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The Kremlin conspiracy /

New At the Library - Wed, 2018-03-07 07:16

    ISBN: 9781496406170
    Author: Rosenberg, Joel C., 1967-


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The girl who takes an eye for an eye /

New At the Library - Wed, 2018-03-07 07:16

    ISBN: 9781524708993
    Author: Lagercrantz, David


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New Title in the LITA Guide Series Available Now

LITA Blog - Tue, 2018-03-06 16:24

The LITA Guide to No- or Low-Cost Technology Tools for Libraries, by Breanne A. Kirsch

This exciting new title provides a practical guide on how to find and use technology tools for a variety of purposes in libraries and, more broadly, in education. Each topic showcases two technology tools in detail, discusses additional tools and provides examples of how librarians or educators are using them in libraries and schools.

Tools covered include:

  • Video creation tools: PowToon and Animaker.
  • Screencasts tools: Jing and Screencast-O-Matic.
  • Collaboration tools: Padlet and Lino It.
  • Assessment tools: Quizizz and Kahoot.

Breanne’s writing purpose:

“I hope that this book will help novice and tech-savvy librarians in all types of libraries learn about technology tools that will help them improve library services and resources. The tools highlighted throughout the book are user friendly and usually have a free version. I explain each tool in enough detail to help the novice and share examples of the tool being used in libraries. The scope of the book is broad enough that educators will also find the technology tools discussed to be helpful, but it is written for academic, public, and school librarians and will assist them in creating better online resources and services for patrons. This book will empower librarians of all types to adopt new low-cost tech tools for practical, everyday use.”

Breanne Kirsch is Public Services Librarian and Coordinator of Emerging Technologies at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She was recognized as an emerging leader in 2011 by the American Library Association and founded the LITA Game Making Interest Group. Breanne is a past Chair of the LITA Imagineering Interest Group and currently serves on the LITA Publications Committee. Discover more on her Amazon page.

LITA members receive a 20% discount on all LITA Guide titles. To get that discount, use promotion code RLLITA20 when ordering from the Rowman and Littlefield LITA Guide Series web site.

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I’m on Sabbatical! Or “Why So Quiet?”

Tame the Web - Tue, 2018-03-06 15:09

Greetings all – I realized I never posted about this. In Fall 2016, I applied for a sabbatical with the university to work on a research project contingent on my tenure and promotion decision. I received tenure and promotion in may 2017 and the sabbatical was awarded to me for Spring Semester 2018. Because of this, I do not have teaching responsibilities this semester. Here’s a bit about the project:

The aim of the project is to pursue scholarship related to the professional learning experiences of public librarians in Australia via a research partnership with the University of Southern Queensland and the Australian Library and Information Association. This will include qualitative research exploring the learning experiences of librarians. During sabbatical leave in spring 2018, I will begin to address the apparent gap in the literature noted above through the collection of at least 20 open-ended, semi-structured interviews with public librarians across Australia and a mix of regional, rural and metropolitan areas. This will occur in partnership Helen Partridge, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Scholarly Information and Learning Services) at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia and Kate Davis, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland. The project builds upon the two year study Partridge leads aimed at establishing a framework for the education of the information professions in Australia.  The primary data collection techniques would be in-depth interviews using the method of Narrative Inquiry.

We will be launching a survey for Australian public library staff soon and I will be working on the interviews this spring. This summer, I will be visiting Australia to continue the research project and to keynote the Asia-Pacific Library & Information Conference.

More will follow but I wanted to share. Best regards to all.

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LITA Board Issues Statement Against the Ballot Measure and in Favor of the MLIS-Preferred for Next ALA Executive Director

LITA Blog - Tue, 2018-03-06 10:09

As ALA and LITA members prepared for the opening of the 2018 Election on March 12, the LITA Board discussed the issue of whether the MLIS should be required or preferred for the ALA Executive Director position and issued a statement supporting the ALA Council’s vote to make the MLIS preferred.

The full statement is available on the LITA website.

“LITA itself underwent an executive director search in 2015. Our job posting used ‘preferred,’ not ‘required,’ language for the MLS; the same is true of other ALA divisions which have recently hired executive directors. Our candidate pool included excellent candidates from both library backgrounds and association management backgrounds. Ultimately we were delighted to be able to hire an MLS-holder, but having candidates from varied perspectives both increased our ability to hire the best available talent and helped our search committee to clarify what it truly valued. The LITA Board values the judgment of the previous ALA Executive Director Search Committee and wants the next search committee to have the broadest possible candidate pool to work from. We have complete faith they will identify a candidate who represents both association management excellence and dedication to library values. As always, we encourage you to participate in ALA elections, and we hope this information from the LITA board helps you make a decision.”

 

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EBSCO Information Services to release DRM-Free E-Books to expand e-book options for libraries and improve end-user experience

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2018-03-05 22:14
(March 5, 2018). EBSCO Information Services continues its commitment to providing libraries and their patrons with access to high-quality e-book content by making more than 70,000 EBSCO eBooks Digital Rights Management free. The DRM-free initiative reinforces EBSCO's commitment to working with publishers to increase e-book options for libraries.
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Call for Panelists LITA Top Trends Program, 2018 ALA Annual

LITA Blog - Mon, 2018-03-05 15:05

We are currently seeking 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 https://goo.gl/forms/eND5Z4uzfb2n9WZN2

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.

Deadline is March 31, 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 http://docs.lita.org/committees/top-technology-trends/panel-submission-guidelines/.

For more information about the Top Tech Trends program, please visit http://www.ala.org/lita/ttt.

 

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Call For Blog Writers!

LITA Blog - Mon, 2018-03-05 10:34

Dear Colleagues,

The LITA Blog invites applications for new authors! We are recruiting writers from all types and sizes of libraries to share their knowledge as part of this amazing group. For additional information about the blog, please go to: http://litablog.org/.

Please indicate your interest and fill out the following form by March 9th: https://goo.gl/forms/20iOhDnzRq6knqgG2.

John Klima and Cinthya Ippoliti (co-editors)

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The decorated garden : 25 craft projects for your outdoor space /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-03-02 07:09

    ISBN: 9781782495536
    Author: Schneebeli-Morrell, Deborah


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Mommy burnout : how to reclaim your life and raise healthier children in the pro

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-03-02 07:09

    ISBN: 9780062683687
    Author: Ziegler, Sheryl,


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The chalk man : a novel /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-03-02 07:09

    ISBN: 9781524761004
    Author: Tudor, C. J.,


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Food : what the heck should I eat? /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-03-02 07:09

    ISBN: 9780316338868
    Author: Hyman, Mark, 1959-


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Las bibliotecas de la Universidad de Cambridge implementan las soluciones de Ex Libris Alma y Primo

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-03-01 16:08
(March 1, 2018). Ex Libris, una empresa de ProQuest, se complace en anunciar el éxito de la implantación de la plataforma de servicios de biblioteca Ex Libris Alma y la solución de descubrimiento Primo en la Universidad de Cambridge. Las soluciones Alma y Primo serán una parte integral de los servicios en las múltiples bibliotecas de Cambridge.
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Follett Challenge '18 Announces Semifinalists, Video Voting Winners

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-03-01 16:08
(March 1, 2018). The Grand Prize winner of the 2018 Follett Challenge will be selected from among an elementary school in Anchorage, Alaska; a middle school in the Bronx, N.Y.; and a high school in Durham, N.C. In an online announcement today, organizers of the Follett Challenge unveiled the seventh annual competition's three diverse Semifinalists, as well as the 10 People's Choice winners.
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EBSCO Information Services launches redesigned LearningExpress platform

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-03-01 16:08
(March 1, 2018). Libraries and institutions that subscribe to the LearningExpress platforms from EBSCO Information Services can now offer users and patrons faster, streamlined access to content with an updated LearningExpress platform. The release features an improved user experience and enables simultaneous access to multiple LearningExpress products using one login email address.
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Michigan Shared System Alliance Selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo Solutions

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-03-01 10:08
(March 1, 2018). Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that the Michigan Shared System Alliance has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to enhance collaboration, efficiency, and services for the Alliance's members. The Alma platform will replace the Innovative Sierra integrated library system at five of the member institutions.
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Between friends /

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-03-01 07:07

    ISBN: 9781538509944
    Author: Macomber, Debbie


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Sisters like us /

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-03-01 07:07

    ISBN: 9781538509524
    Author: Mallery, Susan


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LYRASIS announces release of new guidebook for open source sustainability as part of It Takes a Village project

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-02-28 13:06
(February 28, 2018). LYRASIS announced the release of a new Guidebook as the culmination of the "It Takes a Village: Open Source Software Sustainability" project. The Guidebook is designed to serve as a practical reference source to help open source software (OSS) programs serving cultural and scientific heritage organizations plan for long-term sustainability. This sustainability effort includes ensuring that commitment and resources will be available at levels sufficient for the software to remain viable and effective as long as needed. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services - Grant LG-73-17-0005-17; LYRASIS appreciates their support.
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Jobs in Information Technology: February 28, 2018

LITA Blog - Wed, 2018-02-28 12:44

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

Cleveland Public Library, Library Systems and Applications Specialist, Cleveland, OH

Library of the University of California, Davis, Electronic Resources Librarian, Davis, CA

Harford County Public Library, Librarian – Children’s Services – Aberdeen or Bel Air, Aberdeen or Bel Air, MD

Harford County Public Library, Assistant Branch Manager I – Havre De Grace, Havre De Grace, MD

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

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