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Backstage announces cataloging and processing service for musical scores

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-05-05 20:18
(May 5, 2016). Backstage Library Works announced an expansion of its cataloging and physical processing services to accommodate new workflows for preparing musical scores for shelf-ready delivery. Creating catalog records for scores and sheet music requires a familiarity with MARC standards, a fluency with musical terms, and often some linguistic expertise.
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Backstage announces new digitization projects for culturally important newspapers

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-05-05 20:18
(May 5, 2016). Backstage Library Work announced its most recent digitization projects that are part of a continuing effort to help institutions around the world provide access to culturally and historically rich newspapers.
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Cranfield University chooses SirsiDynix Symphony and BLUEcloud Campus

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-05-05 17:18
(May 5, 2016). Following a competitive tender process, Cranfield University has selected the BLUEcloud Campus library services platform, including SirsiDynix Symphony and SaaS, for its campuses in Cranfield and Shrivenham. The comprehensive cloud-based solution from SirsiDynix will bring staff and students from both campuses together onto a single system for the first time.
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Congratulate 2016 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award Winner Tanya Johnson

LITA Blog - Thu, 2016-05-05 12:45

Tanya Johnson has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Student Writing Award sponsored by Ex Libris Group and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) for her paper titled “Let’s Get Virtual: An Examination of Best Practices to Provide Public Access to Digital Versions of Three-Dimensional Objects.” Johnson is a MLIS candidate at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information.

“Tanya Johnson’s paper on best practices for providing public access to digital versions of three-dimensional objects stood out to the selection committee due to her clear writing and practical, informative content. We are delighted to grant Tanya the 2016 LITA/ExLibris Award,” said Brianna Marshall, the Chair of this year’s selection committee.

The LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award recognizes outstanding writing on a topic in the area of libraries and information technology by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited library and information studies graduate program. The winning manuscript will be published in Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), LITA’s open access, peer reviewed journal, and the winner will receive $1,000 and a certificate of merit.

The Award will be presented LITA Awards Ceremony & President’s Program at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, Orlando, on Sunday, June 26, 2016.

The members of the 2016 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award Committee are: Brianna Marshall (Chair); Rebecca Rose (Vice-Chair); Sandra Barclay (Past-Chairperson); Julia Bauder; Elizabeth McKinstry; Phillip Joseph Suda; and Olga Karanikos (Ex Libris Liaison).

About Ex Libris

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for higher education. Offering SaaS products for the management and discovery of the full spectrum of library and scholarly materials, as well as mobile campus solutions driving student engagement and success, Ex Libris serves thousands of customers in 90 countries. For more information about Ex Libris, see our website, and join us on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

About LITA

Established in 1966, the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership of nearly 2,700 systems librarians, library technologists, library administrators, library schools, vendors, and many others interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers. LITA is a division of the American Library Association. Follow us on our Blog, Facebook, or Twitter.

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NYU Press joins Ingram Publisher Services to expand reach and consolidate services

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-05-05 11:17
(May 5, 2016). Ingram Publisher Services today announced a joint agreement with NYU Press to provide full-service distribution.
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Northern California's largest K-12 school district selects Voyager Sopris learning's curriculum solution

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-05-05 11:17
(May 5, 2016). Elk Grove Unified School District, the largest K-12 school district in northern California, has adopted LANGUAGE! Live California, a comprehensive English Language Arts curriculum from Voyager Sopris Learning™ for 7-12 grade intervention. Provider of evidence-based preK-12 instructional solutions and professional services, Voyager Sopris Learning designed its curriculum solution to specifically help struggling adolescent readers and writers achieve grade-level reading expectations.
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Auckland University of Technology selects Talis Aspire to deliver their online reading lists and copyright-cleared content service

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-05-05 08:17
(May 5, 2016). Talis announced that Auckland University of Technology have selected to implement Talis Aspire to deliver their online reading lists and copyright-cleared content service.
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Copyright Clearance Center acquires Ixxus

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2016-05-04 17:17
(May 4, 2016). Copyright Clearance Center has acquired London-based Ixxus, a software professional services firm and leading provider of publishing solutions that reinvent the way organizations work with content. With offices in the UK, US, Spain and Romania, Ixxus is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of CCC. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Jobs in Information Technology: May 4, 2016

LITA Blog - Wed, 2016-05-04 14:54

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

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Web Developer [16148], Las Vegas, NV

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Digital Library Developer [16160], Las Vegas, NV

City of Long Beach, Manager of Automated Services Bureau – Department of Library Services, Long Beach, CA

Brown University, Library Systems Analyst (REQ123753), Providence, RI

Macquarie Capital, Document Management, New York, NY

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

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The University of Warwick selects the Sierra library services platform

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2016-05-04 14:15
(May 4, 2016). Innovative Interfaces announced that the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom has chosen to move to Sierra.
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Everyone brave is forgiven /

New At the Library - Wed, 2016-05-04 11:15

    ISBN: 9781501124402
    Author: Cleave, Chris

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War hawk : a Tucker Wayne novel /

New At the Library - Wed, 2016-05-04 11:15

    ISBN: 9780062135278
    Author: Rollins, James, 1961-

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Thoughts on Participatory Culture – A TTW Guest Post by Anna-Carin U’Ren

Tame the Web - Wed, 2016-05-04 09:30

I was slightly embarrassed when I read Professor Stephens’ article “Stuck in the Past,” and his students’ responses when asked why they wanted to be librarians. When I decided to go to library school, it seemed like a logical choice, because (like those students) “I like books.” This is actually a bit of an understatement for me. I’ve always thought of myself as a book nerd and considered this a vital part of my identity. It is why I “followed my passion” and majored in English as an undergraduate. I got to read lots and lots of books, then write about those books, have discussions about them, ask questions about them, discuss and write some more, followed by lots and lots more reading of books.

Cue the angelic hymn:


I have to say that my perception of libraries since I began my MLIS program, however, has been rocked to the core, and although I may still take comfort in being around those antiquated vessels of paper and ink, I marvel at the new vision of libraries as participatory centers in their communities.

I suppose I was forgetting a crucial component of libraries when I had visions of myself working in one, surrounded by rows and rows of lovely books. What I was forgetting was the reason libraries exist at all: people. Not that I don’t like people; I love helping people. It is a big part of what I do in my current job as a pharmacy tech. I suppose my perceptions of librarians involved more of that passivity that Aaron Schmidt writes about in his blog post “Services Before Content.” He urges libraries to reject passivity by exploring different and unique ways to better serve their communities. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and he notes that libraries should devote time to “observing the core needs of our communities and thinking of exciting ways to meet them.”  I had never considered the way that each community is unique unto itself, with its own mix of priorities, cultures, age groups, and service needs. It has become abundantly clear that libraries must move beyond the role of providers of free content, and instead embrace the possibility that they can be open and versatile spaces where people in the community can meet, interact, create, discover, and learn. And all these things have to do with so much more than just books (duh!)

I enjoyed reading David Loertscher’s article, “Flip This Library: School Libraries Needs a Revolution.” The idea of the “learning commons” was especially exciting to contemplate. This kind of environment was paralleled in Professor Stephens lecture: flexible library spaces that serve multiple purposes and are ideal for community involvement. Loertscher also echoed themes in this class when he noted “in the virtual world, the learning commons is both a giant ongoing conversation and a warehouse of digital materials.” This notion of an ongoing conversation tied in nicely with Professor Stephens’ earlier thoughts about the nature of communities and the importance of an ongoing conversation within. The article mentions the change in the information flow when a school library embraces the learning commons. In this environment, with the aid of dynamic teachers, librarians, and technology, information is not simply passed directly down from teacher to student, but instead flows organically in all directions. This sounds like true learning and discovery, and a hallmark of participatory culture.


Anna-Carin U’Ren is a student in her second year of the MLIS program at San José State University. She earned her BA in English from University of California, Irvine, and has been a rabid reader her entire life. She lives in San Juan Capistrano with her husband, two children, and brown tabby cat Guinness, who likes to walk on her keyboard when she is trying to do homework.

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A s'ha Licitat el Concurs per al Sistema Compartit i Una Eina de Descoberta per a Les Biblioteques del CSUC

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2016-05-04 08:15
(May 4, 2016). Amb el sistema compartit, les biblioteques de les universitats del CSUC gestionaran les operacions bibliotecàries amb el programari Sierra i tindran una eina de descoberta amb la interfície Encore contra els megaíndexs d'EBSCO.
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Learn the latest on Privacy Tools

LITA Blog - Tue, 2016-05-03 14:39

Privacy tools are a hot topic in libraries, as librarians all over the country have begun using and teaching privacy-enhancing technologies, and considering the privacy and security implications of library websites, databases, and services. Attend the LITA up to the minute privacy concerns webinars and pre-conference featuring experts in the field on these important and timely topics.

Here’s the line up:

Here’s the details:

Email is a postcard: how to make it more secure with free software and encryption.
Thursday May 26, 2016, webinar, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Central Time
Alison Macrina, Director of the Library Freedom Project
Nima Fatemi, Chief Technologist of Library Freedom Project

Email is neither secure nor private, and the process of fixing its problems can be mystifying, even for technical folks. In this one hour webinar, Nima and Alison from Library Freedom Project will help shine some light on email issues and the tools you can use to make this communication more confidential. They will cover the issues with email, and teach about how to use GPG to encrypt emails and keep them safe.

TOR onion

Tor-ify Your Library: How to use this privacy-enhancing technology to keep your patrons’ data safe
Tuesday May 31, 2016, webinar, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Central Time
Alison Macrina, Director of the Library Freedom Project
Nima Fatemi, Chief Technologist of Library Freedom Project

Heard about the Tor network but not sure how it applies to your library? Join Alison and Nima from the Library Freedom Project in this one hour webinar to learn about the Tor network, running the Tor browser and a Relay, and other basic services to help your patrons have enhanced browsing privacy in the library and beyond.

Alison Macrina Nima Fatemi

Alison’s and Nima’s work for the Library Freedom Project and classes for patrons including tips on teaching patron privacy classes can be found at:

Register now for either webinar. The two webinars are being offered as either single sessions or as a series of two webinars.


  • LITA Member: $45
  • Non-Member: $105
  • Group: $196

To register for both webinars at a discounted rate use the “Webinar Series: Email Is a Postcard & Tor-ify Your Library” register link.

The discounted rates for both sessions:

  • LITA Member: $68
  • Non-Member: $155
  • Group: $300

Digital Privacy and Security: Keeping You And Your Library Safe and Secure In A Post-Snowden World.
Friday June 24, 2016, LITA ALA Annual pre-conference, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Jessamyn West, Library Technologist at Open Library
Blake Carver, LYRASIS 

Jessamyn West Blake Carver

Learn strategies on how to make you, your librarians and your patrons more secure & private in a world of ubiquitous digital surveillance and criminal hacking. Jessamyn and Blake will teach tools that keep your data safe inside of the library and out – how to secure your library network environment, website, and public PCs, as well as tools and tips you can teach to patrons in computer classes and one-on-one tech sessions. We’ll tackle security myths, passwords, tracking, malware, and more, covering a range of tools from basic to advanced, making this session ideal for any library staff.

Registration Information

Register for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference and Discover Ticketed Events


  • LITA Member: $205
  • ALA Member: $270
  • Non Member: $335

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to these webinars and pre-conference, contact LITA at (312) 280-4269 or Mark Beatty,

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Critical Pedagogy in a Time of Compliance by TTW Contributor Troy Swanson

Tame the Web - Tue, 2016-05-03 12:33

Keynote from the 15th Annual Information Literacy Summit, hosted by DePaul University Libraries and Moraine Valley Community College Library (

Critical Pedagogy in a Time of Compliance | Information Literacy Keynote, Emily Drabinski

Troy A. Swanson is Department Chair and Teaching & Learning Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College. He is the co-editor of the recent book from ACRL, Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think About Information. You can follow him on Twitter at @t_swanson.

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1science and EBSCO Information Services announce partnership

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2016-05-03 11:12
(May 3, 2016). 1science and EBSCO Information Services announced a partnership to provide academic libraries access to a vast number of openly accessible scholarly articles when performing a search in EBSCO Discovery Service.
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Chegg acquires Imagine Easy Solutions, a market leader of online writing tools

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2016-05-03 11:12
(May 3, 2016). Chegg, the Student Hub, announced that it has acquired Imagine Easy Solutions, the provider of popular service and other essential writing tools with capabilities such as citations, bibliography, writing structure and anti-plagiarism, used by more than 7 million unique users in March 2016. Chegg has acquired Imagine Easy for approximately $42 million in an all-cash transaction, approximately $25 million of which was paid at closing and $17 million of which is to be paid by April 2017. There are potential additional payments of up to $18 million over the next three years that remain subject to contingencies. These contingent payments may be settled either in cash or common stock, at the discretion of Chegg.
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Transmission #3

LITA Blog - Tue, 2016-05-03 10:43

In our third episode of Begin Transmission, we’re lucky enough to sit down with none other than Cinthya Ippoliti. Cinthya is a LITA Blogger and Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services at Oklahoma State University. Enjoy her library tech wisdom and perspectives in this short interview.

Begin Transmission will return May 15, 2016.

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Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative Appoints Innovative as Next-Generation Software Partner for Statewide Acadmic Consortia Initative

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2016-05-02 17:10
(May 2, 2016). Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, is proud to announce its new partnership with Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative to deliver a next-generation library software solution in support of its statewide consortia initiative. This initiative will bring together all state-funded higher education institutions on one library system, including all community colleges and every public university in Florida. FALSC has selected Sierra for its open architecture and ability to deliver collaborative, personalized, sustainable, and adaptable capabilities. Sierra will also support the challenges facing the large academic consortium and its individual institutions for resource sharing.
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