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Look at this 36 year old – A TTW guest post by Megan Price

Tame the Web - Thu, 2018-02-22 17:58

I remember being 30.  I remember living off of all that kinetic energy, willing myself to do difficult things just because they were difficult, and putting myself in uncomfortable situations solely because they were uncomfortable. I approached both simple tasks and high-caliber challenges with the same vigor and enthusiasm, and I pushed myself hard to grow, learn, and experience as much as possible. I wasn’t ready to die – I was brave, naive, and also, a bit intense.

In attempting to recover the same drive and energy of my 20s and early 30s, I realized the injustices and inequalities of society I could previously count on to motivate and inspire me to action didn’t have the same internal effect, nor did they produce the same external responses.  I was having to work harder and more frenetically to achieve the same level of intensity about my work that had once been so easy to access. At first this was a difficult truth to accept, and I felt confused, tired, and burned out.

The desire to feel enthusiasm for my work is what initially pushed me to take a professional leave, but I ended up learning more during this time than just what my next area of focus would be.  I took the entirety of my sabbatical year to reengage with the world, moving abroad, learning another language, taking the time to read, research, and travel, all which helped me clarify the next iteration of my career.

This past spring I was asked by a close friend, “What things would you want from your work, if supporting your family and basic necessities were not issues to be considered?”  Such an excellent question:


Because I am introverted I easily work independently on projects and tasks.  I pride myself on not needing to be told what to do each step of the way, I just get it done.  Surprisingly, I also very much enjoy being a part of team and working on common goals together.  I listen well, so I can see and hear other people’s perspectives and the angle they’re coming from, and it feels good when there’s connection and synergy within a group, which comes from either well-planned team-making, or luck.  In larger groups, I prefer protocols and organized processes of communication (see Critical Friends Group), because I’m not good with competing to be heard. Protocols and systems help me relax about process, and focus on the problem or project in front of me.


The last 17 years of my career I spent developing programs that serve teenagers in incarcerated facilities and similar environments, and in doing this work, I was utterly devoted to improving services to support them.  Doing the best work I could informed every decision I made, and everything, from process to program, was created and functioned with their best interest in mind.  I am proud of the work I did, and I know I created or helped to create useful and irreplaceable services that supported their growth, and enabled them to have access to more options and services.  I want to continue to serve and support, and I am now turning my focus toward the support of communities via culture, art, and artists.


Humor is the best.  I have a decent sense of humor, which leans toward the dry side.  Once my supervisor, a colleague and I were laughing so hard in the midst of a crisis that we were crying, and then we went on a few moments later to successfully work to save lives.  We often worked together, and our work was tough, but it was also joyful.  Not only do I want my work bring me joy, primarily its results should bring joy, directly or indirectly, to others.


I am an organized person, but I am not obnoxious about it; it’s how I go about understanding and learning something new.  I also enjoy taking what at first appears to be a complex or overwhelming situation and streamlining it into productivity.  I love that.  Really.  The potential available in each new-to-me situation is invigorating.


I strive to live my life authentically and to connect and find commonalities where, at first, there appear to be none.  I enjoy connecting ideas, people, and institutions together to make sense and solve problems. I seek to understand people, their cultures and experiences, so I do that actively, immersing myself, asking questions, experiencing.  During a recent visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, I was struck by how an artwork can change in meaning and presentation, based on random factors like space, time, and the audience’s movement through the space in which the art is housed.  I saw how culture has the power to transform and uplift a community from the inside out, and how the democratic process of collaboration between government, non-profit, and community can organically build prosperity and cohesion.

So why the picture of Casey Neistat?  Well, to start, he’s sharp.  He’s energizing, entertaining, and a he’s a talented artist.  My personal motto is, “Art Saves Me,” because it has and does.  I am indebted to art and artists for inspiring me, bringing me both joy, and an increased awareness of the world.  Casey is one of those artists.  Though I probably won’t be achieving successes at the rate he currently moves through his life, I subscribe to his above suggestion that my next career goal should be “bigger and more ambitious” than those I have had in the past.  I have a renewed confidence and commitment to move in a new direction.  I’m no longer 30, but I don’t think that’s such a bad thing.

Hailing from the great state of California, Megan is mid-degree in SJSU’s MLIS. Her program focus has been special librarianship and she hopes to integrate her love of art, technology, and cultural exploration into a future, information-related position. In her spare moments, she loves walking around cities, visiting museums, generally being outdoors, and learning about people and places. She blogs at







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The bomb maker /

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-02-22 06:57

    ISBN: 9781681689746
    Author: Perry, Thomas, 1947-

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Youngsuk YS Chi joins Ingram Board of Directors

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-02-21 21:56
(February 21, 2018). John R. Ingram, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries Inc., announced the election of Youngsuk ‘YS' Chi to the Ingram Board of Directors. The privately held company's businesses include Ingram Marine Group and Ingram Content Group.
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First shows for LIBERO TV announced

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-02-21 21:56
(February 21, 2018). The first episodes to LIBERO's new LIBERO TV are set to begin on March 1, 2018. LIBERO announced its new, live streamed online service to improve customers' user experience, showcase the latest features, and invite industry experts and customer views. LIBERO TV will be hosted via LIBERO's YouTube channel and will be available on Catch up for those who can't make the planned time.
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CDL and DuraSpace launch open community outreach initiative for ARK identifiers

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-02-21 21:56
(February 21, 2018). California Digital Library and DuraSpace are pleased to announce a collaboration aimed at building an open, international community around Archival Resource Keys and their use as persistent identifiers in the open scholarly ecosystem.
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OCLC extends WorldShare Management Services mobile capabilities worldwide

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-02-21 18:56
(February 21, 2018). Following a successful launch in the United States, OCLC is extending its Digby mobile app to libraries worldwide, offering student library workers, volunteers and staff greater efficiency, accuracy and independence working with WorldShare Management Services. As a suite of web-based applications, WorldShare Management Services allows library staff to do their work in the library, at home, or on the go. The intuitive design of the Digby app provides clear instructions for handling pull-list and re-shelving tasks. Digby lets workers scan library materials in the stacks, saving them time and reducing their reliance on paper slips.
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OCLC introduces Syndeo, a suite of services designed to facilitate national and regional library collaboration

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-02-21 18:56
(February 21, 2018). OCLC introduces Syndeo, a flexible suite of services specifically designed to facilitate national and regional library collaboration. Syndeo supports OCLC cooperative cataloging, resource sharing and library management services necessary to run individual institutions along with the technology and infrastructure required of a national library. Syndeo provides improved efficiencies with support for in-region workflows, including authority file management and copy cataloging from more than 400 million records in WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Syndeo offers greater visibility of regional collections to searchers worldwide by registering collections in WorldCat. And the suite reduces maintenance costs with a new, state-of-the-art infrastructure.
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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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