Library News

Curtin University joins Ex Libris Leganto early-adopter program

Library Technology Reports - 9 min 52 sec ago
(August 31, 2015). Ex Libris announced that Curtin University in Australia has joined the early-adopter program for the Leganto reading-list solution.
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Color of light /

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-08-29 08:24

    ISBN: 9780778318248
    Author: Richards, Emilie, 1948-

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The girl in the spider's web /

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-08-29 08:24

    ISBN: 9780385354288
    Author: Lagercrantz, David

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Burlington County Library System (NJ) selects Polaris ILS and Polaris Leap

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-08-28 20:22
(August 28, 2015). Innovative announced today that Burlington County Library System (BCLS) in New Jersey has selected the Polaris ILS and Polaris Leap, a browser-based tool that offers key public services workflows in the stacks or outside the library. BCLS holds over 750,000 volumes and conducts over 2 million circulation transactions each year. The Library is migrating from a Horizon® system provided by SirsiDynix.
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Beth R. Chase, Brian A. Napack join Ingram Industries Inc. Board of Directors

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-08-28 17:22
(August 28, 2015). John R. Ingram, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries Inc., today announced the election of two new Directors of the privately held company. Ingram Industries' businesses include Ingram Content Group and Ingram Marine Group.
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Boopsie signs DLIFLC, expands reach of its mobile platform in the military library industry

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-08-28 08:21
(August 28, 2015). Boopsie announced it has signed Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, a multi-service language school for active and reserve components, foreign military students, and civilian personnel working in the federal government and various law enforcement agencies. DLIFLC's decision to collaborate with Boopsie to support their transition to digital resources demonstrates that the leading mobile platform-as-a-services provider for libraries worldwide is gaining traction in the military library market.
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Penrith City Libraries choose Civica's Spydus10

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2015-08-28 08:21
(August 28, 2015). Civica Library Solutions, a leader in specialist systems and business process services that help organisations to transform the way they work, continues to grow its customer base with Penrith City Libraries becoming the latest library service to choose Civica and Spydus10.
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Margaret Truman's Internship in murder /

New At the Library - Fri, 2015-08-28 08:21

    ISBN: 9781466823129
    Author: Bain, Donald, 1935-

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The taming of the queen /

New At the Library - Fri, 2015-08-28 08:21

    ISBN: 9781476758824
    Author: Gregory, Philippa

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A quiet vendetta : a thriller /

New At the Library - Fri, 2015-08-28 08:21

    ISBN: 9781590205082
    Author: Ellory, Roger Jon

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Arkansas State Library chooses LearningExpress for online resources

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2015-08-27 11:20
(August 27, 2015). LearningExpress, an EBSCO company, announced today that the Arkansas State Library has selected LearningExpress Library™ and Computer Skills Center digital platforms to address the increasing need for workplace skills improvement, and to help all Arkansas residents achieve their academic, career and personal goals.
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Failure Leads to Success

David Lee King - Thu, 2015-08-27 09:30

Here’s a photo I took a few days ago (bigger photo here). I wanted to play with my new olloclip lens.

Olloclip makes really cool lenses that clip on to an iPhone. Mine includes two macro lenses, a wide angle lens, and a fisheye lens. You can buy one here, if you’re interested (they’re pretty cheap).

Anyway, this photo. I took the photo, then realized something looked … funny. I thought there was a smudge on the lens, so I turned the phone around to look at it … and discovered that I had left the lens cap on.

So this is a fisheye lens photo … looking through my olloclip lens cover. Big fail!

And that’s ok. In fact, if you look through my older videos and photos (and website designs, and articles, and project plans, and music projects, etc), you will find lots of experimentation. Some improvements, some trials-and-errors, and yes – some fails.

That’s how I learn – that’s how I improve. I need time to play with a new tool. To figure it out, to make it work, to read about it and try what I just learned.

For me anyway, failure eventually = success. Because every failure leads me a little closer to where I hope to be.

Experimentation is a great way to learn social media, too. For example, if someone doesn’t have a Twitter account, doesn’t understand it, and wants to learn, I’ll suggest these steps:

  1. Set up a Twitter account.
  2. Follow 50-100 people. These can be friends, colleagues, or people you share a common interest with (i.e., hobbies, career track, etc).
  3. Hang out on Twitter for 10 minutes each day. Read the posts, add your thoughts. Share your own posts, focused on your interests.
  4. Do this for a month.

At the end of the month, I’ll guarantee the person will have a better understanding of Twitter. They might not like it, but they will “get it.”

Hence my photo experiment with the olloclip lens (and lens cap). Experiment, fail, experiment some more, and improve.

How about you? How do you learn and improve?

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August Library Tech Roundup

LITA Blog - Thu, 2015-08-27 09:00
image courtesy of Flickr user cdevers (CC BY NC ND)

Each month, the LITA bloggers will share selected library tech links, resources, and ideas that resonated with us. Enjoy – and don’t hesitate to tell us what piqued your interest recently in the comments section!

Brianna M.

Here are some of the things that caught my eye this month, mostly related to digital scholarship.

John K.

Jacob S.

  • I’m thankful for Shawn Averkamp’s Python library for interacting with ContentDM (CDM), including a Python class for editing CDM metadata via their Catcher, making it much less of a pain batch editing CDM metadata records.
  • I recently watched an ALA webinar where Allison Jai O’Dell presented on TemaTres, a platform for publishing linked data controlled vocabularies.

Nimisha B.

There have been a lot of great publications and discussions in the realm of Critlib lately concerning cataloging and library discovery. Here are some, and a few other things of note:

Michael R.

  • Adobe Flash’s days seem numbered as Google Chrome will stop displaying Flash adverts by default, following Firefox’s lead. With any luck, Java will soon follow Flash into the dustbin of history.
  • NPR picked up the story of DIY tractor repairs running afoul of the DMCA. The U.S. Copyright Office is considering a DMCA exemption for vehicle repair; a decision is scheduled for October.
  • Media autoplay violates user control and choice. Video of a fatal, tragic Virginia shooting has been playing automatically in people’s feeds. Ads on autoplay are annoying, but this…!

Cinthya I.

These are a bit all over the map, but interesting nonetheless!

Bill D.

I’m all about using data in libraries, and a few things really caught my eye this month.

David K.

Whitni W.

Marlon H.

  • Ever since I read an ACRL piece about library adventures with Raspberry Pi, I’ve wanted to build my own as a terminal for catalog searches and as an self checkout machine. Adafruit user Ruizbrothers‘ example of how to Build an All-In-One Desktop using the latest version of Raspberry Pi might just what I need to finally get that project rolling.
  • With summer session over (and with it my MSIS, yay!) I am finally getting around to planning my upgrade from Windows 8.1 to 10. Lifehacker’s Alan Henry, provides quite a few good reasons to opt for a Clean Install over the standard upgrade option. With more and more of my programs conveniently located just a quick download away and a wide array of cloud solutions safeguarding my data, I think I found my weekend project.

Share the most interesting library tech resource you found this August in the comments!

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The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop /

New At the Library - Thu, 2015-08-27 08:20

    ISBN: 9781477830604
    Author: Brown, Carolyn

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Wildest dreams /

New At the Library - Thu, 2015-08-27 08:20

    ISBN: 9780778318279
    Author: Carr, Robyn

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X /

New At the Library - Thu, 2015-08-27 08:20

    ISBN: 9780399163845
    Author: Grafton, Sue

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The last time I saw her : a novel /

New At the Library - Thu, 2015-08-27 08:20

    ISBN: 9780804178310
    Author: Robards, Karen

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Starlight on Willow Lake /

New At the Library - Thu, 2015-08-27 08:20

    ISBN: 9780778317951
    Author: Wiggs, Susan

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The murderer's daughter [sound recording] /

New At the Library - Thu, 2015-08-27 08:20

    ISBN: 9781101889756
    Author: Kellerman, Jonathan

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Friction [sound recording] /

New At the Library - Thu, 2015-08-27 08:20

    ISBN: 9781478927433
    Author: Brown, Sandra, 1948-

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