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Call for Proposals, ALA Annual 2015

LITA Blog - 2 hours 4 min ago

Conference programs and preconferences for Annual 2015!

The LITA Program Planning Committee (PPC) is now accepting innovative and creative proposals for the 2015 Annual American Library Association Conference.  We’re looking for full day pre-conference ideas as well as 60- and 90-minute conference presentations. The focus should be on technology in libraries, whether that’s use of, new ideas for, trends in, or interesting/innovative projects being explored – it’s all for you to propose. In 2014, we received over 60 proposals, resulting in 20 great LITA programs at the 2014 Annual Conference, all of which came from contributions like yours. We look forward to hearing the great ideas you will share with us this year.

When/Where is the Conference?

The 2015 Annual ALA Conference will be held  in San Francisco, California, from June 25th through 30th.

What kind of topics are we looking for?

We’re looking for programs of interest to all library/information agency types, that inspire technological change and adoption, or/and generally go above and beyond the everyday.

Some successful topics in the 2014 included: Practical Linked Data with Open Source (Full-day preconference); Technology Priorities for the New Library Reality; Building Gorgeous Responsive Websites with Twitter-Bootstrap. Some topics we are interested in are: library hackathons; data management & curation; responsive web design; homegrown technology tools, especially projects that adapt popular technologies in use outside libraries, for library use.

When are proposals due?

September 2, 2014

How I do submit a proposal?

Fill out this form

Program descriptions should be 75 words or less.

When will I have an answer?

The committee will be reviewing proposals after September 2; final decisions will be made by October 1.

Do I have to be a member of ALA/LITA? or a LITA Interest Group (IG) or a committee?

No! We welcome proposals from anyone who feels they have something to offer regarding library technology. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide financial support for speakers. Because of the limited number of programs, LITA IGs and Committees will receive preference where two equally well written programs are submitted. Presenters may be asked to combine programs or work with an IG/Committee where similar topics have been proposed.

Got another question?

Please feel free to email Deb Shapiro (PPC chair) (

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LOUIS adds multiple SirsiDynix Symphony customers to its community

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-07-31 16:35
(July 31, 2014). LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network has extended its SirsiDynix Symphony community to include 33 sites since adding Centenary College and Northshore Technical Community College in 2013 and Xavier in 2014. LOUIS is also growing to include Our Lady of Holy Cross College and aims to add more technical community colleges in the coming years. Symphony is a driving force behind SirsiDynix's BLUEcloud Suite, allowing libraries to benefit from efficient, intuitive technology with the flexibility to edit catalogs, fulfill user needs, accept debit payments, and more.
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Dalian Maple Leaf International School chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-07-31 13:33
(July 31, 2014). ByWater Solutions announced that the Dalian Maple Leaf International School Libraries in Jinzhou District, Dalian, China are now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.
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EBSCO eBooks Now Offers E-books from Hachette Book Group

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-07-31 13:33
(July 31, 2014). Popular fiction and non-fiction e-books published by Hachette Book Group are now available from EBSCO Information Services. Hachette, a “Big 5” trade and educational publisher, has partnered with EBSCO to give customers of EBSCO eBooks access to titles from authors like David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Elin Hilderbrand, Anne River Siddons and more.
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Two sides to that “who’s the boss” coin

David Lee King - Thu, 2014-07-31 09:30

In my last post, I talked about how your technology department shouldn’t really be the one making system-wide decisions for the library.

There’s a couple other sides to that coin, I think. They include:

Sometimes, IT should make those decisions. For example:

  • They’re the technology experts, and probably know what will work the best for the library. Listen to them!
  • They know what they can and cannot support. Not to say they can’t learn new things – that’s what techie types do every day – but some things might not be within reach.
  • They can be highly creative people with great ideas. Make sure they’re part of the process.
  • Sometimes the answer has to be no. For example, in the kids department at my library, we can’t just put computers anywhere. The floor is a concrete slab, and requires lots of core drilling, routing concrete, and cabling runs that don’t exist. So the answer from us is: sure, if you want to spend $10-20,000 more on the project. Or – how about let’s rework that idea?

Sometimes, the rest of the library needs to make the decision (but isn’t). You might have this happening:

  • Admin/management is not tech-savvy, so IT has stepped in and is making decisions.
  • Admin/management is being passive, not great at leadership, not great at strategic planning etc … so IT stepped in.
  • There’s simply no strategic plan – so guess what? IT (and reference, and collections, and youth services, etc) will step in and create their own strategies. I’m guessing there’s a better way to do this!

If you’re one of those library staffers saying “IT won’t let me do this” – step back from that immediate problem, and ask yourself “why do they get to decide this?”

Then work on fixing that issue first.

Pic by Garrett Coakley

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Swets adds OpenAthens to its portfolio of Access Management services for libraries

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-07-31 07:33
(July 30, 2014). Swets announced that it has signed a reseller agreement with Eduserv, the non-profit dedicated to developing and delivering technology services for the public sector. This agreement sees Swets adding the highly popular OpenAthens advanced access management system to its portfolio of Access Management services for libraries.
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Jobs in Information Technology: July 30

LITA Blog - Wed, 2014-07-30 13:28

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.

Deputy University Librarian and Director of Library Technology, University of Georgia Libraries,  Athens, GA

Librarian (Library IT Systems),  IMF,  Washington, DC

Supervising Programmer/Analyst, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

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

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The European University Institute chooses Ex Libris Primo with its Central Index

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-07-30 13:27
(July 30, 2014). Ex Libris announced the adoption of Primo and the Primo Central Index by the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy.
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Baker and Taylor and Boopsie Announce Integration of the Axis 360 Digital Media Platform with Boopsie Mobile Library Apps

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-07-30 13:27
(July 29, 2014). Baker and Taylor announced that it has integrated its Axis 360 digital media platform with Boopsie, the leading mobile app platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide.
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University of Granada (Spain) Selects Sierra Library Services Platform

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-07-30 13:27
(July 29, 2014). Innovative announced that the University of Granada has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform and will upgrade from the Millennium ILS. The University Library holds over 120,000 print titles and 630,000 eBooks.
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Eden in winter /

New At the Library - Wed, 2014-07-30 07:23

    ISBN: 9781623651473
    Author: Patterson, Richard North

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Hounded : an Andy Carpenter mystery /

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    ISBN: 9781250024756
    Author: Rosenfelt, David

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Act of war : a thriller /

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    ISBN: 9781476717128
    Author: Thor, Brad

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A perfect life : a novel /

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    ISBN: 9780345530943
    Author: Steel, Danielle

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The sweet spot /

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    ISBN: 9780062336002
    Author: Evanovich, Stephanie

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The arsenal of democracy : FDR Detroit and an epic quest to arm an America at

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    ISBN: 9780547719283
    Author: Baime, A. J.

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Two Strong Women in Love

Both of today’s novels are about far more than romance, but love is certainly one element they share. Another is a strong cultural setting.

Jean Kwok is known by many librarians and teen readers as the author of Girl in Translation, which earned her an Alex Award. Mambo in Chinatown features a slightly older protagonist, but is still a coming-of-age (or coming-into-her-own) set in a Chinese American culture. There was one crucial element that I was unable to fit into my review. In the middle of what is essentially a Cinderella story, Charlie’s younger sister Lisa becomes quite ill, and their father will not allow her to see a Western doctor. Lisa is treated by her uncle, who is a well-known doctor of Eastern medicine in their neighborhood. I mention this because there are definitely teen readers who will be interested in the uncle’s methods and medicines, from scorpions to mushrooms.

Are there teens who watch “Dancing with the Stars”? I don’t hear my students talking about it. But for those interested in any kind of dance, this will be a particularly fun read. Also, like Girl in Translation, there are many autobiographical elements in Mambo in Chinatown, as discussed in a recent NPR Weekend Edition interview. My favorite element of the story is its depiction of the transformation that comes from the joy of pursuing something you truly love — even if it’s really hard work. Many young athletes and artists will relate.

The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis takes place within another close community, the Portuguese of Provincetown, MA. It follows two young people from the tragedy that brought them together as children through the next 30 years. This is a long book for a teen to tackle, but for those who relish a story of love and struggle and enjoy a good saga, this is a great recommendation.

It is interesting to read about the author’s experiences writing the novel, especially about discovering her two main characters. Take a look at her interview with fellow author Caroline Leavitt.

KWOK, Jean. Mambo in Chinatown. 384p. Riverhead. Jun. 2014. Tr $27.95. ISBN 9781594632006. LC 2013043639.  

Kwok follows up her Alex Award-winning debut, Girl in Translation (Riverhead, 2010) with the story of 22-year-old Charlie Wong, a hard-working, frumpy, and clumsy dishwasher at the restaurant where her father is noodle master. Her mother was a ballerina in Beijing until she married and moved to the United States. She died when Charlie was 14. The protagonist takes care of her younger sister Lisa and their loving but traditional father in New York City’s Chinatown, a neighborhood full of friends and relatives. Charlie never did well at school; Lisa, on the other hand, is studying to win a place at a school for gifted students. One day she persuades Charlie to apply for a receptionist position at an uptown ballroom dance studio. Charlie is shocked to get the job. Then, when an instructor is fired, Charlie is asked to cover. She’s given some dance clothes and instruction, and she’s a natural. The students love her, Charlie is promoted, and her life becomes a whirlwind of training and teaching, all of which she hides from her father. Her studio colleagues persuade her to enter a competition for professional/amateur pairs with one of her students, Ryan. From their first encounter, it is obvious that Ryan and Charlie were meant to be. Fortunately, the obvious hardly takes the pleasure out of Charlie’s uplifting journey toward finding her real self. Young readers will revel in the romance, the sister relationship, and glimpses of Chinese American culture. Most of all, they will love Charlie’s transformation from “ugly duckling” into graceful, confident swan.—Angela Carstensen, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City

FRANCIS, Patry. The Orphans of Race Point. 524p. Harper Perennial. May 2014. pap. $15.99. ISBN 9780062281302. LC 2013031980.  

As teenagers in love, the titular orphans Hallie Costa and Gus Silva fall more deeply than most, based on a childhood bond. The emotional weight of the past propels this massive page-turner set among the “Portagees” of Provincetown, Massachusetts. As the theme of love expands into the filial and spiritual realms, the novel broadens and deepens into a multigenerational story about community. Twin pillars of the older generation—Dr. Nick, Hallie’s wise but preoccupied father and the town doctor, and Father Jack D’Souza, a local priest who reluctantly becomes Gus’s role model—each cherish their life’s work that’s about love on a whole other level. Hallie cuts a pretty towering figure herself: a perceptive child, she figures out how to befriend the silent Gus, muted by the violent death of his mother. But when they fall in love years later, her strength of character cautions her away from his problems; refreshingly it’s Gus—the male protagonist—who is beautiful, troubled, and misunderstood. It is he who runs away and she who stays to rebuild. Hallie is memorably drawn: intelligent and caring, she nonetheless lets her heart lead the way. Readers must decide if it got broken along the heroine’s path to true adulthood.—Georgia Christgau, Middle College High School, Long Island City, NY


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IT is Not the Boss of Me

David Lee King - Tue, 2014-07-29 09:30

More than once (ok, actually quite often), I’ve heard librarians say “IT won’t let me do that,” or “IT said no, so I figured out how to go around them,” or simply “IT won’t support that product.”

And I always respond by asking why they’re allowing IT to control decisions?

IT guys and gals, please remember – we are in the library to:

  • support whatever the library wants to do, to the best of our ability
  • find better ways of doing things when possible
  • make sure the technology is easy to use, helps meet the library’s needs, and stays as out-of-the-way and transparent as possible, so staff don’t have to think about the tech (unless they want to)
  • And make sure nothing crashes and burns, backups are in place, the website works, etc.

We are NOT there to dictate what library staff can and cannot do.

Sure, there will be staff computer use policies in place. Sure, there are budgets to consider.

But we don’t have to say “no.” Instead, work on saying “yes.” Here are some examples:

  • Yes.
  • Yes, but give me a month. We need to work on other priorities first.
  • Yes. It needs to come from your supervisor, so talk to them first and have them email me.
  • Great idea! We didn’t budget for that this year. Let’s get a discussion started and see if we want to do it next year.

These are all positive, and a version of “yes.” The last two sound a bit like “no” – but (and I know this sounds sorta passive, but it’s really not) it puts the decision-making back where it belongs, with the employee’s supervisor, or with a larger group looking at options. It’s not just IT saying “no.”

Does your IT department say no? What do you do about that? Please share!

image by Berkeley Lab

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Old Dominion University finding success with EBSCO Discovery Service

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2014-07-28 18:58
(July 28, 2014). In the year since Old Dominion University switched from another discovery solution to EBSCO Discovery Service from EBSCO Information Services, the library has witnessed a smooth transition and succeeded in making their library collection more accessible.
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Waterford City and County Library Services Merge.

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2014-07-28 18:58
(July 28, 2014). Continuing the reorganisation of Local Government in Ireland, Waterford City Council and Waterford County Councils merged into a single entity in May 2014 to form Waterford City and County Council. As part of this process many IT services need to be merged. The merged library system went live after the Local Elections in late May 2014
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