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LITA Blog - Mon, 2018-02-05 08:00

LITA publishes a quarterly, open-access and peer-reviewed journal called Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL). As a regular blogger for LITA, I was embarrassed to admit that I was not familiar with this publication when I recently met with Ken Varnum, the new editor. LITA and ITAL are both devoted to exploring the intersection between technology and libraries, everything from digital preservation to vendor relations. The journal is written by and for library technologists and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018.

Not only is it available online, but several archival issues dating back to the 1960s are also available. Back in those days, the journal was known as the Journal of Library Automation (from 1968-1981), until 1982 when the name changed. In 2012, it switched from a print-only subscription publication to an online, open-access journal. Articles such as the 1972 “Regional Numerical Union Catalog on Computer Output Microfiche” provide a fascinating glimpse of historical issues within librarianship from the early days of storing bibliographic data on cards to issues of digital storage that are still very relevant today. Common threads running through all of the articles reflect core values of librarianship: improving the user experience, increasing access to information by using the latest technology, in a way that is the most cost-effective to the library. More recent articles look at the process of developing user-friendly mobile apps and “digital collections entrances.” Free, available digitally, and very relevant- these are articles that anyone working in libraries can benefit from.

ITAL content extends beyond feature articles. Authors can submit tutorials, letters to the editor, and brief communications related to a specific research topic or technical conclusion. The Editorial Board reviews submissions for readability, value to readers, and contribution to the profession. LITA blog readers interested in submitting to the journal can find an overview of the process and a submission preparation checklist here. Another way to get involved is to consider joining the editorial board. Due to terms expiring, the board will have several vacancies starting in July and is particularly looking for technologists in public and special libraries. A call for volunteers will be distributed later this winter.

Looking to get involved? Have questions or ideas for ITAL? Contact the editor, Ken Varnum, at varnum@umich.edu

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Latest LIBERO update has a host of new functionality for Library staff and users

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2018-02-03 09:39
(February 3, 2018). LIBERO recently announced the release of Version 6.3.16 with huge functionality improvements across the library software platform.
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New At the Library - Sat, 2018-02-03 06:38

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Dissertations from Philippines University Available Globally

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2018-02-02 18:38
(February 2, 2018). For the first time, dissertations from the Philippines are available to researchers around the world through the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database, the largest database of graduate research collected from the world's greatest universities.
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Voilà: Library and Archives Canada launches new National Union Catalogue, adds unique records to WorldCat

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2018-02-02 18:38
(February 2, 2018). Library and Archives Canada has launched Voilà, Canada's new National Union Catalogue that will make the country's documentary heritage more widely accessible and available to library users in Canada and around the world through WorldCat.
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New and Upcoming 2018 LITA Guides

LITA Blog - Fri, 2018-02-02 13:58

Here are 5 recent and upcoming exciting titles on library technology. The LITA Guide Series books from Rowman and Littlefield publishers, contain practical, up to date, how-to information, and are usually under 100 pages. Proposals for new titles can be submitted to the Acquisitions editor using this link.

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

Here are the current new LITA Guide Series titles:

    

The LITA Guide to No- or Low-Cost Technology Tools for Libraries
Breanne A. Kirsch (February 2018)

Big Data Shocks: An Introduction to Big Data for Librarians and Information Professionals
Andrew Weiss (March 2018)

The Savvy Academic Librarian’s Guide to Technological Innovation: Moving Beyond the Wow Factor
Cinthya Ippoliti (June 2018)

The LITA Guide to Augmented Reality in Libraries
Edited by Christine Elliott, Marie Rose, and Jolanda-Pieta von Arnhem (June 2018)

Digital Curation Projects Made Easy: A Step-by-Step Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Carmen Cowick (July 2018)

LITA publications help to fulfill its mission to educate, serve and reach out to its members, other ALA members and divisions, and the entire library and information community through its publications, programs and other activities designed to promote, develop, and aid in the implementation of library and information technology.

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ByWater Solutions at Louisiana Library Association 2018

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-02-01 18:37
(February 1, 2018). ByWater Solutions will be at the Louisiana Library Association (LLA) Annual Conference from March 7-9, 2018. The Conference will be held in Alexandria, Louisiana at the Holiday Inn Downtown Alexandria Convention Center. We would love to see you, catch up and share some time together. Please email Adam Brooks at adam@bywatersolutions.com to set up a time to meet.
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PLOS and PubGrade announce digital advertising partnership

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-02-01 18:37
(February 1, 2018). The Public Library of Science and PubGrade GmbH have entered into an agreement to provide PLOS with PubGrade's integrated advertising platform: PubGrade for Publishers.
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NZ's newest Koha public library: Whanganui District Libraries

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-02-01 18:37
(February 1, 2018). Whanganui Library was the first public library of New Zealand to quietly leave the Kōtui consortium in 2017. In March they put out an RFP for a new Library Management System, to which we responded proposing Koha. We worked together seamlessly for two months solid, and with the timely delivery of data overnight from Sirsi Dynix in the USA, Koha went live without a hitch in June.
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FOLIO Library Services Platform to benefit from Services Agreement between EBSCO Information Services and ByWater Solutions

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-02-01 15:37
(February 1, 2018). EBSCO Information Services and ByWater Solutions have expanded their relationship to ensure libraries adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform will be able to rely on hosting and services support.
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Odilo se incorpora a Library Simplified de la Biblioteca Pública de Nueva York

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-02-01 09:37
(January 30, 2018). La empresa española Odilo se incorpora como proveedor del proyecto Library Simplified liderado y promovido por la Biblioteca Pública de Nueva York (NYPL) en colaboración con algunas de las bibliotecas más importantes de Estados Unidos, una vez finalizado de forma satisfactoria la integración técnica entre Odilo y la aplicación Simply-e.
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OCLC signs agreements with leading publishers worldwide to make more content discoverable through libraries

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-01-31 18:37
(January 31, 2018). OCLC has signed agreements with distinguished publishers from around the world to add metadata for high-quality books, e-books, journals, databases and other materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery.
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Capital Area District Libraries bgin Patron Point iplementation

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-01-31 18:37
(January 30, 2018). Thrd Chapter Partners is announcing today that Capital Area District Libraries has begun implementation of its marketing platform, Patron Point. A key strategic goal for CADL is to re-define the ways its marketing communicates to its patrons.
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Library groups announce partnership to establish ORCID US community

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-01-31 18:37
(January 30, 2018). LYRASIS, a member-based nonprofit organization serving libraries, archives, and museums, is proud to announce a partnership with the NorthEast Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance to create a US community to support ORCID, a non-profit organization based in Bethesda, Maryland. ORCID provides a unique persistent digital identifier for individual scholarly researchers.
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Ingenta partners with RedLink to offer Remarq

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-01-31 15:37
(January 31, 2018). Ingenta has announced a collaboration to support integration of Remarq, the collaboration platform from RedLink, for its publishers. This collaboration enables Ingenta CMS platform customers to offer group discussions, annotation, editorial tools, and copyright-compliant sharing on the Version of Record, driving community engagement.
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Springer Nature launches enhanced Metadata Downloader for book and journal metadata updates and title lists

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-01-31 15:37
(January 31, 2018). An enhanced Metadata Downloader which will replace the current MARC downloader has now been launched by Springer Nature. This improved web tool provides librarians and library cataloguers with easily downloadable metadata updates which can be embedded into library catalogues, as well as title lists for a library's licensed content.
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Axiell Media delivers Swedish ebooks and audio books to the Helmet Library Consortium in Helsinki

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-01-31 15:37
(January 31, 2018). Axiell Media, the largest distributor of e-booksand audiobooks in the Nordic region, has signed a cooperation agreement withHelmet Libraries for the distribution of Swedish e-books and audiobooks. Currently,Axiell Media distributes over 20,000 titles from 650 publishers to about 300 libraries inSweden and Finland. In addition to the Helmet library consortia, nine other Finnishlibraries are using the service.
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EBSCO Health Resource named 2018 Best in KLAS for clinical decision support

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-01-31 15:37
(January 31, 2018). Two EBSCO Health clinical resources were named among the top performing point-of-care reference tools in the 2018 Best in KLAS: Software and Services report. KLAS, a research firm that specializes in monitoring and reporting the performance of healthcare vendors, found that Nursing Reference Center Plus™ and DynaMed Plus® were among the top performing clinical decision support – point of care clinical reference tools, with Nursing Reference Center Plus ranked number one and DynaMed Plus coming in as a close second.
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EBSCO Information Services awards five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-01-31 15:37
(January 31, 2018). EBSCO Information Services has awarded five librarians, including two first-time attendees, $1,500 scholarships to attend the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting, February 9th-13th in Denver, Colorado. The scholarships are co-sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). The scholarship recipients will be honored by EBSCO and ALA representatives at a breakfast during the conference.
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