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Self-Protection, Your Brain, and Bigfoot by TTW Contributor Troy Swanson

Tame the Web - Fri, 2014-10-24 13:25

I did a presentation today for a speech class that is part of our honors program. They are doing deep research into a range of topics. The faculty member asked me to do a session for them about bias and approaching new topics. It was a fun session, so I thought I’d share my slides. Naturally, this session ended with a conversation about the Illuminati, which, I guess, comes with the territory (not a part of the slides below).

Self-Protection: Your Brain, Experience, & Bigfoot

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Troy A. Swanson is Department Chair and Teaching & Learning Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College. He is the co-editor of the upcoming book from ACRL, Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think About Information. You can follow him on Twitter at @t_swanson.

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#2014VLA – Thanks Virginia Library Association!

Tame the Web - Fri, 2014-10-24 12:53

Thanks to all at #2014VLA! I had a wonderful time chatting with Virginia librarians and delivering yesterday’s keynote. The slides are here:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensVLA2014.pdf

 

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The Final Book in the Southern Reach Trilogy

You can’t say I didn’t warn you. I’ve been raving about Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy all year, and promising a review of the final volume. So here it is. VanderMeer once again takes readers into the heart of his mysterious Area X (after merely skirting around it through the middle volume in the trilogy), this time expanding our perspective to almost every crucial character in the Area’s bizarre history.

In some ways, this final book is the most traditional of the three, with a plot that seems to be heading towards a real climax, and multiple developed point-of-view characters. But that traditionality turns out to be a bluff as well, as (possible spoiler, but not for anyone whose been paying attention), VanderMeer refuses to answer any of the most key questions, or offer any real resolution to the central mystery and characters. This steadfast commitment to ambiguity, though, is the series’s greatest strength, and what makes it stand out from the over-crowded masses of dystopian/post-apocalyptic SF.

This book most certainly can’t be read as a stand-alone. But for those who have read the first two, it is absolutely essential reading.

VANDERMEER, Jeff. Acceptance. 341p. (Southern Reach: Bk. 3). Farrar. Sept. 2014. pap. $15. ISBN 9780374104115. LC 2014016962.

VanderMeer takes readers for one last trip into Area X in this stunning conclusion to his chilling sci-fi trilogy. Once again, VanderMeer offers a radical change in narrative perspective: in place of the single-character limited viewpoints of the previous two installments, he jumps dramatically through time, space, and character, to give readers the perspectives of every main player. In addition to the biologist from Annihilation—picking up her narration where it left off—and Control from Authority (both Farrar, 2014)—as he travels with the biologist’s doppelganger into Area X—readers follow the thoughts of the previous director of the Southern Reach and her actions leading up to the events of Annihilation; the biologist’s doppelganger, as she helps Control through Area X; and most intriguingly, the Lighthouse Keeper as he lived and worked in the months just before and after the Event which caused Area X. Despite this expansive narrative perspective, the themes and tone from the first two books remain remarkably consistent. The author hammers on the malleability of boundaries, the ambiguity between humanity and nature, and the ineffability of the great mysteries of life. This is heady stuff, but teens who followed VanderMeer through the phenomenal previous volumes should be more than up to the challenge of completing the journey with him.—Mark Flowers, John F. Kennedy Library, Vallejo, CA

 

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Rollins College selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-10-23 15:41
(October 23, 2014). Ex Libris announced that Rollins College, a historic private liberal arts institution in Florida, has opted for the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management solution and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Until now, Rollins has been running two library systems simultaneously, SirsiDynix Symphony and ProQuest Serials Solutions, as well as the ProQuest Summon discovery solution. The migration to Alma and Primo will enable Rollins to consolidate library management and discovery into one platform.
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EBSCO partners with OpenAthens to provide single sign-on solution

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-10-23 12:41
(October 23, 2014). EBSCO Information Services is making it possible for organizations to provide their users with a single access portal though which they can discover and seamlessly access all library resources regardless of where that content is located. EBSCO has expanded its partnership with OpenAthens from Eduserv to provide a single sign-on solution which allows users to avoid using multiple passwords to log in to the organization's accounts.
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Odilo signs deal with The Library Network in southeast Michigan to provide eBook lending and digital content management solution

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-10-23 09:41
(October 23, 2014). The Library Network (TLN), a public library cooperative serving 65 libraries in southeast Michigan, has signed a 3 year agreement with Odilo for an eBook management platform. This new partnership with Odilo initially has 30 TLN member libraries participating; with plans to expand the service to the entire membership in the future. Odilo will provide technology, content and distribution services as well as full integration with integrated library systems for seamless discovery and access. The service will diversify and strengthen the availability of digital content for the patrons of TLN member libraries from “Big 5”, mid-list, small, and independent publishers, as well as from self-published and local authors. This partnership ensures that TLN member libraries will continue to be leaders in the provision of digital content to their patrons.
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Odilo llevará el libro electrónico a las bibliotecas de Michigan en Estados Unidos

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-10-23 09:41
(October 23, 2014). La Red de Bibliotecas de Michigan (TLN), cooperativa de bibliotecas públicas que agrupa a 65 bibliotecas en Michigan, ha firmado un acuerdo de 3 años con Odilo para usar el software y los servicios de Odilo en sus bibliotecas. El proyecto se lanza inicialmente con 30 bibliotecas miembros con planes para ampliar el servicio a más bibliotecas progresivamente.
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A quilt for Christmas /

New At the Library - Thu, 2014-10-23 06:39

    ISBN: 9781466846081
    Author: Dallas, Sandra


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Winter street : a novel /

New At the Library - Thu, 2014-10-23 06:39

    ISBN: 9780316376112
    Author: Hilderbrand, Elin


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The boy who drew monsters : a novel /

New At the Library - Thu, 2014-10-23 06:39

    ISBN: 9781250057167
    Author: Donohue, Keith


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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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