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

Library Technology Reports - 11 hours 4 min ago
(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 - 12 hours 59 min ago

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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Brown Library Joins NC Cardinal

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2016-02-05 19:51
(February 5, 2016). Equinox announce that yet another library has gone live on Evergreen through the North Carolina Cardinal Consortium. Last month, Brown Library in Washington, North Carolina made the move to Evergreen, utilizing the Sequoia platform. Brown is a single branch library with 56,065 bib records and serves over 15,000 patrons. Brown marks the 23rd migration for NC Cardinal, a continually growing consortium.
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Backstage announces new projects and increased innovations

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2016-02-05 16:51
(February 5, 2016). The new year is off to an accelerated start at Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) as their automated services department takes on new and innovative projects. Backstage continues to expedite processes, implement new technologies and allow libraries more customized settings than any other service provider.
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SirsiDynix BLUEcloud eRM in Pilot Release

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2016-02-05 13:51
(February 5, 2016). SirsiDynix announced the pilot release of BLUEcloud eRM, a powerful new electronic resource management tool and the newest addition to the BLUEcloud Campus product line. In recent years electronic resources have become increasingly crucial to library collections. As the medium of collection resources changes, so does the challenge of organizing these resources. BLUEcloud eRM is the premier solution to managing the life-cycle of electronic resources, from trial and acquisition to licensing and implementation. Building on the open-source electronic Resource Management system CORAL, BLUEcloud eRM gives libraries the tools to manage their electronic resources.
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Mancos School District Goes Live on the CLiC AspenCat LibLime Koha Union Catalog

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2016-02-05 13:51
(February 5, 2016). The Mancos School District Libraries have now joined the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. The Libraries and CLiC staff worked with the LibLime Project Management team to successfully transfer bibliographic, item and patron data to the AspenCat union catalog.
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On The Road Again

Equinox Blog - Fri, 2016-02-05 13:08

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for the Equinox team to hit the road and attend some Spring conferences!  Here’s where we’ll be for the next few months:

  • Code4Lib Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania March 7-10, 2016
    • We love Pennsylvania, this much is true.  Equinox is proud to be co-sponsoring childcare for this event.  Mike Rylander and Mary Jinglewski will be attending the Code4Lib Conference and they’re excited to learn some new things and mingle with the library tech folk.  If you’d like to meet up with either of them, please let us know!
  • Public Library Association (PLA) Conference in Denver, Colorado April 5-9, 2016
    • Equinox is looking forward to exhibiting at PLA this year in beautiful Denver, Colorado.  The team will be ready and waiting in Booth #408.  We can’t wait to meet with you to talk about Open Source solutions for your library!  
  • Evergreen Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina April 20-23, 2016
    • Our very favorite conference of the year!  We love getting together with Evergreen users and sharing our experience and knowledge.  Equinox is not only a Platinum Sponsor for this event; we are also sponsoring the Development Hackfest. The Equinox team will be involved in fourteen separate talks throughout the conference spanning a wide variety of topics.

There are a lot of exciting things in store for 2016 and we can’t wait to share them with you.  Whether in an exhibit booth or over a beer, we love to talk.  Hope to see you all soon!

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Mellon grant continues support of open-source library system

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2016-02-05 10:50
(February 5, 2016). Duke University has received a $1.165 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the continued development of an open-source integrated library system. Known as Kuali OLE, for Open Library Environment, it is the first system designed by and for academic and research libraries to manage and deliver scholarly information. Three OLE Partners—Lehigh University, the University of Chicago, and SOAS at the University of London—have already implemented Kuali OLE in their library operations. The grant will support the further development, refinement, and adoption of the system by a broader group of public and private institutions.
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Quid Pro Quo: Librarians and Vendors

LITA Blog - Fri, 2016-02-05 08:00

I joked with a colleague recently that I need to get over my issue with vendors giving me sales pitches during phone calls and meetings. We had a good laugh since a major responsibility of my job as Assistant Director is to meet with vendors and learn about products that will enhance the patron experience at my library. As the point of contact I’m going to be the person the vendor calls and I’m going to be the person to whom the vendor pitches stuff.

The point was that sometimes it would be nice to have a quiet day so you could get back to the other vendors who have contacted you or maybe actually implement some of the tech you acquired from a vendor—he says as he looks wistfully at a pile of equipment in his office that should out in the public’s hands.

Just last month my fellow blogger Bill Dueber talked about the importance of negotiating with vendors in his post “There’s a Reason There’s a Specialized Degree.” Because I work hand in hand with vendors on an almost daily basis there’s a number of things I try to do to hold up my end of the bargain. There’s an article from 2010 on LIS Careers that talks about the Librarian/Vendor relationship. While not everything is relevant, it does have some good information in it (some of which I’ve pulled into this post).

  • Pay bills on time
  • Reply to calls/emails in a timely manner
  • Be clear about timelines
  • Say no if the answer’s no
  • Be congenial

I find it helps if I think of the vendors as my patrons. How would I treat a member of the public? Would I wait weeks before answering a reference question that came in via email? We’re all busy so not responding the same day to a vendor is probably ok but going more than a day or two is not a good idea. If I don’t want the vendor emailing me every other day I need to communicate. And if things are really busy or something’s come up I need to be clear with the vendor that I won’t be able to look at a new product until next week or second quarter, whichever the case may be.

I can’t speak for other libraries, but our board approves bills so we basically do a big swath of payments once a month. The more time it takes me to sign off on a bill and hand it over to finance, the longer it’ll take for that bill to get processed. Trust me, the last thing you want is for your computer reservation license to expire so you end up scrambling fifteen minutes before you open the doors trying to get a new license installed.

If I’m doing my part, then there are some things I expect in return from vendors (this list will look similar):

  • Send bills in a timely manner
  • Don’t send email/call every other day
  • Take no for an answer
  • Don’t trash competitors

It’s very frustrating to me when a vendor keeps pushing a product after I’ve said no. I know the vendor’s job is to find customers but sometimes it can be beneficial to lay off the sales pitch and save it for another visit. Only once have I actually had to interrupt a vendor several times during a phone call to tell them that I no longer will be doing business with them and do not want them to call me any more.

It’s one thing to say that your product does something no one else’s does or to claim that your product works better than a competitor. That’s business. But I’ve sat in vendor demos where the person spent so much time trashing another company that I had no idea what their product did. Also, sometimes I use similar products from different companies because they’re different and I can reach more patrons with a wider variety of services. This is particularly true with technology. We provide desktops, laptops, and WiFi for our customers because different people like to use different types of computers. It’s not always economically feasible to provide such a variety for every service, but we try to do it when we can.

I also have a number of things I’ll put on a wish list for vendors.

  • Look over meeting agendas and minutes
  • Check our website for services we’re offering
  • Provide a demo that you can leave behind
  • Try to not show up unannounced; at least call first

It shocks me when vendors ask what our budget is on a project, especially something for which we’ve done an RFP. This might pertain more to public libraries, but everything we do is public record. You can find the budget meetings on the city website and see exactly how much was approved. That attention to detail goes a long way towards showing me how you’ll handle our relationship.

Maybe we use iPads in our programming. Maybe we just replaced our selfchecks. Perhaps we already have a 3D printer. Maybe the head of our children’s department took part in an iLead program with the focus on helping parents pick early literacy apps for their children. Our website is, for all intents and purposes, an ever-changing document. As such, we make every effort to keep our services up to date and tout what our staff is doing. This can help you frame your sales pitch to us. You might not want to downplay iPads when we’ve been having success with them.

Where technology’s concerned, being able to leave a demo device with me is huge. It’s not always possible, but any amount of time I get where I can see how it would fit into our workflow helps us say yes or no. Sometimes I have a question that only comes up because I’ve spent some time using a device.

If you’re seeing a customer in Milwaukee, my library is not that far away and it makes sense that you can drop in and see how things are going. Totally fine. If you can, call first. The number of times I’ve missed a vendor because I didn’t know they were coming are more numerous than I’d like. But I can’t be available if I don’t know I should.

I get it. Companies are getting bigger through acquisitions, people’s sales areas are changing, the volume of customers goes up and up, and there’s still the same number of hours in the day. But there are vendors who do the things I mention above, and they’ll get my attention first.

What are some of the things you would like to see vendors do?

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Follett partners with Cengage Learning to sell career and technical education solutions

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-02-04 16:48
(February 4, 2016). To help give students in grades 9 through 12 the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and careers, Follett is partnering with Cengage Learning to offer more than 1,700 of Cengage Learning's CTE titles, focusing on Business Education, Computing and STEM.
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Penguin Random House eBook Titles Now Available on EBSCO eBooks

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-02-04 16:48
(February 4, 2016). EBSCO Information Services has partnered with Penguin Random House to offer digital libraries the entire collection of Penguin Random House eBooks through EBSCO eBooks. Libraries can access 21,000 fiction and nonfiction e-book titles from prominent authors including John Grisham, Mindy Kaling, Paula Hawkins, Toni Morrison and Danielle Steel.
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2016 Election Slate

LITA Blog - Thu, 2016-02-04 15:06

The LITA Board is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates for the 2016 spring election:

Candidates for Vice-President/President-Elect Candidates for Director-at-Large, 2 elected for a 3-year term Candidates for LITA Councilor, 1 elected for a 3-year term

View bios and statements for more information about the candidates. Voting in the 2016 ALA election will begin on March 25 and close on April 22. Election results will be announced on April 29. Note that eligible members will be sent their voting credentials via email over a three-day period, March 15-18. Check the main ALA website for information about the general ALA election.

The slate was recommended by the LITA Nominating Committee: Michelle Frisque (Chair), Galen Charlton, and Dale Poulter. The Board thanks the Nominating Committee for all of their work. Be sure to thank the candidates for agreeing to serve and the Nominating Committee for developing the slate. Best wishes to all.

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Ingram Content Group announces leadership changes

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2016-02-04 10:48
(February 4, 2016). Ingram Content Group has named Pep Carrera as Chief Operating Officer of VitalSource Technologies Inc., Ingram's leading educational platform company. Carrera will transition into this role from his current position as Chief Information Officer at Ingram. Kent Freeman, currently VitalSource's COO, will move into a newly created strategic position at Ingram Content Group as Chief Strategy and Development Officer.
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Marketing to Millenials – 5 Strategies

David Lee King - Thu, 2016-02-04 09:30

I recently read this article about marketing titled 5 Winning Strategies for Millennial Marketing. It has some great ideas, and I thought I’d share them and add some librarian-ish thoughts to them.

Here are the strategies and my thoughts:

1. Stay mobile. This makes perfect sense. A good 85% of millennials have smartphones and use them frequently. So make sure everything your library does works on a mobile device. I mean everything – for example, does your library REALLY want to spend $25,000 a year for that amazing article database if it doesn’t work on a mobile device? Maybe not.

2. Create peer brand evangelists. The idea here is that instead of bombarding people with ads, work on creating partnerships with online influencers already trusted by your millennial customers. So in a library’s case, you might contact your better-known Facebook or Twitter users, and see if you can get them interested in something your library does. Because if they think it’s cool, they’ll share it on their favorite social media channels. And you have just created a brand evangelist.

3. Be socially connected. To do #2 above, you need to have this one in place. You need to have active social media channels, and be connected to your customers who use these channels. I love what the author says in this section:

“When done correctly, your Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram channels should make each and every customer feel special.”

Easy to say, hard to do, huh?

4. Create authentic content. This point is why I talk so much about how to create content on your digital branch and in your social media channels. When done well, your content will connect to your millennials. Which means you will have connected the library to them. Definitely something to work on!

5. Give them a say. Reach out to your customers and have them “help.” In the article, the examples are things like Lay’s “Do Us a Flavor” campaign, where people helped create weird chip flavors. In a library setting, this might be as simple as a list of great books to read, created by your customers.

So go read the article, and figure out how you can better serve (and reach) your millennial customers!

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Blue [sound recording] : a novel /

New At the Library - Thu, 2016-02-04 07:47

    ISBN: 9781455833320
    Author: Steel, Danielle


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NYPD red 4 [sound recording] /

New At the Library - Thu, 2016-02-04 07:47

    ISBN: 9781478928072
    Author: Patterson, James, 1947-


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