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Follett launches new Makerspace Bundles for K-12 libraries

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2016-05-25 18:01
(May 25, 2016). As makerspaces continue to gain momentum in the K-12 library world to encourage students' inquiry and exploration through hands-on production, Follett has answered by offering Makerspace Bundles. The age level-specific bundles are individually tailored for elementary, middle and high school grades, and include a variety of diverse materials, including books, building supplies, and robotic kits. The bundles, designed to save time and take the guesswork out of starting a makerspace, allow librarians to get started in the makerspace concept without doing all of the curation work themselves. The resources for the bundles are conveniently grouped together by elementary, middle, and high school and were curated by Follett's curriculum staff. Also, in a special “Makerspace Mania” section within Titlewave, guest librarians who operate their own makerspaces have created resource lists for Follett based on their experiences with students across K-12.
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Indhold i kommende release af FBS fastlagt

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2016-05-25 18:01
(May 25, 2016). I løbet af 2016 vil der løbende blive udrullet nye funktioner og forbedringer på Fælles Bibliotekssystem. På baggrund af ønsker fra bibliotekerne og analyser foretaget i samarbejde med leverandøren Systematic ligger det nu fast, hvad den kommende release 1.3 af Fælles Bibliotekssystem (FBS) indeholder.
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BiblioCommons announces extension of digital resource integration with BiblioCloudRecords service

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2016-05-25 15:01
(May 25, 2016). Extending its integration of digital resources into library catalogs and continuous investment in record enrichment, BiblioCommons today announced its intent to provide automated eContent catalog records to libraries through its new BiblioCloudRecords service. The service will eliminate the need for libraries to upload and manage eContent MARC records in their integrated library system (ILS). The BiblioCloud Records module will launch with OverDrive titles and be available in fall of 2016.
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Jobs in Information Technology: May 25, 2016

LITA Blog - Wed, 2016-05-25 14:36

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

Pacific States University(PSU), Librarian, Los Angeles, CA

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

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Consortium of Academic and Special Libraries of Saskatchewan chooses Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2016-05-25 12:01
(May 25, 2016). Ex Libris announced that the Consortium of Academic and Special Libraries of Saskatchewan has selected the Ex Libris Alma resource management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution to create a unified resource management and discovery environment that offers comprehensive and convenient access to library materials. Alma and Primo will replace Voyager and SirsiDynix Symphony.
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Axiell acquires Mobydoc and solidifies position as number one in collections management

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2016-05-25 12:01
(May 25, 2016). Axiell announced the acquisition of Mobydoc, the market leader for French museums, particularly national museums. The acquisition brings together Axiell's global resources and experience within Archives, Libraries and Museums with the solid position that Mobydoc has held in the French market for over 20 years. The move creates an organisation that will be able to continue to serve French museums with market leading solutions and services, now and in the future.
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The city of mirrors : a novel /

New At the Library - Wed, 2016-05-25 05:59

    ISBN: 9781101965832
    Author: Cronin, Justin


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The fireman : a novel /

New At the Library - Wed, 2016-05-25 05:59

    ISBN: 9780062200631
    Author: Hill, Joe


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The highwayman /

New At the Library - Wed, 2016-05-25 05:59

    ISBN: 9780735220911
    Author: Johnson, Craig, 1961-


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Beyond the ice limit : a Gideon Crew novel /

New At the Library - Wed, 2016-05-25 05:59

    ISBN: 9781455525867
    Author: Preston, Douglas J.


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The sorcerer's daughter : the defenders of Shannara /

New At the Library - Wed, 2016-05-25 05:59

    ISBN: 9780345540829
    Author: Brooks, Terry


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EBSCO Information Services expands its resources on Asia with release of the Bibliography of Asian Studies via EBSCOhost

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2016-05-24 14:57
(May 24, 2016). The Bibliography of Asian Studie, an authoritative resource for research and scholarly literature on East, Southeast and South Asia, is now available from EBSCO Information Services. The Bibliography of Asian Studies is produced by the Association for Asian Studies which partnered with EBSCO in early 2016 as the provider of BAS. The resource is accessible via the EBSCOhost platform and contains nearly 900,000 records for articles published worldwide from 1971 to the present.
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Mindful Tech, a 2 part webinar series with David Levy

LITA Blog - Tue, 2016-05-24 11:09

Mindful Tech: Establishing a Healthier and More Effective Relationship with Our Digital Devices and Apps
Tuesdays, June 7 and 14, 2016, 1:00 – 2:30 pm Central Time
David Levy, Information School, University of Washington

Register Now for this 2 part webinar

“There is a long history of people worrying and complaining about new technologies and also putting them up on a pedestal as the answer. When the telegraph and telephone came along you had people arguing both sides—that’s not new. And you had people worrying about the explosion of books after the rise of the printing press.

What is different is for the last 100-plus years the industrialization of Western society has been devoted to a more, faster, better philosophy that has accelerated our entire economic system and squeezed out anything that is not essential.

As a society, I think we’re beginning to recognize this imbalance, and we’re in a position to ask questions like “How do we live a more balanced life in the fast world? How do we achieve adequate forms of slow practice?”

David Levy – See more at: http://tricycle.org/trikedaily/mindful-tech/#sthash.9iABezUN.dpuf

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this well known program by David Levy, based on his recent widely reviewed and well regarded book “Mindful Tech”. The popular interactive program will include exercises and participation now re-packaged into a 2 part webinar format. Both parts will be fully recorded for participants to return to, or to work with varying schedules.

Register Now for the 2 part Mindful Tech webinar series

This two part, 90 minutes each, webinars series will introduce participants to some of the central insights of the work Levy has been doing over the past decade and more. By learning to pay attention to their immediate experience (what’s going on in their minds and bodies) while they’re online, people are able to see more clearly what’s working well for them and what isn’t, and based on these observations to develop personal guidelines that allow them to operate more effectively and healthfully. Levy will demonstrate this work by giving participants exercises they can do, both during the online program and between the sessions.

Presenter

David Levy

David M. Levy is a professor at the Information School of the University of Washington. For more than a decade, he has been exploring, via research and teaching, how we can establish a more balanced relationship with our digital devices and apps. He has given many lectures and workshops on this topic, and in January 2016 published a book on the subject, “Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives” (Yale). Levy is also the author of “Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age” (rev. ed. 2016).

Additional information is available on his website at: http://dmlevy.ischool.uw.edu/

Then register for the webinar and get Full details

Can’t make the dates but still want to join in? Registered participants will have access to both parts of the recorded webinars.

Cost:

  • LITA Member: $68
  • Non-Member: $155
  • Group: $300

Registration Information

Register Online page arranged by session date (login required)
OR
Mail or fax form to ALA Registration
OR
Call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5
OR
email registration@ala.org

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to the preconference, contact LITA at (312) 280-4269 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org.

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LITA announces the Top Tech Trends panel at ALA Annual 2016

LITA Blog - Mon, 2016-05-23 15:34

Kicking off LITA’s celebration year of it’s 50th year the Top Technology Trends Committee announces the panel for the highly popular session at  2016 ALA Annual in Orlando, FL.

Top Tech Trends
starts Sunday June 26, 2016, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, in the
Orange County Convention Center, Room W109B
and kicks off Sunday Afternoon with LITA.

This program features the ongoing roundtable discussion about trends and advances in library technology by a panel of LITA technology experts. The panelists will describe changes and advances in technology that they see having an impact on the library world, and suggest what libraries might do to take advantage of these trends. This year’s panelists line up is:

  • Maurice Coleman, Session Moderator, Technical Trainer, Harford County Public Library, @baldgeekinmd
  • Blake Carver, Systems Administrator, LYRASIS, @blakesterz
  • Lauren Comito, Job and Business Academy Manager, Queens Library, @librariancraftr
  • Laura Costello, Head of Research & Emerging Technologies, Stony Brook University, @lacreads
  • Carolyn Coulter, Director, PrairieCat Library Consortium, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), @ccoulter
  • Nick Grove, Digital Services Librarian, Meridian Library District – unBound, @nickgrove15

Check out the Top Tech Trends web site for more information and panelist biographies.

Safiya Noble

Followed by the LITA Awards Presentation & LITA President’s Program with Dr. Safiya Noble
presenting: Toward an Ethic of Social Justice in Information
at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, in the same location

Dr. Noble is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. She conducts research in socio-cultural informatics; including feminist, historical and political-economic perspectives on computing platforms and software in the public interest. Her research is at the intersection of culture and technology in the design and use of applications on the Internet.

Concluding with the LITA Happy Hour
from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
that location to be determined

This year marks a special LITA Happy Hour as we kick off the celebration of LITA’s 50th anniversary. Make sure you join the LITA Membership Development Committee and LITA members from around the country for networking, good cheer, and great fun! Expect lively conversation and excellent drinks; cash bar. Help us cheer for 50 years of library technology.

 

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Getting your color on: maybe there’s some truth to the trend

LITA Blog - Mon, 2016-05-23 10:00

Coloring was never my thing, even as a young child, the amount of decision required in coloring was actually stressful to me. Hence my skepticism of this zen adult coloring trend. How could something so stressful for me be considered a thing of “zen”. I purchased a book and selected coloring tools about a year ago, coloring bits and pieces here and there but not really getting it. Until now.

While reading an article about the psychology behind adult coloring, I found this quote to be exceptionally interesting:

The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress. -Gloria Martinez Ayala [quoted in Coloring Isn’t Just For Kids. It Can Actually Help Adults Combat Stress]

A page, colored by Whitni Watkins, from Color Me Stress Free by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter

As I was coloring this particular piece [pictured to the left] I started seeing the connection the micro process of coloring has to the macro process of managing a library and/or team building. Each coloring piece has individual parts that contribute to forming the outline of full work of art. But it goes deeper than that.

For exampled, how you color and organize the individual parts can determine how beautiful or harmonious the picture can be. You have so many different color options to choose from, to incorporate into your picture, some will work better than others. For example, did you know in color theory, orange and blue is a perfect color combination? According to color theory, harmonious color combinations use any two colors opposite each other on the color wheel.” [7]  But that the combination of orange, blue and yellow is not very harmonious?

Our lack of knowledge is a significant hindrance for creating greatness, knowing your options while coloring is incredibly important. Your color selection will determine what experience one has when viewing the picture. Bland, chaotic or pleasing, each part working together, contributing to the bigger picture. “Observing the effects colors have on each other is the starting point for understanding the relativity of color. The relationship of values, saturations and the warmth or coolness of respective hues can cause noticeable differences in our perception of color.” [6]  Color combinations, that may seem unfitting to you, may actually compliment each other.  

Note that some colors will be used more frequently and have a greater presence in the final product due to the qualities that color holds but remember that even the parts that only have a small presence are crucial to bringing the picture together in the end. 

“Be sure to include those who are usually left out of such acknowledgments, such as the receptionist who handled the flood of calls after a successful public relations effort or the information- technology people who installed the complex software you used.”[2]

There may be other times where you don’t use a certain color as much as it should have and could have been used. The picture ends up fully colored and completed but not nearly as beautiful (harmonious) as it could have been. When in the coloring process, ask yourself often “‘What else do we need to consider here?’ you allow perspectives not yet considered to be put on the table and evaluated.” [2] Constant evaluation of your process will lead to a better final piece.

While coloring I also noticed that I color individual portions in a similar manner. I color triangles and squares by outlining and shading inwards. I color circular shapes in a circular motion and shading outwards. While coloring, we find our way to be the most efficient but contained (within the lines) while simultaneously coordinating well with the other parts. Important to note, that the way you found to be efficient in one area  may not work in another area and you need to adapt and be flexible and willing to try other ways. Imagine coloring a circle the way you color a square or a triangle. You can take as many shortcuts as you want to get the job done faster but you may regret them in the end. Cut carefully. 

Remember while coloring: Be flexible. Be adaptable. Be imperturbable.

You can color how ever you see fit. You can choose which colors you want, the project will get done. You can be sure there will be moments of chaos, there will be moments that lack innovation. Experiment, try new things and the more you color the better you’ll get. However, coloring isn’t for everyone, at that’s okay. 

Now, go back and read again, this time substitute the word color for manage.

Maybe there is something to be said about this trend of the adult coloring book. 

References:
1. Coloring Isn’t Just For Kids. It Can Actually Help Adults Combat Stress http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/coloring-for-stress_n_5975832.html
2. Twelve Ways to Build an Effective Team http://people.rice.edu/uploadedFiles/People/TEAMS/Twelve%20Ways%20to%20Build%20an%20Effective%20Team.pdf
3. COLOURlovers: History Of The Color Wheel http://www.colourlovers.com/blog/2008/05/08/history-of-the-color-wheel
4. Smashing Magazine: Color Theory for Designers, Part 1: The Meaning of Color: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/01/color-theory-for-designers-part-1-the-meaning-of-color/
5. Some Color History http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/vision/colhist.html
6. Color Matters: Basic Color Theory http://www.colormatters.com/color-and-design/basic-color-theory
7. lifehacker: Learn the Basics of Color Theory to Know What Looks Good http://lifehacker.com/learn-the-basics-of-color-theory-to-know-what-looks-goo-1608972072
8. lifehacker: Color Psychology Chart http://lifehacker.com/5991303/pick-the-right-color-for-design-or-decorating-with-this-color-psychology-chart
9. Why Flexible and Adaptive Leadership is Essential http://challenge2050.ifas.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/YuklMashud.2010.AdaptiveLeadership.pdf

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La Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio migra a Alma

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2016-05-20 14:45
(May 19, 2016).
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La biblioteca de la Universidad de Deusto, la primera de España en adoptar Alma de Ex Libris

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2016-05-20 14:45
(May 18, 2016). Ex Libris ha anunciado que la Universidad de Deusto reemplazará AMICUS, su actual sistema de gestión de bibliotecas, por Alma de Ex Libris y migrará de un sistema de discovery en sus instalaciones a una implementación SaaS de la solución de discovery & delivery Primo de Ex Libris. Estudiantes, profesores, investigadores y personal de la biblioteca se beneficiarán de la combinación Alma-Primo.
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Ex Libris expands its operations and increases its investment in the Spanish market

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2016-05-20 08:45
(May 20, 2016). Ex Libris announce that it is increasing its investment in the Spanish market and has reached an agreement with its Barcelona-based partner, GreenData, that will see Ex Libris playing a direct role in the Spanish market. Under the agreement, GreenData will remain an Ex Libris business development partner while the marketing, sales, and support responsibilities will move to Ex Libris. GreenData's solutions experts, sales team, and support personnel for Ex Libris products will become part of the Ex Libris team and will continue to operate from GreenData's Barcelona office. The expanded team will also work closely with Madrid-based Ex Libris and ProQuest staff, thus increasing the size and reach of Ex Libris in Spain.
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Ex Libris amplía sus operaciones y aumenta sus inversiones en el mercado español

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2016-05-20 08:45
(May 20, 2016). Ex Libris, empresa propiedad de ProQuest, se complace en anunciar un incremento de sus inversiones en el mercado español y la firma de un acuerdo con su socio barcelonés GreenData que permitirá a Ex Libris participar directamente en el mercado del país. En virtud de este acuerdo, GreenData continuará siendo el socio de desarrollo de negocio de Ex Libris, mientras que esta última asumirá las tareas de marketing, ventas y asistencia. Los expertos en soluciones, el equipo de ventas y el personal de asistencia de GreenData encargado de los productos de Ex Libris pasarán a formar parte del equipo de esta última y continuarán operando desde la oficina de GreenData en Barcelona. El equipo ampliado también colaborará estrechamente con el personal de Ex Libris y ProQuest con sede en Madrid, lo que reforzará el alcance y tamaño de Ex Libris en España.
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Darien Library announces new website and groundbreaking catalog system

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-05-19 17:43
(May 19, 2016). Darien Library announce the forthcoming launch of its new website. The new website is designed to be a user-centric portal to library events, services, and materials. The new website will launch with SOPAC3, Darien Library's ground-breaking new catalog system.The new website overlaps with the catalog and provides a feature-rich patron account experience that includes integrations with the website's event calendar. The new system introduces linked accounts which allow family members to link to other family members' cards. Darien Library has adopted a completely new paradigm when it comes to the new catalog interface. SOPAC3 abandons the bibliographic record level search and uses its own works level concordance at the discovery layer.
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