Library News

Bethel College and Saint Mary's College join PALNI and the OCLC WorldShare Management Services community

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-04-19 09:03
(April 19, 2018). Bethel College, in Mishawaka, Indiana, and Saint Mary's College, in Notre Dame, Indiana, have joined the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI), and are now part of the OCLC WorldShare Management Services community.
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SAGE Publishing acquires software and services developer GVPi

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-04-18 18:03
(April 18, 2018). SAGE Publishing announced the acquisition of Global Village Publishing (GVPi), a software and services provider specializing in the delivery of customized digital publishing solutions.
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Jobs in Information Technology: April 18, 2018

LITA Blog - Wed, 2018-04-18 15:15

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

Winona State University, Electronic Resources Librarian, Winona, MN

Santa Barbara City College, Librarian – (Web Services and eResources), Santa Barbara, CA

California Digital Library, Metadata Product Manager (career position), Oakland, CA

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

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Waterloo Public Library (Ontario) selects Patron Point

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-04-17 15:01
(April 17, 2018). Patron Point is announcing today that the Waterloo Public Library of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada has selected its patron relationship management system.
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Gale streamlines workflow for instructors and students with new LMS integration to support classroom learning

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-04-17 12:01
(April 17, 2018). Gale, a Cengage company, has made it easier for students and educators to discover and access Gale digital resources from within their learning management system (LMS). Gale has achieved conformance certification for Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI) 1.0 and Deep Linking from IMS Global Learning Consortium. Now educators can seamlessly integrate their library's Gale content into learning management systems that support LTI and Deep Linking such as Schoology, Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle and others. This provides easy access to Gale resources from one platform through single sign-on, streamlining workflow to meet classroom instruction needs, foster student engagement and support textbook affordability initiatives. View a list of Gale's LTI-compliant and Deep Linking certified products.
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Don’t miss and JSON-LD – the repeat popular LITA webinar

LITA Blog - Mon, 2018-04-16 11:54

It’s not too late to Sign up Now for the popular

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.

View details and Register here.

Discover upcoming LITA webinars and web courses

The Privacy in Libraries, LITA webinar series continues with
Adopting Encryption Technologies
Wednesday April 25, 2018, Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
Presenter: Matt Beckstrom

Register now to get the full series discounts, including recordings of the previous webinars or for any single series webinar.

Stay Safe From Ransomware, Hackers & Snoops by working on your IT Security

IT Security and Privacy in Libraries
Presenter: Blake Carver
Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 2:00 – 3:30 pm Central Time

Discover additional upcoming LITA webinars and web courses

Questions or Comments?

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

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2018 LITA Election Results

LITA Blog - Thu, 2018-04-12 10:29

Please join us in congratulating our newly elected LITA officers:

We thank everyone who stood for office in this election. Full ALA election results are available on the ALA website.

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#LITAchat – ITAL March Issue and Submitting to the Journal

LITA Blog - Tue, 2018-04-10 16:52

The March issue of ITAL is out now!

Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) publishes material related to all aspects of information technology in all types of libraries. Learn more about submitting to the journal.

Join LITA members and colleagues on

Friday, April 13, 1:00-2:00pm EST

on Twitter to discuss the March issue of ITAL with editor Ken Varnum and the issue’s authors, and ask questions about submitting to the journal and the publication process.

To participate, launch your favorite Twitter mobile app or web browser and search for the #LITAchat hashtag and select “Latest” to follow along and reply to questions asked by moderator or other participants. When replying to discussion or asking questions, add or incorporate the hashtag #LITAchat.

See you there!

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Small Town Library Director by TTW Contributor Justin Hoenke

Tame the Web - Tue, 2018-04-10 11:22

Hi there librarians. The last time I made a post on Tame The Web was 628 days ago. Those six hundred and twenty eight days have come and gone by in a blur. It was a combo of my day-to-day work as a library director and my desire to spend all of my non working time with my family that has caused such a lapse in writing and sharing about libraries here at Tame The Web. But don’t let that make you think that I’ve stopped thinking about libraries and how we as librarians can continue to encourage the heart. In fact, in those six hundred and twenty eight days I’ve thought more about how we as librarians can “create institutions that expand minds and craft futures” than ever before. As you can see by my quote in that last sentence, yes, still after all these years I’m still just as inspired by Michael as I was back in the day.

Life as a small town library director has been an amazing journey of growth. As Michael has said many times before, “the heart of librarianship is learning” and in my case as a small town library director these past three years can be seen as one giant in the moment and always in session classroom. My CV will say the run of the mill things like “managed a yearly budget of a certain amount of dollars” and “embarked on an ambitious modernization of library policies and procedures” and while these things are true, they’re not the most important things that I’ve learned as a small town library director. Those important things are not listed on the resume because they’re not exactly the easiest things to describe. How do you say things like “learned the names and library habits of hundreds of library visitors that come to the library 4-5 times per week” and “treated every single library guest with kindness and compassion” on your CV? You don’t, but that doesn’t mean just because you can’t put it on your CV that you stop doing it. In fact, these days you should be doing just that more than ever.

It has always been a belief of mine that librarians have to be there for everyone. It may be a bold statement, but I’ve always thought that I could do my best work if I left my own personal politics at home and instead focused on being present, being kind, and being there for everyone that came through the front doors of my library. And now in my third year as a library director, I have to say that there’s a whole lot of truth to that. When you come from the middle and do your best to approach everything with a set of ears that listen, a brain that tries to understand everything, and a heart full of kindness, you can accomplish some great things over time. It’s not the easiest thing in the world, but when you do it you can build a better community through your work at the library.

One of the key qualities that is needed in every library director is that you have to be a strong person. You have to understand who you are inside and to trust in yourself. You have to practice patience and kindness every step of the way. You have to listen to some things you don’t agree with. You have to realize that positive change takes a whole lot of time. When you’re sure of who you are, you are better able to serve the needs of everyone in your community. You can always easily listen to all of the compliments and kudos that your community gives you, but if you trust in yourself you’re also able to listen to and better understand the tough stuff. Do you have a patron that objects to a book or movie that you have in your collection? Are they upset about a program you are offering to the public? Those things are the tough stuff, and in today’s world it seems like those tough stuff moments are increasing in frequency. In my three years as a library director, I’ve had two big tough stuff moments. I wondered if this was the job I wanted for the rest of my life. I wondered if this public library thing as a whole was worth it. It was dark and pretty depressing stuff. But what happened? I learned more about myself through the whole process. I learned that I am strong individual. I learned that I can lead with kindness, and in turn that kindness will spread through the community. I learned that, yes this whole public library thing is very much worth it, especially now in a time where so many people need access to not only materials and information but public space that we all share together.

Libraries are for everyone and being a public library director you learn that very quickly. Every kind of human being you can imagine will walk through your front doors, and as a library director you set the tone and welcome each and every one of those people. Most of the time you’ll hear nothing but kindness coming from those people. They’re grateful that you’re here for them and that the work you and your staff do help them in their day to day lives. As I said before, you will have those tough stuff moments where everything seems very doom and gloom, but think about the long term impact you can have as a library director who practices kindness with every step. Today, after three years of telling my staff and community about the importance of kindness towards each other, I was reminded that change is a long and sometimes slow process, but that if we believe in ourselves and our message we can get to where we need to be.

Got our first complaint about the "Hate Has No Home Here" sign. Was told it was a coded message for "Muslims are welcome here" to which our staff member said "yes, they are, in fact everyone is welcome". Proud of that staff member.

— Justin Hoenke (@JustinLibrarian) April 9, 2018

It took us three years to get here and while we still have some work to do, I’m feeling really good about where we are headed.

-Post by Justin Hoenke, Tame the Web Contributor


Image – Hate Has No Home



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LITA Webinars Coming Soon!

LITA Blog - Mon, 2018-04-09 12:32

Check out the line up and get details on all the upcoming LITA continuing education offerings. Here’s a listing of the session titles coming up first. Click through to see details and to register.

The Privacy in Libraries LITA webinar series of 4 more webinars, continues with:

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

And the series will continue on with:

Adopting Encryption Technologies
Wednesday April 25, 2018, Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
Presenter: Matt Beckstrom

Register now to get the full series discounts or for any single series webinar.

Don’t miss your chance to attend the repeat of this popular LITA webinar.

Introduction to and JSON-LD – repeat
Presenter: Jacob Shelby
Offered: April 18, 2018

Stay Safe From Ransomware, Hackers & Snoops by working on your IT Security

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

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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Congratulations to Richard P. Smiraglia, winner of the 2018 LITA/OCLC Kilgour Research Award

LITA Blog - Fri, 2018-04-06 13:43

Richard P. Smiraglia has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by OCLC and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). Dr. Smiraglia is a Professor in the Knowledge Organization Research Group of the iSchool at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Visiting Professor for 2016-2017 at DANS – Data Archives and Networked Services (a Division of the Royal Netherlands Academy of the Arts and Sciences) and Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Knowledge Organization. He has also been on the faculties of the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University (1992-2009), the School of Library Service at Columbia University (1986-1992) and was Music Catalog Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1974-1986).

The Kilgour Award honors research relevant to the development of information technologies, especially work which shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect(s) of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data are manipulated and managed. The winner receives $2,000, a citation, and travel expenses to attend the LITA Awards Ceremony & President’s Program at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

For over forty years, Professor Smiraglia has earned national and international recognition for his research and contributions in many significant areas, including bibliographic control, metadata, knowledge organization and especially in the areas of non-print and musical works. Smiraglia’s curriculum vitae enumerates over twenty-five monographs, over one-hundred scholarly and scientific research articles, as well as published reports, refereed presentations, doctoral advising, successful grantsmanship, and more which demonstrate his worthiness to be presented this distinguished award.

The Award Committee noted Professor Smiraglia’s many significant contributions. His most distinguished works are on the theory of instantiation and the growth of science in knowledge organization. His influential book, The Nature of a Work: Implications for the Organization of Knowledge (Scarecrow Press, 2001), has been invaluable in the era of data management, as instantiation (or “versioning”) is considered to be pressing importance to open data, data publication, and data reuse. Additionally, his service, since 2004, as Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Knowledge Organization, is commendable. He has nurtured the science of the organization of knowledge, leading this journal of the International Society for Knowledge Organization to become the primary source for disseminating research in both applied and theoretical knowledge organization and knowledge organization systems.

When notified that he had been selected, Smiraglia expressed, “I am humbled to receive this recognition by my peers and honored to be associated with the transformative legacy of Fred Kilgour.”

Members of the 2018 Kilgour Award Committee are Colby Riggs (Chair), Aimee Fifarek, Tabatha Farney, Amber Seely, Kyle W. Willis and Roy Tennant (OCLC Liaison).

Thank you to OCLC for sponsoring this award.

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Save the Date: LITA AvramCamp 2018

LITA Blog - Thu, 2018-04-05 12:32

Save the date for this exciting, popular and affordable LITA/PLA preconference at the upcoming ALA Annual conference in New Orleans, LA.

AvramCamp 2018
Friday June 22, 2018, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Check the conference scheduler for locations when posted

Want to connect with female-identifying technology professionals who want to make change in their lives and professions for the better? Join others in the field to discuss the challenges, joy, and lessons learned at AvramCamp, LITA’s AdaCamp-inspired event. This one-day LITA preconference will allow female-identifying individuals employed in various technological industries an opportunity to connect with others in the field and to collectively examine barriers to success.

This day will follow the unconference model, empowering attendees to determine event themes and topics. AvramCamp will start the day with an engaging overview of imposter syndrome, the feeling that you aren’t actually qualified for the work you are doing and will be discovered as a fraud. Participants will then have the opportunity to propose lightning rounds and session proposals on a variety of topics such as salary negotiation, creating and maintaining inclusive workplaces, and becoming leaders in the technology field. Watch for more program details in the coming weeks!

Find out more about AdaCamp and the Ada Initiative.

Still undecided? Read ALA Emerging Leader Aisha Conner-Gaten’s report on her experiences at AvramCamp 2017!

You can add AvramCamp during the regular conference registration process or choose the preconference only. At the registration site complete your personal and demographic information. Choose Single Session, and continue on to choose the AvramCamp and complete your registration.

This event is co-sponsored by LITA and PLA.


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Jobs in Information Technology: April 4, 2018

LITA Blog - Wed, 2018-04-04 14:58

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

University of Cincinnati Libraries, Content Analyst, Cincinnati, OH

SANDOW, Material Research Specialist, Miami, FL

SANDOW, Material Research Specialist, New York, NY

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Research Specialist, New York. NY

Vantage Technology Consulting Group, Strategic Consultant – Data and IT Systems, Boston, MA

Vantage Technology Consulting Group, Strategic Consultant – Data and IT Systems, Los Angeles, CA

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

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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.

Or Register for this single webinar.

  • 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 for the single webinar or the series.

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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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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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

Upcoming webinars!

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 please contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty,

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