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Cinco socios se unen a Ex Libris en el desarrollo de una nueva plataforma de servicios de investigación

Library Technology Reports - 59 min 2 sec ago
(February 19, 2018). Ex Libris, una empresa de ProQuest, anunció un acuerdo de colaboración con la Universidad de Lancaster, la Universidad de Sheffield, la Universidad de Iowa, la Universidad de Miami y la Universidad de Oklahoma. Los socios colaborarán de principio a fin en el desarrollo de una plataforma de servicios de investigación, Ex Libris Esploro. Este programa de desarrollo permitirá a los socios participar en la configuración de Esploro y su futura hoja de ruta, así como la oportunidad de interactuar con otros socios de desarrollo y con la comunidad de investigadores.
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Learn how to dramatically accelerate legal knowledge exchange: meet with Lucidea at ARK

Library Technology Reports - 59 min 2 sec ago
(February 19, 2018). Lucidea's portfolio of best-in-class solutions includes SydneyEnterprise, GeniePlus, LawPort, Inmagic Presto and LookUp Precision—ILS and KM solutions purpose-built to allow legal information professionals to better connect with users and deliver value that anchors and optimizes core law firm procedures.
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Hampshire College doubles student use of academic services by centralizing them in library

Library Technology Reports - Sun, 2018-02-18 21:53
(February 18, 2018). Student usage of academic services nearly doubled after Hampshire College centralized the services into Harold F. Johnson Library, in a large, newly renovated space starting this past September 2017. The concept behind the new Knowledge Commons was funded by a $1.2 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant awarded to the library in December 2015.
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Food pharmacy : a guide to gut bacteria anti-inflammatory foods and eating for

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-02-17 06:52

    ISBN: 9781510723511
    Author: Aurell, Lina Nertby,


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Norwich : one tiny Vermont town's secret to happiness and excellence /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-02-17 06:52

    ISBN: 9781501119910
    Author: Crouse, Karen,


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The stowaway : a young man's extraordinary adventure to Antarctica /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-02-17 06:52

    ISBN: 9781476753867
    Author: Shapiro, Laurie Gwen


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The masterpiece /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-02-17 06:52

    ISBN: 9781496407900
    Author: Rivers, Francine, 1947-


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HTTPS: It’s Way Past Time-A guest post from TJ Lamanna

LITA Blog - Fri, 2018-02-16 12:18

Brace for impact. Well, maybe not impact, but phone calls and emails to be sure. Google announced that in July 2018 they will be flagging all non-HTTPS sites as insecure, which means your patrons are going to get a warning whenever they try to access your site. And for roughly 90% of public U.S. libraries, this is going to be the case. That’s right, according to my latest statistics only 1620 out of 16221 public libraries in the U.S. use HTTPS for their websites (catalogs are a beast of a different color). U.S. libraries are trailing tremendously on the national average, and for a group that lauds themselves as bastions of privacy, we need to do better. For instance, the graphics below show the average for Alexa’s list of most popular websites [Fig. 1]. I use SSLLabs reports both to look at trends and run audits, you can do so yourself at SSLLabs.com. There you can audit your server, browser, or use Pulse to check out current trends and see how we’re stacking up.

Another great source of information is Let’s Encrypt’s Stat page [Fig. 2] which gives clear and accurate trend information, not just for the U.S. but globally. There has been a massive uptick in certs since Janurary of last year, which the U.S. going from about 50% to close to 80%! And this is compared to U.S. libraries hovering under 10%. There is no clear reason why this is, and it’s something easily remedied. I’m hoping this post and upcoming articles and webinars will help boost those numbers. The bulk of my information on https protocols in U.S. public libraries comes from librarytechnology.org, so please, go there and check out your library. If your information is not accurate, please let me know so we can update it and get a better reflection!

The question is, why now? What is Google pushing this now? Well, Roger Montti lays it out fantastically in his article Google Engineer Lists 4 Powerful Reasons Why Sites Should Upgrade to HTTPS, but to summarize, he lists four main reasons:

  • HTTPS is Not Just About Google – this standard aims to benefit everyone, and it’s not Google that started it, but their push, since they are a massive company has brought it more to the forefront, but groups have been pushing it since 1994 when Netscape start creating the SSL protocol (they are now the Mozilla Foundation).
  • HTTPS Enables a Trouble Free Internet – I want to be clear, it enables, but in no way guarentees a trouble free internet, but it does help. A lot. This standard lays a foundation that even better security can be built on.
  • HTTPS Enables Browser Service Workers – as more and more apps are developed we rely more on API’s to help keep the internet moving, and this need explicitly safe protocols. With more information being transmitted, these protocols are essential.
  • The Internet Should Be Safe – This may seem intuitive, but it’s a foundational principle to the internet. You should feel safe and secure when you use the internet, and HTTPS goes a long way to both help secure the internet and build the public trust.

So, if you don’t want your staff spending all their time assuring patrons that your site is secure (and if you’re not using HTTPS, you’ll be lying to them), now is the time to make the switch. And honestly, it’s pretty easy. If your site is hosted by your state library, contact them immediately and ask them to enable HTTPS for your site! There might be some hiccups with what we called mixed media, which are URL’s that point to unsecure sites that are embedded on your page, but that’s far better than sending everything as clear text! If you’re hosting your own site, it’s a little trickier than just picking up the phone, but not that much more difficult. I cannot recommend enough the good people at Let’s Encrypt and the amazing work they do. Most hosting sites make it easy (and almost all are free) to enable HTTPS for your site. I personally use Heroku for a lot of light-weight and quick-deploy sites and it’s just the click of a button to do it. If you’re hosting in-house let your I.T. staff know they need to get on this immediately.

Implementing an SSL certificate isn’t difficult and I can’t recommend Mike Robinson’s posts on implementing certs on Library OPACs and API Servers, which can be found here and here. I understand that this can be quite daunting, especially if you haven’t done something like this before, but there are organizations and walkthroughs that can get even those most novice of web admins going quickly and easily.

Most libraries don’t seem to be hosting their own sites, which adds an additional layer of difficulty (or ease depending on who’s hosting it). For instance, if your township administrates your site, they will most likely be adding a certificate, just make sure they add one for the library domain! They’ll most likely want to keep the township sites information secure, especially if they solicit questions from the community. If you’re hosted, and paid a vendor to create your site you should contact them and let them know you want an SSL certificate added to your domain. If you do it in house, but aren’t confident in your ability to add it yourself, Let’s Encrypt is a valuable tool I cannot recommend highly enough.

This post isn’t meant to be alarmist, but forewarned is forearmed, and I’m not going to delve into the details on how to deploy it, but I’m always happy to chat and give you a hand if you want. You can find me on Twitter @paraVestibulum or email me: professionalirritant@riseup.net

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Poison : a novel /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-02-16 06:51

    ISBN: 9781501115707
    Author: Lescroart, John T.


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Surprise me : a novel /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-02-16 06:51

    ISBN: 9780399592898
    Author: Kinsella, Sophie


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Happiness is a choice you make : lessons from a year among the oldest old /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-02-16 06:51

    ISBN: 9780374717056
    Author: Leland, John, 1959-


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Force of nature /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-02-16 06:51

    ISBN: 9781250105646
    Author: Harper, Jane


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Dirty genes : a breakthrough program to treat the root cause of illness and opti

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-02-16 06:51

    ISBN: 9780062800855
    Author: Lynch, Ben, 1974-


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An American marriage : a novel /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-02-16 06:51

    ISBN: 9781616208776
    Author: Jones, Tayari


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A death in Live Oak /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-02-16 06:51

    ISBN: 9780062657800
    Author: Grippando, James, 1958-


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This fallen prey : a Rockton novel /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-02-16 06:51

    ISBN: 9781250159908
    Author: Armstrong, Kelley


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Cambridge University Libraries go live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-02-15 15:51
(February 15, 2018). Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced the successful implementation of the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution at the University of Cambridge. The Alma and Primo solutions will be an integral part of services at multiple Cambridge libraries.
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Cuarenta cinco instituciones ponen en funcionamiento la solución de listas de bibliografías recomendadas de Ex Libris Leganto

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-02-15 15:51
(February 15, 2018). Ex Libris, una empresa de ProQuest, anunció que la solución para gestionar listas de bibliografías recomendadas de Ex Libris Leganto está en funcionamiento en 45 instituciones, proporcionando las funcionalidades necesarias para crear, mantener y usar listas de lectura a profesores, estudiantes y bibliotecarios.
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Change your schedule change your life : how to harness the power of clock genes

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-02-15 06:51

    ISBN: 9780062684868
    Author: Kshirsagar, Suhas G.,


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Jefferson's daughters : three sisters white and black in a young America /

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-02-15 06:51

    ISBN: 9781101886243
    Author: Kerrison, Catherine, 1953-


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