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America's greatest library : an illustrated history of the Library of Congress /

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

    ISBN: 9781911282136
    Author: Cole, John Young, 1940-


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The deceivers /

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

    ISBN: 9780399176166
    Author: Berenson, Alex


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How to stop time /

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

    ISBN: 9780525522874
    Author: Haig, Matt, 1975-


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NSW largest consortia opts for LIBERO Cloud solution

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-02-15 03:51
(February 14, 2018). Insight Informatics, an internationally recognised library management provider, announced that its largest library consortia, Riverina Regional Library has chosen to upgrade to LIBERO Cloud.
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Corporate Committee for Library Investment issues statement in response to White House 2019 budget proposal

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-02-14 18:50
(February 14, 2018). he Corporate Committee for Library Investment (CCLI), an organization of more than 90 U.S. corporations united to support federal library funding, believes that the proposed cuts to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) damage critical economic and educational infrastructure. We urge Congress to restore full federal funding for America's libraries in the FY2019 budget.
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Jobs in Information Technology: February 14, 2018

LITA Blog - Wed, 2018-02-14 12:31

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

Cornell University Library, Preservation Applications Programmer – Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY

Lansing Community College, Library Technologist, Lansing, MI

Minnesota State University, Mankato, Electronic Access and Discovery Librarian, Mankato, MN

Georgia State University, Department Head of Technical Services, Atlanta, GA

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Software Developer, Los Alamos, NM

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

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Look for me : a novel /

New At the Library - Wed, 2018-02-14 06:50

    ISBN: 9781524742065
    Author: Gardner, Lisa


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Kuali raises $10 million from Owl Ventures to help higher ed transform administration

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-02-13 18:50
(February 13, 2018). Kuali, a SaaS software company focused exclusively on serving higher education, today announced it has closed $10 million in funding to fuel the company's growth in simplifying college and university administration.
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Follett unveils new release of market-leading Destiny

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-02-13 15:49
(February 13, 2018). With its latest release of Destiny, Follett continues to make impactful advances to its market-leading library/resource management solution. Destiny 15.5 provides enhancements to help students and teachers more easily find the best resources to meet learning goals and objectives, and includes updates to the entire Destiny family of products – Destiny Library Manager, Destiny Discover, Collections by Destiny, Destiny Resource Manager and Destiny Analytics.
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Dark Archive to protect 600 terabytes of ProQuest data

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-02-13 15:49
(February 13, 2018). ProQuest has launched a new initiative for the long-term archival storage of its digital content, creating a “dark archive” that protects the investments of its library customers. The ProQuest SAFE (Secure Archives ForEver) service will ensure preservation and access to content purchased by customers. The SAFE service will launch using Amazon Glacier, the long-term backup and data-archiving resource from Amazon Web Services, chosen for its ability to ingest and protect ProQuest's 600 terabytes of data. ProQuest will complete the first phase of the SAFE implementation by populating the dark archive with ebook content in 2018 and will support ongoing deposits.
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Yewno hosts high school research competition to celebrate launch of Yewno Create

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-02-13 15:49
(February 13, 2018). Yewno, Inc. a leading provider of AI solutions, today announces the launch of Yewno Create, a platform that gives K-12 students the ability to research, write, collaborate on and publish research articles.
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EBSCO is back with three $100,000 solar grants available to libraries worldwide in 2018

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-02-13 15:49
(February 12, 2018). As part of our commitment to ”Going Green,” we want to encourage libraries to reevaluate their own environmental footprints. In 2016, we introduced the EBSCO Solar Grant and to date we have given nearly half a million dollars to libraries looking to install solar arrays on their campuses. This year, EBSCO Solar will fund three $100,000 grants.
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BIBFRAME Expectations for ILS tenders and 2018 European BIBFRAME Workshop

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-02-13 15:49
(February 11, 2018). In September 2017 38 Europeans from 16 European countries (and 3 presenters from US) gathered for the first European BIBFRAME Workshop at the German National Library, Frankfurt. The workshop discussed the barriers for implementation of BIBFRAME in breakout sessions. The lack of interest and implementations from the vendors of ILS were seen as a key issue. As a follow-up of the 2017 workshop, the organizer group of the 2018 workshop has developed BIBFRAME Expectations for ILS tenders.
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How soon is now – A TTW guest post by Megan Price

Tame the Web - Mon, 2018-02-12 17:56

When you say it’s gonna happen ‘now’ well, when exactly do you mean? See I’ve already waited too long, and all my hope is gone.” -Morrissey

When I began a draft of this blog post, it was going to be about the five trends found in the IFLA Trend Report, which I thought would be interesting to tackle because they are interesting trends.  However, I got side-tracked thinking about the ideas produced from the 2015 article, “What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years,” by Diomedes Kastanis.  I want to add to Kastinas’ thoughts about how the ownership of things will change as we move to more of a shared economy, expanding from our current state of apartment, car, bike sharing, to the sharing of those and other items differently than we do now.  My first thoughts are that yes, sharing will change, but I also believe we will eventually arrive at a place where we don’t need to own many things at all.  To get to this level of minimalism, and to make even greater progress as a people, we must begin to look past the thing, idea, widget, or service being innovated, and look at the larger picture of what it is we are trying to achieve by creating it.  I agree with Kastanis, things will change, but more than just tech itself – the way we process information and consume will change.

When innovation is approached myopically, as the creation of a singular thing, the focus is on the object and not on people.  The effect will be greater and have more impact if the innovation focuses on the feeling that is trying to be achieved through the creation of the object.  If the innovation seeks to answer the question, “What does it mean holistically to have ‘work life balance,’ a ‘fulfilling career,’ a ‘happy home life’ or to ‘live life authentically?’”  then we are meeting a need for those things people have expressed that they want.  A time saving app offers the promise of ease, but offers only convenience; it doesn’t get to the heart of the desire – it’s an immediate and a temporary fix.  To wit, a thermostat isn’t going to make anyone happy as a singular entity, but a Powerwall that simultaneously helps the environment, saves money, improves energy efficiency, and opens up opportunities and space to think about helping other people get along too can fulfill the purpose of providing power, and also touches on a deeper need for authentic living. Once the essence of the underlying goals is defined, building the supports and technology needed to achieve them can happen in a more deliberate way.  Tasks like “improving the human condition” require that we break things down into manageable pieces, but the end must first be clearly defined before we can move toward it.  Having larger, more humanist or altruistic goals in mind during the creation process is what will help us move forward, and move us toward a focus on people.

As an example, we can apply this holistic view to further innovations in the realm of Virtual Reality (VR).  The goal of VR is to have a specific experience when that experience would just not be possible. (Aside:  How will we come to refer to our current reality as opposed to a virtual one?  Analog reality?  Natural reality?  Born reality?)  As Kastanis states, for VR to be effective, our experience with the environment needs to be as unimpeded as possible.   Our movement between the two states (this reality and virtual) will need to be fluid so that reality-natives can adjust to this new way of being, or it will always feel separate.  VR-natives won’t need these supports.  However, at the foundation, it is not solely the VR technology, or having a VR experience for the sake of having an experience that we want (though that might be cool for entertainment purposes), what we want from the experience, again, is something much larger.  Developers must aim for the desired feeling to drive this revolution – the VR we want is holodeck VR.  For example, if I live across the country from my parents, and I want to be with them at the holidays, then what I want is that feeling of connection – the feeling of Thanksgiving Day, the comfort of the couch, the smell of the food, the laughter of children, good conversation – all the things that make home “home.”  Since it’s the feeling we really want, talking on Skype won’t cut it.  Virtual versions can work for some things, like having a virtual Barack Obama show up at your community fundraiser for impeachment funds, but a virtual mom can’t hug you, and virtual food cannot be eaten, not yet anyway.  And it’s not the individual items we’re looking for, so we shouldn’t try to just replicate them in another way.  We want the integrated feeling of home.  We need to believe we are home, and that is a much harder task to accomplish.

Applying this concept to library spaces, we can already see that libraries have changed to accommodate clients’ needs.  What do patrons want?  We have asked our communities, and they have told us.  Libraries have had to adjust their way of thinking to appeal more broadly to the patron, and have done this to varying degrees of success.  As an example, Anythink Libraries have considered what it means to provide a space of community – what community is and what it feels like – a true participatory space.  I am almost positive that they succeeded because they did not think, “Let’s do [insert example of cool service they provide]” but that they examined their ideals, which manifested as core values, and then built something that supported those values.  The feeling was what drove the creation.  Other non-profit organizations, if they stay true to their mission, can change the world in this way, as their entire focus is to provide a service to those who need it, and not for monetary gain.  It’s not enough to build a participatory space for the sake of doing it, we must first know why we are doing it, and what we hope to achieve by doing so.  If we succeed in doing this across all aspects of our community, it’s quite possible that technology could bring us back full circle to what it means to be human.

Hailing from the great state of California, Megan is mid-degree in SJSU’s MLIS. Her program focus has been special librarianship and she hopes to integrate her love of art, technology, and cultural exploration into a future, information-related position. In her spare moments, she loves walking around cities, visiting museums, generally being outdoors, and learning about people and places. She blogs at www.mmeprice.org.

 

 

 

 

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FOLIO Platform Begins 2018 with a strong list of accomplishments and plans for rapid expansion over the next twelve months

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2018-02-10 09:43
(February 10, 2018). FOLIO begins 2018 reaching a variety of notable development milestones. The open source project is dedicated to providing libraries of all sizes with choice when selecting a library services platform (LSP) or building library services beyond traditional functionality to expand their reach with their institution. Development milestones and the expansion of the FOLIO Community point to the project reaching a critical mass in 2018.
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Miami Dade College selects Ex Libris campusM mobile app to enrich students' college experience

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2018-02-10 09:43
(February 10, 2018). Ex Libris announced that Florida's Miami Dade College has chosen the Ex Libris campusM mobile solution to help consolidate information from the college's learning management system, student information system (SIS), and other campus services and display that information on students' mobile devices.
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The whole foods diet : the lifesaving plan for health and longevity /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-02-10 06:43

    ISBN: 9781478944911
    Author: Mackey, John, 1954-


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Back to the Future: Institute for Scientific Information re-established within Clarivate Analytics

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2018-02-09 12:42
(February 9, 2018). Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation, today announced it will re-establish the prestigious Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) to its Scientific and Academic Research Group. This new incarnation of the institute will be focused on the development of existing and new bibliometric and analytical approaches, fostering collaborations with partners and customers across the academic community.
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TLC and Turing Tumble announce partnership

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2018-02-09 12:42
(February 9, 2018). The Library Corporation and Turing Tumble have agreed to a strategic partnership, bringing the marble-powered computer – The Turing Tumble – to the library and school market. The Turing Tumble is the latest addition to TLC's lineup of innovative and engaging TLC.SmartTECH STEM offerings.
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Multnomah County Library selects SirsiDynix Symphony

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2018-02-09 12:42
(February 9, 2018). Multnomah County Library has finalized a contract with SirsiDynix to implement the company's Symphony integrated library system. The ILS comprises the backbone of a library's technology environment, tying together transactions and data about patron checkouts and holds, ordering and cataloging new materials and it powers what patrons see on the library's website.
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