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LITA Fall 2017 Online Learning Line Up

LITA Blog - Tue, 2017-09-26 10:00

Don’t miss out on the excellent online offerings put together by the LITA Education committee for this fall.

Check out all the offerings at the

LITA Online Learning page.

Select from these titles and find registration details and links on each of the sessions pages.

Building Services Around Reproducibility & Open Scholarship
with presenter: Vicky Steeves
A blended web course with weekly webinars, offered: November 1, 2017 – November 22, 2017

Taking Altmetrics to the Next Level in Your Library’s Systems and Services
with presenter: Lily Troia
Webinar offered: October 31, 2017

Introduction to Schema.org and JSON-LD
with presenter: Jacob Shelby
Webinar offered: November 15, 2017

Diversity and Inclusion in Library Makerspace
with presenters: Sharona Ginsberg and Lauren Di Monte
Webinar offered: December 6, 2017

Digital Life Decoded: A user-centered approach to cyber-security and privacy
with presenters: Hannah Rainey, Sonoe Nakasone and Will Cross
Webinar offered: December 12, 2017

Sign up for any and all of these great sessions today.

Questions or Comments?

Contact LITA at (312) 280-4269 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org.

 

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Where we live (Part 5) – A TTW Guest Post by Beth Harper

Tame the Web - Tue, 2017-09-26 09:00
The pulse and the flow

So what do people want from us? They want help doing things, rather than finding things.

– Brian Kenney, “Where Reference Fits in the Modern Library”

Infinite learning.

Infinite learning.

This is actually a really hard topic for me to write about, because it’s so personal, so close to my heart. I don’t know where to start. It’s like talking about breathing.

Infinite learning is more than lifelong learning. Lifelong learning is where the mainstream core of the profession is now:

….All purposeful learning activity, whether formal or informal, undertaken on an ongoing basis with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competence.

Definition of the EU Employment and Labour Market Committee, as quoted in the White Paper on Adult Education, Department of Education and Science, 2000

Okay, that’s a start. That’s a market-and-public-policy definition, a skills definition, a prove-your-ROI definition. And that is where we as institutions to some extent have to operate, the language into which we have to translate, but let’s not mistake it for the real world.

Story time.

It is August of 2000, and my new neighborhood library has just opened, half the distance from home of the old branch, which puts it within walking distance of home for my six- and almost-four-year old children. So we walk to the library. We went on opening day too, which was exciting – there were balloon animals and ice cream – but never even got inside. Today it’s quieter. It’s hot – summer in the south hot – and there’s a shaded indoor/outdoor alcove before the entrance where we catch our breath before going in and getting smacked by the air conditioning.

It’s the standard layout of branch libraries everywhere, adult stacks to the right, children’s area to the left, circulation desk straight ahead, which is familiar and therefore comfortable, but it’s also beautiful, full of real wood and stone and natural light and rich color, low open shelves and long lines of sight. We turn to the left to head to the kids’ area, and – I remember this like it is yesterday – there are huge oak wardrobe doors. Twenty-foot-tall oak wardrobe doors. They’re open, and on the walls beyond and around and carved into them there is imagery from The Chronicles of Narnia, and beyond that is an open airy outdoor enclosed garden storytime pavilion. And there is a lamp post. Of course there has to be a lamppost. Because it’s not Narnia without Lantern Waste.

And for just a moment I am seven years old again, I am inside, literally inside my favorite books in all the world, the books that created for me a world of magic and possibility and endless discovery. The books that taught me that opening a door or asking a question or going on a journey may be hard but never has to be scary.

And I am there inside that space with my children, with whom I’ve begun to share these books. And I think, this was made by someone who loves stories. As I love them, as Clive Staples Lewis loved them, as the ancient mythmakers of Ireland and Wales and Greece upon whose visions he built his stories loved them.

The designers of that space could not have known how that particular imagery would hit me, though certainly they knew that there are a lot of people with a lot of love for those books. They created a possibility and then set it loose in the world to take on a life of its own.

I’ve talked over the course of these weeks about libraries as sites and agents of change, as community spaces, as liminal spaces, and as connectors. These are all different ways of saying the same thing: as physical spaces, as cultural institutions beyond the limits of our spaces, and as a deeper philosophical concept, libraries exist at the site of possibility. Simply by existing, libraries activate narrative.

[Y]ou and I leave our fingerprints, and sometimes bite marks, on the messages we pass. We tell people why we’re sending it. We argue with it. We add a joke. We chop off the part we don’t like. We make these messages our own.

– Searls & Weinberger, New Clues, #21

If we think about learning in terms of internalizing, transforming, and enacting narrative, then: the connection between the idea of libraries as sites of narrative possibility, and the infinity of the human capacity for learning manifests. Then the transformational power of libraries becomes apparent, and it’s breathtaking.

 Infinite learning is generative.

If it seems like children typically have more fun in the library than adults do, it’s probably true. Where are all the art supplies in the library? In the Children’s Department, of course! And who’s waiting to get on a public computer to print out tax forms? Adults.

Ally Blumenfeld, Paterson Free Library, New Jersey.

Cognitive psychology has come so far in the last fifty years; we now understand that learning is never just about passively taking in information that we are exposed to, but about engaging with it, interpreting it, and doing something with it. We interrogate. We manipulate and play. We converse. We create. That’s what learning is.

Of course we’ve known this for a long time, if we care to stop and listen to our own stories.

Infinite learning is immersive.

Learning is not separate from life. It’s moving from moment to moment integrating every new challenge. Learning is constant; change is constant. We learn by doing and we’re always doing. People have a need to do stuff, and if we don’t have the capacity to do the thing we need to do, we build capacity, by puzzling it out, or asking for help, or finding the tools, and usually, by doing several of those things, all at once, in a recursive, incremental, complex, messy, dynamic process of just doing the thing.

We don’t always do a good job at describing or understanding or celebrating that process as learning; Western civilization heavily privileges the very narrow and specific kind of learning that takes place in a limited-context and power-dynamic-loaded conversation between a teacher and students in a classroom (and which is absolutely necessary for certain things: see below). But we’re getting better at it.

Infinite learning is ecological.

[T] he old adage “teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime” is limited because this assumes that there will always be unlimited fish and no changes to the concept and mechanisms of fishing.

– Michael Stephens, Learning Everywhere: A Roadmap

Cultivating the environment for learning creates the capacity to cultivate more learningEcology is a useful metaphor for participatory action, research, and educationhuman systems are living systems, in the physical world, constrained and manifested by physical realities. We achieve more by celebrating and exploring that than by working against that. All the fun metaphors for learning are agricultural metaphors: we dig in, we get our hands dirty, we cross-pollinate, we fertilize, we ruminate, we grow.

Infinite learning is transformative.

Because learning is iterative and grounded, because learning creates the capacity for more learning, because learning is happening all the time, because learning is a creative process, transformation is inherent in learning. Definitionally, every single thing we learn changes us,  in large and small and powerful and unexpected ways. Which is hard and scary, which is why I talk about compassion all the time; but it’s also wonderful, and if as information professionals we can help mediate moments to make the wonderful outweigh the scary then we are making the world a better place one interaction at a time.

Infinite learning is self-aware.

From what I’ve said above, it might seem like learning isn’t work; it just happens. That’s not true, of course. I mean, sometimes it does; even the most disengaged and unselfaware person is constantly integrating new experiences, but the more intentionality we bring to the process, the more discovery happens, the more narrative happens, internally and transactionally.

Cultivating a love for formal education, valuing it, making it accessible, making a literate and broadly informed citizenry a cultural priority, is part of cultivating an environment for individual learning. Learning how to learn is a process, and not a solitary one. The Great Conversation cannot exist without places for conversations to happen.

[E]ducation is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don’t need little changes, we need gigantic, monumental changes. Schools should be palaces. The competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be making six-figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge to its citizens, just like national defense.

– Sam Seaborn, The West Wing, Six Meetings Before Lunch” (2000)

I often think about how people who spend their lives’ work immersed in a thing have such a profoundly different experience of it than those of us who skim the surface. A professional athlete or dancer has a different understanding of physicality and embodied awareness than I as a very occasional runner and dancer have.

As librarians we’re immersed in information and information transactions all the time. (And this is different from being immersed in instruction as teachers are). That affects how we view information, and discovery, and learning; of course it does, how could it not? That perspective is what we offer. You know where you want to go, but I know this road. Let me help.

Infinite learning is transdisciplinary and intersectional.

If there’s anything we’re trying to do in this library and the library world, it is to build a learning culture. The achievement gaps are getting bigger, the access questions are getting bigger, but the most important thing is…the creation of an imaginative world for children and…adults that opens their minds to the world.

– Crosby Kemper, Kansas City Public Library, via IMLS Focus

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And again, learning is iterative. The more self-aware we become, the more we interrogate our own experience and bias and perspective; the more we know about varied fields of knowledge and modes of experience, the more we synthesize across them; the more complex our understanding of the world is, the more complex the world seems. Endlessly. We challenge ourselves constantly to do better, while redefining what “better” looks like.

Infinite learning is communal.

Humans have an ability that no other machine or animal cognitive system does: Humans can share their attention with someone else.When humans interact with one another, they do not merely experience the same event; they also know that they are experiencing the same event And this knowledge that they are sharing their attention changes more than the nature of the experience; it also changes what they do and what they’re able to accomplish in conjunction with others.

 

Sharing attention is a crucial step on the road to being a full collaborator in a group sharing cognitive labor, in a community of knowledge. […] The knowledge is not just distributed; it is shared. Once knowledge is shared in this way, we can share intentionality; we can jointly pursue a common goal. A basic human talent is to share intentions with others so that we accomplish things collaboratively.

 

– Stephen Sloman and Philip Fernbach, The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone (emphasis original) (p. 115)

Sloman and Fernbach (who are both working cognitive psychology researchers; this is not pop science journalism) offer an absolutely lovely, thorough, accessible, fascinating exploration of the idea that what we think we know is in fact a constant dance of mediation, triggered partial memory and stored memory and shared expertise across our bodies, our physical and digital environments, and our social sphere. We have secondary access to so much more knowledge than we have primary recall for: in effect, we are constantly re-learning the same stuff, meeting it anew, interacting with it in new ways. We share, delegate, and exchange cognitive labor and intentionality all the time.

This post isn’t prescriptive. I’m not going to talk about what to do with this idea, this idea of libraries as communal, intersectional, transformational, ecological, immersive engines of creation and learning and dialogue. There are a gazillion examples of what libraries around the world are already doing, in the links in this and previous posts in the series. This is intended to be aspirational, inspirational, and thought-provoking. This is what we can be. How we get there is particular to each library, community, and individual, and it is in doing the thing that we discover what we can do.

References

Aainsqatsi, K. (2008). Bloom’s taxonomy (cognitive) according to Bloom’s verbs and matching assessment types.

Ballance, C. (2013). Mobilizing knowledge to create convenient learning moments.

Block, J. (2014). Embracing messy learning.

Blumenfeld, A. (2016). Why aren’t adults allowed to be creative?.

Bookey, J. L. (2015). 8 Awesome Ways Libraries Are Making Learning Fun.

Britton, L. (2012). The makings of maker spaces, part 1: Space for creation, not just consumption.

Chamorro-Premuzic, T. (2015). How your personality determines how you learn.

DC Public Library. Memory Lab (Currently in transition)

Department of Education and Science, Republic of Ireland (2000). Learning for Life: White Paper on Adult Education.

Greenwalt, R. T. (2013). Embracing the long game.

International City/County Management Association (2010). Seven Steps to Developing an Economic Gardening Implementation Strategy.

Kansas City Public Libraries. (2015).IMLS Focus: Learning in Libraries.

Kenney, B. (2015). Where Reference Fits in the Modern Library.

Mathews, B. (2013). Curating learning experiences: A future role for librarians?

Nashville Public Library: Madison Branch.

Pew Internet & American Life (2016). Adults with tech-access tools are more likely to be lifelong learners and rely on the internet to pursue knowledge.

Rose, Jonathan (2016). The Well-Tempered CityNew York: Harper Wave.

Searls, D. & Weinberger, D. (n.d.) New Clues.

Sloman, S. and Fernbach, P. (2017). The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone. New York: Riverhead Books.

Sorkin, A. (2000). “Six Meetings Before Lunch.” The West Wing. [YouTube excerpt]

Springen, K. (2011). What’s right with this picture?

Stephens, M. (2012). Learning everywhere: A roadmap.

Stephens, M. (2013). Learning to learn.

Storck-Post, H. (2017). Libraries are for everyone: featuring Rebecca McCorkindale.

Williams, M. R. (2014). Kansas teen uses 3-D printer to make hand for boy.

Vangelova, L. (2014). What does the next-generation school library look like?

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Beth Harper is a public services paralibrarian living in historic central Denver and working in the western foothills under the shadow of the Front Range, and an MLIS student at San Jose State University. As Elizabeth Biehl, she writes on SF/F literature and community, art and culture, and occasionally librarianship at www.edgeofcenter.com.

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Jobs in Information Technology: September 20, 2017

LITA Blog - Wed, 2017-09-20 15:18

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

Yale University, Director of Monographic Processing Services, New Haven, CT

Yale University, Director of Resource Discovery Services, New Haven, CT

Yale University, Director of E-Resources and Serials Management, New Haven, CT

Marquette University Libraries, Systems Librarian, Milwaukee, WI

LYRASIS, DevOps Specialist, Atlanta, GA

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

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A place called heaven : 10 surprising truths about your eternal home /

New At the Library - Wed, 2017-09-20 08:13

    ISBN: 9780801018947
    Author: Jeffress, Robert, 1955-


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The ninth hour /

New At the Library - Wed, 2017-09-20 08:13

    ISBN: 9780374712174
    Author: McDermott, Alice


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Haunted /

New At the Library - Wed, 2017-09-20 08:13

    ISBN: 9780316273978
    Author: Patterson, James, 1947-


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A column of fire /

New At the Library - Wed, 2017-09-20 08:13

    ISBN: 9780525497141
    Author: Follett, Ken


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Enemy of the state /

New At the Library - Wed, 2017-09-20 08:13

    ISBN: 9781508238546
    Author: Mills, Kyle,


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New Jersey PreK-12 District selects Follett's Aspen Student Information System

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2017-09-20 08:13
(September 19, 2017). Bernards Township School District in Basking Ridge, N.J., capped an extensive two-year search by selecting Follett's Aspen for its new student information system. The PreK-12 district implemented Aspen in time for the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.
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William F. Laman Public Library chooses TLC

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2017-09-20 08:13
(September 19, 2017). The Library Corporation announced that the William F. Laman Public Library has chosen the Library.Solution integrated library system to deliver premier library management software and services for its patrons and staff. Laman Public Library will go live with Library.Solution on September 20, 2017.
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Ex Libris festeggia la 1000a Istituzione a scegliere la piattaforma di servizi per la biblioteca Ex Libris Alma

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2017-09-20 08:13
(September 19, 2017). Prosegue a livello globale la forte tendenza verso l'adozione di Alma, che diventa la piattaforma bibliotecaria con la più rapida crescita al mondo. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, ha il piacere di annunciare che Ex Libris Alma, la soluzione in cloud per la gestione delle risorse della biblioteca, è ora il sistema preferito da un migliaio di clienti. La millesima istituzione che ha optato per Alma è l'Università Carnegie Mellon che, come le altre 999 istituzioni, potrà beneficiare dei flussi di lavoro ottimizzati offerti dalla soluzione SaaS per la gestione unificata delle risorse.
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TRAILS chooses ProQuest's Academic Complete and College Complete

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2017-09-20 08:13
(September 19, 2017). Treasure State Academic Information and Library Services, a consortium of 24 colleges and universities throughout Montana, has chosen ProQuest Academic Complete and College Complete ebook collection subscriptions to provide high-quality content and a powerful, intuitive user experience to its thousands of students, faculty and researchers.
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Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de Montpellier Joins the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées to become the first French library network to choose Ex Libris Alma and Primo

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2017-09-20 08:13
(September 19, 2017). Ex Libris announced that the Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de Montpellier (BIU, or Interuniversity Library of Montpellier) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and the Primo discovery and delivery solution to optimize library management and discovery. Alma and Primo will replace the Aleph integrated library system.
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2017 LITA Forum – Programs, Schedule Available

LITA Blog - Tue, 2017-09-19 15:26

Check out the 2017 LITA Forum website now for the preliminary schedule, program tracks, posters, and speakers. You’re sure to find sessions and more sessions that you really want to attend.

Register Now!

Denver, CO
November 9-12, 2017
#litaforum

Participate with your LITA and library technology colleagues for the excellent networking opportunities at the 2017 LITA Forum.

And don’t forget the other conference highlights including the Keynote speakers and the Preconferences.

Keynote Speakers:

Casey Fiesler, University of Colorado Boulder

Armed with a PhD in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Tech and a JD from Vanderbilt Law School, Casey Fiesler primarily researches social computing, law, ethics, and fan communities (occasionally all at the same time). Find out more on her website at: https://caseyfiesler.com/about/

Vivienne Ming, Scientist and Entrepreneur

Dr. Vivienne Ming, named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. Magazine, is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. Her speaking topics address her philosophy to maximize human potential, emphasizing education and labor markets, diversity, and AI and cybernetics. Find out more on her website at http://www.vivienneming.com

The Preconference Workshops:

IT Security and Privacy in Libraries: Stay Safe From Ransomware, Hackers & Snoops

Blake Carver will help participants tackle security myths, passwords, tracking, malware, and more, covering a range of tools and techniques, making this session ideal for any library staff that works with IT.

Improving Technology Services with Design Thinking: A Workshop

Michelle Frisque will guide participants in using the Design Thinking Toolkit for Libraries, an open source, step-by-step guide created by IDEO with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation support, participants learn how to leverage design strategies to better understand and serve library patrons.

Full Details

Join us in Denver, Colorado, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center, for the 2017 LITA Forum, a three-day education and networking event featuring 2 preconferences, 2 keynote sessions, more than 50 concurrent sessions and 15 poster presentations. It’s the 20th annual gathering of the highly regarded LITA Forum for technology-minded information professionals. Meet with your colleagues involved in new and leading edge technologies in the library and information technology field. Registration is limited in order to preserve the important networking advantages of a smaller conference. Attendees take advantage of the informal Friday evening reception, networking dinners, game night, and other social opportunities to get to know colleagues and speakers.

Get the latest information, register and book a hotel room at the 2017 Forum Web site.

We thank our LITA Forum Sponsors:

ExLibris, Google, Aten, BiblioCommons

Questions or Comments?

Contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org

See you in Denver.

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Where we live (Part 4) – A TTW Guest Post by Beth Harper

Tame the Web - Tue, 2017-09-19 09:00
Grounded, but with one eye on the horizon

“When you press the pause button on a machine, it stops. But when you press the pause button on human beings they start… You start to reflect, you start to rethink your assumptions, you start to reimagine what is possible…”

 

And it is not just knowledge that is improved by pausing. So too, is the ability to build trust, “to form deeper and better connections, not just fast ones, with other human beings.”

– Thomas Friedman (2017, pp 3-4), quoting Dov Seidman

I just finished reading two thought-provoking books, made all the more interesting because I read them back-to-back and in the context of the last few weeks’ class readings, on similar themes: Thomas Friedman’s Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (and isn’t that an interesting and provocative subtitle!) and David Sax’s The Revenge of the Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter (likewise!)

Friedman’s premise, building on his previous work: everything is flattening, everything is accelerating, everything is moving to the cloud, everyone has the opportunity to adapt to and thrive in this perpetual whitewater, but not everyone will.

Sax’s premise: everything Friedman says is true, but there’s a also parallel countertrend, shaping and shaped by the digitization and acceleration of everything. An intentional slowing down, a revaluing of the tangible.

 

Refining algorithms refine. It’s what they do; it’s their purpose and function. Aggregate data aggregates. Passive surveillance surveys. And smart systems get smarter, more granular, more responsive, more connected, more versatile. And this is good: smart, efficient systems are less wasteful, more sustainable, and the world needs that.

But the unintended consequence of that is: as predictive analytics get better and better about solving our problems before we’re aware of them and predicting what we want to buy, consume, and interact with, as push technologies deliver (deliver what? everything!) with ever more smooth facility, there’s less room for inefficiencies. But inefficiency is where the magic happens. And we need that. Human beings need tangible, imperfect, serendipitous, complex interactions and connections, for building mental maps of the social world, which is, in essence what makes us human in the first place.

(And sometimes it is the physicality of processes at human scales that’s more efficient, in ways that are fundamentally different from machine-efficiency, directly because of that serendipity and imperfection: designers have rediscovered the power of sketching in rapid prototyping, a small print run magazine can still be sold for more than it costs to produce, and physical film and sound recordings capture expressive content that ever-increasingly complex and expensive digital postproduction software still struggles to imitate.)

How do we enable “luck”?
How do we establish communities
that thrive on the unexpected?

– IFLA Trends Report

Both the Horizon Report and the IFLA Trends Report (which explicitly references the principle of perpetual whitewater) deal with the idea of balancing change management and core library principles: planning for open access and new media, integrating user-centered design and horizontal organization, are essential, but they’re the how, not the what. The what hasn’t changed: literacy, information navigation, and equitable access; conceptual and physical spaces for learning, self-actualization, and community-building. The environment in which libraries operate has changed and is in a state of constant change and adaptation and redefinition, and the prospect of keeping ahead of that can be daunting and exhausting, but when I look closely at all of these trends – both the accelerating, flattening, automating trends and the human-centered, collaborative, engaging, analog trends – what I find is the commonalities between them articulating and clarifying our purpose and our role.

Photo credit: Rangeview Library District, https://www.anythinklibraries.org/sites/default/files/imce_uploads/Anythink_Staff_Manifesto.pdf via https://www.anythinklibraries.org/anythinktank

And that’s basically always been true, hasn’t it? We continually move our own goalpost; we create our own  challenges; and with each iteration of professional practice, the better we understand what is at the center of what we do, the better we get at it. We’re still figuring out that “all people” means “all people,” and we have a tremendous amount of work to do, but we have a clearer understanding than we did in 1993 or 1961. We’re still testing the limits and possibilities of what it means to be a physical space in an information environment, we’re experimenting creatively, including embracing the ability to fail. We’re realizing that if we are serious about connecting people to knowledge, it also has to be skill-based and experience-based and community-based knowledge,  and we’re making those connections in creative and innovative ways. We’re accepting that we can’t be institutions that support and advocate for our patrons’ individual agency without being workplaces that do the same for our staff, and we’re rising to that challenge.

All of these things are obvious when we center fundamental professional values; what gets in the way is just noise. 

References

ALA (1996). Library Bill of Rights.

ALA (1993). Access to Library Resources and Services Regardless of Sex, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, or Sexual Orientation: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.

ALA (1993). Economic Barriers to Information Access: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.

23 Mobile Things

Anythink Tank (Clearinghouse of Internal Documents)

Anythink Staff Manifesto

Deloitte (2016).How do today’s students use mobiles? [UK Study].

Lamb, A. (2016). History of Libraries: Contemporary Libraries, 1960s.

Enis, M. (2015). Meet the tabletarians: Mobile services.

Friedman, T. L. (2016). Thank you for being late: An optimist’s guide to thriving in the age of accelerations. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) (2016). IFLA Trends Report.

Holmquist, Jan (2016). Open Libraries.

Hood, G. (2014). 5 Ways Colorado Libraries Are Going Beyond Books.

Lipsey, R. F. & Madera, F. (2015). 100 Great Ideas for the Future of Libraries.

New Media Consortium. (2017). NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition.

Raine, L. (2016). Puzzles Librarians need to Solve.

S., M. (2014). Come see what’s cooking: Announcing our new Culinary Literacy Center!

Sax, D. (2016). The revenge of analog: Real things and why they matter. New York : PublicAffairs, 2016.

Weinberger, D. (2014). Let the Future Go.

Wickner, A. (2015). Designing Library Spaces.

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Beth Harper is a public services paralibrarian living in historic central Denver and working in the western foothills under the shadow of the Front Range, and an MLIS student at San Jose State University. As Elizabeth Biehl, she writes on SF/F literature and community, art and culture, and occasionally librarianship at www.edgeofcenter.com.

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The end of Alzheimer's : the first program to prevent and reverse cognitive decl

New At the Library - Sun, 2017-09-17 02:12

    ISBN: 9780735216228
    Author: Bredesen, Dale E.


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MLS Releases Annual Data and Survey Results of American Public Libraries

Library Technology Reports - Sun, 2017-09-17 02:12
(September 16, 2017). The Institute of Museum and Library Services released two key information products: the latest data from its annual Public Libraries Survey and a new report on the previous year's data. The Public Libraries Survey examines key indicators of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources. Explore the FY 2015 data and the FY 2014 report.
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The United States Institute of Peace uses Yewno Unearth to propel publications strategy

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2017-09-16 14:12
(September 15, 2017). New insights gained through the use of Unearth will fuel internal collaborative strategic discussions to direct the editorial development of crucial peacebuilding reports. USIP has updated its suite of analytic tools. In addition to gaining an increased understanding of user behavior through the use of a variety of standard and nonstandard analytics, USIP has chosen to use Yewno Unearth to explore and understand the content of its publications on a deeper level.
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Innovative improves workflow integrations for library staff and patrons in Sierra Release 3.2

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2017-09-16 14:12
(September 15, 2017). Innovative Interfaces launched the newest release of the Sierra integrated library system with new options to improve processes at the library. Sierra Release 3.2 includes three new API endpoints and integration for PCI-compliant credit card payments at Express Lane self-service stations. Sierra is a powerful, modern integrated library system (ILS) that combines complete functionality with the power and scale of an open services platform.
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Rising from the trenches of failure: A TTW Guest Post by Cheryl May

Tame the Web - Fri, 2017-09-15 16:41

To outsiders it may appear that I have risen very quickly to my current role as an administrative director in my academic library, but for me it has seemed a much slower process filled with many failures and personal lessons.  Some of these failures were visible to others, but many were only internally known.  In reading TTW Contributor Justin Hoenke’s Tales From the Library Trenches Part 4: Within You Without You article in the September 2017 issue of Information Today, I felt an instant connection to him, although I’ve never personally met Justin.  So much of this article resonates with me and I really appreciate the vulnerability Justin expresses about his “rockstar” focused period of time.

I fell into the muddy quicksand of believing that I was a library rock star between 2011 and 2013. I was more concerned with presenting at conferences and workshops, as well as diving into the wild, weird worlds that are library professional organizations and cliques. My focus changed from serving those who needed me to serving myself and the library profession. It was a terribly miserable experience, and I wish I could time travel and change almost everything that happened in those years. As a librarian, I was more interested in listening to what others had said about my past accomplishments, rather than focusing on what was in front of me and the nitty-gritty work that needed to be done. Awards and professional recognition are great, but once they start taking your attention away from the community you serve, you’ve lost your way, and it’s time to get it back. – Justin Hoenke, Executive Director of the Benson Memorial Library (Hoenke, 2017)

Failure Bows

There is something beautiful in taking a failure bow (what my former colleague and friend Sarah Faye Cohen frequently says and now a phrase I’ve adopted) as a leader to create space in your organization for growth.  We grow from our mistakes, and leaders showing this vulnerability to others allows others to recognize they are capable too of becoming a leader and challenges are what make you who you are now.  It is difficult to have this vulnerability when you are focused on becoming a rockstar, as Justin admits, and I can also admit to.

Failure leads to success

I often have moments when I get caught up in where my “rank” on my campus is and how close I am to the “top”.  Whenever I begin to have those moments, I like to think the universe sends me a reality check by placing me in uncomfortable situations where I feel very out of my comfort zone.  But there is a beauty in these moments because I feel vulnerable.  It is in these moments I am reminded of why I do what I do, and from that the library benefits as I turn my attention back to my staff and the library users.  These moments Justin shares in his article are what keep us grounded in the work we do as library directors.  I chose libraries because I love libraries as a user too.  While I felt I could be personally successful in a career in libraries, I am not here only for my own success, but for the success of every library staff member and library user I serve.  Justin includes a quote from TTW’s Michael Stephens on this balance between personal success and library success:

 

It’s a delicate balance between being engaged and visible in the community we serve and not letting it all go to our heads. I’ve long been of the mind to say ‘check your ego at the door.’ A director who also gets the spotlight in various circles near and far should be a constant cheerleader for the staff back home and for everyone who works in our field. Don’t be the library director that needs to hear how wonderful they are before they can engage. Be humble. Listen. The director who deals with every situation with an open mind and open heart is the one who leads—in every sense of the word. – Dr. Michael Stephens, Associate Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University (Hoenke, 2017)

success is in our peoples successes

As library leaders, we must remember that the work we do is not our own, but a team effort.  When I come to work, I am not only leading my team, but they lead me.  My team may depend on me to provide them support around the things that are out of their own comfort zones (policy enforcement, employee relations, financial projections, etc.), but I depend on them to support the library users and our campus community directly.

A great library director has an open mind, a kind heart, and an ego in check. And directors must constantly remind themselves that their first priority is to do work that best benefits their community and their staffers. -Justin Hoenke, Executive Director of the Benson Memorial Library (Hoenke, 2017)

Teamwork is the key to success

My position doesn’t exist without my team, the library doesn’t serve users without my team, and if my focus strays from supporting them, we all suffer.  This is the one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned in becoming a library leader and one that is valuable for all library leaders to heed.

References

Hoenke, J. (2017, September). Tales From the Library Trenches Part 4: Within You Without You. Information Today. 37(7), 1. Retrieved from http://www.infotoday.com/it/sep17/Hoenke–Tales-From-the-Library-Trenches-Part-4-Within-You-Without-You.shtml

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Cheryl May

Cheryl May is the Director of Access, Operations, and Administrative Services at the Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and a graduate student at San Jose State University in the School of Information, where she is currently blogging about the Hyperlinked Library.  She lives in Baywood Park, CA with her husband, son, and numerous pets.  In her free time she reads anything she can get her hands on, hikes around SLO County, and gets crafty.  She is also passionate about health and wellness, and is a certified Les Mills BodyPump and BodyCombat group fitness instructor whom eats a plant-based diet.

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