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LITA Forum: Online Registration Ends Oct. 27

LITA Blog - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:59

Don’t miss your chance to register online for the 2014 LITA Forum “From Node to Network” to be held Nov. 5-8, 2014 at the Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque N.M. Online registration closes October 27, 2014. You can register on site, but it’s so much easier to have it all taken care of before you arrive in Albuquerque.

Book your room at the Hotel Albuquerque. The guaranteed LITA room rate date has passed, but when you call at: 505-843-6300 ask for the LITA room rate, there might be a few rooms left in our block.

Three keynote speakers will be featured at this year’s forum:

  • AnnMarie Thomas, Engineering Professor, University of St. Thomas
  • Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, OCLC Research and Chief Strategist
  • Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Founder Trans*h4ck.

More than 30 concurrent colleague inspired sessions and a dozen poster sessions will provide a wealth of practical information on a wide range of topics.

Two preconference workshops will also be offered;

  • Dean B. Krafft and Jon Corson-Rikert of Cornell University Library will present
    “Linked Data for Libraries: How libraries can make use of Linked Open Data to share information about library resources and to improve discovery, access, and understanding for library users”
  • Francis Kayiwa of Kayiwa Consulting will present
    “Learn Python by Playing with Library Data”

Networking opportunities, a major advantage of a smaller conference, are an important part of the Forum. Take advantage of the Thursday evening reception and sponsor showcase, the Thursday game night, the Friday networking dinners or Kitchen Table Conversations, plus meals and breaks throughout the Forum to get to know LITA leaders, Forum speakers, sponsors, and peers.

2014 LITA Forums sponsors include EBSCO, Springshare, @mire, Innovative and OCLC.

Visit the LITA website for more information.

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) members are information technology professionals dedicated to educating, serving, and reaching out to the entire library and information community. LITA is a division of the American Library Association.

LITA and the LITA Forum fully support the Statement of Appropriate Conduct at ALA Conferences

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Fort Worth Public Library Selects the Polaris ILS

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:35
(October 22, 2014). Innovative announced today that Fort Worth Public Library (TX), with sixteen locations and the six MetrOPAC libraries, has selected the Polaris ILS. FWPL holds over 2 million items and will be migrating from a Horizon system provided by SirsiDynix.
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Burlington School District goes live on CLiC AspenCat LibLime union catalog

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:35
(October 21, 2014). Burlington School District in Colorado is now live on the AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. With the accumulation of Burlington School District, the CLiC AspenCat union catalog now has over 520,000 bibliographic records and nearly 950,000 items. The Burlington School District staff has worked with LibLime Project Management to successfully transfer bibliographic, item, and patron data to the LibLime Koha application.
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Polaris ILS 5.0 and Polaris Leap 1.0 in General Release

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:35
(October 21, 2014). Innovative announced that both the Polaris ILS 5.0 and Polaris Leap 1.0 are now in general release. Baltimore County Public Library (MD) is the first library to go live on Polaris ILS and was also a beta tester for the release.
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GBI-Genios' wiso Collections are now indexed and discoverable through the Central Index of Ex Libris Primo

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:35
(October 20, 2014). Ex Libris announced that all journals and the majority of reference databases hosted on GBI-Genios' wiso-net platform have been indexed in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources, making the content easily discoverable via the Ex Libris Primo discovery service. In the coming months, the e-books hosted on wiso-net will also be accessible via Primo. The wiso-net platform includes specialized information in economics; social sciences; technical studies; psychology; and law, and is used in more than 85% of economic and social science universities in German-speaking countries.
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Southern Adventist University Chooses EBSCO Discovery Service

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:35
(October 20, 2014). Southern Adventist University in Tennessee has selected EBSCO Discovery Service from EBSCO Information Service as its discovery service. Southern Adventist University was recently ranked in the top 30 Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report for Regional Colleges in the South.
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The ArchivesSpace team is happy to release version 1.1.0

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:35
(October 19, 2014). The ArchivesSpace team released version v1.1.0 of the ArchivesSpace application. This release includes upgrading Rails to 3.2.19, which addresses another important security patch. It is recommended that users update ArchivesSpace in order to apply this patch.
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Navigator Management Partners Acquires rSmart Consulting Services

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:35
(October 18, 2014). Navigator Management Partners has announced that they have acquired the consulting services of Scottsdale, AZ-based rSmart, a leader in enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for higher education. With rSmart, Navigator will offer an unparalleled spectrum of Kuali services together with an increased national and higher education industry footprint.
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Liberty University Selects EnvisionWare for RFID

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:35
(October 15, 2014). EnvisionWare announced that Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia has installed EnvisionWare RFID software and security in the University's new state-of-the-art library.
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Best-Selling author Barbara Freethy selects Ingram to launch Digital Best Sellers in physical format

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:35
(October 15, 2014). Ingram Content Group announced that Number 1 New York Times bestselling author Barbara Freethy has selected Ingram Publisher Services to deliver her e-books in print form to readers worldwide through Hyde Street Press, Ms. Freethy's new independent publishing company.
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LYRASIS publishes three open source software implementation case studies on FOSS4LIB

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:35
(October 15, 2014). LYRASIS has published three open source software case studies on FOSS4LIB.org as part of its continuation of support and services for libraries and other cultural heritage organizations interested in learning about, evaluating, adopting, and using open source software systems.
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EBSCO Information Services opens Second Office and hires former Swets employees in the United Kingdom

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:35
(October 15, 2014). EBSCO Information Services is opening a second office in the United Kingdom and has hired a number of former Swets employees to help customers transitioning to EBSCO as their subscription agent. EBSCO believes that this investment in infrastructure and staffing will provide libraries with the confidence to work with EBSCO during this critical renewals phase--and into the future.
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Resources for the Future Joins LibLime Koha 4.18

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:35
(October 14, 2014). Resources for the Future (RFF) has contracted with LibLime for services to implement and support LibLime Koha 4.18 for all collection and patron management services. RFF features with 4.18 include authority control, expanded SIP2 support for renewals, the Solr search engine, and RDA compliance. As with all versions of LibLime Koha since 4.8, the entire application resides in the Plack environment for enhanced performance.
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Florida library selects TLC, Tech Logic automation

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:35
(October 14, 2014). West Florida Public Library System is getting a major performance boost by implementing automation and material handling solutions from The Library Corporation and Tech Logic.
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KualiCo acquires rSmart SaaS business and expands team to drive development and adoption

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:35
(October 14, 2014). KualiCo, the newly formed company focused on the delivery of open source administrative solutions for higher education, announced today the acquisition of rSmart's software as a service (SaaS) business. A team of employees, including rSmart co-founder and CEO Chris Coppola, will join KualiCo to accelerate sales, marketing, operations, and product development activities. The specific terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.
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Baker and Taylor and James Bennett Poised to expand in New Zealand

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:35
(October 13, 2014). Baker and Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, along with its Australian wholly-owned subsidiary James Bennett, announced today they have been chosen as the primary suppliers of library materials to Wellington City Libraries, New Zealand.
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University of Rijeka in Croatia chooses EBSCO Discovery Service

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:35
(October 13, 2014). University of Rijeka Library in Croatia has implemented EBSCO Discovery Service from EBSCO Information Services. Seamless implementation, a variety of customization options and EBSCO's commitment to service led the library to choose EDS.
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Backstage Library Works completes vital cataloging project for Kansas State University Libraries

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-22 15:35
(October 13, 2014). As librarians at Kansas State University Libraries have learned, when dealing with more than 3 million items, automation and assistance can be incredibly beneficial. Backstage Library Works completed a Resource Description and Access (RDA) enrichment project for 3 million bibliographic records for Kansas State University Libraries during the summer of 2014. The company also supplied the corresponding authority records. K-State Libraries has been an authority control client since 2005.
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Jobs in Information Technology: October 22

LITA Blog - Wed, 2014-10-22 13:20

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

Head of Technology, Saline County Library,  Benton,  AR

Science Data Librarian,  Penn State University Libraries, University Park,  PA

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

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Women Learning to Code

LITA Blog - Wed, 2014-10-22 09:00

I am a user of technology much more than a creator.   After I completed a masters in educational technology I knew to better use the skills I had learned it would benefit me to gain a better understanding of computer coding. My HTML skills were adequate but rusty, and I didn’t have any experience with other languages. To increase these skills I really did not want to have to take another for-credit course, but I also knew that I would have a better learning experience if I had someone of whom I could ask questions. Around this time, I was made aware of Girl Develop It. I have attended a few meetings and truly appreciate the instruction and the opportunity to learn new skills. As a way to introduce the readers of the LITA blog who might be interested in adding to their skill-set I interviewed Michelle Brush and Denisse Osorio de Large, the leaders of my local Girl Develop It group.

What is Girl Develop It?

MB: Girl Develop It is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing more women into technology by offering educational and network-building opportunities.

DL: Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn web and software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction.

What sparked your interest in leading a Girl Develop It group?

MB: I attended Strange Loop where Jen Myers spoke and mentioned her involvement in Girl Develop It.   Then several friends reached out to me about wanting to do more for women in tech in Kansas City, so we decided to propose a chapter in Kansas City.

DL: Growing up my mom told me my inheritance was my education, and that my education was something no one would ever be able to take away from me.  My education has allowed me to have a plentiful life, I wanted to pay it forward and this organization allowed to do just that. I’m also the proud mom of two little girls and I want to be a good example for them.

What is your favorite thing about working in the technology industry?

MB: Software can be like magic.  You can build very useful and sometimes beautiful things from a pile of keywords and numbers.  It’s also very challenging, so you get the same joy when your code works that you do when solving a really hard math problem.

DL: I love the idea of helping to create things that don’t exist and solving problems that no one else has solved. The thought of making things better, drives me.

Why do you believe more women should be working in information technology?

MB: If we can get women involved at the same percentages as we have men, we would solve our skills gap.  It also helps that women bring a different perspective to the work.

DL: The industry as a whole will benefit from the perspective of a more diverse workforce. Also, this industry has the ability to provide a safe and stable environment where females can thrive and make a good living.

Are there other ways communities can be supportive of women entering the information technology industry?

MB: We need more visibility to the women already in the industry as that will make other women recognize they can be successful in the community as well.  Partly it’s on women like me to seek out opportunities to be more visible, but it’s also on the community to remember to look outside of the usual suspects when looking for speakers, mentors, etc.  It’s too easy to keep returning to the names you already know. Conferences like Strange Loop and Midwest.io are making strides in this area.

DL: I believe it starts with young girls and encouraging and nurturing their interest in STEM. It is very important that members of the community provide opportunities for girls to find their passion in the field of their choice.

Are any of you reading the LITA blog involved with Girl Develop It? I’d love to hear your stories!

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