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Nottingham College chooses the Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2018-04-21 09:04
(April 21, 2018). Nottingham College has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the existing solutions from OCLC and IS Oxford. The team at PTFS Europe will be implementing Koha and providing on-going hosting and support services. The public interface will be integrated with the EDS discovery service from EBSCO and the interface further enhanced to provide high levels of accessibility.
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Then she was gone : a novel /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-04-21 09:04

    ISBN: 9781501154645
    Author: Jewell, Lisa


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LITA, LLAMA, ALCTS collaboration FAQ #3: finding your niche, serving personas, participatory communications

LITA Blog - Fri, 2018-04-20 11:39

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 that time I’ve gotten six (!) questions. I’m going to break them up across several posts; here are the first two.

[S]ince tech is such a big field…[t]here is quite a lot that is relevant to me [in LITA], but it is difficult to find sometimes within discussions….I’m worried about how much a merger with ALCTS and LLAMA would amplify this problem.

This is definitely a thing that’s on our minds as well. It can be hard to find your niche within an organization as large as ALA, and part of the role of the divisions is to make that easier; we want to make sure everyone would still be able to find their home.

In the near future, you should see a membership survey asking about what you find valuable in your LITA, LLAMA, and/or ALCTS membership. This, plus recent work by LITA and LLAMA to learn about our memberships (e.g. the LITA Personas Task Force), will guide our thinking on how a combined division could be structured in order to retain the touchpoints that are most valuable to people.

Combining divisions would also significantly reduce the amount of administrative overhead, which would free staff time to focus on member engagement — LITA Executive Director Jenny Levine has a lot of great ideas on that front that she doesn’t currently have time to implement.

How is combined LITA/ALCTS/LLAMA going to serve their unique personas?

This question included a lengthy set of follow-up questions and statements, including “I can see to some degree combining LITA and ALCTS; they are both technology-themed organizations”; “What was the result of the LITA personas study a few years back?”; questions about the benefit to LLAMA; and “Perhaps we should at least have a participative webinar in which LITA and ALCTS members can share their thoughts in a public forum”.

I will leave questions about the benefits of LLAMA for the LLAMA leadership to answer.

You can read a summary of the Personas TF work here on LITAblog, or the full report. One of our LITA personas is the administrative member. It turns out that people with titles like “Director of Libraries” or “Head of IT” make up a high percentage of LITA members; this is a group that came up through technology and loves their LITA network, but doesn’t always find the content they need today via LITA. A LITA/LLAMA connection makes a lot of sense for this group.

There are certainly LITA members who have no aspiration to be in leadership and thus might not get new opportunities via LLAMA, and that’s okay! Even as it is today, LITA has a lot of niches that aren’t relevant to all its members. For instance, our interest groups include Heads of Library Technology and E-Rate & CIPA Compliance – neither of them directly serve me (I’m not a head of IT or a public or school librarian), but they’re great resources for their members, and I’m very glad that we can provide those spaces for people who are engaged in those issues day-to-day.

In re the webinar, I enthusiastically agree. In fact, I think we should have a lot of participatory webinars. And social media conversations. And mailing list conversations. In fact, the whole leadership group agrees, and we’re putting together a communications working group right now. They’re going to be in planning mode until Annual, but after that they will be facilitating the interactive experiences you’re looking for.

The combination of prior research (like the Personas report); the member survey coming out soon; and these upcoming two-way conversations will allow the leadership group to identify what aspects of LITA, LLAMA, and/or ALCTS membership are most meaningful and valuable to people. That in turn will guide the answer to your question on serving unique personas. (And also non-unique ones; some of the LITA member personas are also major groups within LLAMA or ALCTS.) I’m extremely interested in hearing where people feel most at home in their divisions, so that we can maintain those aspects going forward — while also giving people the opportunity to access more content and a wider network if that’s helpful to them.

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Welcome to the jungle : facing bipolar without freaking out /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-04-20 09:04

    ISBN: 9781573246958
    Author: Smith, Hilary T., 1986-


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Havana /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-04-20 09:04

    ISBN: 9781911082071
    Author: Cameron, Sarah, 1954-


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A Parkinson's primer : an indispensable guide to Parkinson's disease for patient

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-04-20 09:04

    ISBN: 9781589881198
    Author: Vine, John M.,


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The bone broth miracle diet : lose weight feel great and revitalize your healt

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-04-20 09:04

    ISBN: 9781510718548
    Author: Skinner, Erin,


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Evolution of a revolution : autism and the path from hope to healing /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-04-20 09:04

    ISBN: 9781510711945
    Author: Conroy, Helen


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Stronger than BPD : the girl's guide to taking control of intense emotions dram

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-04-20 09:04

    ISBN: 9781626254978
    Author: Corso, Debbie,


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Live and laugh with dementia : the essential guide to maximizing quality of life

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-04-20 09:04

    ISBN: 9781925335729
    Author: Low, Lee-Fay,


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Understanding autism : the essential guide for parents /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-04-20 09:04

    ISBN: 9781925335712
    Author: Williams, Katrina,


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The menopause book : the complete guide : hormones hot flashes health moods

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-04-20 09:04

    ISBN: 9781523504282
    Author: Wingert, Pat


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The sometimes sisters /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-04-20 09:04

    ISBN: 9781503949201
    Author: Brown, Carolyn


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The Strawberry Hearts Diner /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-04-20 09:04

    ISBN: 9781477848760
    Author: Brown, Carolyn


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Springer Nature, Cambridge University Press, Thieme and ResearchGate announce new cooperation to make it easier to navigate the legal sharing of academic journal articles

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2018-04-20 09:04
(April 20, 2018). In a cooperation agreement announced today, three publishers and ResearchGate will work together on the sharing of articles on the scholarly collaboration platform in a way that protects the rights of authors and publishers. The agreement ultimately involves publishers who want to help and support content sharing and believe that working with ResearchGate, the largest professional network for scientists and academics, is one of the important means to achieving this.
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ResearchGate welcomes cooperation agreement with three major scientific publishers

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2018-04-20 09:04
(April 20, 2018). This agreement is the result of several years of talks about working together to further facilitate the sharing of journal articles in a way that protects the rights of authors and publishers.
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Congratulations to Heather Moulaison Sandy, winner of the 2018 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award

LITA Blog - Thu, 2018-04-19 17:36

Heather Moulaison Sandy has been named the winner of the 2018 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology. Emerald Publishing and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) sponsor the Award, which recognizes outstanding individuals or institutions for their long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application.

The Award Committee selected Moulaison Sandy because it was impressed with her extensive contributions to ongoing professional development across the discipline., which include five books and more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles. Her work has been presented at over 100 local, national, and international venues in nearly 15 countries as well as at numerous online webinars and talks.

Moulaison Sandy is Associate Professor at the iSchool at the University of Missouri and works primarily at the intersection of the organization of information and the online environment. She is a recipient of this year’s JRLYA/YALSA Writing Award, as well as the ALISE/OCLC 2016 Research Grant and the ALA Carnegie Whitney  2016 grant.

An avid Francophile and traveler, she was named an Associated Researcher at the French national school for library and information science (Enssib) in 2014, and received a Fulbright Senior Scholar grant in 2008-2009 to teach at l’Ecole des sciences de l’information in Morocco. She holds a PhD in Information Science from Rutgers and an MSLIS and MA in French, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

When notified she was this year’s recipient, Moulaison Sandy said, “Receiving this award is a true honor, and I am thrilled to join the ranks of LITA/Library Hi Tech award recipients whose work I admire so much.” She will receive a citation and a $1,000 stipend.

Members of the 2018 LITA/Library Hi-Tech Award Committee are: Dr. Patrick T. Colegrove (Chair), Vanessa L. Ames (Past Chair), Holli Kubly, and Christina D. Mune.

Thank you to Emerald Publishing for sponsoring this award.

 

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Spanish University chooses Safari for Business, Technology Content

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-04-19 12:03
(April 19, 2018). ProQuest and the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, a technological university in Valencia, Spain, have announced a partnership that equips the university's library with the same business and technology resources as 4,000 companies and government institutions worldwide – helping prepare students for academic and professional success.
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Digital Science award special Blockchain Technology Catalyst Grants

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-04-19 09:03
(April 19, 2018). Research industry technology company Digital Science has announced the recipients of its Blockchain Catalyst Grant. This one-off grant was made available to any project implementing Blockchain in a scholarly or scientific context, especially those that addressed the dissemination of research.
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eLearning - an Intrinsic part of LIBERO

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-04-19 09:03
(April 19, 2018). LIBERO's online, video eLearning resource is the perfect way to complement LIBERO's existing training and support capabilities.
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