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Any dream will do : a novel /

New At the Library - Wed, 2017-08-09 13:47

    ISBN: 9781524783679
    Author: Macomber, Debbie


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LOUIS Consortium goes live with Enterprise

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2017-08-08 19:46
(August 8, 2017). SirsiDynix announced that LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network has chosen to implement Enterprise as their new discovery solution. Enterprise will be integrated with LOUIS's existing solution, EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), and is enhanced with the addition of Syndetics Enriched Content.
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HarperCollins Publishers audiobook catalogue now available as pay-per-use on bibliotheca's cloudLibrary

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2017-08-08 19:46
(August 8, 2017). Effective immediately, bibliotheca has added HarperCollins to its growing list of audiobook publishers participating in cloudLibrary's pay-per-use model. cloudLibrary launched the pay-per-use model in May of 2017. Since then, the program has been adopted by libraries world-wide, offering audiobooks from publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Hachette, Blackstone, Disney, and Scholastic.
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PTFS Europe, Kortext and the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) agree deal to transform the reading list and course materials market for universities and students globally.

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2017-08-08 19:46
(August 8, 2017). CLA and Kortext, the UK's leading Personal Learning Platform and digital textbook provider have agreed to buy the rebus:list Reading List Management System from PTFS Europe, a leading supplier of the Koha library management system and other products to the library market.
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Devil's cut : a Bourbon Kings novel /

New At the Library - Tue, 2017-08-08 13:46

    ISBN: 9780451475305
    Author: Ward, J. R., 1969-


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Crime scene : a novel /

New At the Library - Tue, 2017-08-08 13:46

    ISBN: 9780525492504
    Author: Kellerman, Jonathan


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Devil's cut /

New At the Library - Tue, 2017-08-08 13:46

    ISBN: 9781524780005
    Author: Ward, J. R., 1969-


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Dark rites /

New At the Library - Tue, 2017-08-08 13:46

    ISBN: 9780778331032
    Author: Graham, Heather


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The chickenshit club : why the Justice Department fails to prosecute executives

New At the Library - Tue, 2017-08-08 13:46

    ISBN: 9781501121388
    Author: Eisinger, Jesse,


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Undaunted /

New At the Library - Tue, 2017-08-08 13:46

    ISBN: 9780373802463
    Author: Palmer, Diana


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Paradise valley : a novel /

New At the Library - Tue, 2017-08-08 13:46

    ISBN: 9781427285775
    Author: Box, C. J.


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University of Oklahoma Libraries receives national recognition as Education Futurist

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2017-08-08 04:46
(August 7, 2017). The University of Oklahoma Libraries has been recognized nationally as a recipient of the 2017 Campus Technology Impact Award, which recognizes colleges and universities that are making an extraordinary impact with technology on campus. OU Libraries received recognition in the category of “Education Futurists” for its Innovation @ the Edge project – a leading innovation and maker space within the Bizzell Memorial Library. OU was one of only ten institutions selected nationally from nominations across the nation and one of only two honored with the “Education Futurists” Award.
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People, Places, and Objects – A TTW Guest Post by Anjanette Jones

Tame the Web - Mon, 2017-08-07 21:58

As libraries anticipate and explore new possibilities for the future, there are three areas that should be focused on for a successful transition; people, places, and objects. Libraries have always desired to reach out to their users, but in the past this involved library buildings that had to be visited in person which were filled with row after row of books and little space left for anything other than reading. With advances in technology libraries have the opportunity to meet user needs in interesting and varied ways.

People

Technology has and will continue to transform people’s lives. Libraries have a role to play in this transformation. Transitional times, like today, can be very chaotic and frightening. Libraries must support and work with users to recognize how changes will impact their lives. They can do this by helping people explore their dreams in a safe environment (Stephens, 2017) and by supporting the discovery of what is possible. Championing patron hopes and needs can initiate their own innovative process.

Libraries remain the gatekeepers to rich tapestries of information and knowledge. As the volume of web resources increases, libraries are charged with finding new ways to organize and disseminate research to make it easier to discover, digest, and track. –Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition

Photo courtesy of Provo City Library

Places

Traditionally libraries have expected users to come to them. However, now that information is literally in the palm of one’s hand, this expectation must change. First, as users rely less on library spaces to access information, they are looking for better places to be productive and collaborate (Horizon Report, 2017). Reconfigured, inclusive spaces where users can experiment, learn, and grow should be a top priority for libraries.

We are really shifting and think of the library less as a place to warehouse books, and more of a place where you can come and interact with information in a new way and actually participate in a new experience. – Stacie Ledden, communications director with Anythink Libraries (Hood, 2014)

Second, libraries should be facilitating access to information anywhere and anytime. “Americans today are increasingly connected to the world of digital information while ‘on the go’ via smartphones and other mobile devices” (Pew, 2017). Changing needs through technological advancement should be viewed as a positive thing. It enables libraries to do what they’ve always wanted to do which is to reach and serve the needs of as many people as possible. It is just the method that has changed. Libraries should look for quick, intuitive ways users can have 24/7 access to learning opportunities.

Objects

Objects are the tools libraries can use to connect and meet the needs of their users. This can be done in a variety of ways. For example, in the article Mobile Learning Environments, by David Gagnon (2010), he illustrates how mobile devices can be used as interactive educational tools describing a location-based local history game for students to experience a historical event. “The goal of this design was to give students an active, experiential, embodied role in the events of history instead of just hearing about them.” This immersive educational experience would not be possible without a mobile device.

Another example is the use of beacon devices by some libraries. Beacon devices send location-triggered information to users who have downloaded an app and have Bluetooth technology enabled. Experts from beacon technology companies explain that libraries could use the devices to help “remind people of [the libraries’] importance in the community and showcase the wide range of services and resources they offer” (Sarmah, 2015).

Finally, in an attempt to expand and diversify their traditional role, many libraries are making use of less advanced objects to provide for users’ needs. Dubbed ‘The Library of Things” by Sacramento Public Library (Garrison, 2015), these are sewing machines, musical instruments, kitchen appliances, and tools such as hammers and drills that are made available for check out from the library. The idea is to provide objects that people may have need of but for various reasons would not consider purchasing. Libraries should be evaluating how objects can be utilized to transform user experiences.

People use libraries in order to transform their lives, which is another type of innovation—becoming a better version of yourself. Whether in public or academic libraries, the learning that occurs is transformational, and that has little to do with specific technology. It happens with books as well as computers, in conversations and through relationships. – Jeff Jacobs, Chief Information Officer, OCLC

References

Gagnon, D. (September 22, 2010) Mobile Learning Environments. Retrieved from http://er.educause.edu/articles/2010/9/mobile-learning-environments

Garrison, E. (February 1, 2015). Borrowing a sewing machine? Sacramento Public Library to start loaning more than books. Retrieved from http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article8920145.html

Hood, G. (September 15, 2015). 5 ways Colorado libraries are going beyond books. Retrieved from http://www.kunc.org/post/5-ways-colorado-libraries-are-going-beyond-books#

Jacobs, J. (2015). Innovate anything. Next Space OCLC Newsletter. Retrieved from http://library.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15003coll11/id/23/rec/1

Pew Research Center (January 12, 2017) Mobile Fact Sheet. Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheet/mobile/

NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition (2017). Retrieved from http://nmc.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fdfddcfb94886c9a42ff42780&id=436c3a4f09&e=95b0c22e94

Sarmah, S. (January 7, 2015) The internet of things plan to make libraries and museums awesomer. Retrieved from https://www.fastcompany.com/3040451/elasticity/the-internet-of-things-plan-to-make-libraries-and-museums-awesomer

Stephens, M. (March 22, 2017). Chaos & caring. Retried from http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2017/03/opinion/michael-stephens/chaos-caring-office-hours/#_

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Anjanette Jones

Anjanette Jones is a graduate student at San Jose State University in the School of Information. She lives at the foot of the breathtaking Wasatch mountain range in Orem, Utah, where she has been working as a reference librarian for over 15 years. She loves to keep a finger in every pot but spends much of her time improving the library website and planning a fabulous summer reading program for adults and teens, who deserve their own awesome program.

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Office Hours: Agents of Change

Tame the Web - Sat, 2017-08-05 17:50

I must admit my eyebrows raised when one of my students in the Hyperlinked Library class shared a job description in our discussion devoted to emerging ideas and trends. Trenton Public Library (TPL), NJ, was looking for an “Innovation Catalyst Librarian.” The interest grew as my students dissected the duties and requirements, comparing their own experiences and suitability for such a position. I have seen a lot of cutting-edge job descriptions before, but this one was different.

Merriam-Webster defines a catalyst as “an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action.” TPL was searching for “a passionate, creative, type-A professional who will be instrumental in helping lead our organization into significant and meaningful change!” This position, intended for a Librarian I, merits some consideration. Let’s unpack the duties and requirements. I’d argue that in ten years (or less) this type of job will be the norm for incoming employees, of the full stack persuasion and beyond.

Read the whole column here.

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Office Hours: Conference Call

Tame the Web - Sat, 2017-08-05 17:45

A new way of professional learning may be replacing the “filling a ballroom and quietly taking notes as a speaker speaks” model and seems to have its genesis in a more localized fashion. At a state meeting last spring, a library administrator noted, “My new professional hires are much more interested in doing regional and state stuff—super into the state stuff.”

Is this the rise of locavore learning? Budgets may be more robust for travel closer to home. There’s something wonderful about meeting up with colleagues once a year (or more) and commiserating. As a friend said at CALCON, “I’m with my people.” Local and state conferences make collaboration more possible. It’s easier to learn from one another when you can actually visit one another’s libraries and see how programs and services are working out. People extend themselves more when they are with colleagues who are also “neighbors,” even if they are three hours away. Chances are you will also find colleagues working with similar demographics or facing similar political/funding realities—all of which make “going local” more compelling.

Read the whole common here.

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Office Hours: Speak of the Devil

Tame the Web - Sat, 2017-08-05 17:20

Has this ever happened to you? A meeting is going along swimmingly. Decisions are being made. Paths forward seem clearly defined. Action items are doled out to key players around the ­table. And then, a voice pipes up: “I’ll play devil’s advocate and….”

Cue the sound of wheels screeching to a halt, or perhaps the collective, weary exhale of the group.

The term devil’s advocate is defined as a role meant to encourage discussion of an issue from all sides by taking an unpopular approach. However, I fear it’s become something different. Many have come to understand that when we say “play devil’s advocate,” it’s a passive-aggressive way of bringing a point up without it looking like it’s our own. Same goes for those who blanket their opinions with, “Others are saying this about that….”

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HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht is now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2017-08-05 16:45
(August 4, 2017). HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, one of the largest universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands, is now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.
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Oversigt over indhold i release 1.8 af FBS

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2017-08-04 01:44
(August 3, 2017). Fælles Bibliotekssystem udvikles løbende. Se den opdaterede oversigt over indhold i release 1.8 her.
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StreamNet Regional Library goes live on ByWater Solutions Koha support

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2017-08-02 22:34
(August 2, 2017). ByWater Solutions announced that the StreamNet Regional Library, of Portland, OR. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library's 60,000 plus holdings from their self supported Koha installation and is providing ongoing support and hosting services.
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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo to unify library systems

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2017-08-02 22:34
(August 2, 2017). Ex Libris announced that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution. Ex Libris Alma will replace the Innovative Sierra library system.
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