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Call for Panelists Extended, LITA Top Technology Trends Program, 2018 ALA Annual

LITA Blog - Mon, 2018-04-02 14:52

The deadline has been extended to April 8, 2018 for nominations for panelists for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference LITA Top Tech Trends program in New Orleans, LA!  You may nominate yourself or someone you know who would be a great addition to the panel of speakers.

Submit your nominations at

The next LITA Top Tech Trends Program will be held at ALA Annual in New Orleans, LA, on Sunday, June 24, 2018. During the program, a moderator and several panelists will each discuss trends impacting libraries. LITA encourages participation from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, and LGBTQA+. We also value diverse perspectives on the panel from different types of libraries and individuals who can bring a fresh voice on technology trends impacting libraries.

New Extended Deadline is April 8th, 2018.

The LITA Top Tech Trends Committee will review each submission and select panelists based on their proposed trends, experience, and overall balance to the panel. Submission Guidelines can be found at

For more information about the Top Tech Trends program, please visit

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Wrangling Library Patron Data – up next in the LITA Privacy in Libraries webinar series

LITA Blog - Fri, 2018-03-30 12:45

The Privacy in Libraries LITA webinar series, continues with:

Wrangling Library Patron Data
Wednesday April 11, 2018, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time
Presenter: Becky Yoose

Register now to get the full series discounts.

  • Learn what Personally Identifiable Information [PII] is and where it can live in your organization (and beyond)
  • Analyze your organization’s data lifecycle in the context of the Library Privacy Checklists, including:
    • Collection – what, where, how much, when, and why
    • Storage and Retention – what data to keep for how long based on organizational needs
    • Access – who has access to what, including physical hardware and database
    • Reporting – what level of data should be used/published for internal and external reports
    • Deletion – making sure that your data is gone, and not living on in unexpected places
  • Gain a basic understanding of de-identification and anonymization strategies and how they fit into the data lifecycle

Get the details on the LITA Privacy in Libraries series web page and register here.

Here’s the rest of the upcoming series line up:

  • Adopting Encryption Technologies, April 25, 2018
    with Matt Beckstrom
  • Analytics and Assessment: Privacy vs. Surveillance, May 9, 2018
    with T.J. Lamanna and Eric Hellman
  • Take Back Research Privacy, May 23, 2018
    with Sam Kome

Discover additional upcoming LITA webinars and web courses

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty,

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LITA, LLAMA, ALCTS collaboration FAQ: Post #2

LITA Blog - Fri, 2018-03-30 11:40

On February 23, I posted for discussion a proposal on a closer formal relationship between LITA, LLAMA, and ALCTS. That included an anonymous feedback form where you can ask questions, express feelings, et cetera. I will be collating and answering these questions every few weeks here on LITAblog (so please keep asking!).

Since last time, I’ve gotten one question:

It seems that there is the possibility of quite a bit of overlap between LITA and ALCTS so a merger of those two divisions could be justified. What seems very ad hoc is the inclusion of LLAMA in this – what is the logical connection in terms of subject matter? If LLAMA by itself is unsustainable, perhaps it should be shut down/abolished.

Great question! One of the things I’ve been surprised to discover as LITA president is that a very high percentage of our members have titles like “Director”, “Associate University Librarian”, or “Head of Library Technology”; these are people who either are LLAMA members already, or who would get a clear benefit from having access to part of LLAMA people and programs as part of the dues they’re already paying. In fact, a quarter of LITA members are also LLAMA members.

Members at these career stages and LITA leadership have had an ongoing discussion as to how LITA can work better for them. Many of them don’t want to leave LITA, because it’s their emotional home within ALA, but they also find LITA’s programming is less relevant to their professional duties as they advance in their careers. A LITA/LLAMA merger immediately addresses this problem.

There are also LITA members who are not in supervisory roles, but who see that as a goal or at least possibility for their careers, and who benefit from being able to explore leadership and management topics. And from the other side, there are LLAMA members who find themselves managing technologists or technology projects for the first time, and who want networking and professional development to support that. Every time we propose programs or publications on technology project management, we find people respond enthusiastically.

Finally, as I’ve learned more about LLAMA through this process, I’ve found that they’re a thoughtful, innovative group of people who work well with LITA members. LLAMA has already undergone a significant reorganization process to make themselves a more open, nimble organization; their new structure works well with LITA’s culture, and they’re ahead of us on some of these organizational questions. And in terms of financial sustainability, they’re in the same ballpark as LITA; stronger on some things, weaker on others, but nowhere near needing to be shut down.

Overall, adding LLAMA to the LITA/ALCTS mix makes all three of us stronger in my view, because LLAMA acts as a keystone – anchoring an organization that could provide a home for technology and technical services librarians across their entire career lifecycle.

It turns out if you ask the internet for a picture of a llama engaged in some kind of technology or technical services related work, you actually get one. Thanks, @chodacki, for this comma llama.

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Lucidea offers stellar lineup of client-driven releases across ILS, KM and collections management product portfolio

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2018-03-30 08:45
(March 30, 2018). Lucidea's latest developments to their leading library automation, knowledge management and collections management solutions are very powerful indeed. They are purpose-built and client-influenced, with enhancements their clients are eagerly anticipating.
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Eating from the ground up : recipes for simple perfect vegetables /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-03-30 08:45

    ISBN: 9780451495006
    Author: Chernila, Alana

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A Nantucket wedding : a novel /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-03-30 08:45

    ISBN: 9781101967126
    Author: Thayer, Nancy, 1943-

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Black and white ball : an Amos Walker novel /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-03-30 08:45

    ISBN: 9780765388476
    Author: Estleman, Loren D.

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Glimpse : a novel /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-03-30 08:45

    ISBN: 9781250136329
    Author: Maberry, Jonathan

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Queen Anne's lace /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-03-30 08:45

    ISBN: 9780425280058
    Author: Albert, Susan Wittig

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The wisdom of wolves : lessons from the Sawtooth pack /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-03-30 08:45

    ISBN: 9781426218866
    Author: Dutcher, Jim, 1943-

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The wild inside /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-03-30 08:45

    ISBN: 9780062741998
    Author: Bradbury, Jamey

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High voltage /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-03-30 08:45

    ISBN: 9780399593666
    Author: Moning, Karen Marie

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Apply to be the next LITA Educational Programming Acquisitions Editor

LITA Blog - Thu, 2018-03-29 11:55

Are you jazzed up about educational programming? If growing LITA’s educational programming sound like something in your wheelhouse, we encourage you to apply to be LITA’s Educational Programming Acquisitions Editor!

The Editor will be responsible for developing and expanding topics for LITA’s educational programming, including coordinating webinars and online courses.

The Editor holds a 3-year appointment with an option for one renewal for a maximum of 2 terms through this same full selection process. The initial appointment will begin on July 1, 2018, and will continue through the end of June 2021.

This position comes with a $1500 annual stipend.

Visit the full posting for more information on how to apply.

Applications will be accepted until Sunday, April 22, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

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University of Wolverhampton selects Ex Libris Alma, Primo, and Leganto for new digital library system

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-03-29 11:45
(March 29, 2018). Ex Libris announced that the United Kingdom's University of Wolverhampton has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform, Primo discovery and delivery solution, and Leganto course reading list solution. The university library will be migrating from the Capita Alto library management system and integrating the Leganto solution with Wolverhampton's virtual learning environment and student portal to improve pathways to course readings.
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Yewno expands content on Discover platform to include US Federal Government information

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-03-28 20:44
(March 28, 2018). Yewno announced the introduction of free and open US Federal Government documents into its Discover platform for universities and libraries. Within this platform, users will be able to explore millions of federal documents at the conceptual level.
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Jobs in Information Technology: March 28, 2018

LITA Blog - Wed, 2018-03-28 13:24

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

Yale University, Director of Resource Discovery Services, New Haven, CT

St. Lawrence University, Discovery Services Librarian, Canton, NY

Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, ILS Administrator, Youngstown, OH

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

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Upcoming professional development classes and webinars

LITA Blog - Wed, 2018-03-28 12:35

We’re repeating and JSON-LD – the popular LITA webinar

Introduction to and JSON-LD
Instructor: Jacob Shelby, Metadata Technologies Librarian, North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries
Wednesday April 18, 2018, Noon – 1:30 pm Central time

Web search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo are integral to making information more discoverable on the open web. How can you expose data about your organization, its services, people, collections, and other information in a way that is meaningful to these search engines? This session will provide an introduction to both and the JSON-LD data format. You’ll learn how to leverage and semantic markup to achieve enhanced discovery of information on the open web.

Topics include an in-depth look at the vocabulary, a brief overview of semantic markup with a focus on JSON-LD, and use-cases of these technologies. By the end of the session, you will have an opportunity to apply these technologies through a structured exercise. The session will conclude with resources and guidance for next steps.

Other opportunities:

Privacy in Libraries, a LITA webinar series
Offered: April 11, 2018 – May 23, 2018

IT Security and Privacy in Libraries
Offered: May 1, 2018

Register here!

For questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty,

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York St John University selects Talis Aspire for improved reading list solution

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-03-28 11:42
(March 28, 2018). York St John University ​have ​selected Talis ​Aspire ​to ​manage ​and ​deliver ​its ​online ​reading ​lists ​service.
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Alma and Primo expand regional presence with adoption by two leading Japanese Institutions, Keio University and Waseda University

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-03-28 08:42
(March 28, 2018). Ex Libris announced that Japan's Keio University and Waseda University have chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to enhance collaboration, efficiency, and services for the universities' libraries. The Alma platform will replace the Innovative Millennium integrated library system used by Waseda and the Ex Libris Aleph integrated library system at Keio University.
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The backyard homestead seasonal planner : what to do and when to do it /

New At the Library - Wed, 2018-03-28 08:42

    ISBN: 9781612126975
    Author: Hansen, Ann Larkin

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