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Long Live Firefox!

LITA Blog - 7 hours 24 min ago

Until I became a librarian, I never gave much thought to web browsers. In the past I used Safari when working on a Mac, Chrome on my Android tablet, and showed the typical disdain for Internet Explorer. If I ever used Firefox it was purely coincidental, but now it’s my first choice and here’s why.

This month Mozilla launched Firefox 34 and announced a deal to make Yahoo their default search engine. I wasn’t alone in wondering if that move would be bad for business (if you’re like me, you avoid Yahoo like the plague). Mozilla also raised some eyebrows by asking for donations on their home page this year.

I switched to Firefox a few months ago, prior to all the commotion, when I came across Mozilla’s X-Ray Goggles, an add-on that allows you to view how a webpage is constructed (the Denver Public Library has a great project tutorial using X-Ray Goggles that I highly recommend). I was pleasantly surprised to find a slew of other resources for teaching the web and after doing a little more digging, I was taken by Mozilla’s support of an open web and intrigued by their non-profit status.

At the library I frequently encounter patrons who have pledged their allegiance to Google or Apple or Microsoft and I’m the same way. I was excited to update to Lollipop on my tablet and I’m saving up for an iMac, but I cringe when I think about Google’s privacy policies or Apple’s sweatshops. Are these companies that I really want to support?

I was teaching an Android class the other day and a patron asked me which browser is the best. I told her that I use Firefox because I support Mozilla and what they stand for. She chuckled at my response. Maybe it’s silly to stand up for any corporation, but given the choice I want to support the one that does the most good (or the least evil).

Mozilla’s values and goals are very much in line with the modern library. If you’re on the fence about Firefox, take a look at their Privacy Policy, Add-Ons, and see how easy it is to switch your default search engine back to Google. You just might change your mind.

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Carnegie Mellon, Pitt Collaborate To Enhance Library Services

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2014-12-20 17:58
(December 2, 2014). Carnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh and University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced a collaboration among the school's library systems to better respond to the evolving needs of its respective campuses in eduation and research. The partnership, led by Keith Webster, dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon, and Ronald Larsen, dean of the School of Information Sciences at Pitt, will explore how best to leverage the expertise and resources across each university to improve library services for students, faculty, staff and alumni at each institution.
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Oxnard Public Library (CA) Selects the Polaris ILS

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2014-12-19 17:53
(December 18, 2014). Innovative announced that Oxnard Public Library has selected the Polaris ILS and will migrate from a Symphony system provided by SirsiDynix. OPL has an annual circulation of nearly 570,000 and holds 370,000 book volumes across its three branches.
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Embracing new paradigms in education /

New At the Library - Fri, 2014-12-19 11:52

    ISBN: 9781619254350

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UW System Libraries unite to improve user experience

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-12-18 17:45
(December 16, 2014). Using library resources throughout the University of Wisconsin System is about to get easier. After nearly two years of intensive work, libraries around the system will migrate to a unified library services platform in January.
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It’s mid-December and that means there are lots of lists coming out. Last year, I made an exhaustive spreadsheet of all of the major journals’ best-of lists to show you what made multiple lists and which ones we’d reviewed. This year, I’m . . . not going to do that. Instead, just a few thoughts. But first, the lists:

  • Library Journal has a top ten list, plus additional favorites, here
  • Booklist has a favorite book from a variety of genres, followed by an extensive list of all their starred reviews, here
  • Kirkus‘s list appears to be simply all of there starred reviews
  • And PW, like LJ has a top ten, plus more extensive lists broken out by category

You want thoughts? One of the books that seems to be getting the most attention in Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings, which made both the top ten lists. It is on our list of books to review, but we haven’t gotten to it yet, so we may just have to try to fit it in soon. And I was very pleased to see Lorrie Moore’s story collection, Bark, get some recognition. It was a book which we wanted to review here, but didn’t feel had quite the teen appeal for this blog.

Other than that, many of our favorites this year were recognized on one or more lists, including All The Light We Cannot See, which seems to be shaping up as one of the year’s favorites; Everything I Never Told You; and The Southern Reach trilogy, which everyone seems to have loved as much as me.

Take a look at all these lists and tell us what we should be reading as the year draws to a close.


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Getting Started with GIS

LITA Blog - Thu, 2014-12-18 11:52

Coming for the New Year: Learning Opportunities with LITA

LITA will have multiple learning opportunities available over the upcoming year. Including hot topics to keep your brain warm over the winter. Starting off with:

Getting Started with GIS

Instructor: Eva Dodsworth, University of Waterloo

Offered: January 12 – February 9, 2015, with asynchronous weekly lectures, tutorials, assignments, and group discussion. There will be one 80 minute lecture to view each week, along with two tutorials and one assignment that will take 1-3 hours to complete, depending on the student. Moodle login info will be sent to registrants the week prior to the start date.

WebCourse Costs: LITA Member: $135 ALA Member: $195 Non-member: $260

Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Here’s the Course Page

Getting Started with GIS is a three week course modeled on Eva Dodsworth’s LITA Guide of the same name. The course provides an introduction to GIS technology and GIS in libraries. Through hands on exercises, discussions and recorded lectures, students will acquire skills in using GIS software programs, social mapping tools, map making, digitizing, and researching for geospatial data. This three week course provides introductory GIS skills that will prove beneficial in any library or information resource position.

No previous mapping or GIS experience is necessary. Some of the mapping applications covered include:

  • Introduction to Cartography and Map Making
  • Online Maps
  • Google Earth
  • KML and GIS files
  • ArcGIS Online and Story Mapping
  • Brief introduction to desktop GIS software

Participants will gain the following GIS skills:

  • Knowledge of popular online mapping resources
  • ability to create an online map
  • an introduction to GIS, GIS software and GIS data
  • an awareness of how other libraries are incorporating GIS technology into their library services and projects

Instructor: Eva Dodsworth is the Geospatial Data Services Librarian at the University of Waterloo Library where she is responsible for the provision of leadership and expertise in developing, delivering, and assessing geospatial data services and programs offered to members of the University of Waterloo community. Eva is also an online part-time GIS instructor at a number of Library School programs in North America.

Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Re-Drawing the Map Series

Don’t forget the final session in the series is coming up January 6, 2015. You can attend this final single session or register for the series and get the recordings of the previous two sessions on Web Mapping and OpenStreetMaps. Join LITA instructor Cecily Walker for:

Coding maps with Leaflet.js

Tuesday January 6, 2015, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central Time
Instructor: Cecily Walker

Ready to make your own maps and go beyond a directory of locations? Add photos and text to your maps with Cecily as you learn to use the Leaflet JavaScript library.

Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Webinar Costs: LITA Member $39 for the single session and $99 for the series.

Check out the series web page for all cost options.

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty,


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Status Oria etter systemarbeid

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-12-18 11:45
(December 19, 2014). Oria er nå fullt ut oppdatert med de siste postene fra Bibliotekbasen siden systemarbeidet i begynnelsen av desember. Vi har også satt i gang igjen den jevnlige høstingen slik at nye og endrede poster blir overført til Oria hver kveld/natt slik at de er tilgjengelige påfølgende dag.
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Comunicado de la BNE en relación a RDA

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-12-18 11:45
(December 18, 2014). RDA se está convirtiendo en un estándar internacional de facto y, como ha puesto de manifiesto la encuesta realizada este año sobre el tema, un buen número de bibliotecas españolas ha manifestado su intención de migrar a este nuevo estándar (Biblioteca de Catalunya, Biblioteca de Galicia, gran parte de las bibliotecas universitarias, etc.). En estos momentos, RDA está presente en las principales bibliotecas del mundo, sobre todo del ámbito anglosajón, así como en varias bibliotecas nacionales europeas. Además, teniendo en cuenta que es la continuación natural de AACR2, es de suponer que se implante de forma generalizada en el mundo hispanoamericano. Su presencia, por tanto, será cada vez más importante en el ámbito de los grandes catálogos colectivos, como OCLC, y en servicios de información bibliográfica suministrados por editores y otras plataformas relacionadas.  
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Udrulningsplan for Bibliotekssystemet opdateret

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-12-18 11:45
(December 18, 2014). Horsens blev i november måned den første kommune, der kunne tage Bibliotekssystemet i pilotdrift. Dette er forløbet som planlagt, og udviklingen af systemet skrider godt frem.
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MARCIVE assists LC in creation of LCGFT authority records

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-12-18 11:45
(December 18, 2014). Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT), is replacing the former Guidelines on Subject Access to Individual Works of Fiction, Drama, Etc. (GSAFD). While many libraries still use GSAFD terms in their catalogs, this controlled vocabulary list is no longer updated by the American Library Association. LCGFT provides a live, developing international standard for genre and form access to individual works of fiction, drama, poetry, humor, and folklore, etc. in all formats. Subject headings describe what a work is about, while genre/from terms describe what a work is.
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Blood magick /

New At the Library - Thu, 2014-12-18 11:45

    ISBN: 9780425259870
    Author: Roberts, Nora

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Hacking, Making & Creating at the Library – my Makerspace Talk

David Lee King - Thu, 2014-12-18 09:30

In November, I was at Rutgers, talking about makerspaces as part of their Rutgers University MLIS Colloquium Series.

It was a fun talk, and they recorded it and uploaded it to Youtube! So … if you have an hour and are interested in creating a makerspace of some sort at your library, you might find this talk helpful.

Thanks, Rutgers!

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Welsh Consortium Chooses Ex Libris Solutions for Shared Library Management and Discovery

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-12-18 08:41
(December 16, 2014). Ex Libris announced that WHELF, a consortium of all the Welsh University Libraries, as well as the National Library of Wales and the Welsh NHS Libraries, has selected the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management service and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to deliver a new bilingual shared library system for Wales.
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Are QR Codes Dead Yet?

LITA Blog - Thu, 2014-12-18 07:32

It’s a meme!

Flipping through a recent issue of a tech-centric trade publication that shall not be named, I was startled to see that ads on the inside flap and the back cover both featured big QR codes. Why was I startled? Because techies, including many librarians, have been proclaiming the death of the QR code for years. Yet QR codes cling to life, insinuating themselves even into magazines on information technology. In short, QR codes are not dead. But they probably ought to be.

Not everywhere or all at once, no. I did once see this one librarian at this one conference poster session use his smartphone to scan a giant QR code. That was the only time in five years I have ever saw anyone take advantage of a QR code.

When reading a print magazine, I just want to roll with the print experience. I don’t want to grab my phone, type the 4-digit passcode, pull up the app, and hold the camera steady. I want to read.

I’d rather snap a photo of the page in question. That way, I can experience the ad holistically. I also can explore the website at leisure rather than being whisked to a non-mobile optimized web page where I must fill out 11 fields of an online registration form to which UX need not apply.

So . . . Should I Use A QR Code?

Best. Flowchart. EVER! #ias13

— Jonathon Colman (@jcolman) April 7, 2013

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Bayside Library Service live with Overdrive digital content integration

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-12-17 20:39
(December 17, 2014). Civica announces that Bayside Library Service, Australia, is the first Spydus customer to go live with Overdrive digital content integration. Civica has been working with the APIs provided by Overdrive to ensure an enhanced borrower experience which enables digital content discovery, loans, and reservations from the Spydus Integrated Library Management System.
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Coos County Libraries choose ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-12-17 14:36
(December 17, 2014). ByWater Solutions announced that the Coos County Libraries of Coos County Oregon are now live their installation of the Koha open source ILS.
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NC LIVE and Gale Partner to Broaden Access to Essential Library Resources for North Carolina Residents

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-12-17 14:36
(December 17, 2014). Residents of North Carolina have expanded access to resources that will enhance economic development, support education and help improve quality of life through an agreement arranged by NC LIVE, North Carolina's statewide public and academic library consortium, and Gale, a leading provider of library resources and part of Cengage Learning. Through local public and academic libraries, residents can access educational ebooks and literature, material to support study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics topics and leading periodical content to support business development.
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Los Angeles Public Library selects CARL.X for the future

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-12-17 14:36
(December 17, 2014). The Library Corporation announced that the Los Angeles Public Library has extend their CARLX contract for an additional four years.
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Jobs in Information Technology: December 17

LITA Blog - Wed, 2014-12-17 13:54

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

Coordinator for Digital Collection Services, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

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

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