Library News

Auto-Graphics Inc. Introduces a unique OCLC WMS bibliographic connector

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2015-05-21 17:27
(May 21, 2015). Auto-Graphic announced that SHAREit has been integrated with OCLC's WorldShare Management Services ILS for their statewide and provincial customers. The new WMS module allows SHAREit to fully interact with OCLC WMS ILS systems in the same manner as any standard ILS using Z39.50. The WMS integration provides bibliographic data discovery, item level detail including availability, and related circulation status.
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Should LITA oppose Elsevier’s new sharing policy?

LITA Blog - Thu, 2015-05-21 14:28

It’s come to the LITA Board’s attention that the Confederation of Open Access Repositories is circulating a statement against Elsevier’s new sharing policy. (You can find that policy here.) COAR is concerned that the policy imposes long embargoes for open access content (up to 4 years); applies retroactively; and restricts author’s choice of Creative Commons license. Numerous individuals and library organizations, including ALA and ACRL, have signed on to this statement; the LITA Board is discussing doing likewise.

But we represent you, the members! So tell us what you think. Should LITA sign on?

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London's Natural History Museum is live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:27
(May 21, 2015). Ex Libris announced that the Alma resource management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution are live at the Natural History Museum in London. Alma allows museum staff to manage all of the Library's scholarly resources and media types in a unified system, while Primo enables users to search all resource types from a single user-interface, and receive a single, relevance-ranked result list.
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Perry County Libraries choose ByWater Solutions' Koha support

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:27
(May 21, 2015). ByWater Solutions announced that the Perry County Libraries in Pennsylvania is now live with their installation of the Koha open source ILS. ByWater Solutions has completed the migration for the Perry County Libraries and will be providing ongoing Koha Support for them.
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PTFS Meets With Thought Leaders at CIL

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:27
(May 21, 2015). At the 2015 Computers in Libraries conference, LibLime, a Division of PTFS met with 25 of the library world's thought leaders to hear their opinions on how vendors can better serve the library profession. The discussion was robust; exciting customer focused ideas were exchanged.
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Jobs in Information Technology: May 20, 2015

LITA Blog - Wed, 2015-05-20 13:24

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

Director of Information Technology, Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO

Associate Product Owner, The Library Corporation (TLC), Inwood, WV

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

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Archimed announces a prestigious partnership with EBSCO

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2015-05-20 11:23
(May 19, 2015). Archimed, a leading software and library solution vendor in the EU, has established a partnership with EBSCO Information Services to enrich the content searchable with Syracuse, its newly-released unified information system portal for libraries.
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Call for Writers

LITA Blog - Tue, 2015-05-19 09:00
meme courtesy of Michael Rodriguez

The LITA blog is seeking regular contributors interested in writing easily digestible, thought-provoking blog posts that are fun to read (and hopefully to write!). The blog showcases innovative ideas and projects happening in the library technology world, so there is a lot of room for contributor creativity. Possible post formats could include interviews, how-tos, hacks, and beyond.

Any LITA member is welcome to apply. Library students and members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Contributors will be expected to write one post per month. Writers will also participate in peer editing and conversation with other writers – nothing too serious, just be ready to share your ideas and give feedback on others’ ideas. Writers should expect a time commitment of 1-3 hours per month.

Not ready to become a regular writer but you’d like to contribute at some point? Just indicate in your message to me that you’d like to be considered as a guest contributor instead.

To apply, send an email to briannahmarshall at gmail dot com by Friday, May 29. Please include the following information:

  • A brief bio
  • Your professional interests, including 2-3 example topics you would be interested in writing about
  • If possible, links to writing samples, professional or personal, to get a feel for your writing style

Send any and all questions my way!

Brianna Marshall, LITA blog editor

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Middlesex County Library (Canada) selects the Sierra Library Services Platform

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2015-05-18 20:13
(May 18, 2015). Innovative announced that Middlesex County Library in Ontario, Canada has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform and will migrate from a Symphony system provided by SirsiDynix. MCL has just over 200,000 items in its collection and covers a geographic area of over 1,000 square miles.
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EBSCO eBooks – A good fit for Claremont Lincoln University

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2015-05-18 14:12
(May 18, 2015). Claremont Lincoln University, in Southern California, has opted for EBSCO eBooks from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) to provide students with the perfect collection of subject-specific titles for their research needs. The university selected EBSCO's eBook Business Collection which is offered on an annual subscription basis with unlimited simultaneous user access.
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Collaborazione Data Management PA ed EBSCO Information Services

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2015-05-18 11:11
(May 14, 2015). Data Management PA e EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) sono lieti di annunciare una nuova partnership volta a fornire ed ampliare i servizi utilizzati dai reciproci clienti. Questa partnership consentirà ai clienti di EBSCO Discovery Services e di Data Management PA di migliorare l'accesso ai contenuti di loro maggiore interesse e di rendere l'esperienza del discovery ancora più completa e soddisfacente.
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Tech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself – Volume 6

LITA Blog - Mon, 2015-05-18 10:00

What’s new with you TYBYWYers? I’m sure you’ve been setting the world on fire with your freshly acquired tech skills. You’ve been pushing back the boundaries of the semantic web. Maybe the rumors are true and you’re developing a new app to better serve your users. I have no doubt you’re staying busy.

If you’re new to Tech Yourself, let me give you a quick overview. Each installment, produced monthly-ish offers a curated list of tools and resources for library technologists at all levels of experience. I focus on webinars, MOOCs, and other free/low-cost options for learning, growing, and increasing tech proficiency. Welcome!

Worthwhile Webinars:

Texas State Library and ArchivesTech Tools With Tine – One Hour of Arduino – May 29, 2015 – I’ve talked about this awesome ongoing tech orientation series before, and this installment on Arduino promises to be an exciting time!

TechSoup for LibrariesExcel at Everything! (Or At Least Make Better Spreadsheets) – May 21, 2015 – I will confess I am obsessed with Excel, and so I take every free class I find on the program. Hope to see you at this one!

Massachusetts Library SystemPower Searching: Databases and the Hidden Web – May 28, 2015 – Another classic topic, and worth revisiting!

I Made This:

LYRASISLYRASIS eGathering – May 20th, 2015

Shameless self-promotion, but I’m going to take three paragraphs to draw your attention to an online conference which I’ve organized. I know! I am proud of me too.

eGathering 2015

But not as proud as I am of the impressive and diverse line-up of speakers and presentations that comprise the 2015 eGathering. The event is free, online, and open to you through the generosity of LYRASIS members. Register online today and see a Keynote address by libtech champion Jason Griffey, followed by 6 workshop/breakout sessions, one of which is being hosted by our very own LITA treasure, Brianna Marshall. Do you want to learn ’bout UX from experts Amanda L. Goodman and Michael Schofield? Maybe you’re more interested in political advocacy and the library from EveryLibrary‘s John Chrastka? We have a breakout session for you.

Register online today! All registrants will receive an archival copy of the complete eGathering program following the event. Consider it my special gift to you, TYBYWYers.

Tech On!

TYBYWY will return June 19th!

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Storify of LITA’s First UX Twitter Chat

LITA Blog - Mon, 2015-05-18 07:18

LITA’s UX Interest Group did a fantastic job moderating the first ever UX Twitter Chat on May 15th. Moderators Amanda (@godaisies) and Haley (@hayleym1218) presented some deep questions and great conversations organically grew from there. There were over 220 tweets over the 1-hour chat.

The next UX Twitter Chat will take place on Friday, May 29th, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, with moderator Bohyun (@bohyunkim). Use #litaux to participate. See this post for more info. Hope you can join us!

Here’s the Storify of the conversation from May 15th:

[View the story “First #litaux chat” on Storify]
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Ming tea murder /

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-05-16 11:02

    ISBN: 9780425281642
    Author: Childs, Laura

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Dry bones /

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-05-16 11:02

    ISBN: 9780525426936
    Author: Johnson, Craig, 1961-

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The guest cottage : a novel /

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-05-16 11:02

    ISBN: 9780345545718
    Author: Thayer, Nancy, 1943-

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New Technology partnership between Data Management PA and EBSCO to improve discovery for users in Italy and France

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-15 14:01
(May 14, 2015). EBSCO Information Services and ILS vendor, Data Management PA, announce a new partnership to provide expanded services to mutual customers. The partnership will enable mutual customers of EBSCO Discovery Services and Data Management PA to access content that is important to them while customizing the discovery experience to their needs. Data Management PA develops and sells ILS Sebina and Web2.0 OPAC SebinaYOU. Based in Italy, Data Management PA is a national brand leader for all types of libraries and is active in France in collaboration with Décalog, a leading French software house for public libraries.
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The ‘I’ Word: Internships

LITA Blog - Fri, 2015-05-15 10:00
Image courtesy of DeKalb CSB.

Two weeks ago, I completed a semester-long, advanced TEI internship where I learned XSLT and utilized it to migrate two digital collections (explained more here, and check out the blog here) in the Digital Library Program. During these two weeks, I’ve had time to reflect on the impact that internships, especially tech-based, have on students.

At Indiana University, a student must complete an internship to graduate with a dual degree or specialization. However, this is my number one piece of advice for any student, but especially library students: do as many internships as you possibly can. The hands-on experience obtained during an internship is invaluable moving to a real-life position, and something we can’t always experience in courses. This is especially true for internships introducing and refining tech skills.

I’m going to shock you: learning new technology is difficult. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes a project application. Every new computer program or tech skill I’ve learned has come with a “drowning period,” also known as the learning period. Since technology exists in a different space, it is difficult to conceptualize how it works, and therefore how to learn and understand it.

An internship, usually unpaid or for student-paid credit, is the perfect safe zone for this drowning period. The student has time to fail and make mistakes, but also learn from them in a fairly low-pressure situation. They work with the people actually doing the job in the real world who can serve as a guide for learning the skills, as well as a career mentor.

The supervisors and departments also benefit from free labor, even if it does take time. Internships are also a chance for supervisors to revisit their own knowledge and solidify it by teaching others. They can look at their standards and see if anything needs updated or changed. Supervisors can directly influence the next generation of librarians, teaching them skills and hacks it took them years to figure out.

My two defining internships were: the Walt Whitman Archive at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, introducing me to digital humanities work, and the Digital Library Program, solidifying my future career. What was your defining library internship? What kinds of internships does your institution offer to students and recent graduates? How does your institution support continuing education and learning new tech skills?

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Winthrop University selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-15 08:01
(May 13, 2015). Winthrop University, a public, comprehensive college in Rock Hill, South Carolina, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.
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Perimeter Institute Library Chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha Suppors

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2015-05-14 10:53
(May 14, 2015). ByWater Solutions announced that the Library at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario, Canada is now live with their installation of the Koha open source ILS.
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