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Follett announces popular rewards program Is returning

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2017-09-14 23:10
(September 14, 2017). Follett announced its popular Rewards program is returning, allowing customers to accrue points on purchases and redeem them for valuable products. Customers will earn points on all textbook, consumable and buyback transactions, including any qualifying purchases made on or after April 1.
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Ingram Content Group associates on the move

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2017-09-14 23:10
(September 14, 2017). Ingram announced associate promotions and new associates to the group. Matthew Dickie has joined the Ingram Publisher Services international sales team as a new European Sales Manager. Philippa Malicka has been promoted from Key Account Sales Manager to Business Development Manager for Lightning Source UK Ltd. Nick Singh has been promoted from Account Representative to Key Account Sales Manager for Lightning Source's IngramSpark in the UK. Tyler Montgomery has been promoted from Inside Sales Representative to Content Manager for Ingram Book Group LLC.
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DeKalb County Public Library chooses robust Innovative solution To support 22 branches

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2017-09-14 23:10
(September 14, 2017). Innovative Interface announced the DeKalb County Public Library in Decatur, GA selected the Polaris Web Application to support 22 branches across the county.
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HTC Global Services launches SoteriaAMS management solution for high-capacity library storage facilities

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2017-09-14 23:10
(September 14, 2017). HTC Global Services, Inc. introduced SoteriaAMS, a new asset management solution for high-capacity library storage facilities that enables real-time cloud-based management to increase staff productivity and patron satisfaction.
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Robert B. Parker's the Hangman's sonnet /

New At the Library - Thu, 2017-09-14 02:10

    ISBN: 9780399171444
    Author: Coleman, Reed Farrel, 1956-


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Enigma /

New At the Library - Thu, 2017-09-14 02:10

    ISBN: 9781501138065
    Author: Coulter, Catherine


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The summer that made us /

New At the Library - Thu, 2017-09-14 02:10

    ISBN: 9780778331049
    Author: Carr, Robyn


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Demco Software transforms library event marketing with DiscoverLocal

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2017-09-14 02:10
(September 13, 2017). Demco Software today highlighted the far-reaching capabilities of DiscoverLocalTM, its latest innovation that gives libraries priority in local search results. Launched in June 2017, the new product is the first truly comprehensive discoverability tool that promotes libraries' events and resources on the open web without requiring a library name to be mentioned in the search query.
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Follett develops donor program to help rebuild school libraries destroyed by hurricane Harvey

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2017-09-14 02:10
(September 13, 2017). In the wake of the considerable damage suffered by Texas K-12 school libraries and archives from Hurricane Harvey, Follett has established a donation program with a preliminary goal of $15,00
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Carnegie Mellon University becomes 1,000th institution to select Ex Libris Alma library services platform

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2017-09-14 02:10
(September 12, 2017). Ex Libris announced that the Ex Libris Alma cloud-based library services platform is now the system of choice for one thousand customers. The thousandth institution to select Alma is Carnegie Mellon University, which, like the 999 other Alma institutions, will benefit from the streamlined workflows of a unified SaaS resource management solution. Alma will be replacing the SirsiDynix Symphony integrated library system.
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Utah Department of Transportation awards PTFS contract to use Knowvation GS as enterprise Geospatial Content Management System

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2017-09-14 02:10
(September 12, 2017). Progressive Technology Federal Systems announced that it received a contract award from Utah Department of Transportation for its flagship Knowvation GS Geospatial Content Management Systems.
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Gibraltar National Archives chooses Preservica to safeguard its rich heritage

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2017-09-14 02:10
(September 11, 2017). Gibraltar National Archives announced a partnership with Preservica to preserve and protect its extensive collection of historic digital records, following yesterday's National Gibraltar Day, which in 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of Gibraltar's sovereignty referendum. Using Preservica's active digital preservation software and collaborative working approach, GNA's historic records are now safely stored and accessible for generations to come.
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Springer Nature pioneers charitable incentive system for peer reviewers

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2017-09-14 02:10
(September 11, 2017). Peer reviewers are enabling people in developing countries to access safe drinking water as the result of a collaboration between Springer's journal Environmental Earth Sciences and the non-profit humanitarian organization “Filter of Hope”. Since the start of the initiative at the beginning of 2017, almost 600 water filters have been distributed in Liberia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Honduras, Russia, Cuba and India. This scheme is the first of its kind to acknowledge the fundamental contribution of peer reviewers in the scientific publishing industry through a non-profit partnership.
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LITA Forum 2017 – Call for Library School Student Volunteers

LITA Blog - Wed, 2017-09-13 16:22

2017 LITA Forum
Denver, Colorado
November 9 – 12, 2017

Student registration rate available – 50% off registration rate – $180

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, is offering a discounted student registration rate for the 2017 LITA Forum. This offer is limited to graduate students enrolled in ALA-accredited programs. In exchange for the lower registration cost, these graduate students will be asked to assist the LITA organizers and Forum presenters with onsite operations. This is a great way to network and meet librarians active in the field.

The selected students will be expected to attend the full LITA Forum, Friday noon through Sunday noon. Attendance during the preconferences on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning is not required. While you will be assigned a variety of duties, you will be able to attend the Forum programs, which include 2 keynote sessions, over 50 concurrent sessions, and poster presentations, as well as many opportunities for social engagement.

The student rate is $180 – half the regular registration rate for LITA members. A real bargain, this rate includes a Friday night reception, breakfasts, and Saturday lunch.

The Forum will be held November 9-12, 2017 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. For more information about the Forum, visit http://litaforum.org. We anticipate an attendance of 300+ decision makers and implementers of new information technologies in libraries.

To apply to be a student volunteer, complete and submit this form by September 29, 2017.

You will be asked to provide the following:

  1. Contact information, including email address and cell phone number
  2. Name of the school you are attending
  3. Statement of 150 words (or less) explaining why you want to attend the LITA National Forum

Those selected to be volunteers registered at the student rate will be notified no later than Friday, October 13, 2017.

Questions should be forwarded to Ali VanDoren, alhvandoren@gmail.com.

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Jobs in Information Technology: September 13, 2017

LITA Blog - Wed, 2017-09-13 15:39

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

Cornell University Library, Web Application Developer, arXiv.org – the Next Generation, Ithaca, NY

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

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#NoFilter: Designing Social Media Content in Canva

LITA Blog - Tue, 2017-09-12 12:52

Following my last post in the #NoFilter series, I received some feedback indicating that it would be helpful to describe the actual process whereby one uses Canva to create compelling visuals for social media posts. While I do again emphasize taking some time to complete Canva’s immensely helpful Design Essentials tutorials, I will use this entry to describe some of the techniques I have developed for using Canva efficiently. Canva in this discussion refers to the free version of the service. There is a Canva at Work option available as well as a Canva Enterprise option for groups of over 30 members. You can compare the different versions on Canva’s Pricing page.

Before delving into any graphic design project for your library, it is important to check if your institution adheres to any style guidelines for social media content. These guidelines may be a simple list of recommended fonts and colors, or an extensive document detailing the fonts, font size(s), color palettes, tone, logos, etc. that are to accompany different types of social media content. As regards fonts in Canva, the following are some suggestions that have been given to me: Roboto Condensed, Bold, size 28 for headings; Roboto Condensed, Bold, size 21 for sub-headings; and Open Sans, size 16 for body text.

Onto the actual matter of designing content. Where do you start? One of the most valuable and time-saving aspects of using Canva is having access to thousands of free design templates. The set of templates that Canva offers for social media posts includes:

  • Twitter Post
  • Instagram Post
  • Tumblr Graphic
  • Pinterest Graphic
  • Facebook Post
  • Facebook App
  • Social Graphic

For our purposes, let’s say we want to design an eye-catching graphic for Tumblr. I open Canva, select the Tumblr Graphic option, and browse through some of the free templates. I select the following free template to begin my project.

An example of a free Tumblr Graphic template available on Canva.

Canva allows you to upload your own photos and use them in your designs. Canva provides details on this process on its Support Page. From my previous work in Canva, I have already built a storehouse of photos including images of my library and specific items from the library’s collections. I select one of these images and drag it into the template where the original photo is located. I then change the text in the template to a quote from author Madeleine L’Engle, “A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” I adjust the font for the quote to Open Sans, Bold, size 18, and the font for the author’s name to Roboto Condensed, Bold, size 21.

And voilà, I’m done:

 

I download either a PNG or JPG of my finished design from Canva and I’m ready to post it on Tumblr. You can see the responses to this graphic on my library’s Tumblr blog.

All told, this project took less than ten minutes to create. There are many other methods for making efficient use of Canva for one’s social media content. Are there any tips and tricks you have developed for your Canva projects, specifically ones for social media? Share them in the comments below!

 

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Where we live (Part 3) – A TTW Guest Post by Beth Harper

Tame the Web - Tue, 2017-09-12 09:00
Boundaries, Connections, and Transformation

 [B]oth ends act as anchors and as targets…

– from the Wikipedia definition for hyperlink

I didn’t set out in this class to keep coming back to a single a cohesive and overarching metaphor in my reflection posts about the deeply personal emotional experience of librarianship within the communities we traverse and occupy; but, always, the themes emerge in the course of the writing.

I’m thinking this week about hyperlinked environments, and hyperlinks and environments and where those two concepts intersect and inform each other, which leads to information ecology, which leads to social geography, to GIS and big data in community advocacy, to the demographics of information-seeking and information community construction, to the role of information literacy in identity construction, to the precarity of subcultures and marginalized identities, to self-advocacy and allyship and leveraged privilege in social networking, to social responsibility in information professions, right down the rabbit hole and I can keep on going forever because this is all wonderfully fascinating and important and relevant and connected, which takes me back to hyperlinks, and that is the point.

I talked last week about how we really only can envision library service assessment and strategic planning from within and in the context of the communities we’re in, and how breaking down the barriers between our organizations and the public we serve offers a new way of thinking about both individuals and institutions as contiguous with communities that are also made up of individuals and institutions, in terms of the traffic that crosses the boundary and the connections that are forged at boundaries.

Studying connections that form and transformation that occurs at boundaries has been the enduring and overarching fascination of my life. I wrote this short blog post just about a year ago, in response to the social networking reaction to the Istanbul and Brussels bombings.

I am studying models of information seeking in school right now, and although these theoretical models vary wildly in their details, what they all agree on is this:

The seeking, acquiring and internalizing of new knowledge is a deeply emotional, and emotionally fraught, process. We feel it, in our bodies and our souls, and there is always a point in the process that’s really scary. Every new piece of understanding has the potential to entirely upset The World As We Know It, and we keep diving into that rift anyway. Or don’t.

 

It is at that moment, when we’re the most vulnerable, when we hold the power to change the world in our hands, an intervention – a guiding voice, a sympathetic ear, a compelling story, a moment of silence inviting clarity, an invoked memory, an unexpected new experience – has tremendous power.

 

This is why I do the work that I do. Both as an artist, and as a librarian. We are nothing more than the sum total of what we’ve become anew each time we’ve dived into that rift, and we owe it to ourselves and each other to be mindful of how we shape those moments of intervention in the depths of fear.

As it happened, I wrote the post on my phone, sitting in a Starbucks, on my way from a temporary home in the Denver suburbs into the city for a day of apartment hunting.

I thought about it again this week, reflecting on liminal spaces and re-reading the Pew library user typology report and remembering the splash it made when it was first published three years ago*. A lot of that splash had to do with conversations about how to reward, support, and acknowledge high-engagement users, and how to convert low- and medium-engagement users to high-engagement users, which I thought rather missed the point at the time but couldn’t quite articulate why, but from where I am now it’s very clear: overtly privileging actual and potential high-engagement users may be an efficient disbursement of resources but it’s not compassionate.

I do love the idea of libraries as third places – robust community spaces valued and supported by regular patronage. I do. It’s a hugely important part of what libraries do. But at this particular moment I find myself fascinated by the low- and medium-engagement users and how their library experience is fundamentally different and how we can best serve them as they are. Because – and this is something that just doesn’t get talked about as much, maybe because it reflects social processes that we have far less control over – libraries are also liminal spaces, traversed rather than occupied, in moments of change, by people we are encountering for, perhaps, the first and last time.

So many of the things that we are asked to dothat our communities clearly value (help pre-k kids prepare for school, help immigrants integrate, provide technology and literacy training, provide job search and business incubator services, providing internet access to everyone whether permanent local resident or not, support civic activism, provide access to consumer health information and literacy, connect people to the social safety net and government services and other support) are about helping people navigate change. What happens when they succeed? They don’t need us anymore. For some people, we’re lighthouses, not navigational stars, and that is okay.

Serving lower-engagement patrons is legitimately harder. We have less to go on. We need to gather and synthesize information fast and draw effective solutions to unique problems from our body of experience with no preparation and deliver them with grace under fire. We need to be agile, knowledgeable, prepared, culturally competent, humble, and engaged. Each individual patron interaction consumes more time, more resources, more knowledge, more emotional energy, more social capital than an interaction with a high-engagement patron does. And we may never get any kind of feedback about whether we had any impact at all.

But sometimes we do.

A woman passed through the line at the accounts desk today, stopped, looked at me oddly, and then said – “Oh, you! It was you who helped me. You don’t remember.” She then** recalled half an hour spent tracking down literary and film criticism resources on American Psycho, three months ago, culminating in a phone call to another branch to hold a DVD so she could make a mad dash across town before they closed. “I got an A on that assignment because of you,” she said.

“I do remember, and that’s awesome,” I said, sincerely.

I never did find out what happened with the private-agency social worker I stayed with for forty-five minutes fighting with the a local housing authority’s sketchy fax connection, trying five times before finally pushing an eighteen-page packet of documentation through at 4:45 on a Friday afternoon. “You’re getting a seventy-three-year-old chronically homeless man into his own apartment,” he told me. We talked about the rewards and challenges of a life in public service, and about this very thing – these critical transient acts of service that make transformed lives possible and are so different from ongoing client-provider relationships, these tipping points.

I often think about, but have never again seen, the woman I spent an hour and a half with composing and laying out and finishing the guest booklets for her father’s funeral.

I never find out what happens to 99% – more – of the thousands of people I’ve helped submit job applications and edit resumes and craft cover letters and complete workforce center questionnaires over the years. Or the college-aged kids who dash in throughout August and January with a Texas or Georgia or Florida drivers’ license and an ink-still-wet lease in a student neighborhood, get a library card and fax a bunch of paperwork and spend three hours hunched urgently over one of our computers and then never come back.

It’s like this every day. For every regular who I meet at the door with the Wall Street Journal or the latest CJ Box because I saw him coming, or dish about BBC procedurals and Marvel Netflix shows with, or help with printing again because she just cannot seem to wrap her brain around how to pick up her print job and she always apologizes and I always smile sympathetically, there are a dozen whose names and faces I do not know and never will. They will not come back with the same question next week. But during each of these connections, I was wholly present for those few moments, and I hope that they carry some lingering sense of what the library can be in a person’s life out into the world because I certainly do remember each and every single one, every one of them has shaped me and made me what I am, and so they are all still with me in a sense; the library is not a building or a staff or a collection but a vast web of transactions and transformations reaching out into the world, transmitting the downstream effect of those exchanges, connecting with each other and back to us until they are lost in the mist of distance and time.

[https://youtu.be/fZX1LPoSrZo Dar Williams, Echoes, official distribution channel]

Notes

*so much of this course thus far has been a very emotional process of re-reading stuff I read at a different point in my career and intellectual life, and finding new things in these readings, and remembering what I so much valued in the first place.

**potentially identifying details in anecdotes from this point forward have been changed.

References

Barlow, M. (2016). Smart Cities, Smarter Citizens: Connected Technology Transforms Living and WorkingSebastopol, CA: O’Reilly Media.

Berger, K. (1989) The Information Ecosystem: Putting the promise of the Information Age into perspective. In Context #23: The Ecology of Media From Storytelling to Telecommunications.

Biehl, B. (2016). Remember Everything.

Blackman, S., and Kempson, M. (2016) The Subcultural Imagination: Theory, Research and Reflexivity in Contemporary Youth Cultures. London: Routledge.

Holman, P. (10/09/2013) The Changing News and Information Ecosystem: What Can You Do? Journalism that Matters.

Horrigan, J.B. (2015). Libraries at the crossroads.

Horrigan, J. B. (2016). Information Overload.

Morehart, P. (8/17/2016). Moving Beyond the “Third Place”: IFLA forum examines library designs that embrace the community. American Libraries.

Perrin, A. (2015). Social Media Usage: 2005-2015.

Rainie, L. (2016). Libraries and learning.

Rose, J. F. P. (2016). The well-tempered city: What modern science, ancient civilizations, and human nature teach us about the future of urban life. New York : Harper Wave.

Sharma, D. S. (2015). Using GIS to Assess Public LibrariesPublic Libraries54(6), 19-20.

Zickuhr, K., Purcell, K., & Rainie, L. (2014). From distant admirers to library lovers-and beyond.

Zickuhr, K. (2014). Public libraries and technology: From ‘houses of knowledge’ to ‘houses of access.’

Zickuhr, K. (2014). Public libraries and the quiz-takers who love them.

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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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Glass houses : a novel /

New At the Library - Sat, 2017-09-09 11:07

    ISBN: 9781427287397
    Author: Penny, Louise


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Duewel-Zahniser joins leadership team at TLC headquarters as Chief Technology Officer

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2017-09-09 02:07
(September 8, 2017). The Library Corporation announced that Justin Duewel-Zahniser has joined the leadership team as Chief Technology Officer, based out of global headquarters in Inwood, W.Va. In this role, Justin will lead TLC in continuing to expand the company's Integrated Library System, Library.Solution.
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bibliotheca Sponsorship to Support GLBT Round Table

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2017-09-09 02:07
(September 8, 2017). bibliotheca hosted the Diversity Wall installation at this year's American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago in June. Visitors to the wall were encouraged to sign their name to a brightly colored brick indicating their support for diversity in our nation's libraries. For each brick signed, bibliotheca donated five dollars to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association.
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