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Buy It Now available for HIP and e-Library users

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2014-11-22 05:46
(November 21, 2014). SirsiDynix announced that Buy It Now is now available for all HIP and e-Library users. These users will now be able to buy books, movies, and more from outside retailers through their library's website or OPAC. As part of SirsiDynix's Community Funded Services, a portion of each Buy It Now purchase will be returned to the library, increasing revenue for libraries while providing increased buying options for patrons.
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Kuali Financial System Project Board votes to engage with KualiCo

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2014-11-22 05:46
(November 20, 2014). The Kuali Foundation recently concluded Kuali Days 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana, with the announcement that the Kuali Financial System Project Board has voted to engage with KualiCo for product development leadership. KualiCo is a new company that delivers cloud-based software for higher education. KFS is a modular, open source suite of financial
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lynda.com Receives SIP2 Certification with TLC's CARL.X

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2014-11-22 05:46
(November 20, 2014). The Library Corporation announced today that the lyndaLibrary suite of online learning resources from lynda.com is now SIP2-certified for the CARL•X Integrated Library System. CARL•X libraries that have purchased a subscription to lyndaLibrary's comprehensive collection of web-based training courses will now be able to offer their communities a full and seamless integration experience. Library patrons can link to the vast array of educational videos directly through CARL.X's LS2 PAC online catalog in the comfort of their own home, or anywhere with an internet connection.
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What did we do before the Web?

David Lee King - Fri, 2014-11-21 10:00

On Wednesday, I was at Rutgers University for the day, visiting with LIS students and giving an evening presentation on makerspaces. The presentation went great – here’s a link to my slides.

That afternoon, I had the privilege of visiting Joyce Valenza‘s LIS class. Her class is focused on social media, and the students discussed QR codes and AR (augmented reality).

Most of the students had smartphones, so they were able to test out some AR apps, like Layar and ChromVille, during the class. I even helped a bit, by answering questions and showing how the app connected to the book The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore works.

But this is 2014, so Joyce also called the ChromVille developers (who live in Spain) using Google Hangouts, and the LIS students were able to have a really cool conversation with them (and with Shannon Miller, who also visited via the hangout).

The photo in this post shows the developers previewing their not-yet-released updated version of ChromVille to the students.

Just sorta mind-boggling to me. I graduated from Library School in 1995 (University of Tennessee). Technology things like LCD projectors existed, but were hard to deal with. Video conferencing was around, but didn’t work all that great. Most of my classes involving that type of technology were spent, quite honestly, watching the professors trying to make things work.

Today however, that stuff is so much easier. If you have adequate wifi, you can connect to practically anyone in the world. Wow.

Besides Google Hangouts, Joyce was using some online content curation tools, some Ed Tech stuff I’d never heard of, and Dropbox as part of her class. And probably a whole bunch of other handy online tools, too. All of which help make her class easy to deal with – collaboration and connecting with her and other students (and app developers in Spain) is a breeze.

The coolest thing? All of this technology helps make the face-to-face class time that much more enriching.

We’ve come a long way, huh?

 

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Pines and Plains Libraries goes live on CLiC AspenCat LibLime Koha Union Catalog

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Arabic e-books from Al Manhal to be available for purchase via the EBSCO eBooks platform

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Cataloging Board Games

LITA Blog - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:00

Since September, I have been immersed in the world of games and learning.  I co-wrote a successful grant application to create a library-based Center for Games and Learning.

The project is being  funded through a Sparks Ignition! Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

One of our first challenges has been to decide how to catalog the games.  I located this presentation on SlideShare.  We have decided to catalog the games as Three Dimensional Objects (Artifact) and use the following MARC fields:

  • MARC 245  Title Statement
  • MARC 260  Publication, Distribution, Etc.
  • MARC 300  Physical Description
  • MARC 500  General Note
  • MARC 508  Creation/Production Credits
  • MARC 520  Summary, Etc.
  • MARC 521  Target Audience
  • MARC 650  Topical Term
  • MARC 655  Index Term—Genre/Form

There are many other fields that we could use, but we decided to keep it as simple as possible.  We decided not to interfile the games and instead, create a separate collection for the Center for Games and Learning.  Due to this, we will not be assigning a Library of Congress Classification to them, but will instead by shelving the games in alphabetical order.  We also created a material type of “board games.”

For the Center for Games and Learning we are also working on a website that will be live in the next few months.  The project is still in its infancy and I will be sharing more about this project in upcoming blog posts.

Do any LITA blog readers have board games in your libraries? If, so what MARC fields do you use to catalog the games?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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