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VitalSource teams up with eCampus.com to power digital materials

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2017-12-05 11:19
(December 5, 2017). VitalSource, a world leader in building, enhancing and delivering digital course materials, and eCampus.com, a leading virtual bookstore provider for academic institutions, have teamed up to offer students at higher-education and K-12 institutions nationwide an enhanced learning experience.
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LIBERO part of making Public Library history at SWITCH 2017

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2017-12-04 20:19
(December 4, 2017). LIBERO by Insight Informatics was the proud sponsor of the New South Wales Public Library Association's, SWITCH 2017 inaugural Exhibitors and Sponsors Dinner.
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Oculus VR donates equipment to the University of Oklahoma Libraries

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2017-12-04 14:18
(December 4, 2017). The University of Oklahoma Libraries announced that Oculus VR has donated a gift of 10 Oculus Rifts and Touch controllers to the University of Oklahoma Libraries. These units are the latest versions of the equipment already widely used across the OU campus. The gift is designed to further foster education, research, knowledge sharing and discussion related to virtual and augmented reality and its application in academic and research settings.
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Interview with Ken Varnum

LITA Blog - Mon, 2017-12-04 13:13

Ken Varnum, editor of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), kindly agreed to meet with me last month when he was in Denver for the 2017 LITA forum. We discussed his early exposure to technology, what he reads for fun, and his vision for the future of ITAL. Below is the interview in its entirety and a copy of the transcript can be found here.

Tell me a little about your background. What did you study in school? Have you always been interested in technology?

“Technology has been a thread through my interests since middle school when I learned BASIC and wrote highly simplistic games on my Atari 800. At Grinnell College, I received a dual degree in history and Russian language, with a lot of political science thrown in (probably a minor had Grinnell offered one). My interest was in Cold War relations and arms control. After a few years working in DC in that area, I went to the University of Michigan to get a Master’s in Russian area studies. By that time, the Soviet Union was no more and the U.S. was in a recession, so I went to library school for a second Master’s degree in Library Studies. This was fortuitous because my first year in that program was the year that HTTP and the graphical web browser were born. While I graduated with a concentration in archival studies, it was the Web and digital technologies that seized my interest and steered my career from then on through a series of jobs leading to my current one, coincidentally at the University of Michigan Library.”

Why were you interested in becoming editor of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL)? What appeals to you about the journal?

“Another running thread through my career has been writing and editing. At my first post-college job I was the production editor of the organization’s quarterly journal. In more recent years, I have written extensively for publication and edited several books, as well as served on several editorial boards (the Code4Lib Journal, a book on discovery systems, and ITAL itself). The opportunity to collaborate with authors to bring together multiple disparate articles or chapters into a cohesive whole is a rare one, and a great deal of fun. When the ITAL editor position became open, it struck me as a fantastic opportunity to marry my avocations interests in editing with my vocational interests in library technology.”

The ALA press release announcing your appointment specifically mentioned your “vision for the future” of ITAL, which resonated with the search committee. Can you share some of your vision with LITA blog readers?

“I view ITAL as an integral part of LITA: it has the potential to showcase the talents and achievements of the library technologists who belong to the organization and provide a platform to highlight the critical importance of technology in library (and cultural memory organizations more broadly). A LITA Task Force created a set of personas to describe LITA’s current and potential membership. ITAL, as a journal, has the potential to provide value to all of those archetypical user groups, while focusing the core readership and authorship. In particular, I am eager to explore areas of overlap between LITA and several closely affiliated ALA divisions — PLA and ACRL in particular, but really all of them. At a time when LITA is looking to expand its reach and influence, ITAL can and should be part of that.

From a more practical standpoint, I would like the editorial board to become an activist one: its members should not only provide the excellent peer review and guidance to authors to maintain the high quality of what we publish, but at the same time can be active representatives of the journal, seeking new content and creating relationships with prospective authors to help them think constructively about writing an article. LITA has a large membership, and the board should help the journal reflect the diversity of our organizational membership and affiliated interests.”

You have written extensively on the intersection of technology and libraries. What is some technology that you think is most helpful or relevant in librarianship today?

“I’m very excited about the triad of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. I’m honestly not sure exactly what will come of them, in the library setting in particular or in society in general, but I think the possibilities for radical new ways of thinking about the ways libraries provide access to their collections and expertise are incredibly exciting.

I also think we’ve just started to explore what “discovery” can do. Especially in academic campus settings, where the library has the potential to understand a great deal about students, faculty, and their immediate learning/research contexts.”

How do you stay current on new technology?

“Blogs — yes, I still read my RSS feeds in Feedly, though I think that dates me as an Internet dinosaur. Twitter is helpful, as are conferences like LITA Forum. I’m involved in various groups like NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative and Tracking Link Origins, as well as the Summon Product Working Group — those are also helpful for learning what others, both in the U.S. and beyond — are doing.”

Are you working on any research projects right now, or are there any on the horizon?

“For me, research projects and my job have always had significant overlap. My big project at the moment (and it’s been a very long moment, to be honest) is our discovery-to-delivery system. So, over the past few years, my research and thinking has been closely aligned with that. I am also working on and interested in user analytics and the associated concerns.”

In an alternate universe where you did not become a librarian, what would you be?

My first attempt at a career was in U.S.-Soviet relations, diplomacy, and arms control. I was stymied first by the (apparent) end of the Cold War in the early 1990s and a simultaneous recession, where the international relations component be had been temporarily resolved and there was a glut of people on the market with experience and education in the area. So library school — the best place for a liberal arts graduate to land — beckoned. If the Gorbachev years hadn’t happened, and we had a straight line from Andropov to Putin, I imagine I would be in the Foreign Service at this point.

Are you a reader? Fiction or Non-Fiction?

“I am a reader, a mix of fiction and nonfiction, though about 75-25 in favor of fiction at the moment. Science Fiction has always been my favorite, but I also like thrillers and alternative history. In nonfiction, I tend to read Cold War histories and books on cosmology.” 

You are heavily involved on several committees, working groups, and boards. You also write and present extensively- how do you re-charge? Any interesting hobbies?

“Keeping busy with family activities is my main non-professional activity. I have two boys (elementary and middle school), and evenings and weekends are generally busy with their activities. I read, binge-watch (is it bingeing if it’s an episode a night rather than a series a night?) shows on streaming services.”

 

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Digital Lives and Makerspaces – LITA Webinars

LITA Blog - Mon, 2017-12-04 11:39

There’s still time to sign up for LITA’s last two Fall 2017 webinars.

December 6, 2017, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central time

Diversity, Inclusion, and Empowerment in Library Makerspaces
Instructors: Sharona Ginsberg, Learning Technologies Librarian, SUNY Oswego and Lauren Di Monte, Data & Research Impact Librarian, University of Rochester

Register here, courses are listed by date.

     

One oft-overlooked aspect of making and makerspaces is its potential for empowerment, especially among populations that are otherwise marginalized or underrepresented. This 90 minute webinar will discuss why making is important for these populations, and what libraries can do to ensure their makerspaces are safe spaces of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

View details and Register here.

December 12, 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Central time

Digital Life Decoded: A user-centered approach to cyber-security and privacy
Instructors: Hannah Rainey, Libraries Fellow; Sonoe Nakasone, Lead Librarian for Metadata Technologies; and Will Cross, Director, Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center, all at North Carolina State University.

Register here, courses are listed by date.

        

The current technological and political landscapes have re-ignited conversations and concerns around digital security, privacy, and media literacy. Staff at NCSU developed a project branded as “Digital Life Decoded,” and grounded in substantial user research done in the spring of 2017 that identified three specific issues students were concerned about:

  • Hacking of personal information
  • Consent for use of information
  • Understanding how their information would be shared

View details and Register here.

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org

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RedLink becomes a MathJax Supporter

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2017-12-04 11:18
(December 4, 2017). RedLink is giving the MathJax project a boost by joining our sponsorship program as a MathJax Supporter.
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Former Member Libraries of UNILINC Library Network use Alma and Primo to automate library services

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2017-12-04 08:18
(December 4, 2017). Ex Libris announced that 17 of the 20 libraries that were previously members of the UNILINC library network have chosen to work directly with Ex Libris as they continue to use the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo discovery and delivery solution.
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Obama : an intimate portrait /

New At the Library - Sat, 2017-12-02 11:16

    ISBN: 9780316512596
    Author: Souza, Pete


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Equinox adds Cherokee County Public Library to the SC Lends consortium

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2017-12-01 17:15
(December 1, 2017). Equinox announced that Cherokee County Public Library successfully migrated to Evergreen within the SC Lends Consortium. This migration includes more than 32,000 users and over 95,000 bibliographic records. For the migration, Equinox performed the bibliographic data extraction and deduplication, policy configuration, project management and training services. As part of the SC LENDS consortium, Cherokee County Public Library is hosted and supported by Equinox on their industry leading Sequoia platform.
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Lisa G. Rosenblum selected as New King County Library System Director

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2017-12-01 17:15
(December 1, 2017). The King County Library System (KCLS) Board of Trustees has selected Lisa G. Rosenblum as the KCLS Library Director following a comprehensive nationwide search.
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The View from the Top: AI, Autonomous Cars, and Libraries

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2017-12-01 17:15
(December 1, 2017). The RMG's Annual Presidents' Seminar will be held at the ALA Midwinter Conference, in Denver, CO on Friday February 9, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm, with discussion surrounding the topic of AI, Autonomous Cars, and Libraries.
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Sarasota County opens new Shannon Staub Public/Academic Library with Tech Logic AMH and RFID Workflow Tools

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2017-12-01 17:15
(December 1, 2017). In partnership with Sarasota County Public Library, Tech Logic completed the installation of a nine-bin Automated Materials Handling system at the new Shannon Staub Public Library located on the campus of Suncoast Technical College in North Port, Fl. The library selected a Tech Logic UltraSort AMH featuring both internal and external drive-up "throw and go" book drops, ergonomic SmartBins™, and built-in fire suppression as well as a complete suite of RFID workflow tools and CircIT self-checkout stations.
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VitalSource acquires Intrepid Learning

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2017-12-01 14:15
(December 1, 2017). VitalSource, the leading platform for institutions, campus stores, publishers, and companies to create and deliver educational and training content, has acquired the assets of Seattle-based corporate learning-technology leader, Intrepid Learning.
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Thanks Northland Library Cooperative!

Tame the Web - Fri, 2017-12-01 12:52

Thanks to all who attended the  Northland Library Cooperative meeting in Traverse City yesterday. How wonderful to spend time at my home library and with Michigan library folk.

Download the slides for the keynote Library as a Classroom and afternoon session Formula for Success here.

Selected Library Journal “Office Hours” columns cited:

 

Image: Traverse Area District Library’s Book Tree

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Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library selects Patron Point

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2017-12-01 11:14
(December 1, 2017). New marketing technology enhances library's efforts to tell its story to new users.Dublin, OH - November 30, 2017 - Third Chapter Partners announced today that the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS, has selected its library marketing service, Patron Point, to better inform its users.
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Valerie's home cooking : more than 100 delicious recipes to share with friends a

New At the Library - Fri, 2017-12-01 11:14

    ISBN: 9780848752286
    Author: Bertinelli, Valerie, 1960-


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Past perfect : a novel /

New At the Library - Thu, 2017-11-30 11:13

    ISBN: 9781101883983
    Author: Steel, Danielle


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The people vs. Alex Cross /

New At the Library - Thu, 2017-11-30 11:13

    ISBN: 9780316273909
    Author: Patterson, James, 1947-


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Blessed in the darkness : how all things are working for your good /

New At the Library - Thu, 2017-11-30 11:13

    ISBN: 9781455534326
    Author: Osteen, Joel


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Future home of the living god : a novel /

New At the Library - Thu, 2017-11-30 11:13

    ISBN: 9780062694058
    Author: Erdrich, Louise


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