Library News

The Christmas room /

New At the Library - Wed, 2017-11-08 10:42

    ISBN: 9780399586316
    Author: Anderson, Catherine

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The broken road /

New At the Library - Wed, 2017-11-08 10:42

    ISBN: 9781501111648
    Author: Evans, Richard Paul

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Dual Enrollment Made More Accessible for Tennessee School Districts

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2017-11-07 13:42
(November 7, 2017). Wilson County Schools have teamed up with Tennessee Book Company LLC, an Ingram company, to enhance Tennessee's dual-enrollment program to reduce textbook costs, making it more feasible for high school students to take college courses.
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Virginia's Community Colleges choose Alma to provide greater access to electronic resources

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2017-11-07 10:42
(November 7, 2017). Ex Libris announced that the Virginia's Community Colleges has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and will integrate it with its statewide implementation of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Alma will replace the Ex Libris Aleph® integrated library system. The libraries of the nearly two dozen community colleges that constitute the VCCS will have the time-saving benefit of centralized acquisitions and collaborative decision-making.
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EBSCO Information Services' Project creates expanded discovery and access models around theses and dissertations

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2017-11-06 16:42
(November 6, 2017). EBSCO Information Services and BiblioLabs have announced the launch of a collaborative open access initiative dedicated to advancing library and industry innovation related to electronic theses and dissertations., is committed to facilitating open and free access to ETD metadata and content. In addition to the fully open website, EBSCO will include EDT metadata in EBSCO Discovery Service to facilitate access and improve content discovery.
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Spotlight Series: Rebecca McGuire

LITA Blog - Mon, 2017-11-06 10:02

Allow me to introduce Rebecca McGuire, Visiting Instructional Tech Specialist at Mortenson Center for International Library Programs.  A division of the University of Illinois Library, the Mortenson Center, provides leadership and technology guidance to libraries throughout the world.  Rebecca shares information about this unique role, her favorite tech blogs, and predictions about the future of libraries. A full transcript of the interview can be found here.

  1. What is your background?

“After getting a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs, I spent a year teaching ESL students in a middle school. I loved teaching, but wanted to do it in a more informal environment, so I decided to get a Master’s in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. I also decided to pursue a certificate in Community Informatics, which really opened my eyes to how important access, understanding, and application of technology is to both personal and community development.”

  1. What were some of your early library jobs and how did they prepare you for your current position?

 Rebecca was able to explore and become comfortable with hardware and software, while troubleshooting for the University of Illinois iSchool Tech Help Desk and teaching classes at the Instructional Technology Design Office at the iSchool. “I learned that you don’t necessarily need to be a technology genius or have a Computer Science degree to work with technology in a library setting; you just need to be able to solve problems, find answers, think critically, communicate clearly, and collaborate with people with varying levels of expertise. Also, patience is so important!”

  1. Tell me about your responsibilities as Visiting Instructional Technology Specialist at Mortenson Center for International Library Programs.

 “The Mortenson Center for International Library programs is a small unit within the University of Illinois Library. We’re involved in a variety of projects around the world, and we primarily work with international partners to provide capacity building, professional development programs, and training for librarians from outside of the United States.   My main responsibility is working on a grant-funded project developing an interactive and adaptable Library Leadership Training toolkit for librarians around the world [Strengthening Innovative Library Leaders or SILL]. This foundational 2-day training focuses on Leadership Styles, Communication, Innovation, and Planning. It’s meant to be delivered to public or community library workers at any level. The goal is that this training curriculum is easy to administer, translatable, adaptable to local contexts, and freely available online, even in places with low-bandwidth and limited technology access.”

Rebecca’s Equipment

  1. What does a typical day look like?

 “When I’m working abroad, my days usually consist of trainings, where I help to facilitate the program and also video record the training. When I’m in my office at the University of Illinois, I work on editing videos and photos, creating and editing training materials, building the training toolkit website, and collaborating with training partners. I also coordinate other educational programs and events for the Mortenson Center and design promotional materials.”

  1. Tell me about libraries 10 years from now- what do they look like and what services do they offer?

 “Libraries will always be places where the community can access and learn how to utilize free resources, including print and online materials, computers, and additional technology they need. Now, libraries are becoming places to not only access, but also create content with maker spaces, video and audio studios, new technology, and educational workshops. I also appreciate the trend of libraries serving as community and student collaborative spaces, where all community members are able to work together on projects that are important to them. I also think libraries will continue to leave their physical buildings and grow to meet their community, throughout city busses, parks, community centers, and beyond.”

  1. What was the best advice you received while in school or early in your career?

“Someone gave me the advice to check out current job postings that interested me, then tailor my classes and volunteer experiences to match with the required skills for the jobs I wanted. This really helped me to narrow my focus and ensure that I was learning everything I needed to for a library career that I wanted.”

  1. How do you stay current on new technology?

“I get to help out in the Media Commons of the University of Illinois Undergraduate Library every week, which includes a video studio, audio booth, and multimedia workstations. They always have new emerging technology in the office that they’re testing, so I get to try new technology that can be applied to library settings, like VR. I also love using if I want to explore a program that’s new to me more in depth. In addition, I try to stay current on instructional technology trends by reading blogs and websites such as:

  1. Share technology that you can’t live or couldn’t do your job without.

“WordPress (for our training toolkit website), my Lumix GH4 and Lumix LX100 cameras and various audio recorders to capture trainings, and to create polished promotional materials for the Mortenson Center. I also use the Adobe Creative Suite often, especially PremierePro, Lightroom and Illustrator. Also Facebook, because it’s a great way to communicate and stay in touch with librarians I’ve worked with around the world.”

 I’m excited to announce that the next interview will be with Ken Varnum, new editor of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL). Ken will be a speaker at the 2017 LITA Forum in Denver, and has kindly agreed to meet with me to discuss his vision for the future of ITAL, his favorite library technologies, and his early career ambitions in U.S./Soviet relations.

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Taste of home Christmas.

New At the Library - Sat, 2017-11-04 08:40

    ISBN: 9781617656996

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Knit mitts : your hand-y guide to knitting mittens and gloves /

New At the Library - Sat, 2017-11-04 08:40

    ISBN: 9781632504920
    Author: Atherley, Kate,

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The world of lore. Monstrous creatures /

New At the Library - Sat, 2017-11-04 08:40

    ISBN: 9781524797973
    Author: Mahnke, Aaron

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Be fierce : stop harassment and take your power back /

New At the Library - Sat, 2017-11-04 08:40

    ISBN: 9781478992172
    Author: Carlson, Gretchen, 1966-

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Inside Camp David: the private world of the presidential retreat /

New At the Library - Sat, 2017-11-04 08:40

    ISBN: 9780316509619
    Author: Giorgione, Michael

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Expose your data with and JSON-LD – a LITA webinar

LITA Blog - Fri, 2017-11-03 17:06

Sign up Now for

Introduction to and JSON-LD
Instructor: Jacob Shelby, Metadata Technologies Librarian, North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries
November 15, 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Central time

Web search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo are integral to making information more discoverable on the open web. How can you expose data about your organization, its services, people, collections, and other information in a way that is meaningful to these search engines? This session will provide an introduction to both and the JSON-LD data format. You’ll learn how to leverage and semantic markup to achieve enhanced discovery of information on the open web.

Register here, courses are listed by date.

Topics include an in-depth look at the vocabulary, a brief overview of semantic markup with a focus on JSON-LD, and use-cases of these technologies. By the end of the session, you will have an opportunity to apply these technologies through a structured exercise. The session will conclude with resources and guidance for next steps.

View details and Register here.

Discover upcoming LITA webinars and web courses

Diversity and Inclusion in Library Makerspace
Offered: December 6, 2017

Digital Life Decoded: A user-centered approach to cyber-security and privacy
Offered: December 12, 2017

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty,

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No place I'd rather be /

New At the Library - Fri, 2017-11-03 08:39

    ISBN: 9781496709813
    Author: Lamb, Cathy

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Emporia State University returns to an Innovative solution

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2017-11-02 17:39
(November 2, 2017). Innovative Interfaces announced that Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, has selected the Sierra integrated library system with the Encore discovery layer. William Allen White Library will move to Sierra from OCLC WorldShare Management Services in February 2018.
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Equinox adds Lehigh Valley Libraries to the PaILS consortium

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2017-11-02 17:39
(November 2, 2017). Equinox announced that they have successfully migrated the LeHigh Valley Libraries to Evergreen within the PaILS SPARK Consortium.
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Vital Release 8.0 SP1 now available with advanced customization options

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2017-11-02 14:39
(November 2, 2017). Innovative announced that Vital Release 8.0 SP1 is now available for library partners. This service pack release focused on moving many popular Vital administrative features into the new responsive design launched in Vital Release 8.0.
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The animals among us : how pets make us human /

New At the Library - Thu, 2017-11-02 08:39

    ISBN: 9780465064816
    Author: Bradshaw, John, 1950-

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Two kinds of truth /

New At the Library - Thu, 2017-11-02 08:39

    ISBN: 9780316225908
    Author: Connelly, Michael, 1956-

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Jobs in Information Technology: November 1, 2017

LITA Blog - Wed, 2017-11-01 14:59

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

Boston University, University Librarian, Boston, MA

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, AVP, Academic Technology & Director of Libraries, Brooklyn, NY

New Haven Free Public Library, IT Senior Manager (Librarian IV), New Haven, CT

Jacksonville Public Library, Website Manager, Jacksonville, FL

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

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BSCO Information Services Introduces Two New Magazine Archives: U.S. News and World Report Magazine archive and Esquire Magazine archive

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2017-11-01 14:39
(November 1, 2017). Libraries can now enhance their special collections with digital backfiles for two leading magazines, U.S News and World Report and Esquire, through EBSCO Information Services. The new magazine archives, U.S. News & World Report Magazine Archive and Esquire Magazine Archive include cover to cover processing, which means each issue is presented in its entirety as originally published.
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