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Shroud of Eternity /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-01-12 06:06

    ISBN: 9780765388247
    Author: Goodkind, Terry

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This is Jeopardy! Or, How Do People Actually Get On That Show?

LITA Blog - Thu, 2018-01-11 15:55

This past November, American Libraries published a delightful article on librarians that have appeared on the iconic game show Jeopardy! It turns out one of our active LITA members also recently appeared on the show. Here’s her story…

On Wednesday, October 18th, one of my lifelong dreams will come true: I’ll be a contestant on Jeopardy!

It takes several steps to get onto the show: first, you must pass an online exam, but you don’t really learn the results unless you make it to the next stage: the invitation to audition. This step is completed in person, comprising a timed, written test, playing a mock game with other aspiring players in front of a few dozen other auditionees, and chatting amiably in a brief interview, all while being filmed. If you make it through this gauntlet, you go into “the pool”, where you remain eligible for a call to be on the show for up to 18 months. Over the course of one year of testing and eligibility, around 30,000 people take the first test, around 1500 to 1600 people audition in person, and around 400 make it onto the show each season.

For me, the timeline was relatively quick. I tested online in October 2016, auditioned in January 2017, and thanks to my SoCal address, I ended up as a local alternate in February. Through luck of the draw, I was the leftover contestant that day. I didn’t tape then, but was asked back directly to the show for the August 3rd recording session, which airs from October 16th to October 20th.

The call is early – 7:30am – and the day’s twelve potential contestants take turns with makeup artists while the production team covers paperwork, runs through those interview stories one-on-one, and pumps up the contestants to have a good time. Once you’re in, you’re sequestered. There’s no visiting with family or friends who accompanied you to the taping and no cellphones or internet access allowed. You do have time to chat with your fellow contestants, who are all whip smart, funny, and generally just as excited as you are to get to be on this show. There’s also no time to be nervous or worried: you roll through the briefing onto the stage for a quick run-down on how the podiums work (watch your elbows for the automated dividers that come up for Final Jeopardy!), how to buzz in properly (there’s a light around the big game board that you don’t see at home that tells you when you can ring in safely), and under no circumstances are you to write on the screen with ANYTHING but that stylus!

Next, it’s time for your Hometown Howdy, the commercial blurb that airs on the local TV station for your home media market. Since I’d done it before when I almost-but-not-quite made it on the air in February, I knew they were looking for maximum cheese. My friends and family tell me that I definitely delivered.

Immediately before they let in the live studio audience for seating, contestants run through two quick dress rehearsal games to get out any final nerves, test the equipment for the stage crew, and practice standing on the risers behind the podiums without falling off.

Then it’s back to the dressing room, where the first group is drawn. They get a touch-up on makeup, the rest of the contestant group sits down in a special section of the audience, and it’s off to the races! There are three games filmed before the lunch break, then the final two are filmed. The contestants have the option to stay and watch the rest of the day if they’re defeated, but most choose to leave if it’s later on in the filming cycle. The adrenaline crash is pretty huge, and some people may need the space to let out their mixed feelings. If you win, you are whisked back to the dressing room for a quick change, a touch-up again, and back out to the champion’s podium to play again.

You may be asking, when do contestants meet Alex? Well, it happens exactly twice, and both times, the interactions are entirely on film and broadcast in (nearly) their entirety within the show. To put all of those collusion rumors around the recent streak of Austin Rogers to rest, the interview halfway through the first round and the hand-shaking at the end of the game are the only times that Alex and the contestants meet or speak with one another; there is no “backstage” where the answer-giver and the question-providers could possibly mingle. Nor do the contestants ever get to do more than wave “hello” to the writers for the show. Jeopardy! is very careful to keep its two halves very separated. The energy and enthusiasm of the contestant team – Glenn, Maggie, Corina, Lori, and Ryan – is genuine, and when your appearance is complete, you feel as though you have joined a very special family of Jeopardy! alumni.

Once you’ve been a contestant on Jeopardy!, you can never be on the show again. The only exception is if you do well enough to be asked back to the Tournament of Champions. While gag rules prohibit me from saying more about how I did, I can say that the entire experience lived up to the hype I had built around it since I was a child, playing along in my living room and dreaming of the chance to respond in the form of a question.

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Robicheaux : a novel /

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-01-11 06:05

    ISBN: 9781501176845
    Author: Burke, James Lee, 1936-

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Jobs in Information Technology: January 10, 2018

LITA Blog - Wed, 2018-01-10 15:09

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

University of Arkansas, Assistant Head of Special Collections, Fayetteville, AR

West Chester University, Electronic Resources Librarian, West Chester, PA

Miami University Libraries, Web Services Librarian, Oxford, OH

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

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Civica reveals continued growth internationally for Spydus as leading regional libraries product for APAC

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-01-10 12:01
(January 9, 2018). Civica, one of Australia's leading suppliers of critical software applications, digital solutions and business services that help transform the way organisations work, today revealed strong growth in 2017 in its Libraries division, with significant wins across the globe.
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Regional Western Australian Consortium chooses Civica's Spydus10 to deliver improved library services for a digital age

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-01-10 12:01
(December 18, 2017). Civica announced that a consortium of nine councils in Western Australia's Great Southern region has chosen Spydus10 for all its libraries. The consortium headed by the City of Albany consists of libraries from the Shires of Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Denmark, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kojunup, and Plantagenet.
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Scones and Scoundrels /

New At the Library - Wed, 2018-01-10 06:01

    ISBN: 9781681776200
    Author: MacRae, Molly

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Carnegie's maid /

New At the Library - Wed, 2018-01-10 06:01

    ISBN: 9781492646617
    Author: Benedict, Marie,

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Yes, and…. – A TTW guest post by Cheryl May

Tame the Web - Wed, 2018-01-10 02:51
Devil’s advocates need not apply

As I was listening to the Library as a Classroom (Stephens, 2017) lecture this week, the devil’s advocate component reminded me of a phrase that is more productive.  That phrase is “yes, and…” rather than “no, but…” or “let me play devil’s advocate”.  In conjunction with this flip on devil’s advocate, asking people to bring solutions is an excellent tool and one I’ve been actively trying to train my staff on for a few years now.  When someone comes to me with a complaint or is being a naysayer, I will frequently ask them to remember I am happy to hear their concerns around issues, but don’t bring me a problem without an idea for a solution.  Partially this is because I cannot default to the manager who fixes everything for everyone or I will never get anything done, but this also provides people with the opportunity to think bigger picture and gain some skills in this area.  An area that is key as libraries rapidly innovate and we need library staff to have the skills to be flexible, forward thinking, and innovative.  Depending on the top to provide direction means we’re going to miss things that are really important to our patrons.  Many that the “top” don’t have daily interaction with.  I can’t support the library’s patrons and drive new services if I don’t have staff helping me create programs and services.  Devil’s advocates need not apply as they are not leading the library forward, but instead holding us back.

Don’t reinvent the wheel

So now we’ve thrown out the devil’s advocates.  What now?  Libraries are really trying to think of new services and programs to provide for their patrons, but there are so many amazing examples out there already and it is perfectly okay to copy!  I often feel that libraries are worried about staying relevant and in turn, don’t innovate out of fear that whatever they begin offering will not be relevant or will be replaced by a newer technology days after it’s introduction.  As Greenwalt (2013) says in Embracing the Long Game “Will all of these new ideas succeed? Of course not. It wouldn’t be library science without a little experimentation, and some of those experiments are going to fail. But occasionally, an idea is going to succeed. And when it does, it creates an opportunity to reshape the notion of what our libraries can do.”  And what libraries do well is meet our users where they need us.  As our lecture this week discusses, not offering a new technology learning opportunity because we’re still teaching people how to use basic technology is not an excuse.  We will always be teaching technology basics, and we should continue to do so right alongside newer technology skills.  This is how we evolve in the rapid changing technological world.

Now I know I’m a minority in this course in working in an academic library and many of the readings are public library focused, but I do think there are ways both can use each other’s services and programs effectively to support their user’s unique needs.  One of the 8 Awesome Ways Libraries Are Making Learning Fun caught my eye for my academic library.  The Supper Club at Madison Public Library where parents are able to have dinner with a librarian and learn about kids apps and how to integrate them into learning and activities at home is completely transferable to my academic library (Lloyd Bookey, 2015).  My university’s motto is Learn by Doing, so we’re big on getting our hands dirty, peer to peer learning, and exploring.  The students I interact with are really engaged, they dive right in and provide their input, and in general are outgoing and personable.  I could see my library hosting a supper club where students share with other students the different apps they use for academics, time management, personal finances, etc.  Us librarians don’t necessarily need to be the teachers in this event, but organizing it is something we can definitely get behind. “[Users] want help doing things, rather than finding things” (Kenney, 2015, What Patrons Want section, para 1).  Organizing and holding this type of peer to peer learning opportunity in the library makes complete sense, as we’re the gathering place for students for studying, relaxation, and socializing.  All things really good apps can help improve your experience around!

Finding new methods

I want to turn now to the more traditional academic librarian focuses of pedagogy and curriculum support.  While I appreciated Lippincott’s (2015) ideas around integrating librarians into the pedagogy and curriculum within universities, the challenge many university libraries face is around sufficient librarian staffing.  My library in particular has a librarian to student ratio that so high that it is absolutely impossible for any one college librarian to reach even 1/4 of the students in their college, never mind work with more than a handful of faculty to develop the type of integration into assignments Lippincott (2015) is suggesting.

Yes, and (see what I did there, I bet you thought I was going to play devil’s advocate!) this means we cannot stick to the old model of one college librarian to all of one colleges students and faculty.  Not in person. Similar to how Kenney (2015) suggests we must change the reference model to meet our users wants, we must change our instruction and curriculum integration models to meet our student and faculty wants.  We must leverage and explore technology to spread ourselves wider across the curriculum without sacrificing our expertise and individual support. 

What does this look like?  I’m not sure. But you can be sure when someone proposes the idea to me, my response will be “yes, and…”

Cheryl May

Cheryl May is the Director of Access, Operations, and Administrative Services at the Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and a graduate student at San Jose State University in the School of Information, where she is currently blogging about the Hyperlinked Library.  She lives in Baywood Park, CA with her husband, son, and numerous pets.  In her free time she reads anything she can get her hands on, hikes around SLO County, and gets crafty.  She is also passionate about health and wellness, and is a certified Les Mills BodyPump and BodyCombat group fitness instructor whom eats a plant-based diet.



Greenwalt, T. (2013, February 21). Embracing the long game. Public Libraries Online. Retrieved from

Kenney, B. (2015, September 11). Where reference fits in the modern library. Publishers Weekly. Retrieved from

Lippincott, J. (2015, February 26). The Future for Teaching and Learning: Librarians’ Deepening Involvement in Pedagogy and Curriculum. American Libraries  46. 34-37. Retrieved from

Lloyd Bookeye, J. (2015, June 29). 8 Awesome Ways Libraries Are Making Learning Fun. Huffington Post [blog post]. Retrieved from

Stephens, M. (2017). The Hyperlinked library: Library as a classroom. [Panopto lecture]. Retrieved from

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EBSCO Industries Announces New Chief Information Officer

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-01-09 18:00
(January 9, 2018). EBSCO Industries announced that Ryan Loy is joining the company as Chief Information Officer, and will be reporting to David Walker, President and Chief Executive Officer. Loy comes to EBSCO from ADTRAN where he was CIO.
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Pennsylvania Integrated Library System growth in 2017

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-01-09 18:00
(January 9, 2018). Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS), a consortium of Evergreen libraries, saw additional growth in 2017 adding the Bedford County Library System, Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity, Bangor Public Library, Tunkhannock Public Library, Allentown Public Library, Bethlehem Area Public Library, Easton Public Library, and Shamokin Public Library. All of these libraries are now live on SPARK, the PaILS-operated, open source, Evergreen-based ILS. New libraries for 2018 will include the Huntingdon County Library, Potter-Tioga Library System, and 11 public libraries in Lehigh and Carbon Counties. This will bring the total to 122 service outlets. SPARK is hosted by the Equinox Open Library Initiative who also provide migration, consulting, training, and development services.
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Mary Lee Kennedy named ARL Executive Director

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-01-09 18:00
(January 9, 2018). The Association of Research Libraries Board of Directors has appointed Mary Lee Kennedy executive director of the Association, effective April 1, 2018. Kennedy is currently principal of the Kennedy Group, where she partners with organizations to empower local and global communities to create and use knowledge that enhances lives.
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Ex Libris presenta l'Ex Libris Connect Partner Program

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2018-01-08 18:00
(January 8, 2018). Il nuovo programma promuoverà la collaborazione con fornitori terzi di soluzioni, assicurando un completo supporto per i clienti di Ex Libris Ex Libris®, ProQuest company, è lieta di annunciare il lancio dell'Ex Libris Connect Partner Program, un programma quadro volto a integrare le soluzioni Ex Libris con i prodotti di terze parti.
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Infinite Learning: A TTW guest post by Dr. Mary Vasudeva

Tame the Web - Sat, 2018-01-06 16:28

Dr. Mary Vasudeva wrote this post in response to readings in her MLIS course INFO 298 The Hyperlinked Library

“Leave the library and go where the people are.” (Stephens, 2017, Built for people).

I happened to be in a situation where I couldn’t listen to the lecture for this course module (on an airplane), so I was going through the slide show. . . which made me think about learning modes in general. And then, I got to slide 5, which states “The heart of libraries is learning and supporting our users’ curiosity through every means possible” (Stephens, 2017, Library as classroom), which made me think about what it means “to learn”.

Learning obviously need not have anything to do with education (and in most people’s lives learning is separate from education, which tends to end quite early in life). Libraries may be a factor in that “learning” mode that need not remind us of or resemble “education”. This perspective from structured institutional education to learning platform is a bit of shift for me because I am so immersed in the structured education model as both a teacher and a perennial student that I forget that learning has a life all of its own. Simon (2007) notes in her Web 2.0 blog that institutional education can, in fact, create zombies—okay, she acknowledges that they aren’t literally the walking dead but that the institutional nature of the system does not promote creativity and engagement but distance, rote learning and codified knowledge. She thinks museums offer an alternative possibility, and it seems clear that libraries do as well.

Later in the course slideshow, Stephens writes, “it [fluid infrastructure of the 21st century] is a platform to share and network imaginations” (slide 29). This is also kind of a radical revisioning of learning: a library is a stable structure/institution, but a platform, well that’s something totally different. Platforms have the potential not just to link and connect and transfer but to transform. In the platform world, learning becomes not just that which we “take in” but that which we create. Platforms are interactive, participatory, multidimensional and fluid. Libraries, unlike schools, have done a much better job of opening their minds to the possibility of creation, participation and interaction.

I teach online and f2f, and the only thing that has changed between these two models is the method of delivery—the learning itself has changed very little (though I loved the idea offered in the MOOC (Maggio, Saltarelli, A., & Stranack, 2016) reading about crowdsourcing curriculum and building resource lists with students—think of all the materials we would have access to if we all pooled our knowledge?!). In the library, in contrast, the changes are not only significantly greater but always in progress. To quote Pam Smith in the Anythink Strategic Plan, “The idea of a library is morphing from a place of books to a place where the community connects with information and creates content”. I’d like to change this quote just a little, and substitute that second place with “platform” where the community connects. Libraries do not need to be a place, they just need to be a platform. A library is a possibility. . .

Later (off the plane), I was reading the article, “The Library as a Gateway to 21st Century Skills”, and thinking again about what it means “to learn”. In this article, the author talks about “learning circles” in libraries. In these classes, adults with low-skills take free training classes in a variety of skill areas from writing to using computers. And the Fountaindale Public Library (2013) recording studio is incredible. These classes sound great, but they also sound limited. Offering basic skills is clearly important and kudos to all the libraries that are picking up the slack from schools, but how can libraries re-envision this process to move beyond place? Could these classes be brought into neighborhoods and communities?

I was doing some research just thinking about different ways of learning and how libraries could reach more people and came across this taking art to the streets article in the NYT (See the Truck Art Project). It made me think of how platforms can be anything, even semi-trucks. In San Francisco, trucks have begun to offer shower facilities to homeless people. Trucks could certainly offer all kinds of variety of services that we expect in an actual library, and they are mobile.

As I was doing this limited research, I began to notice all these interesting programs that libraries were offering to help people learn that were new to me. I decided to begin a list of these and also to be mindful of how wide ranging “learning” can be—we can learn from books and teachers but we can also learn in lots of other ways.

  1. Library walks: patrons meet at the library and the group goes on a walk (these could be combined with a resident expert on plants or bugs or buildings or anything the community was interested in.
  2. Library on a bike in SF that includes bubbles and wifi!
  3. Story walks with young kids for early literacy
  4. Little health libraries where librarians carry their ipad to the streets and provide health information as part of outreach
  5. Mesa County Library’s Wild Colorado App (From Stephens, 2017, library as classroom).
  6. Supper Club: people eat dinner at the library while the librarian introduces kid friendly apps (I have to say that this website needs some work—hard to be sure if this program is still going, but even if it isn’t, it seems like a great idea to have dinner at the library and do almost anything fun!) (From Bookey, 2015). Apparently, Philadelphia free library has a big kitchen, so cooking is also possible (Michaels, 2017 Built for people).
  7. Viola’s yoga room
  8. Library as retreat space (Stephens, 2017, Built for people).
  9. Instructions for getting lost (Stephens, 2017 Built for people). Couldn’t people do this in a library just for fun (the library could offer instructions like this that change regularly—this could also be done online and it could be done as an assignment for students to do online).
  1. Social Justice for teens event at the Philadelphia Free library, (This library also installed a solitary confinement cell on the premises,
  2. Civic Lab at the Skokie Library,
  3. This is a facebook timeline slideshow that highlights a variety of different life-changing library programs that the Aspen Institute has supported with links to a variety of programs and initiatives: Really amazing look at all the things libraries can do from developing food desert apps in Indianapolis to increasing broadband access in NC.

One thing that became really clear to me as I’ve done these readings (and reflected back on the others across the semester) is how incredibly diverse a library’s community is. The readings we have done include how to personalize learning in MOOC (Maggio, Saltarelli & Stranack, 2016) and how to help those with “low skills” (Digital promise, 2016). Libraries really have to be the learning platform for everyone. What a complicated and perhaps impossible task. But the evident efforts are really inspiring.

Dr. Mary Vasudeva has her Ph.D. in English and is currently working on her MLIS at San Jose State University. This summer she completed an internship with Wikipedia working on Open Access. She is interested in social justice issues and technology as they relate to infoliteracy. She currently teaches composition and critical thinking at San Ramon College, and contributed the “writing and speaking sections” to a Critical Thinking textbook in its twelfth edition,Asking the Right Questions.








Bookey, J. L. (2015, Jun 29). 8 Awesome ways libraries are making learning fun. Huffpost. Retrieved from

Digital Promise (2016, Jan 28). The library as a gateway to 21st century skills. Digital Promise. REtreived from

Maggio, L, Saltarelli, A., & Stranack, K. (2016, March 21). Crowdsourcing the curriculum: A MOOC for personalized, connected learning. Educause. Retrieved from

Fountaindale Public Library (2013, May 6). Studio 300 Picture Tour. Retrieved from

Simon, N. (2007) Warning: Museum graduate programs spawn legions of zombies! Museum 2.0 Retrieved from

Stephens, M. (2017). Stephens, M. (2017). Library as classroom. Lecture. San Jose State University.

Stephens, M. (2017, Oct. 21). Built for people. Lecture. San Jose State University



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Operator down /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-01-06 05:58

    ISBN: 9781101984826
    Author: Taylor, Brad, 1965-

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ASERL member libraries to receive discount on Backstage services

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2018-01-05 11:57
(January 5, 2018). The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries ( and Backstage Library Works ( have combined forces to provide ASERL member libraries a special discount on Backstage services.
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An engagement in Seattle /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-01-05 05:57

    ISBN: 9781538509197
    Author: Macomber, Debbie

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EBSCO Information Services releases RIPM Preservation Series: European and North American Music Periodicals

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-01-04 17:56
(January 4, 2018). EBSCO Information Services introduces RIPM Preservation Series: European and North American Music Periodicals to meet the increasing demands for music content with a global perspective. The resource, produced by Le Répertoire international de la presse musicale (RIPM), provides music and musical history researchers access to unique primary source music journals with a vast array of international coverage.
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NISO to manage U.S. group dedicated to document description and processing languages

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-01-04 17:56
(January 4, 2018). The National Information Standards Organization has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute to take over management of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for the ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 - Document description and processing languages. This international technical committee is concerned with standardization in the field of document structures, languages, and related facilities for the description and processing of compound and hypermedia documents. The portfolio includes standards for document structures, structures for interactive documents in web environments, document processing architectures, multilingual font information interchange, and APIs for document processing. The accreditation also means that the United States will once again be a voting member of ISO/IEC/JTC 1/SC 34 after a lapse of some months.
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Black Diamond Acquires Valley Joist

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-01-03 17:55
(January 3, 2018). Black Diamond Capital Management announced that it has acquired Valley Joist from EBSCO Industries, Inc. Valley Joist has been a leading joist and deck manufacturer since 1958. Black Diamond owns and operates Bayou Steel Group, among other steel related businesses.
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