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How to be a happier parent : raising a family having a life and loving (almost

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-09-20 19:32

    ISBN: 9780735210479
    Author: Dell'Antonia, K. J.

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The book of books /

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-09-20 19:32

    ISBN: 9780316417556
    Author: Allen, Jessica,

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Texas free /

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-09-20 19:32

    ISBN: 9781496709585
    Author: Dailey, Janet

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Walking shadows /

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-09-20 19:32

    ISBN: 9780062424983
    Author: Kellerman, Faye

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What your ADHD child wishes you knew : working together to empower kids for succ

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-09-20 19:32

    ISBN: 9780143132394
    Author: Saline, Sharon,

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Dead man running /

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-09-20 19:32

    ISBN: 9780399574443
    Author: Hamilton, Steve, 1961-

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Texas Ranger /

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-09-20 19:32

    ISBN: 9781478975472
    Author: Patterson, James, 1947-

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Pieces of her : a novel /

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-09-20 19:32

    ISBN: 9781504780032
    Author: Slaughter, Karin, 1971-

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Dead man running /

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-09-20 19:32

    ISBN: 9780451483669
    Author: Hamilton, Steve, 1961-

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Tailspin /

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-09-20 19:32

    ISBN: 9781478916840
    Author: Brown, Sandra, 1948-

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A handful of happiness : how a prickly creature softened a prickly heart /

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-09-20 19:32

    ISBN: 9781635652642
    Author: Vacchetta, Massimo.

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Call for Participation: Australian Public Librarian’s Stories of Professional Development

Tame the Web - Thu, 2018-06-14 11:47

If you’re a librarian working in an Australian public library, we’d like to interview you about your professional development experiences!

Greetings all! I am recruiting interview subjects for a collaborative project involving researchers from San Jose State University and the University of Southern Queensland, in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association. 

About the project

The aim of this project is to explore the professional development experiences and needs of public library staff across Australia. The outcomes of this project will – for the first time – establish national-level data to provide an evidence base about professional development in the public library sector in Australia. This empirical evidence base will provide a foundation from which a professional development framework for public library staff can be developed.

Interviews will be conducted using Narrative Inquiry as the overarching methodology. Interviews will explore the learning experiences of public library staff from across Australia. Interviews will be open-ended and semi-structured.

If you are a public librarian in Australia, please contact me at for more information.

Details from the consent document:

You will be asked to participate in an interview via the Web Conference software Zoom about your professional learning experiences. The session will be recorded for the purpose of analysis of data collected only. Recordings will not be made public or shared in any way.

Image: Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia –  October 2009

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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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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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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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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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