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VitalSource Joins with McGraw-Hill Education to make digital course materials more affordable for college students

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-04-10 11:56
(April 10, 2018). VitalSource, the leading Inclusive Access provider for higher education institutions nationwide, is collaborating with McGraw-Hill Education to make powerful digital course materials more affordable for college students. The new agreement between the two companies will ensure McGraw-Hill Education's adaptive, digital courseware, including McGraw-Hill Connect, is available to hundreds of thousands of U.S. students through VitalSource's "Inclusive Access" delivery method, which provides students with all required course materials seamlessly on the first day of class at affordable prices.
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National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation Announce Grants to Digitize Essential Humanities Books

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-04-10 11:56
(April 10, 2018). The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest funder of the humanities in the United States, announced seven grants, totaling more than $1 million, to convert important out-of-print humanities texts into freely available ebooks.
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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. pic.twitter.com/AwwuNL5YMh

— 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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King County Library System opens its first makerspace with a grand opening celebration

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2018-04-09 20:55
(April 9, 2018). Any King County Library System cardholder will be able to create electronic circuits, make a robot, learn to code, craft with a 3-D pen, mix up a beat for a song, or learn other new technical or creative skills at the new Bellevue Library ideaX Makerspace starting Saturday, April 14.
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Innovative gains momentum in academic market with four new library partners

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2018-04-09 17:55
(April 9, 2018). Innovative Interfaces, a leading global provider of library automation software, today announced four academic institutions have switched to Sierra as their Integrated Library System (ILS) over competitor alternatives. Throughout the United States, the new Innovative library partners include: City Colleges of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, Prairie View A & M University in Prairie View, Texas, and Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina. All four Sierra adopters previously used an Ex Libris ILS.
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Open Dissertations project from EBSCO Information Services goes live

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2018-04-09 14:55
(April 9, 2018). OpenDissertations.org, the project from EBSCO Information Services and BiblioLabs, has gone live. More than 800,000 Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) are now available for public search and discovery, with more than one million expected by June.
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NEH Announces $18.6 Million for 199 Humanities Projects Nationwide

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2018-04-09 14:55
(April 9, 2018). The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $18.6 million in grants for 199 humanities projects across the country. These grants will provide digital access to the personal papers of Helen Keller and enable the creation of a new permanent exhibition at the Delta Blues Museum on the history and influence of this quintessential American musical genre.
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Bridging the Digital Divide: Brain training now available at local libraries

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2018-04-09 14:55
(April 9, 2018). As National Libraries Week kicks off, Posit Science announced that BrainHQ, its cloud-based brain exercise and assessment platform, is now available at hundreds of public and military libraries—at no charge to library patrons.
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Axiell extends presence of digital-first Library Services Platform to Germany

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2018-04-09 14:55
(April 9, 2018). Axiell announced that Mediathek Lahr will be the first public library service in Germany to use its new cloud-based, digital-first platform, Axiell Quria. The customer, which currently uses the BIBDIA LMS, will pilot the new system and will also implement Axiell Arena for patron engagement. With Axiell Quriaâ, the customer will benefit from a platform which makes daily work routines more efficient, which completely revamps how staff are guided by workflows and how search is done in the catalogue, and which removes all barriers between physical and digital assets.
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LITA Webinars Coming Soon!

LITA Blog - Mon, 2018-04-09 12:32

Check out the line up and get details on all the upcoming LITA continuing education offerings. Here’s a listing of the session titles coming up first. Click through to see details and to register.

The Privacy in Libraries LITA webinar series of 4 more webinars, continues with:

Wrangling Library Patron Data
Wednesday April 11, 2018, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time
Presenter: Becky Yoose

And the series will continue on 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 or for any single series webinar.

Don’t miss your chance to attend the repeat of this popular LITA webinar.

Introduction to Schema.org and JSON-LD – repeat
Presenter: Jacob Shelby
Offered: April 18, 2018

Stay Safe From Ransomware, Hackers & Snoops by working on your IT Security

IT Security and Privacy in Libraries
Presenter: Blake Carver
Offered: May 1, 2018

Discover additional upcoming LITA webinars and web courses

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org

 

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The guide to humane critter control : natural nontoxic pest solutions to protec

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-04-07 08:53

    ISBN: 9781591866961
    Author: Rooney, Theresa, 1959-


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Sugar detox : three weeks to a healthier happier more balanced life /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-04-07 08:53

    ISBN: 9781510713888
    Author: Salomonsson, Filippa,


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Don't eat this if you're taking that : the hidden risks of mixing food and medic

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-04-07 08:53

    ISBN: 9781510721517
    Author: Fernstrom, Madelyn H.


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Allergy-proof your life : natural remedies for allergies that work! /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-04-07 08:53

    ISBN: 9781630060749
    Author: Cook, Michelle Schoffro


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Small homes : the right size /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-04-07 08:53

    ISBN: 9780936070681
    Author: Kahn, Lloyd, 1935-


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Motown : the sound of young America /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-04-07 08:53

    ISBN: 9780500518298
    Author: White, Adam, 1947 or 1948-


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50 hikes on Michigan and Wisconsin's North Country Trail /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-04-07 08:53

    ISBN: 9781581572254
    Author: Funke, Thomas


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SWAN Library Consortium Expanding to 97 Libraries in Illinois

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2018-04-06 14:52
(April 6, 2018). Nineteen libraries in the Cook, DuPage, and Kane county area will be joining the Illinois library consortium, System Wide Automated Network, commonly referred to as SWAN Library Services. These libraries are currently part of two existing library consortia, Library Integrated Network Consortium and Multitype Automation Group in Cooperation and will migrate into SWAN's current 78-member library consortium on May 1, 2018.
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Congratulations to Richard P. Smiraglia, winner of the 2018 LITA/OCLC Kilgour Research Award

LITA Blog - Fri, 2018-04-06 13:43

Richard P. Smiraglia has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by OCLC and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). Dr. Smiraglia is a Professor in the Knowledge Organization Research Group of the iSchool at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Visiting Professor for 2016-2017 at DANS – Data Archives and Networked Services (a Division of the Royal Netherlands Academy of the Arts and Sciences) and Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Knowledge Organization. He has also been on the faculties of the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University (1992-2009), the School of Library Service at Columbia University (1986-1992) and was Music Catalog Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1974-1986).

The Kilgour Award honors research relevant to the development of information technologies, especially work which shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect(s) of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data are manipulated and managed. The winner receives $2,000, a citation, and travel expenses to attend the LITA Awards Ceremony & President’s Program at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

For over forty years, Professor Smiraglia has earned national and international recognition for his research and contributions in many significant areas, including bibliographic control, metadata, knowledge organization and especially in the areas of non-print and musical works. Smiraglia’s curriculum vitae enumerates over twenty-five monographs, over one-hundred scholarly and scientific research articles, as well as published reports, refereed presentations, doctoral advising, successful grantsmanship, and more which demonstrate his worthiness to be presented this distinguished award.

The Award Committee noted Professor Smiraglia’s many significant contributions. His most distinguished works are on the theory of instantiation and the growth of science in knowledge organization. His influential book, The Nature of a Work: Implications for the Organization of Knowledge (Scarecrow Press, 2001), has been invaluable in the era of data management, as instantiation (or “versioning”) is considered to be pressing importance to open data, data publication, and data reuse. Additionally, his service, since 2004, as Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Knowledge Organization, is commendable. He has nurtured the science of the organization of knowledge, leading this journal of the International Society for Knowledge Organization to become the primary source for disseminating research in both applied and theoretical knowledge organization and knowledge organization systems.

When notified that he had been selected, Smiraglia expressed, “I am humbled to receive this recognition by my peers and honored to be associated with the transformative legacy of Fred Kilgour.”

Members of the 2018 Kilgour Award Committee are Colby Riggs (Chair), Aimee Fifarek, Tabatha Farney, Amber Seely, Kyle W. Willis and Roy Tennant (OCLC Liaison).

Thank you to OCLC for sponsoring this award.

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I've got my eyes on you : a novel /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-04-06 08:52

    ISBN: 9781501171680
    Author: Clark, Mary Higgins


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