Library News

Equinox migrated Polk County Public Library to Evergreen within NC Cardinal consortium

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-02-21 18:56
(February 21, 2018). Equinox announce that Polk County Public Library successfully migrated to Evergreen within the NC Cardinal Consortium at the end of January, 2018.
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Jobs in Information Technology: February 21, 2018

LITA Blog - Wed, 2018-02-21 14:35

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

AIM Law Firm Library, Law Library Technical Assistant, Atlanta, GA

Georgia State University, Health Informationist, Atlanta, GA

California Historical Society, Special Collections Metadata and Systems Librarian, San Francisco, CA

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

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Meet Your Candidates for the 2018 LITA Election

LITA Blog - Wed, 2018-02-21 12:05

The LITA Board is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2018 spring election.

Vice-President/President-Elect Jason Griffey
Affiliate Fellow
Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society


David Lee King
Digital Services Director
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library


Emily Morton-Owens
Assistant University Librarian for Digital Library Development and Systems
University of Pennsylvania Libraries


Director-at-Large (2 elected for 3-year terms) Galen Charlton
Infrastructure and Added Services Manager
Equinox Open Library Initiative


Tabatha Farney
Director of Web Services and Emerging Technologies
University of Colorado Colorado Springs


Kelly Sattler
Head of Web Services
Michigan State University Libraries


Berika S. Williams
Emerging Technologies and Web Librarian
Tufts University



The 2018 election will run March 12-April 4, and results will be announced on April 11. We encourage all LITA members to help shape the future of the organization by voting in the election.

The Board thanks the LITA Nominating Committee for all of their work: S.G. Ranti Junus (Chair), Marshall E. Breeding, and Hong Ma. Thank you to the candidates for agreeing to serve.

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Here we lie /

New At the Library - Wed, 2018-02-21 06:55

    ISBN: 9781501201400
    Author: DeBoard, Paula Treick

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A death in Live Oak /

New At the Library - Wed, 2018-02-21 06:55

    ISBN: 9780062798534
    Author: Grippando, James, 1958-

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Sunburn : a novel /

New At the Library - Wed, 2018-02-21 06:55

    ISBN: 9780062389923
    Author: Lippman, Laura, 1959-

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University of Bristol selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-02-20 15:55
(February 20, 2018). The University of Bristol, ranked among the top universities in the world, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its new cloud-based library services platform.
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The National Archives joins the Open Preservation Foundation

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-02-20 15:55
(February 20, 2018). The Open Preservation Foundation welcomed The National Archives of the UK as its newest charter member.
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The University of Law to adopt Ex Libris Alma, Primo, and Leganto to advance teaching excellence and successful learning outcomes

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-02-20 15:55
(February 20, 2018). Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the University of Law has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform, Primo discovery and delivery system, and Leganto course reading list solution. The selection was made after the Ex Libris products received positive student feedback during demonstration sessions. Alma will replace the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system.
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Elsevier collaborates with Hypothesis to integrate Open Annotation

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-02-20 15:55
(February 20, 2018). Elsevier and Hypothesis are announcing a collaboration to align annotation capabilities in Elsevier's Research Products with the emerging ecosystem of interoperable clients and services for annotation based on open standards and technologies.
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Cinco socios se unen a Ex Libris en el desarrollo de una nueva plataforma de servicios de investigación

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2018-02-19 15:54
(February 19, 2018). Ex Libris, una empresa de ProQuest, anunció un acuerdo de colaboración con la Universidad de Lancaster, la Universidad de Sheffield, la Universidad de Iowa, la Universidad de Miami y la Universidad de Oklahoma. Los socios colaborarán de principio a fin en el desarrollo de una plataforma de servicios de investigación, Ex Libris Esploro. Este programa de desarrollo permitirá a los socios participar en la configuración de Esploro y su futura hoja de ruta, así como la oportunidad de interactuar con otros socios de desarrollo y con la comunidad de investigadores.
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Learn how to dramatically accelerate legal knowledge exchange: meet with Lucidea at ARK

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2018-02-19 15:54
(February 19, 2018). Lucidea's portfolio of best-in-class solutions includes SydneyEnterprise, GeniePlus, LawPort, Inmagic Presto and LookUp Precision—ILS and KM solutions purpose-built to allow legal information professionals to better connect with users and deliver value that anchors and optimizes core law firm procedures.
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Hampshire College doubles student use of academic services by centralizing them in library

Library Technology Reports - Sun, 2018-02-18 21:53
(February 18, 2018). Student usage of academic services nearly doubled after Hampshire College centralized the services into Harold F. Johnson Library, in a large, newly renovated space starting this past September 2017. The concept behind the new Knowledge Commons was funded by a $1.2 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant awarded to the library in December 2015.
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Food pharmacy : a guide to gut bacteria anti-inflammatory foods and eating for

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-02-17 06:52

    ISBN: 9781510723511
    Author: Aurell, Lina Nertby,

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Norwich : one tiny Vermont town's secret to happiness and excellence /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-02-17 06:52

    ISBN: 9781501119910
    Author: Crouse, Karen,

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The stowaway : a young man's extraordinary adventure to Antarctica /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-02-17 06:52

    ISBN: 9781476753867
    Author: Shapiro, Laurie Gwen

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The masterpiece /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-02-17 06:52

    ISBN: 9781496407900
    Author: Rivers, Francine, 1947-

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HTTPS: It’s Way Past Time-A guest post from TJ Lamanna

LITA Blog - Fri, 2018-02-16 12:18

Brace for impact. Well, maybe not impact, but phone calls and emails to be sure. Google announced that in July 2018 they will be flagging all non-HTTPS sites as insecure, which means your patrons are going to get a warning whenever they try to access your site. And for roughly 90% of public U.S. libraries, this is going to be the case. That’s right, according to my latest statistics only 1620 out of 16221 public libraries in the U.S. use HTTPS for their websites (catalogs are a beast of a different color). U.S. libraries are trailing tremendously on the national average, and for a group that lauds themselves as bastions of privacy, we need to do better. For instance, the graphics below show the average for Alexa’s list of most popular websites [Fig. 1]. I use SSLLabs reports both to look at trends and run audits, you can do so yourself at There you can audit your server, browser, or use Pulse to check out current trends and see how we’re stacking up.

Another great source of information is Let’s Encrypt’s Stat page [Fig. 2] which gives clear and accurate trend information, not just for the U.S. but globally. There has been a massive uptick in certs since Janurary of last year, which the U.S. going from about 50% to close to 80%! And this is compared to U.S. libraries hovering under 10%. There is no clear reason why this is, and it’s something easily remedied. I’m hoping this post and upcoming articles and webinars will help boost those numbers. The bulk of my information on https protocols in U.S. public libraries comes from, so please, go there and check out your library. If your information is not accurate, please let me know so we can update it and get a better reflection!

The question is, why now? What is Google pushing this now? Well, Roger Montti lays it out fantastically in his article Google Engineer Lists 4 Powerful Reasons Why Sites Should Upgrade to HTTPS, but to summarize, he lists four main reasons:

  • HTTPS is Not Just About Google – this standard aims to benefit everyone, and it’s not Google that started it, but their push, since they are a massive company has brought it more to the forefront, but groups have been pushing it since 1994 when Netscape start creating the SSL protocol (they are now the Mozilla Foundation).
  • HTTPS Enables a Trouble Free Internet – I want to be clear, it enables, but in no way guarentees a trouble free internet, but it does help. A lot. This standard lays a foundation that even better security can be built on.
  • HTTPS Enables Browser Service Workers – as more and more apps are developed we rely more on API’s to help keep the internet moving, and this need explicitly safe protocols. With more information being transmitted, these protocols are essential.
  • The Internet Should Be Safe – This may seem intuitive, but it’s a foundational principle to the internet. You should feel safe and secure when you use the internet, and HTTPS goes a long way to both help secure the internet and build the public trust.

So, if you don’t want your staff spending all their time assuring patrons that your site is secure (and if you’re not using HTTPS, you’ll be lying to them), now is the time to make the switch. And honestly, it’s pretty easy. If your site is hosted by your state library, contact them immediately and ask them to enable HTTPS for your site! There might be some hiccups with what we called mixed media, which are URL’s that point to unsecure sites that are embedded on your page, but that’s far better than sending everything as clear text! If you’re hosting your own site, it’s a little trickier than just picking up the phone, but not that much more difficult. I cannot recommend enough the good people at Let’s Encrypt and the amazing work they do. Most hosting sites make it easy (and almost all are free) to enable HTTPS for your site. I personally use Heroku for a lot of light-weight and quick-deploy sites and it’s just the click of a button to do it. If you’re hosting in-house let your I.T. staff know they need to get on this immediately.

Implementing an SSL certificate isn’t difficult and I can’t recommend Mike Robinson’s posts on implementing certs on Library OPACs and API Servers, which can be found here and here. I understand that this can be quite daunting, especially if you haven’t done something like this before, but there are organizations and walkthroughs that can get even those most novice of web admins going quickly and easily.

Most libraries don’t seem to be hosting their own sites, which adds an additional layer of difficulty (or ease depending on who’s hosting it). For instance, if your township administrates your site, they will most likely be adding a certificate, just make sure they add one for the library domain! They’ll most likely want to keep the township sites information secure, especially if they solicit questions from the community. If you’re hosted, and paid a vendor to create your site you should contact them and let them know you want an SSL certificate added to your domain. If you do it in house, but aren’t confident in your ability to add it yourself, Let’s Encrypt is a valuable tool I cannot recommend highly enough.

This post isn’t meant to be alarmist, but forewarned is forearmed, and I’m not going to delve into the details on how to deploy it, but I’m always happy to chat and give you a hand if you want. You can find me on Twitter @paraVestibulum or email me:

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Poison : a novel /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-02-16 06:51

    ISBN: 9781501115707
    Author: Lescroart, John T.

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Surprise me : a novel /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-02-16 06:51

    ISBN: 9780399592898
    Author: Kinsella, Sophie

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