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    ISBN: 9781455581160
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Plans for all-Wales library card to improve access and save money

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-09-04 17:32
(September 4, 2015). A single library card across Wales would mean users could borrow and return books in any library across the country. It would also open up access for people to take advantage of free computer use in libraries no matter where in the country they are and create a national e-books and e-zines service with free seamless downloads. The plan is a step closer today as the Welsh Government awarded a single-supplier framework contract to SirsiDynix, one of the largest library management system vendors in the world, with customers in 70 countries.
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3D Printing Partnerships: Tales Of Collaboration, Prototyping, And Just Plain Panic

LITA Blog - Fri, 2015-09-04 10:00


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Many institutions have seen the rise of makerspaces within their libraries, but it’s still difficult to get a sense of how embedded they truly are within the academic fabric of their campuses and how they contribute to student learning. Libraries have undergone significant changes in the last five years, shifting from repositories to learning spaces, from places to experiences. It is within these new directions that the makerspace movement has risen to the forefront and begun to pave the way for truly transformative thinking and doing. Educause defines a makerspace as “a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build” (ELI 2013). These types of spaces are being embraced by the arts as well as the sciences and are quickly being adopted by the academic community because “much of the value of a makerspace lies in its informal character and its appeal to the spirit of invention” as students take control of their own learning (ELI 2013).

Nowhere is this spirit more alive than in entrepreneurship where creativity and innovation are the norm. The Oklahoma State University Library recently established a formal partnership with the School of Entrepreneurship to embed 3D printing into two pilot sections of its EEE 3023 course with the idea that if successful, all sections of this course would include a making component that could involve more advanced equipment down the road. Students in this class work in teams to develop an original product from idea, to design, to marketing. The library provides training on coordination of the design process, use of the equipment, and technical assistance for each team. In addition, this partnership includes outreach activities such as featuring the printers at entrepreneurship career fairs, startup weekends and poster pitch sessions. We have not yet started working with the classes, so much of this will likely change as we learn from our mistakes and apply what worked well to future iterations of this project.

This is all well and good, but how did we arrive at this stage of the process? The library first approached the School of Entrepreneurship with an idea for collaboration, but as we discovered, simply saying we wanted to partner would not be enough. We didn’t have a clear idea in mind, and the discussions ended without a concrete action plan. Fast forward to the summer, when the library was approached and asked about something that had been mentioned in the meeting-a makerspace. Were we interested in splitting the cost and pilot a project with a course? The answer was a resounding yes.

We quickly met several times to discuss exactly what we meant by “makerspace”, and we decided that 3D printing would be a good place to start. We drafted an outline that consisted of the equipment needed, which consisted of three Makerbot Replicator 5th generation printers and one larger Z18 along with the accompanying accessories and warranties. This information was gathered based on the collective experiences of the group along, with a few quick website searches to establish what other institutions were doing.

Next, we turned our attention to discussing the curriculum. While creating learning outcomes for making is certainly part of the equation, we had a very short time frame to get this done, so we opted for two sets of workshops for students with homework in between culminating in a certification to enable them to work on their product. The first workshop will walk them through using Blender to create an original design at a basic level, the second is designed to have them try out the printers themselves. In between workshops, they will watch videos and have access to a book to help them learn as they go. The certification at the end will consist of each team coming in and printing something (small) on their own after which they will be cleared to work on their own products. Drop-in assistance as well as consultation assistance will also be available, and we are determining the best way to queue requests as they come in knowing that we might have jobs printing over night, while others may come in at the very last minute.

Although as mentioned, we have just started on this project, we’ve learned several valuable lessons already that are worth sharing-they may sound obvious, but are still important to highlight:

  1. Be flexible! Nothing spells disaster like a rigid plan that cannot be changed at the last minute. We wanted a website for the project, we didn’t have time to create one. We had to wait until we received the printers to train ourselves on how they worked so that we can turn around and train the students. We are adapting as we go!
  2. Start small. Even two sections are proving to be a challenge with 40+ students all descending on a small space with limited printers. We hope they won’t come to blows, but we may have to play referee as much as consultant. There are well over 30 sections of this course that will present a much bigger challenge should we decide to incorporate this model into all of them.
  3. Have a plan in place, even if you end up changing it. We are now realizing that there are three main components to this collaboration all of which need a point person and support structure: tech support, curriculum, and outreach. There are 4 separate departments in the library (Research and Learning Services, Access Services, Communications, and IT) who are working together to make this a successful experience for all involved, not to mention our external partners.

Oh yes, and there’s the nagging thought at the end of each day-please, please, let this work. Fingers crossed!

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Boopsie's customer satisfaction level at all time high

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-09-04 08:32
(September 4, 2015). Boopsie shared results from its most recent customer satisfaction survey that was automatically sent to all libraries after they submitted a request to Boopsie's help desk. This survey has received a 50% response rate and detailed responses from over 51 libraries since it was activated this month. According to this survey, Boopsie's library-customers are 100 percent satisfied with the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider's customer support, and many sing specific praises to Boopsie's Help Desk Manager, Santiago Pazmino, by name.
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EBSCO partners with Portico to ensure long-term availability of digital archives

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-09-04 08:32
(September 4, 2015). EBSCO Information Services is partnering with Portico to preserve collections from its Digital Archives products. EBSCO's Portico participation means that there will be uninterrupted access to the historical content in these collections.
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ProQuest delivers key research information through the Digitisation of Rare Historical Content

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2015-09-03 14:31
(September 3, 2015). ProQuest has further enhanced access to research this summer with the launch of the next database of Early European Books (EEB) with Collection 7, making another 7,450 titles available. This will bring the EEB program to more than 40,000 titles and 14 million pages of valuable images from the early modern period. The total number of page images in EEB now surpasses the number of page images in ProQuest's acclaimed Early English Books Online, EEBO database. The continual development of EEB reflects ProQuest's commitment to digitising unique content from the early modern period, enabling researchers to go deeper in their area of expertise and generate superior outcomes. Learn more about Early European Books here
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Newest Pew Report on Social Media for 2015

David Lee King - Thu, 2015-09-03 09:30

Pew Research Center recently posted their newest report on social media – Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015. Like most Pew reports, it’s focused on American adults, aged 18 and older.

It’s an interesting report on the “face” of social media and mobile messaging for 2015. Go read it! Here are some highlights and observations from the report:

General Internet and smartphone use:

  • 85% of American adults are internet users
  • 67% are smartphone users

Me: Think about your customers. Does your website work great on a smartphone? Because most of your customers have one at this point. So what’s holding you up?

Mobile Messaging:

  • 36% of smartphone owners report using messaging apps like WhatsApp, Kik or iMessage
  • 49% of smartphone owners age 18-29 use these types of apps.

Me: Messaging used to be easy. It was email, web-based chat, and texting. Now, it’s still all those … plus Facebook Messaging, Twitter, LinkedIn messaging (just overhauled their messaging service), and apps like WhatsApp or Kik. 

How are you asking customers to interact with you? Do you need to change anything? Definitely something to look into.

Social Media Growth:

  • Facebook – 62% of adults use it
    • 70% log on daily
    • 43% log on several times a day
  • Pinterest – 26% of adults use it (more women than men)
  • Instagram – 24% of adults use it.
    • Really popular with non-whites and young adults, slightly more women than men
    • 59% of Instagram users are not he platform daily!
    • 35% visit several times a day (guilty!)
  • LinkIn – 22% of American adults
  • Twitter – 20% of American adults.
    • More urban than rural, more popular with younger adults.

Me: Facebook is still HUGE. People are logging on several times a day. Do you have new content there for them? Focused on your library (in an interesting, fun way)? How about Instagram? Who’s on “Instagram duty” at your library?

Again – really good report. Read it, digest it, share it with your colleagues. And give some thought to how your library needs to adapt as your customers adapt.

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Get Involved in the National Digital Platform for Libraries

LITA Blog - Thu, 2015-09-03 09:00

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Emily Reynolds and Trevor Owens.

Recently IMLS has increased its focus on funding digital library projects through the lens of our National Digital Platform strategic priority area. The National Digital Platform is the combination of software applications, social and technical infrastructure, and staff expertise that provides library content and services to all users in the U.S… in other words, it’s the work many LITA members are already doing!

Participants at IMLS Focus: The National Digital Platform

As libraries increasingly use digital infrastructure to provide access to digital content and resources, there are more and more opportunities for collaboration around the tools and services that they use to meet their users’ needs. It is possible for each library in the country to leverage and benefit from the work of other libraries in shared digital services, systems, and infrastructure. We’re looking at ways to maximize the impact of our funds by encouraging collaboration, interoperability, and staff training. We are excited to have this chance to engage with and invite participation from the librarians involved in LITA in helping to develop and sustain this national digital platform for libraries.

National Digital Platform convening report

Earlier this year, IMLS held a meeting at the DC Public Library to convene stakeholders from across the country to identify opportunities and gaps in existing digital library infrastructure nationwide. Recordings of those sessions are now available online, as is a summary report published by OCLC Research. Key themes include:


Engaging, Mobilizing and Connecting Communities

  • Engaging users in national digital platform projects through crowdsourcing and other approaches
  • Establishing radical and systematic collaborations across sectors of the library, archives, and museum communities, as well as with other allied institutions
  • Championing diversity and inclusion by ensuring that the national digital platform serves and represents a wide range of communities

Establishing and Refining Tools and Infrastructure

  • Leveraging linked open data to connect content across institutions and amplify impact
  • Focusing on documentation and system interoperability across digital library software projects
  • Researching and developing tools and services that leverage computational methods to increase accessibility and scale practice across individual projects

Cultivating the Digital Library Workforce

  • Shifting to continuous professional learning as part of library professional practice
  • Focusing on hands-on training to develop computational literacy in formal library education programs
  • Educating librarians and archivists to meet the emerging digital needs of libraries and archives, including cross-training in technical and other skills

We’re looking to support these areas of work with the IMLS grant programs available to library applicants.

IMLS Funding Opportunities

IMLS has three major competitive grant programs for libraries, and we encourage the submission of proposals related to the National Digital Platform priority to all three. Those programs are:

  • National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG): The NLG program is specifically focused on supporting our two strategic priorities, the National Digital Platform and Learning in Libraries. The most competitive proposals will advance some area of library practice on a national scale, with new tools, research findings, alliances, or similar outcomes. The NLG program makes awards up to $2,000,000, with funds available for both project and planning grants.
  • Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21): The LB21 program supports professional development, graduate education and continuing education for librarians and archivists. The LB21 program makes awards up to $500,000, and like NLG supports planning as well as project grants.
  • Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries: Sparks! grants support the development, testing, and evaluation of promising new tools, products, services, and practices. They often balance broad potential impact with an element of risk or innovation. The Sparks! program makes awards up to $25,000.

These programs can fund a wide range of activities. NLG and LB21 grants support projects, research, planning, and national forums (where grantees can hold meetings to gather stakeholders around a particular topic). The LB21 program also has a specific category for supporting early career LIS faculty research.

Application Process and Deadlines

Over the past year, IMLS piloted an exciting new model for our grant application process, which this year will be in place for both the NLG and LB21 programs. Rather than requiring a full application from every applicant, only a two-page preliminary proposal is due at the deadline. After a first round of peer review, a small subset of applicants will be invited to submit full proposals, and will have the benefit of the peer reviewers’ comments to assist in constructing the proposal. The full proposals will be reviewed by a second panel of peer reviewers before funding decisions are made. The Sparks! program goes through a single round of peer review, and requires the submission of a full proposal from all applicants.

The LB21 and NLG programs will both have a preliminary proposal application deadline on October 1, 2015, as well as an additional application deadline in February, 2016.

Are you considering applying for an IMLS grant for your digital library project? Do you want to discuss which program might be the best fit for your proposal? We’re always happy to chat, and love hearing your project ideas, so please email us at (Emily) and (Trevor).

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Fælles Bibliotekssystem er i luften

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2015-09-03 05:31
(September 3, 2015). Horsens har som den første kommune nu taget det nye bibliotekssystem i brug.Onsdag den 2. september har Horsens Kommune taget Fælles Bibliotekssystem i brug. Dermed er den første kommune kommet i gang med at bruge det system, som næsten alle landets kommuner har tilsluttet sigIbrugtagningen af systemet i Horsens er gået som planlagt. Der har naturligvis været udfordringer, som man må forvente, når et stort system bliver taget i brug af mange brugere. Udfordringerne bestod i fejl og mangler, hvoraf en stor del allerede er rettet.
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SirsiDynix MobileCirc is now in general release

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2015-09-02 14:30
(September 2, 2015). SirsiDynix is proud to announce that SirsiDynix MobileCirc, its circulation application for mobile devices, is now in general release. Both Horizon and Symphony customers can now use MobileCirc to bring their circulation services outside the library.
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The Case for Open Tools in Pedagogy

LITA Blog - Wed, 2015-09-02 10:00

Academic libraries support certain software by virtue of what they have available on their public computers, what their librarians are trained to use, and what instruction sessions they offer. Sometimes libraries don’t have a choice in the software they are tasked with supporting, but often they do. If the goal of the software support is to simply help students achieve success in the short term, then any software that the library already has a license for is fair game. If the goal is to teach them a tool they can rely on anywhere, then libraries must consider the impact of choosing open tools over commercial ones.

Suppose we have a student, we’ll call them “Student A”, who wants to learn about citation management. They see a workshop on EndNote, a popular piece of citation management software, and they decide to attend. Student A becomes enamored with EndNote and continues to grow their skills with it throughout their undergraduate career. Upon graduating, Student A gets hired and is expected to keep up with the latest research in their field, but suddenly they no longer have access to EndNote through their university’s subscription. They can either pay for an individual license, or choose a new piece of citation management software (losing all of their hard earned EndNote-specific skills in the process).

Now let’s imagine Student B who also wants to learn about citation management software but ends up going to a workshop promoting Zotero, an open source alternative to EndNote. Similar to Student A, Student B continues to use Zotero throughout their undergraduate career, slowly mastering it. Since Zotero requires no license to use, Student B continues to use Zotero after graduating, allowing the skills that served them as a student to continue to do so as a professional.

Which one of these scenarios do you think is more helpful to the student in the long run? By teaching our students to use tools that they will lose access to once outside of the university system, we are essentially handing them a ticking time bomb that will explode as they transition from student to professional, which happens to be one of the most vulnerable and stressful periods in one’s life. Any academic library that cares about the continuing success of their students once they graduate should definitely take a look at their list of current supported software and ask themselves, “Am I teaching a tool or a time bomb?”

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University of Alabama Libraries joins the Open Preservation Foundation

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2015-09-02 08:30
(September 2, 2015). The Open Preservation Foundation is delighted to welcome The University of Alabama Libraries as our latest charter member.
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El Colegio de México anuncia su nuevo catálogo a partir de la integración de ALEPH y PRIMO

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2015-09-01 20:29
(September 1, 2015). Grupo Sistemas Lógicos, líder nacional en la provisión de soluciones en la nube para bibliotecas, se complace en anunciar que la Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas de El Colegio de México, ha liberado al público su nuevo catálogo por medio del sistema de descubrimiento Primo de Ex Libris.
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UnitedHealthcare recognizes OCLC for successful worksite wellness programs

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2015-09-01 20:29
(September 1, 2015). OCLC is one of just 11 organizations nationwide to be recognized by UnitedHealthcare with its “Well Deserved” award, an annual honor given to employers who have implemented innovative, industry-leading worksite wellness programs that helped improve their employees' health and well-being.
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New Survey: Academic Librarians and Faculty Need More Collaboration, Communication to Influence Student and Faculty Success

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2015-09-01 20:29
(September 1, 2015). Closer collaboration is needed between librarians and faculty at colleges and universities, according to a new survey by Library Journal and Gale, a global provider of research resources and part of Cengage Learning. The survey of roughly 500 faculty and 500 librarians revealed disconnects about the need for faculty and campus librarians to work together and communicate more, and the role of the library on campus.
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Napa City-County Library (CA) selects the Polaris ILS and Polaris Leap, will hoin LINK+

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2015-09-01 20:29
(September 1, 2015). Innovative announced that Napa City-County Library in northern California has selected the Polaris ILS and Polaris Leap--the responsive-design Web client that performs key library workflows on tablets and laptops. NCCL has a collection size of 150,000 and an annual circulation of over 1 million items. NCCL is also joining the ranks of the LINK+ resource-sharing consortium, which is powered by Innovative's INN-Reach consortial borrowing system. As a member, NCCL will have access to materials from over 60 academic and public libraries that hold over 11 million items. NCCL is replacing a Carl.X system by TLC.
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The Los Angeles Public Library implements the SocialFlow media management service

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2015-09-01 20:29
(September 1, 2015). The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) is the first CARL customer to implement SocialFlow, the leading social media publishing platform used for the distribution and optimization of content to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.Earlier this year, The Library Corporation joined forces with SocialFlow to become its exclusive provider to libraries. SocialFlow can optimize the social media presence of any library regardless of its automation system, and TLC is the only library vendor to offer such a service.
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Friction [sound recording] /

New At the Library - Tue, 2015-09-01 08:29

    ISBN: 9781478934172
    Author: Brown, Sandra, 1948-

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Alert [sound recording] a Michael Bennett novel /

New At the Library - Tue, 2015-09-01 08:29

    ISBN: 9781478961277
    Author: Patterson, James, 1947-

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