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New At the Library - Sat, 2015-05-23 11:34

    ISBN: 9781466872912
    Author: Andrews, Mary Kay, 1954-


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Rock with wings /

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-05-23 11:34

    ISBN: 9780062414809
    Author: Hillerman, Anne, 1949-


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Eighth grave after dark /

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-05-23 11:34

    ISBN: 9781466845282
    Author: Jones, Darynda


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Five more Canadian academic institutions select OCLC WorldShare Management Services

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-22 17:32
(May 22, 2015). Carey Theological College, Portage College, Regent College, St. Mark's College and Vancouver School of Theology, have selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as their library management system.
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WorldShare License Manager API in Production

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-22 17:32
(May 22, 2015). OCLC announced that the WorldShare License Manager API is now available in Production.
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Navigating Conferences Like a Pro… When You’re a Rookie

LITA Blog - Fri, 2015-05-22 10:00

I’ve recently attended some of my first conferences/meetings post-MLIS and I thought I’d pass on the information I learned from my experience navigating them as for the first time.

 

Courtesy of Jatenipit. Pixabay 2014

Always be prepared to promote

This is the most dreaded aspect of networking. It essentially implies schmoozing and self-aggrandizement, but if you consider it as a socializing you’ll realize it’s an essential part of getting to know others in the profession and the roles they play in their organization. If you’re new to the information profession, it can be a great opportunity to ask other professionals about the path they took to enter the industry. More often than not when they find that you’re new to the profession, they’ll offer you advice. They’ll be curious to know what your career goals are and why you’re attending. This is a great opportunity to ask for their business card or contact information. If you find that you’ve built a good rapport and want to become more familiar with their work/organization, you should offer your business card (more on this later).

 

The thing about promotion

If you’re at a conference on behalf of an organization, then you’re on the company dollar. Therefore your mission is to network, learn and share. Since I plan on attending conferences to learn more about the profession and network, I couldn’t talk shop about procedures and management. If you are attending on behalf of an organization you’re expected to create professional networks and trace them back to your institution. It sounds intimidating, but if you allow yourself to soak-up as much information as possible, while being open about what works and doesn’t for your information environment, you’ll find others may want to emulate your framework and share theirs in return.

 

You have leverage too

Believe it or not the pros don’t know everything. Sometimes when you’re new to a profession you can become caught-up in what you don’t know and the list of skills you need to get to that ever distant “next level.” I was very surprised to find that many of the resources I was familiar with escaped the purview of individuals working in the digital records management and archives field. I introduced The Signal Digital Preservation and the Cancer Imaging Archive into a conversation and a few individuals took genuine interest in my explanation of their services. While earning your degree or working in different information environments, you are exposed to a variety of resources and ideas that others aren’t aware of. Don’t count yourself out, you have something to add to the conversation.

 

Think outside the box

There is no need to be intimidated about approaching new acquaintances during a professional conference. Most of the time you’re meeting with people who remember what it’s like to be at the forefront of a new career. It can be exciting and informative to strike-up a conversation with a presenter. There is nothing wrong with inquiring about lunch plans and meeting outside of the conference venue during scheduled breaks. The relaxed atmosphere of a restaurant is where funny stories of the trade can be passed along and you’ll get to know each other on a personal level. There are several factors that account for good networking and having an outgoing personality is one of them. While being personable is fine, doing so in a respectful manner is most apt.

 

Handy business cards

If you’re using a conference to network for future employment, then you need to have business cards. At larger conferences you can be one in hundreds of attendees. Business cards are a great way to establish that you’re prepared and professional. However, providing an acquaintance with your contact information is not enough. Perhaps you may want to ask for their card if you want to continue the conversation after the conference concludes. It’s likely that they’ll never take a look at your business card again, so it’s important to follow-up with an e-mail to remind them of the highlights of the conversation you had and how you’d like to collaborate with them going forward.

If you’re hoping to enter a new field post-graduation, at a minimum your business card should include: your name, degree(s) and university, your phone number and e-mail. You can also add a specialization to encompass your career trajectory such as Librarian, Electronic Resource Specialist or Certified Webmaster. For points of contact beyond your phone number and e-mail, providing your website, online portfolio or LinkedIn URL is a great way to showcase your web presence. If you can connect with another professional’s LinkedIn, you will not only increase their awareness of you, but you will be exposed to their extended network as well.

 

An added bonus

If you are networking for employment, one thing that you don’t want to do is outrightly ask about potential employment with another attendee’s organization. I’ve seen this happen before and it can be off-putting for the person being asked as well as anyone involved in the conversation. If you’re a new graduate or changing careers, the conversation will naturally flow into questions about your career plans. If the person you’re speaking with feels inclined to mention an upcoming opportunity, then it is an added bonus. Otherwise, enjoy yourself and take advantage of the learning opportunity. You’ll be in a room filled with like-minded professionals and everyone wants the most of their experience.

 

Are you planning on attending any conferences this year? What takeaways do you have from conferences you’ve attended in the past? Let me know in the comments section.

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London's Natural History Museum is live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:30
(May 21, 2015). Ex Libris announced that the Alma resource management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution are live at the Natural History Museum in London. Alma allows museum staff to manage all of the Library's scholarly resources and media types in a unified system, while Primo enables users to search all resource types from a single user-interface, and receive a single, relevance-ranked result list.
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Perry County Libraries choose ByWater Solutions' Koha support

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:30
(May 21, 2015). ByWater Solutions announced that the Perry County Libraries in Pennsylvania is now live with their installation of the Koha open source ILS. ByWater Solutions has completed the migration for the Perry County Libraries and will be providing ongoing Koha Support for them.
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PTFS Meets With Thought Leaders at CIL

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:30
(May 21, 2015). At the 2015 Computers in Libraries conference, LibLime, a Division of PTFS met with 25 of the library world's thought leaders to hear their opinions on how vendors can better serve the library profession. The discussion was robust; exciting customer focused ideas were exchanged.
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Auto-Graphics Inc. Introduces a unique OCLC WMS bibliographic connector

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:30
(May 21, 2015). Auto-Graphic announced that SHAREit has been integrated with OCLC's WorldShare Management Services ILS for their statewide and provincial customers. The new WMS module allows SHAREit to fully interact with OCLC WMS ILS systems in the same manner as any standard ILS using Z39.50. The WMS integration provides bibliographic data discovery, item level detail including availability, and related circulation status.
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Archimed announces a prestigious partnership with EBSCO

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:30
(May 19, 2015). Archimed, a leading software and library solution vendor in the EU, has established a partnership with EBSCO Information Services to enrich the content searchable with Syracuse, its newly-released unified information system portal for libraries.
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EBSCO eBooks – A good fit for Claremont Lincoln University

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:30
(May 18, 2015). Claremont Lincoln University, in Southern California, has opted for EBSCO eBooks from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) to provide students with the perfect collection of subject-specific titles for their research needs. The university selected EBSCO's eBook Business Collection which is offered on an annual subscription basis with unlimited simultaneous user access.
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Middlesex County Library (Canada) selects the Sierra Library Services Platform

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:30
(May 18, 2015). Innovative announced that Middlesex County Library in Ontario, Canada has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform and will migrate from a Symphony system provided by SirsiDynix. MCL has just over 200,000 items in its collection and covers a geographic area of over 1,000 square miles.
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Perimeter Institute Library chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:30
(May 14, 2015). ByWater Solutions announced that the Library at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario, Canada is now live with their installation of the Koha open source ILS.
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New Technology partnership between Data Management PA and EBSCO to improve discovery for users in Italy and France

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:30
(May 14, 2015). EBSCO Information Services and ILS vendor, Data Management PA, announce a new partnership to provide expanded services to mutual customers. The partnership will enable mutual customers of EBSCO Discovery Services and Data Management PA to access content that is important to them while customizing the discovery experience to their needs. Data Management PA develops and sells ILS Sebina and Web2.0 OPAC SebinaYOU. Based in Italy, Data Management PA is a national brand leader for all types of libraries and is active in France in collaboration with Décalog, a leading French software house for public libraries.
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Collaborazione Data Management PA ed EBSCO Information Services

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:30
(May 14, 2015). Data Management PA e EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) sono lieti di annunciare una nuova partnership volta a fornire ed ampliare i servizi utilizzati dai reciproci clienti. Questa partnership consentirà ai clienti di EBSCO Discovery Services e di Data Management PA di migliorare l'accesso ai contenuti di loro maggiore interesse e di rendere l'esperienza del discovery ancora più completa e soddisfacente.
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Winthrop University selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:30
(May 13, 2015). Winthrop University, a public, comprehensive college in Rock Hill, South Carolina, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.
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A.T. Still University of the Health Sciences chooses EDS Discovery Health

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:30
(May 11, 2015). A.T. Still University of the Health Sciences has chosen EDS Discovery Health from EBSCO Information Services. The home of the first osteopathic school in the world and a leading health sciences university with campuses in Arizona and Missouri, ATSU chose EDS to provide one-click access to all the resources in the medical library and provide current and relevant results.
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Hornsby Shire Council selects Spydus10 Web Based Integrated Library Management System

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:30
(May 7, 2015). Civica announced that Hornsby Shire Council in New South Wales has chosen the Spydus10 web based integrated library management system, to be hosted in Civica's Sydney data centre. Spydus10, released this month, is Civica's complete web based system comprising library management, discovery, digital asset management and archival functionality. In addition to the Spydus10 core system, Hornsby Shire Council has chosen Civica's new Event Management solution to integrate with Spydus10.
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University of Waikato designs a new library system with ProQuest Intota

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:30
(May 7, 2015). The University of Waikato joins the growing community of libraries around the world using Intota. The University of Waikato will immediately install Intota v1 which complements print-centric systems and plans to begin using Intota v2 upon its release.
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