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UW System Libraries unite to improve user experience

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-12-18 17:45
(December 16, 2014). Using library resources throughout the University of Wisconsin System is about to get easier. After nearly two years of intensive work, libraries around the system will migrate to a unified library services platform in January.
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It’s mid-December and that means there are lots of lists coming out. Last year, I made an exhaustive spreadsheet of all of the major journals’ best-of lists to show you what made multiple lists and which ones we’d reviewed. This year, I’m . . . not going to do that. Instead, just a few thoughts. But first, the lists:

  • Library Journal has a top ten list, plus additional favorites, here
  • Booklist has a favorite book from a variety of genres, followed by an extensive list of all their starred reviews, here
  • Kirkus‘s list appears to be simply all of there starred reviews
  • And PW, like LJ has a top ten, plus more extensive lists broken out by category

You want thoughts? One of the books that seems to be getting the most attention in Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings, which made both the top ten lists. It is on our list of books to review, but we haven’t gotten to it yet, so we may just have to try to fit it in soon. And I was very pleased to see Lorrie Moore’s story collection, Bark, get some recognition. It was a book which we wanted to review here, but didn’t feel had quite the teen appeal for this blog.

Other than that, many of our favorites this year were recognized on one or more lists, including All The Light We Cannot See, which seems to be shaping up as one of the year’s favorites; Everything I Never Told You; and The Southern Reach trilogy, which everyone seems to have loved as much as me.

Take a look at all these lists and tell us what we should be reading as the year draws to a close.


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Getting Started with GIS

LITA Blog - Thu, 2014-12-18 11:52

Coming for the New Year: Learning Opportunities with LITA

LITA will have multiple learning opportunities available over the upcoming year. Including hot topics to keep your brain warm over the winter. Starting off with:

Getting Started with GIS

Instructor: Eva Dodsworth, University of Waterloo

Offered: January 12 – February 9, 2015, with asynchronous weekly lectures, tutorials, assignments, and group discussion. There will be one 80 minute lecture to view each week, along with two tutorials and one assignment that will take 1-3 hours to complete, depending on the student. Moodle login info will be sent to registrants the week prior to the start date.

WebCourse Costs: LITA Member: $135 ALA Member: $195 Non-member: $260

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

Here’s the Course Page

Getting Started with GIS is a three week course modeled on Eva Dodsworth’s LITA Guide of the same name. The course provides an introduction to GIS technology and GIS in libraries. Through hands on exercises, discussions and recorded lectures, students will acquire skills in using GIS software programs, social mapping tools, map making, digitizing, and researching for geospatial data. This three week course provides introductory GIS skills that will prove beneficial in any library or information resource position.

No previous mapping or GIS experience is necessary. Some of the mapping applications covered include:

  • Introduction to Cartography and Map Making
  • Online Maps
  • Google Earth
  • KML and GIS files
  • ArcGIS Online and Story Mapping
  • Brief introduction to desktop GIS software

Participants will gain the following GIS skills:

  • Knowledge of popular online mapping resources
  • ability to create an online map
  • an introduction to GIS, GIS software and GIS data
  • an awareness of how other libraries are incorporating GIS technology into their library services and projects

Instructor: Eva Dodsworth is the Geospatial Data Services Librarian at the University of Waterloo Library where she is responsible for the provision of leadership and expertise in developing, delivering, and assessing geospatial data services and programs offered to members of the University of Waterloo community. Eva is also an online part-time GIS instructor at a number of Library School programs in North America.

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

Re-Drawing the Map Series

Don’t forget the final session in the series is coming up January 6, 2015. You can attend this final single session or register for the series and get the recordings of the previous two sessions on Web Mapping and OpenStreetMaps. Join LITA instructor Cecily Walker for:

Coding maps with Leaflet.js

Tuesday January 6, 2015, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central Time
Instructor: Cecily Walker

Ready to make your own maps and go beyond a directory of locations? Add photos and text to your maps with Cecily as you learn to use the Leaflet JavaScript library.

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

Webinar Costs: LITA Member $39 for the single session and $99 for the series.

Check out the series web page for all cost options.

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty,


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Status Oria etter systemarbeid

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-12-18 11:45
(December 19, 2014). Oria er nå fullt ut oppdatert med de siste postene fra Bibliotekbasen siden systemarbeidet i begynnelsen av desember. Vi har også satt i gang igjen den jevnlige høstingen slik at nye og endrede poster blir overført til Oria hver kveld/natt slik at de er tilgjengelige påfølgende dag.
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Comunicado de la BNE en relación a RDA

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-12-18 11:45
(December 18, 2014). RDA se está convirtiendo en un estándar internacional de facto y, como ha puesto de manifiesto la encuesta realizada este año sobre el tema, un buen número de bibliotecas españolas ha manifestado su intención de migrar a este nuevo estándar (Biblioteca de Catalunya, Biblioteca de Galicia, gran parte de las bibliotecas universitarias, etc.). En estos momentos, RDA está presente en las principales bibliotecas del mundo, sobre todo del ámbito anglosajón, así como en varias bibliotecas nacionales europeas. Además, teniendo en cuenta que es la continuación natural de AACR2, es de suponer que se implante de forma generalizada en el mundo hispanoamericano. Su presencia, por tanto, será cada vez más importante en el ámbito de los grandes catálogos colectivos, como OCLC, y en servicios de información bibliográfica suministrados por editores y otras plataformas relacionadas.  
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Udrulningsplan for Bibliotekssystemet opdateret

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-12-18 11:45
(December 18, 2014). Horsens blev i november måned den første kommune, der kunne tage Bibliotekssystemet i pilotdrift. Dette er forløbet som planlagt, og udviklingen af systemet skrider godt frem.
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MARCIVE assists LC in creation of LCGFT authority records

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-12-18 11:45
(December 18, 2014). Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT), is replacing the former Guidelines on Subject Access to Individual Works of Fiction, Drama, Etc. (GSAFD). While many libraries still use GSAFD terms in their catalogs, this controlled vocabulary list is no longer updated by the American Library Association. LCGFT provides a live, developing international standard for genre and form access to individual works of fiction, drama, poetry, humor, and folklore, etc. in all formats. Subject headings describe what a work is about, while genre/from terms describe what a work is.
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Blood magick /

New At the Library - Thu, 2014-12-18 11:45

    ISBN: 9780425259870
    Author: Roberts, Nora

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Hacking, Making & Creating at the Library – my Makerspace Talk

David Lee King - Thu, 2014-12-18 09:30

In November, I was at Rutgers, talking about makerspaces as part of their Rutgers University MLIS Colloquium Series.

It was a fun talk, and they recorded it and uploaded it to Youtube! So … if you have an hour and are interested in creating a makerspace of some sort at your library, you might find this talk helpful.

Thanks, Rutgers!

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Welsh Consortium Chooses Ex Libris Solutions for Shared Library Management and Discovery

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-12-18 08:41
(December 16, 2014). Ex Libris announced that WHELF, a consortium of all the Welsh University Libraries, as well as the National Library of Wales and the Welsh NHS Libraries, has selected the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management service and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to deliver a new bilingual shared library system for Wales.
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Are QR Codes Dead Yet?

LITA Blog - Thu, 2014-12-18 07:32

It’s a meme!

Flipping through a recent issue of a tech-centric trade publication that shall not be named, I was startled to see that ads on the inside flap and the back cover both featured big QR codes. Why was I startled? Because techies, including many librarians, have been proclaiming the death of the QR code for years. Yet QR codes cling to life, insinuating themselves even into magazines on information technology. In short, QR codes are not dead. But they probably ought to be.

Not everywhere or all at once, no. I did once see this one librarian at this one conference poster session use his smartphone to scan a giant QR code. That was the only time in five years I have ever saw anyone take advantage of a QR code.

When reading a print magazine, I just want to roll with the print experience. I don’t want to grab my phone, type the 4-digit passcode, pull up the app, and hold the camera steady. I want to read.

I’d rather snap a photo of the page in question. That way, I can experience the ad holistically. I also can explore the website at leisure rather than being whisked to a non-mobile optimized web page where I must fill out 11 fields of an online registration form to which UX need not apply.

So . . . Should I Use A QR Code?

Best. Flowchart. EVER! #ias13

— Jonathon Colman (@jcolman) April 7, 2013

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Bayside Library Service live with Overdrive digital content integration

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-12-17 20:39
(December 17, 2014). Civica announces that Bayside Library Service, Australia, is the first Spydus customer to go live with Overdrive digital content integration. Civica has been working with the APIs provided by Overdrive to ensure an enhanced borrower experience which enables digital content discovery, loans, and reservations from the Spydus Integrated Library Management System.
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Coos County Libraries choose ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-12-17 14:36
(December 17, 2014). ByWater Solutions announced that the Coos County Libraries of Coos County Oregon are now live their installation of the Koha open source ILS.
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NC LIVE and Gale Partner to Broaden Access to Essential Library Resources for North Carolina Residents

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-12-17 14:36
(December 17, 2014). Residents of North Carolina have expanded access to resources that will enhance economic development, support education and help improve quality of life through an agreement arranged by NC LIVE, North Carolina's statewide public and academic library consortium, and Gale, a leading provider of library resources and part of Cengage Learning. Through local public and academic libraries, residents can access educational ebooks and literature, material to support study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics topics and leading periodical content to support business development.
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Los Angeles Public Library selects CARL.X for the future

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-12-17 14:36
(December 17, 2014). The Library Corporation announced that the Los Angeles Public Library has extend their CARLX contract for an additional four years.
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Jobs in Information Technology: December 17

LITA Blog - Wed, 2014-12-17 13:54

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

Coordinator for Digital Collection Services, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

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

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Register Now for LITA Midwinter Institutes

LITA Blog - Wed, 2014-12-17 12:14

Whether you’ll be attending Midwinter or are just looking for a great one day continuing education event in the Chicago/Midwest area, we hope you’ll join us.

When? All workshops will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015, from 8:30-4:00 at McCormick Place in Chicago IL.

Cost for LITA Members: $235 (ALA $350 / Non-ALA $380, see below for details)

Here’s this year’s terrific line up:

Developing mobile apps to support field research
Instructor: Wayne Johnston, University of Guelph Library

Researchers in most disciplines do some form of field research. Too often they collect data on paper which is not only inefficient but vulnerable to date loss. Surveys and other data collection instruments can easily be created as mobile apps with the resulting data stored on the campus server and immediately available for analysis. The apps also enable added functionality like improved data validity through use of authority files and capturing GPS coordinates. This support to field research represents a new way for academic libraries to connect with researchers within the context of a broader research date management strategy.

Introduction to Practical Programming
Instructor: Elizabeth Wickes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This workshop will introduce foundational programming skills using the Python programming language. There will be three sections to this workshop: a brief historical review of computing and programming languages (with a focus on where Python fits in), hands on practice with installation and the basics of the language, followed by a review of information resources essential for computing education and reference. This workshop will prepare participants to write their own programs, jump into programming education materials, and provide essential experience and background for the evaluation of computing reference materials and library program development. Participants from all backgrounds with no programming experience are encouraged to attend.

From Lost to Found: How user Testing Can Improve the User Experience of Your Library Website
Instructors: Kate Lawrence, EBSCO Information Services; Deirdre Costello, EBSCO Information Services; Robert Newell, University of Houston

When two user researchers from EBSCO set out to study the digital lives of college students, they had no idea the surprises in store for them. The online behaviors of “digital natives” were fascinating: from students using Google to find their library’s website, to what research terms and phrases students consider another language altogether: “library-ese.” Attendees of this workshop will learn how to conduct usability testing, and participate in a live testing exercise via Participants will leave the session with the knowledge and confidence to conduct user testing that will yield actionable and meaningful insights about their audience.

More information about Midwinter Workshops.

Registration Information:
LITA members get one third off the cost of Mid-Winter workshops. Use the discount promotional code: LITA2015 during online registration to automatically receive your member discount. Start the process at the ALA web sites:

Conference web site:
Registration start page: 
LITA Workshops registration descriptions:

When you start the registration process and BEFORE you choose the workshop, you will encounter the Personal Information page. On that page there is a field to enter the discount promotional code: LITA2015
As in the example below. If you do so, then when you get to the workshops choosing page the discount prices, of $235, are automatically displayed and entered. The discounted total will be reflected in the Balance Due line on the payment page.

Please contact the LITA Office if you have any registration questions.

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East Tennessee State University Selects Ex Libris Alma, Primo and bX Recommender

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-12-17 08:35
(December 16, 2014). Ex Libris announced that Sherrod Library at East Tennessee State University and Northeast State Community College have together selected a suite of Ex Libris solutions, comprised of the Alma resource management solution, the Primo discovery and delivery solution, and the bX article recommender service. ETSU is replacing a number of legacy systems including Innovative Interfaces Sierra.
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Essential Tools for the Essentialist Life

LITA Blog - Wed, 2014-12-17 08:00 Royalty Free Clip Art

At this time of year, I’m always feeling rushed and a bit worn down. I recently read the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. While some of the essentialist lifestyle seems a bit impossible in this day and age I was challenged to think about the essentialsin my life.

I love technology (I blog for LITA!), but that doesn’t mean I want to be or should be using technology all the time. It is amazing how technology use can creep into all areas of my life, causing me to work weird hours, look at my Twitter account instead of talking to the people I am with, etc. I work hard to create a buffer in my life to allow time for sleep, leisure, and to minimize stress.

To create this buffer, I have discovered that there are tools to assist me in both my professional and personal life. Here are a few of my favorite technology tools (yes, technology tools!) that allow me to stay organized and ultimately, help me to minimize stress to create more time for other things.

Electronic Calendars: I use my work calendar extensively to keep track of meetings and appointments. On my phone and iPad I sync my personal and work calendars for easy referral.

Wunderlist: I recently started using Wunderlist to help me keep track of everything from shopping lists to what I need to bring to a meeting. My favorite thing about this app is that I can share my lists with people! The shared feature makes tag-teaming the shopping so much easier!

Instapaper: This app helps me keep track of all the articles I want to read, but don’t have time to when I see them. I send articles to Instapaper from Twitter and then read them when I have more time.

Feedly: This is my favorite app for keeping up-to-date with all the blogs I follow. It has both a web interface and an app that I use on my iPhone and iPad. Royalty Free Clip Art

The next book I hope to read is The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer.  I want to tackle this one over the holiday break.


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Cheap & Easy Audio for Videos

David Lee King - Tue, 2014-12-16 12:00

I recently picked up a new lavalier microphone, and it works great! The audio in this video was recorded using it – give it a listen (ok, and while you’re at it, check out my daughter’s GoFundMe campaign – that’s why I made this video).

So what’s the microphone setup? Pretty simple. It consists of two things:

I found out about the Azden microphone from this guy. I’d agree – it works great! Here’s what I did in this video:

  • Video – recorded with a DSLR camera
  • Audio – recorded separately. The Azden mic plugs directly into the Zoom H1 recorder. I turned off the Auto Level setting for more control. I also turned on the Low Cut setting (to keep rumble down), and recorded in MP3 format (the Zoom also records in WAV format)
  • To sync up the separate audio and video files, I used the PluralEyes app, which automatically syncs up the audio and video. Nice.
  • Then I edited the video in Final Cut Pro.

The beauty of this audio recording setup is that for about $123 or so, I have the “budget version” of a wireless lavalier microphone setup that can cost much more. The Cable on the Azden mic is about 3′ long – long enough to plug into the Zoom, then put the Zoom in a back pocket, on a chair, etc. (if you need a longer cable, get the Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Microphone. It has a 20′ long cable, and is still under $30. Here’s a video of me testing it out).

And for $23, it sounds great! What’s not to like about that?

Do you have any “budget-minded” ideas for making videos better? I’d love to hear them!

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