conferences on Thursday and Friday. You will be assigned a variety of duties, but you will be able to attend the Forum programs, which include 3 keynote sessions, 30 concurrent sessions, and a dozen poster presentations.

The special student rate is $180 – half the regular registration rate for LITA members. This rate includes a Friday night reception at the hotel, continental breakfasts, and Saturday lunch. To get this rate you must apply and be accepted per below.

To apply for the student registration rate, please provide the following information:

  • Complete contact information including email address,
  • The name of the school you are attending, and
  • 150 word (or less) statement on why you want to attend the 2014 LITA Forum

Please send this information no later than October 6, 2014 to, with “2014 LITA Forum Student Registration Request” in the subject line.

Those selected for the student rate will be notified no later than October 10, 2014.

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ProQuest Collections Are Now Indexed and Discoverable through the Central Index of Ex Libris Primo

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2014-09-29 11:42
(September 29, 2014). ProQuest and Ex Libris announced that over 200 of ProQuest's most widely used databases have been indexed in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources, making the content easily discoverable via the Ex Libris Primo discovery service.
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Soka University of America selects EBSCO Discovery Service

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2014-09-29 11:42
(September 29, 2014). Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Library of Soka University of America has recently chosen EBSCO Discovery Service from EBSCO Information Services as its new custom discovery solution for the library's databases. SUA chose EDS to enhance its community's research experience and the library has found working with EBSCO representatives and engineers to be an excellent experience as well.
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The Password Dilemma

LITA Blog - Mon, 2014-09-29 07:00
Elizabeth Montgomery on the game show Password, 1971

One-on-one technology help is one of the greatest services offered by the modern public library. Our ability to provide free assistance without an underlying agenda to sell a product puts us in a unique and valuable position in our communities. While one-on-one sessions are one of my favorite job duties, I must admit that they can also be the most frustrating, primarily because of passwords. It is rare that I assist a patron and we don’t encounter a forgotten password, if not several. Trying to guess the password or resetting it usually eats up most of our time. I wish that I were writing this post as an authority on how to conquer the war on passwords, but I fear that we’re losing the battle. One day we’ll look back and laugh at the time we wasted trying to guess our passwords; resetting them again and again, but it’s been 10 years since Bill Gates predicted the death of the password, so I’m not holding my breath.

The latest answer to this dilemma is password managers like Dashlane and Last Pass. These are viable solutions for some, but the majority of the patrons I work with have little experience with technology and a password manager is simply too overwhelming.

I’ve been thinking a lot about passwords lately; I’ve read countless articles about how to manage passwords, and I don’t think there’s an easy answer. That said, I think that the best thing librarians can do is change our attitude about passwords in general. Instead of considering them to be annoyances we should view them as tools. Passwords should empower us, not annoy us. Passwords are our first line of defense against hackers. If we want to protect the content we create, it’s our responsibility to create and manage strong passwords. This is exactly the perspective we should share with our patrons. Instead of griping about patrons who don’t know their email passwords, we should take this opportunity to educate our patrons. We should view this encounter as a chance to stop patrons from using one password across all of their accounts or God forbid, using 123456 as their password.

If a patron walks away from a one-on-one help session with nothing more than a stronger account password and a slightly better understanding of online security, then that is a victory for the librarian.

What’s your take on the password dilemma? Do you have any suggestions for working with patrons in one-on-one situations? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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