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Huntsville-Madison County Public Library Chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

Library Technology Reports - 41 min 14 sec ago
(October 30, 2014). ByWater Solutions announced today that Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is the first public library in Alabama to go live on the Koha integrated library system. ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of HMCPL's 12 branches, half a million items and nearly 170,000 patrons and will be providing ongoing Koha Support and Hosting services for them.
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Free Web Tools for Top-Notch Presentations

LITA Blog - 42 min 4 sec ago

Visually appealing and energizing slideshows are the lifeblood of conference presentations. But using animated PowerPoints or zooming Prezis to dizzy audiences delivers little more appeal than packing slides with text on a low-contrast background. Key to winning hearts and minds are visual flair AND minimalism, humor, and innovative use of technology.

Memes

Delightfully whimsical, memes  are a fantastic ice-breaker and laugh-inducer. My last two library conference presentations used variants of the crowdpleasing “One does not simply…” Boromir meme above, which never fails to generate laughter and praise. Memes.com offers great selections, is free of annoying popup ads, and is less likely than other meme generators to be blocked by your workplace’s Internet filters for being “tasteless.” (Yes, I speak from personal experience…)

Keep Calm-o-matic 

Do you want your audience to chuckle and identify with you? Everyone who’s ever panicked or worked under a deadline will appreciate the Keep Calm-o-matic. As with memes, variations are almost infinite.

Recite This

Planning to include quotations on some of your slides? Simply copy and paste your text into Recite This, then select an aesthetically pleasing template in which the quote will appear. Save time, add value.

Wordle

This free web tool enables you to paste text or a URL to generate a groovy word cloud. Vary sizes, fonts, and color schemes too. Note that Wordle’s Java applet refuses to function smoothly in Chrome. There are other word cloud generators, but Wordle is still gold.

Dictation

This is the rare dictation tool that doesn’t garble what you say, at least not excessively. It’s free, online, and available as a Chrome app. Often when preparing presentations, I simply start talking and then read over what I said. This is a valuable exercise in prewriting and a way to generate zingers and lead-ins to substantive content.

Poll Everywhere

Conduct live polls of your audience using texting and Twitter! Ask open-ended or multiple-choice questions and then watch the live results appear on your PowerPoint slide or web browser.  Poll Everywhere and equivalents such as EverySlide engage audiences and heighten interest more than a mere show of hands, especially for larger audiences in which many members otherwise would not be able to contribute to the discussion. Use whenever appropriate.

Emaze

This online presentation software offers incredible visual appeal and versatility without inducing either vertigo or snoozes. Create your slides in the browser, customize a range of attractive templates, and access from any device with an Internet connection (major caveat, that). You must pay to go premium to download slideshows, but this reservation aside, the free version is an outstanding product.

DoNotLink

Ever attempted to show a website containing misinformation or hate speech as part of an information literacy session but didn’t want to drive traffic to the site? DoNotLink is your friend! Visit or link to shady sites without increasing their search engine ranking.

Serendip-o-matic

Simply paste some text, and this serendipity search tool will draw on the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Flickr, Europeana, and other open digital repositories to produce related photographs, art, and documents that are visually displayed. Serendip-o-matic reveals unexpected connections between diverse materials and offers good, nerdy fun to boot. “Let your sources surprise you!”

So . . . what free web tools do you use to jazz up your presentations?

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Gray Mountain /

New At the Library - 6 hours 41 min ago

    ISBN: 9780385537148
    Author: Grisham, John


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Beautiful you /

New At the Library - 6 hours 41 min ago

    ISBN: 9780385538046
    Author: Palahniuk, Chuck


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Wait for signs : twelve Longmire stories /

New At the Library - 6 hours 41 min ago

    ISBN: 9780525427919
    Author: Johnson, Craig, 1961-


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Seventh grave and no body /

New At the Library - 6 hours 41 min ago

    ISBN: 9781466878839
    Author: Jones, Darynda


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Shopaholic to the stars : a novel /

New At the Library - 6 hours 41 min ago

    ISBN: 9780812993875
    Author: Kinsella, Sophie


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Leaving time : a novel /

New At the Library - 6 hours 41 min ago

    ISBN: 9780345544933
    Author: Picoult, Jodi, 1966-


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Kiowa County District Library goes live on CLiC AspenCat LibLime Union Catalog

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-10-30 18:58
(October 30, 2014). The Kiowa County District Library is now live on the AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. With the accumulation of Center Consolidated Schools, the CLiC AspenCat union catalog now has over 530,000 bibliographic records and 960,000 items. Dolores Public Library staff has worked with LibLime Project Management to successfully transfer bibliographic, item, and patron data to the LibLime Koha application.
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City of Pasadena Public Library and Glendale Library, Arts and Culture Department select the Sierra Library Services Platform

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-10-30 18:58
(October 30, 2014). Innovative announced that City of Pasadena Public Library and Glendale Library, Arts and Culture Department selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. CPPL contains over 700,000 volumes and GLACD holds nearly 600,000 volumes. Both will be migrating from a Horizon system provided by SirsiDynix.
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Springer signs on as principal sponsor of Trans-Tasman 3MT

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-10-30 18:58
(October 30, 2014). Springer is the principal sponsor of the 2014 Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, which challenges students pursuing higher education degrees to turn their theses into three minute presentations. The contest provides Springer a way of encouraging early career researchers to develop an ability to communicate their work to non-scientists
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Library of Congress renews agreement with Backstage for large-scale microfilming project

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-10-30 18:58
(October 29, 2014). The Preservation Reformatting Division within the Library of Congress has renewed its agreement with Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) and is moving forward on an extensive microfilming project. Monographs, serials and other printed works in need of preparation and microfilming will be processed at Backstage's preservation facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Materials are in a variety of languages, including Arabic, Asian and Cyrillic scripts.
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ResourceMate introduces Reading Program Service Lexile Framework for Reading and Accelerated Reader integration into ResourceMate Extended and Premium

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-10-30 18:58
(October 29, 2014). Jaywil Software Dev. Inc.'s Instant access to Lexile scores and Accelerated Reader information. There is no need to export data to have it processed. When you add an item the scores are automatically retrieved.
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LYRASIS selects participants of the HBCU Library Alliance Photographic Preservation Project

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-10-30 18:58
(October 28, 2014). LYRASIS and its partners, the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), HBCU Library Alliance, Image Permanence Institute (IPI), and University of Delaware (UD) Art Conservation Department, have selected five Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) to participate in the third HBCU Preservation Project. The 28-month project, funded with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, addresses the preservation needs of special photographic and magnetic media collections and enables increased use of this content for instruction and research.
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Displaced Persons

Derek McCulloch’s Gone to Amerikay was one of our favorite books of 2012. In fact, I even (incorrectly) predicted an Alex Award for it. So I was very excited to see that he was out with a new graphic novel, this time illustrated by Anthony Peruzzo. Like Gone to Amerikay, Displaced Persons has an epic sweep–following the travails of a family over several generations, and using intertwined narratives. So if you or your teens liked Gone to Amerikay as much as we did, this is the one to pick up.

* MCCULLOCH, Derek. Displaced Persons. illus. by Anthony Peruzzo. 168p. Image Comics. Aug. 2014. pap. $17.99. ISBN 9781632151216.

This graphic novel time travels through three generations of one family, whose connections are symbolized, and realized, by a house in the hills of San Francisco. The themes of politics, family, and crime are showcased in the intertwined narratives, changing through the years only in the details. During the Great Depression, a loving father, pressed by economic forces he’s unable to control, makes a shady deal to keep his loved ones together. Grandiose or ambitious, there’s a lot here to consume, and digest; readers may have to check the proffered time lines more than once to keep their bearings. The sins of the past destroy some characters and cast off others, leaving a faithful few to find their way home. Drug use and dealing cast a pall in the 1960s chapters, and César Chávez gets a mention through a well-meaning in-law as things fall apart in the 1990s. It seems a bit random, but in an interesting play-within-a-play conclusion, a friend writing a book and a time traveling relative find each other and some answers to the family saga. The work’s narrative held together by the art: Shaded in multiple sepia tones to signal different time periods, the drawings are roughly chiseled and remarkably detailed; whole rooms, complete with clues, appear in single frames. This part mystery, part sci-fi graphic novel was crafted over ten years.—Georgia Christgau, Middle College High School, Long Island City, NY

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DynaMed adds 61 recently released Choosing Wisely Canada Recommendations

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-29 15:55
(October 28, 2014). Choosing Wisely Canada just released 61 recommendations that are now available in the evidence-based clinical support tool DynaMed™ from EBSCO Health. The new recommendations to avoid unnecessary tests and treatments are from 12 organizations and have been added to the Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations that previously existed in DynaMed.
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Jobs in Information Technology: October 29

LITA Blog - Wed, 2014-10-29 12:58

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

Head of Guin Library, Oregon State University, Newport, OR

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

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Springer and Peerage of Science team up to ease journal submission

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-10-29 12:55
(October 29, 2014). Springer has joined forces with Peerage of Science to help authors more easily submit their manuscripts for consideration in Springer journals. Both sides are looking at how they can make the process easier and less time consuming, reduce the time to publication, and eliminate the need for re-submissions. The end goal is to make the work of peer review a more enriching experience for both authors and for reviewers, and to further recognize the hard work of those who are entrusted with this duty.
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Leaving time [sound recording] : a novel /

New At the Library - Wed, 2014-10-29 06:55

    ISBN: 9780804129015
    Author: Picoult, Jodi, 1966-


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Mr. Miracle [sound recordng] : a Christmas novel /

New At the Library - Wed, 2014-10-29 06:55

    ISBN: 9780553398816
    Author: Macomber, Debbie


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