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OCLC and Internet Archive work together to ensure future sustainability of Persistent URLs

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2016-09-27 20:23
(September 27, 2016). OCLC and Internet Archive announced the results of a year-long cooperative effort to ensure the future sustainability of purl.org. The organizations have worked together to build a new sustainable service hosted by Internet Archive that will manage persistent URLs and sub-domain redirections for purl.org, purl.com, purl.info and purl.net.
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Credo upgrades InfoLit modules with new content, new platform

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2016-09-27 20:23
(September 27, 2016). Credo, the industry leader for information literacy, critical thinking, and research solutions, announced today it has introduced new content for its InfoLit Modules, as well as a dramatically upgraded platform that enables instructional customization. Credo's InfoLit Modules – a mix of videos, tutorials, and assessments – are a library of ready-to-use instructional assets to support librarians in teaching information literacy and research skills.
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New Wales-wide library management system will foster greater collaboration

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2016-09-27 20:23
(September 27, 2016). A new library management system which will promote collaboration between cross-sector libraries in Wales was celebrated at an event in the National Assembly.
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The Repos are here—FOLIO source code repositories released

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2016-09-27 17:23
(September 27, 2016). The first FOLIO code is now available. FOLIO, which stands for the Future of Libraries is Open, is a community project to develop an open source library services platform. This first release of the base FOLIO code is a critical milestone to have reached since its announcement in June opening up the code to community review and comment.
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LITA Forum early bird rates extended

LITA Blog - Tue, 2016-09-27 14:22
We’ve extended the LITA members early bird registration another two weeks, so there’s still time to register for the 2016 LITA Forum at the early bird rate and save $50

Fort Worth, TX
November 17-20, 2015

LITA Forum early bird rates now will end October 14, 2016
Register Now!

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.

Why attend the LITA Forum

Tune in to #LITAchat Friday, September 30, 2016, at noon Central time to learn about the 2016 LITA Forum with guest tweeters from the Forum Planning Committee. From #litaforum, they will discuss the upcoming LITA Forum, November 17-20, in Fort Worth, Texas: why you should attend, what to expect, how to get the most out of the experience, and much more! To participate, launch your favorite Twitter client and check out the #LITAchat hashtag. On the web client, just search for #LITAchat and then click “LIVE” to follow along. Ask questions using the hashtag #LITAchat, add your own comments, and even answer questions posed by other participants.

Register now to receive the LITA members early bird discount:

  • LITA member early bird rate: $340
  • LITA member regular rate: $390

Keynote Speakers:

  • Cecily Walker, Vancouver Public Library
  • Waldo Jaquith, U.S. Open Data
  • Tara Robertson, @tararobertson

The Preconference Workshops:

  • Librarians can code! A “hands-on” computer programming workshop just for librarians
  • Letting the Collections Tell Their Story: Using Tableau for Collection Evaluation

Comments from past attendees:

“Best conference I’ve been to in terms of practical, usable ideas that I can implement at my library.”
“I get so inspired by the presentations and conversations with colleagues who are dealing with the same sorts of issues that I am.”
“After LITA I return to my institution excited to implement solutions I find here.”
“This is always the most informative conference! It inspires me to develop new programs and plan initiatives.”

Forum Sponsors:

OCLC, Yewno

Get all the details, register and book a hotel room at the 2016 Forum website.

See you in Fort Worth.

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Volunteers needed to help with privacy initiative

LITA Blog - Tue, 2016-09-27 13:14
Are you interested in improving privacy in libraries all across the country? If so, we need your help! The recently-released ALA Library Privacy Guidelines are a great collection of the standards and practices that libraries should be putting into place to protect users’ digital information. A small group of us is now working on creating checklists and resource guides for each set of guidelines in order to help real live library staff implement these guidelines with ease. And we’re looking for volunteers to help! We need folks to help out with developing checklists for the following. We’re particularly hoping to find people with experience in school libraries and networked services, but we’ll take all willing volunteers!
  1. Library Privacy Guidelines for Public Access Computers and Networks
  2. Library Privacy Guidelines for Library Websites (social media), OPACs, and Discovery Services
  3. Library Privacy Guidelines for Library Management Systems
  4. Library Privacy Guidelines for Data Exchange Between Networked Devices and Services
  5.  Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors
  6. Library Privacy Guidelines for Students in K-12 Schools

If you’re able and interested in putting in a few hours to help us out with this project, pop me an email at librarianinblack@gmail.com with what you can help out with. And thank you!

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Catherine Reid brings international human resources experience to EBSCO Information Services

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2016-09-27 11:23
(September 27, 2016). EBSCO has hired Catherine Reid as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Reid brings 15 years of experience in developing and executing talent management strategies and managing complex human resource operations to EBSCO. She will be responsible for HR strategy and service delivery. Reid was most recently the Vice President, Human Resources for Thomson Reuters, where she was responsible for more than 1,200 employees in 40 different countries.
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Horizon release adds refined Features for improved efficiency and efficacy

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2016-09-26 17:21
(September 26, 2016). SirsiDynix announced the release of Horizon 7.5.4. The latest Horizon update provides new, powerful capabilities to a long-standing, dependable solution, helping Horizon libraries provide the Best Library User Experience for both library staff and end users. SirsiDynix is dedicated to providing libraries with progressive and continually-advancing solutions.
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Transmission #10 – Season 1 Finale

LITA Blog - Mon, 2016-09-26 13:51

In the final episode of our first season, I’m telling you about the intention and future of the program, and a little more about myself. I’m also putting out a call for bloggers, contributors, innovators and visionaries! Collaborate with me- send an email to lindsay dot cronk at gmail dot com!

Stay tuned for changes coming in two weeks on October 10th!

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Ex Libris collaborates with Rosetta users for release of Rosetta 5.1

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2016-09-26 11:17
(September 26, 2016). Ex Libris released version 5.1 of the Rosetta digital management and preservation system. The new version was created in collaboration with the Rosetta User Group and reflects the needs and priorities of the growing Rosetta customer community.
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VuFind 3.1 Released

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2016-09-26 11:17
(September 26, 2016). Version 3.1 of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This minor release adds a significant number of new features and enhancements while maintaining compatibility with version 3.0, released earlier in the year.
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Ingram Content Group announces Associates on the move

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2016-09-24 20:12
(September 24, 2016). Ingram Content Group today announced three new associates to the company: Kurt Hettler, Rachel Bressler, and Peter Antone.
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School libraries sign on to Library.Solution ILS

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2016-09-23 11:03
(September 23, 2016). The Library Corporation is pleased to welcome two more school systems to the growing list of Library.Solution users. Muncie Community Schools of Indiana and Notre Dame School of Bethleham, Pa., recently entrusted the operations of their school libraries to TLC's integrated library system.
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School libraries sign on to Library.Solution ILS

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2016-09-23 08:03
(September 23, 2016). The Library Corporation is pleased to welcome two more school systems to the growing list of Library.Solution users. Muncie Community Schools of Indiana and Notre Dame School of Bethleham, Pa., recently entrusted the operations of their school libraries to TLC's integrated library system.
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Students desire classroom technology that is interactive, engaging

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-09-22 13:57
(September 22, 2016). Even as students are growing more disappointed with the state of technology in their classrooms, digital textbooks are proving to be an outlier as a trusted learning tool, according to a recent survey of 500 college students conducted by Wakefield Research for VitalSource. Even as nearly one-in-five are not happy with the technology in their classrooms and almost three-quarters of students do not believe an increase in available classroom technology would improve their grades, they overwhelmingly believe they would have more success with interactive textbooks.
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NISO releases Altmetrics Recommended Practice

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-09-22 10:56
(September 22, 2016). The National Information Standards Organization has published NISO RP-25-2016, Outputs of the NISO Alternative Assessment Project. This recommended practice on altmetrics, an expansion of the tools available for measuring the scholarly impact of research in the knowledge environment, was developed by working groups that were part of NISO's Altmetrics Initiative, a project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The document outlines altmetrics definitions and use cases, alternative outputs in scholarly communications, data metrics, and persistent identifiers in scholarly communications. This guidance was necessary because, before the project began, scholars had long expressed dissatisfaction with traditional measures of success, such as the Impact Factor, but needed standards relating to other viable assessment methods.
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The Textile Museum of Canada Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-09-22 10:56
(September 22, 2016). ByWater Solutions announced that the H.N. Pullar Library at the Textile Museum of Canada of Toronto, Canada, is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.
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EBSCO and Stacks Inc. announce the release of Stacks – a user-focused web platform that creates the best library experience possible

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-09-22 10:56
(September 22, 2016). Libraries can now change the look and feel of their websites instantly with the release of Stacks, a hosted, turnkey web content management system designed specifically for libraries. Stacks is available through EBSCO Information Services, empowering libraries to engage their patrons anytime, anywhere.
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Social Media For My Institution – a new LITA web course

LITA Blog - Thu, 2016-09-22 10:22

Social Media For My Institution: from “mine” to “ours”

Instructor: Dr. Plamen Miltenoff
Wednesdays, 10/19/2016 – 11/9/2016
Blended format web course

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

This course has been re-scheduled from a previous date.

A course for librarians who want to explore the institutional application of social media. Based on an established academic course at St. Cloud State University “Social Media in Global Context”. This course will critically examine the institutional need of social media (SM) and juxtapose it to its private use. Discuss the mechanics of choice for recent and future SM tools. Present a theoretical introduction to the subculture of social media. Show how to streamline library SM policies with the goals and mission of the institution. There will be hands-on exercises on creation and dissemination of textual and multimedia content, and patrons’ engagement. And will include brainstorming on suitable for the institution strategies regarding resources, human and technological, workload share, storytelling, and branding and related issues such as privacy, security etc.

This is a blended format web course:

The course will be delivered as 4 separate live webinar lectures, one per week on Wednesdays, October 19, 26, November 2, and 9 at 2pm Central. You do not have to attend the live lectures in order to participate. The webinars will be recorded and distributed through the web course platform, Moodle, for asynchronous participation. The web course space will also contain the exercises and discussions for the course.

Details here and Registration here

Takeaways

By the end of this class, participants will be able to:

  • Move from the state of personal use of social media (SM) and contemplate the institutional approach
  • Have a hands-on experience with finding and selecting multimedia resources and their application for branding of the institution
  • Participants will acquire the foundational structure of the elements, which constitute meaningful institutional social media

Dr. Plamen Miltenoff is an information specialist and Professor at St. Cloud State University. His education includes several graduate degrees in history and Library and Information Science and in education. His professional interests encompass social Web development and design, gaming and gamification environments. For more information see http://web.stcloudstate.edu/pmiltenoff/faculty/

And don’t miss other upcoming LITA fall continuing education offerings:

Beyond Usage Statistics: How to use Google Analytics to Improve your Repository
Presenter: Hui Zhang
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time
Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

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)

Questions or Comments?

For questions or comments, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org

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