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The don't freak out guide to parenting kids with Asperger's /

New At the Library - 1 hour 59 min ago

    ISBN: 9780983990048
    Author: Fuentes, Sharon,

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Asperger Syndrome explained : how to understand and communicate when someone you

New At the Library - 1 hour 59 min ago

    ISBN: 9781511636438
    Author: Price, Sara Elliott,

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Things to Tell My Newbie Self

LITA Blog - 4 hours 11 min ago
I’m a noob.” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by  simplebitsdan


Depending on the day of the week, I don’t really know what I am. Am I a librarian, who has a strong interest in tech? Or am I a techie who happens to work in the Library field? What I have come to realize is that it doesn’t matter. Whatever it is that I am, I enjoy it, so I should focus on that.

Now, it took me about 5 years to come to that realization. But when I did, I immediately thought “I wish I could go back in time and tell myself about this!”

This got me to thinking: “What other things would I want to tell myself throughout my early career in libraries and library technology?” Shortly after asking myself this, an old friend of mine, who is a budding future librarian, asked me something along similar lines. So, here it is: the top 4 things that I would tell my younger self given the opportunity.

  1. The vast majority of your job will not be anything you learned in grad school (and that’s okay!)
    I remember my first quarter at UCLA, walking into the largest lecture hall I’d ever been in (it wasn’t really that big, I had just gone to a small college for my undergraduate studies) and being shocked with how “high level” the lectures were, wrestling with such existential questions as “What is documentation?” (it’s antelopes, by the way). I instantly thought back to all of the librarians I had come to know throughout my life and was suddenly much, much more impressed with them, assuming that all of these philosophical thoughts about information and documentation were constantly swirling around their heads too.

    Flash forward to today, and students at my university were seeing “reached maximum virtual host limit” as they tried to access the library databases. “Thanks a lot, SAGE,” I muttered to myself while bumping up the MaxVirtualHost limit yet again. “The things they don’t tell you about in school,” I thought to myself.

    I know, I know. It’s a pretty common refrain among practicing librarians that most of what they do on a day-to-day basis is informed more so by experience than by education. I certainly don’t see this as a problem though. It’s never a bad thing to know more about something than less. Sure, you may never catalog a single item in your life post-grad school, but because you took that course you probably have a ton of respect for people who live for cataloging. And who knows, the little bit of knowledge you happened to have held on to may prove useful to you or someone else coming up through the ranks.

  2. Keep in touch with your classmates — then keep building your network
    This is one I certainly could have done a better job on. I got to know some of my classmates during my degree program, but I was commuting from about 80 miles away, so I missed out on a lot of social gatherings. That being said, I owe an incredible amount of gratitude to those I did manage to keep up with, as they have proven to be constant sources of support, advice, and (perhaps most importantly) job leads.

    Building your network may require you to take a closer look at social media if that’s something you’ve been avoiding. You don’t have to let it take over your life, by any means, but I would recommend at least having a LinkedIn account (especially if you’re on the job hunt). If you’re in a tech role, roll the die with Twitter for a little while. I never really “got” Twitter at first, but the way in which the tech industry seems to have pretty much adopted it as a primary means to share knowledge has totally changed the way I look at it. There’s another hugely important way to build your network as well:

  3. Go to conferences (and do not skip the dine-arounds)
    I couldn’t decide whether or not to include this one, simply because many people don’t have much of a choice as to whether they can attend conferences or not ($). I would recommend to do whatever it takes to get to one — and try to find one that’s more along the lines of the area of librarianship you’re interested in. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve enjoyed the ALA Annual Conferences I’ve attended, and while they are certainly high on the “amount of free books” scale, the programs tend to be directed toward a broader audience than I would prefer. So, if you can only make it to one, get the biggest bang for your buck! If you’re interested in library technology, you have quite a few options (ER&L, Code4Lib, Internet Librarian, Computers in Libraries, and of course LITA Forum, among others).

    Also, go to the dine-arounds. I’m totally guilty of ignoring those for my first three years of conference going. The thought of meeting up with people I didn’t know, to go to a restaurant I’d never heard of, to talk about who-knows-what and then awkwardly split a bill pretty much sounded like my nightmare. What you’ll find out, though, is that even though you don’t know the people you’re dining with, you know them. They are you. You are them. It’s almost magical. You will have found “your people”. Go!

  4. Impostor syndrome is real and everyone has it (so stop worrying)
    Impostor syndrome, for those who may not be familiar with the term, basically means you’re constantly afraid of being found out as a fraud. David Walsh wrote a blog post that looks at this from a coder’s perspective and it pretty much hits the nail on the head for me. Having self-taught myself almost all of my tech skills, I always felt like my skills weren’t real. Real developers don’t have to Google things. Real programmers are fluent in JavaScript, C#, Ruby, and Python. For me, this stretched into librarianship as well. Real librarians publish in peer-reviewed journals and speak at conferences. Real librarians are featured in American Libraries and appear on trading cards. All of these were ideas I put into my own head.

    I was talking to a software developer friend of mine recently, and he was asking me what I was interested in learning over the next year. I told him I wanted to get better at JavaScript, learn Node.js, get comfortable with MVC frameworks, learn Ruby (on Rails), start using GitHub, get better at responsive web design, and, if I have time, learn about ASP.NET Single Page Applications and AngularJS. He said I was crazy. It still exists in my head, though: “if I want to be a real “whatever the heck I am”, I should know these things”. Obviously, this isn’t true. Ambition is a good thing, but left unchecked it can wreak havoc on your psyche. Just remember, no matter what, you are real. True, you may never know everything about everything, but neither will anyone else. Enjoy your own journey, and remember to have fun.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’d love to hear what other bits of advice other practicing librarians have for their younger selves!

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MassLNC expands collaborative for Evergreen development

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2016-02-10 16:57
(February 10, 2016). The Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative announced a new program to grow membership in its development collaborative to more libraries and consortia in the Evergreen community. The MassLNC Evergreen Development Initiative is an opportunity for libraries and consortia running Evergreen to maximize their resources by pooling funds to sponsor exciting new features and important bug fixes for the open-source system.
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ByWater Solutions Issues $1,500 VoteLibraries Fundraising Challenge

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2016-02-10 16:57
(February 10, 2016). ByWater Solution has made a commitment to donate $1,500 to EveryLibary's VoteLibraries project if we can get $1,500 in matching donations.
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EnvisionWare Expands Sales Team

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2016-02-10 16:57
(February 10, 2016). EnvisionWare, a leading provider of self-service and library efficiency solutions, announced that Pamela Mullins has joined the sales team as Sales Representative, Self-service Solutions.
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Jobs in Information Technology: February 10, 2016

LITA Blog - Wed, 2016-02-10 16:07

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:

Penn State University Libraries, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Knowledge Commons, University Park, PA

Penn State University Libraries, Diversity Residency Librarian Program, University Park, PA

Brown University, Senior Library Applications Developer, Providence, RI

Reaching Across Illinois Library System, Systems Supervisor, Burr Ridge, IL

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

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Altmetric Data now available in the Summon discovery service

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2016-02-10 10:57
(February 10, 2016). Ex Libris announced that it has integrated altmetrics into the Summon discovery service to significantly enrich the user experience and improve content discovery. This new development, achieved through collaboration between ProQuest and Altmetric, enables researchers to explore the online shares, comments and discussion relating to individual research outputs with a single click.
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BPP University adopts Talis to help deliver on their commitment to provide students access to 100 percent of course readings

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2016-02-10 10:57
(February 10, 2016). BPP University has selected to implement both Talis Aspire Reading Lists and Talis Aspire Digitised Content to support their strategy to deliver all information resources to their students online at the point of need.
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TfL extends its use of the Cloud with new digital preservation platform

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2016-02-10 10:57
(February 10, 2016). Transport for London, London's historic transport network has begun extending its use of the AWS Cloud to protect its archive of over 140,000 digital and digitised files dating back to 1857, including all transport records from the London 2012 Olympic Games. TfL has partnered with Digital Preservation specialist Preservica to transfer its extensive digital collection to the Cloud. The Preservica digital preservation system, hosted on AWS, will ensure all items in the archive remain readable and useable by future generations by actively managing and migrating files to newer formats as old formats become obsolete.
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Arlington Public Library Joins Marmot Library Network as Sixth Pika Discovery Partner

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2016-02-09 16:56
(February 9, 2016). Marmot Library Network announced that their sixth Discovery Partner, Arlington Public Library, is now live on the Pika Discovery Layer. "
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Online entries now being accepted for the John Cotton Dana Award for Outstanding Library Public Relations

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2016-02-09 16:56
(February 9, 2016). The American Library Association is now accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award. The award, managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association division ALA, honors outstanding library public relations. Eight $10,000 awards will be granted by the H.W. Wilson Foundation in an annual Awards Ceremony sponsored by the ALA and EBSCO Information Services.
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ByWater Solutions ranked No. 1 in satisfaction with customer support for medium sized libraries in 2015 Perceptions Survey

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2016-02-09 10:55
(February 9, 2016). ByWater Solutions announced that it was rated no. 1 in Customer Support for Medium Sized Public Libraries in this year's “Perceptions 2015: An International Survey of Library Automation.” ByWater was ranked by their customers for their services supporting the Koha Open Source Integrated Library System.
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I’m Running for LITA President!

David Lee King - Tue, 2016-02-09 09:30

Are you a member of LITA? If so, make sure to vote for me for LITA president! Voting begins March 25, and closes April 22. Here’s the full LITA election slate for 2016.

Why vote for me? Here’s a slightly longer version of my statement:

LITA is full of cool people, doing cool stuff. That’s why I originally became interested in LITA, and it’s why I’ve stayed.

And the tech thing, of course. LITA members have a deep understanding of technology. I always walk away from a LITA event feeling like I’ve learned something, or made a connection with someone who “gets it.”

I also feel like LITA has been in transition mode for a few years. Even more so now, with a new Executive Director.

That’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s pretty awesome, and a great time to be involved in LITA. It’s a time to remake LITA into the division we want it to be.

That’s why I’m running for LITA president – I want to help set that fire and get it started.

Right now, LITA has some major needs. Two of the most pressing needs are a new strategic plan, and permission to remake itself. Guess what? That’s what I do.

If elected, my goals will be to make sure a new strategic plan is in place, and to help get LITA kickstarted in a new direction. I’ll also work really hard to clear the rocks out of your path so you can do the cool stuff you want to do.

And to see if we can help remake ALA while we are at it

Not interested in voting for me? That’s ok – I’m running against Andromeda Yelton, who is extremely smart and techie and awesome, and has also done a lot of good LITA stuff. LITA wins either way.

Just promise me one thing: if you’re a LITA member, make sure to VOTE!

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ProQuest teams with St. Andrews University to advance early modern area research

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2016-02-08 10:54
(February 8, 2016). ProQuest is collaborating with the Universal Short Title Catalogue at St. Andrews University in Scotland to leverage the USTC to improve access and discoverability of materials essential to researchers of the early modern era.
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Hack your Calendars? Using them for more than just appointments.

LITA Blog - Mon, 2016-02-08 09:00

As librari*s one thing we know, and usually know well, is how to do more with less, or at least without any increase. With this mindset, even the most mundane tools can take on multiple roles. For example, our Calendars

I had a boss near the beginning of my professional career who leveraged their calendar in ways I’d never thought to: as a log for tracking projects, personal ticketing system, and the usual meeting/appointment scheduling. It stuck with me; a handful of years later and I still use that same process.

When I interviewed for my now current job, I was asked how I prioritize and manage what I have to do. My response: with my calendar. I don’t have meetings every hour of every day but I do have a lot of tasks to do and things I’m working on, and having a running log of this is useful, as well as scheduling out blocks of time to actually get my work done.

Using a tool that was designed to organize days and then developed for individual use or network use (sharing of information). Personal calendars kept separate from work calendars, and all used for documenting appointments on our schedules. Why not use them for more than that? Calendar software is designed to intake a reasonable amount of information, customize it as you will.

Things that a Calendar offers that makes this easy

  • Free text Subject/Location fields
  • Start & End times
  • Category options (you decide!) — if you wear multiple hats or are working for multiple teams, this can be incredibly useful
  • Free text Notes field
  • Privacy options

Using a Calendar this way allows you to link together in one point an array of information — people associated with a project, a URL to a google doc, organize based on the hat you’re wearing, document time spent on projects — really helpful for annual reviews. My personal favorite use is noting what you did with a specific project (or problem), this works well when you need a ticketing system setup but just for your personal projects/problems/etc. Things break, it’s my current job to fix them and keep them from breaking (as often) in the future — when I spend 4 hours fixing something, I note it on my calendar and use the notes portion to log running issues, how they were solved, etc.

Using my calendar this way accomplished a handful of things, aside from traditional use:

  • Gave me a decent log for time spent on projects
  • Made my annual review 100% easier
  • Forced me to become more aware of what I was spending my time on
  • Helped me set aside the necessary time needed to work on certain tasks
  • Ward off unnecessary meetings (because Calendar was busy)

If you’re concerned about privacy — check here {link to setting Outlook Calendar privacy} and here {link to setting Google Calendar privacy} for how to manage the privacy settings on Outlook and/or Google.

I challenge you for a week to use your calendar in this fashion, as your own personal work log.

Many thanks to @archivalistic @griffey  @timtomch @slmcdanold @collingsruth @metageeky @sharon_bailey @infosecsherpa @gmcharlt @amyrbrown @redgirl13 for sharing their responses.

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Simple matters : living with less and ending up with more /

New At the Library - Sat, 2016-02-06 07:52

    ISBN: 9781419718632
    Author: Boyle, Erin,

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The Young Messiah [sound recording]

New At the Library - Sat, 2016-02-06 07:52

    ISBN: 9780735207028
    Author: Rice, Anne, 1941-

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The road to Little Dribbling [sound recording] : adventures of an American in Br

New At the Library - Sat, 2016-02-06 07:52

    ISBN: 9780147526878
    Author: Bryson, Bill

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New partnership between Equinox and TALKINGTECH

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2016-02-05 19:51
(February 5, 2016). Equinox a new working partnership with TALKINGTECH, the leader in library telephony services. i-TIVA, TALKINGTECH's interactive telephone messaging system, will be be available as an add-on service to our Evergreen Sequoia subscribers. Equinox
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