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Call for Panelists – Deadline Extended – 2019 ALA LITA Top Trends Program

LITA Blog - Tue, 2018-10-23 11:00

We are currently seeking nominations for panelists for the 2019 ALA Midwinter LITA Top Tech Trends program in Seattle, Washington! The submission deadline has been extended to Sunday October 28, 2018. You may nominate yourself or someone you know who would be a great addition to the panel of speakers.

Submit your nominations.

The next LITA Top Tech Trends Program will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019, 1:00 – 2:30 pm. During the program, a moderator and several panelists will each discuss trends impacting libraries. LITA encourages participation from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, and LGBTQA+. We also value diverse perspectives on the panel from different types and size of libraries and individuals who can bring a fresh voice.

The submission deadline has been extended to October 28, 2018.

Panelists will be selected based on their proposed trends, experience, and overall balance to the panel. View the submission guidelines.

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Call Opens for Innovative LIS Student Writing

LITA Blog - Fri, 2018-10-19 15:14

LITA is pleased to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program. Sponsored by LITA and Ex Libris, the award consists of $1,000, publication in LITA’s refereed journal, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), and a certificate. The deadline for submission of the manuscript is February 28, 2019.

The award recognizes superior student writing and is intended to enhance the professional development of students. The manuscript can be written on any aspect of libraries and information technology. Examples include, but are not limited to, digital libraries, metadata, authorization and authentication, electronic journals and electronic publishing, open source software, distributed systems and networks, computer security, intellectual property rights, technical standards, desktop applications, online catalogs and bibliographic systems, universal access to technology, and library consortia.

To be eligible, applicants must follow these guidelines and fill out the application form (PDF). Send the signed, completed forms electronically no later than February 28, 2019, to the Award Committee Chair, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, at

The winner will be announced in May 2019.

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2018 LITA Forum: Building & Leading

LITA Blog - Thu, 2018-10-18 17:14

2018 LITA Library Technology Forum
Minneapolis, MN
November 8-10, 2018

Get the latest information, register, and book a hotel room

The theme for the 2018 LITA Library Technology Forum explores Building & Leading. What are you most passionate about in librarianship and information technology? This conference is your chance to share how your passions are building the future and learn how to expand them further.

This year we’ve crafted a set of programs that diverge from the normal library conference model. Instead of only hour-long blocks, with experts on stages and slides at their back, we have planned a more interactive, hands-on-focused conference with more choices and different ways for people to interact. This mix of opportunities will challenge participants in what we hope are new and different ways.

Check out the full schedule. Here are a few example highlights:

AnnMarie Thomas

Dr. AnnMarie Thomas and the Playful Learning Lab from the University of St. Thomas will be offering two workshops:

OK Go Sandbox: Using the videos of OK Go to engage learners with art, music, and STEM.
OK Go Sandbox is a new website for educators which has content related to OK Go’s music videos. New videos, educators’ guides, and hands-on activities allow learners to explore sound, sensors, art, math, and more. (Al Gore even thinks it’s a great idea!) During this session we’ll jump into the sandbox and try out some of the activities and discuss ways that they can be used in libraries. Check out their videos!

Playtime: Not Just for Kids
The Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas is an interdisciplinary research group that works at the intersection of art, technology, and education. Whether developing Squishy Circuits, helping chefs create interactive pastry, developing a Circus Science curriculum, or helping the band OK Go build a new platform for educators, collaboration is at the heart of our work. In this session, we will look at how “play” is at the heart of all that we do, and why you should consider a playful approach for your own organization. Check out AnneMarie’s TED Talk!

Jessica Yurkofsky

Matthew Battles and Jessica Yurkofsky from Harvard University will be offering a workshop on:

MetaLab – Library Kitchen
Wifi-proof booths; study carrels for napping; digital campfires for charging devices convivially—in the “Library Test Kitchen” seminar at the Graduate School of Design, metaLAB (at) Harvard has been exploring participatory innovation for libraries through fun, creative, improvisatory projects. And what’s a test kitchen without recipes? In this session, members of metaLAB will be on hand to demo their new platform for sharing such “recipes” for playful innovation in libraries—and to invite participants to contribute recipes of their own.

Questions or Comments?

Contact us at (312) 280-4268 or

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Gale Enhances Professional Development Collections on GVRL with Alignments to the Danielson Framework for Teaching

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-10-18 02:10
(October 16, 2018). Gale, a Cengage company, has made it simpler for schools and districts to support teachers' professional development (PD) and personalized learning needs that align with evaluation frameworks. Gale has aligned its PD eBook collections on GVRL with The Danielson Framework for Teaching. Now educators can easily find PD titles that match their needs, enabling districts to better meet individual and collective goals to improve outcomes. Read Gale's blog about why these alignments were created and what they mean for teachers.
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Join Lucidea at ARK's 14th Annual Knowledge Management Conference

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-10-18 02:10
(October 16, 2018). Lucidea, provider of powerful knowledge management, legal intranet and electronic resource management solutions purpose-built for the legal sector will attend the 14th Annual Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession Conference in New York on October 23rd and 24th at the New York School of Law. Lucidea's portfolio of best-in-class KM and library management solutions includes SydneyEnterprise, GeniePlus, LawPort, Inmagic Presto and LookUp Precision.
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LYRASIS Receives $1,200,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support further development of CollectionSpace

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-10-18 02:10
(October 16, 2018). The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded LYRASIS a $1,200,000 award to support the next stage of community growth and technical development of CollectionSpace. CollectionSpace is the only collections management system led by a nonprofit and designed with input from the community. It offers forward looking features that include mobile-friendly displays, an open application program interface (API), and a multitude of custom profiles for museums and other institutions that hold art, artifact, object, and specimen collections of all types and sizes. This new 3-year award will fund three key areas to further the CollectionSpace build-out: user community expansion, accelerating progress on the technical roadmap and the addition of staff to ensure continued high levels of service.
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Soutron Global Unveils major upgrade at Toronto User Group meeting: Soutron Global is committed to working with clients

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2018-10-18 02:10
(October 14, 2018). Soutron Global announced its 2018 Toronto User Group meeting to be held in Toronto, ON, Canada on October 25th. Soutron Global's annual Toronto User Group meeting is a powerful venue for the company to meet with its clients and listen to their needs, review the direction of the company and demonstrate new product advancements.
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Deck the hounds /

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-10-18 02:10

    ISBN: 9781250198495
    Author: Rosenfelt, David

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Every breath /

New At the Library - Thu, 2018-10-18 02:10

    ISBN: 9781538728529
    Author: Sparks, Nicholas

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LITA Education Call for Proposals for Spring 2019

LITA Blog - Tue, 2018-10-16 11:59
Share your technology knowledge with a LITA Education proposal!

The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) invites you to share your expertise with a national audience!

Submit a proposal by November 2nd, 2018
to teach a webinar, webinar series, or online course for Spring 2019.

We seek and encourage submissions from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities.

All topics related to the intersection of technology and libraries are welcomed. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Visualization
  • Privacy and analytics
  • Data librarianship
  • Technology spaces
  • Ethics and access
  • Project management
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Data-driven decision-making
  • Tech design for social justice
  • Diversity in library technology
  • Collection assessment metrics beyond CPU
  • Government information and digital preservation

Instructors receive a $500 honorarium for an online course or $150 for a webinar, split among instructors. View our list of current and past course offerings to see what topics have been covered recently. We will contact you no later than 30 days after your submission to provide feedback.

We’re looking forward to a slate of compelling and useful online education programs for 2019!

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to LITA continuing education, contact us at (312) 280-4268 or

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La Plataforma Suiza de servicios bibliotecarios basará los nuevos servicios bibliotecarios nacionales en la plataforma Ex Libris Alma y la solución Primo

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2018-10-13 17:04
(October 11, 2018). Ex Libris, una empresa de ProQuest, se complace en anunciar que la Plataforma de Servicio de la Biblioteca de Suiza A.G. (SLSP) ha optado por basar el nuevo Servicio Nacional Bibliotecario de Suiza para las universidades académicas en la plataforma de servicios bibliotecarios Ex Libris Alma, con la solución Ex Libris Primo® que proporciona servicios de descubrimiento y entrega a los usuarios.
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Swiss Library Service Platform wird neue Nationalbibliotheksdienste auf der Plattform Ex Libris Alma und der Lösung Primo aufbauen

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2018-10-13 17:04
(October 11, 2018). Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company, gibt bekannt, dass sich die Swiss Library Service Platform A.G. (SLSP) dafür entschieden hat, den neuen Nationalbibliotheksdienst der Schweiz für akademische Universitäten auf die Bibliotheksdienstplattform Ex Libris Alma zu stützen, während die Lösung Ex Libris Primo den Nutzern Discovery- und Delivery-Services bieten wird.
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La Swiss Library Service Platform fonda i nuovi servizi nazionali per la biblioteca sulla piattaforma Ex Libris Alma e sulla soluzione Primo

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2018-10-13 17:04
(October 11, 2018). Ex Libris, ProQuest company, ha il piacere di annunciare che la Swiss Library Service Platform A.G. (SLSP) ha scelto di fondare il nuovo servizio bibliotecario nazionale svizzero per le istituzioni accademiche sulla piattaforma di gestione della biblioteca Ex Libris Alma, con la soluzione Ex Libris Primo® che fornirà agli utenti i servizi di discovery e delivery.
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La Swiss Library Service Platform basera ses nouveaux services de bibliothèque nationaux sur la plateforme Alma et la solution Primo d'Ex Libris

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2018-10-13 17:04
(October 11, 2018). Ex Libris®, une filiale de ProQuest, est ravie d'annoncer que la Swiss Library Service Platform (plateforme de services de bibliothèque suisse) A.G. (SLSP) a choisi de baser le nouveau service de bibliothèque national suisse destiné aux universités académiques sur la plateforme de services de bibliothèque Alma d'Ex Libris, associée à la solution Primo d'Ex Libris pour la fourniture de services de distribution et de découverte aux utilisateurs.
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La LIUC - Università Cattaneo passa a Ex Libris Alma, Primo e Leganto per migliorare l'accesso alle risorse elettroniche per gli studenti, gli insegnanti e i ricercatori

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2018-10-13 17:04
(October 10, 2018). Ex Libris, ProQuest company, ha il piacere di annunciare che l'istituzione italiana LIUC - Università Cattaneo adotterà la piattaforma di gestione della biblioteca, Ex Libris Alma, la soluzione per il discovery e il delivery Ex Libris Primo e la soluzione per le reading list Leganto. A causa della varietà delle soluzioni tecnologiche attive finora, le informazioni si sono accumulate in silos, sono nati problemi con la gestione delle risorse elettroniche e con la fornitura dell'accesso alle stesse.
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Swiss Library Service Platform to base new National Library Services on Ex Libris Alma Platform and Primo solution

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2018-10-13 17:04
(October 10, 2018). Ex Libris announced that the Swiss Library Service Platform (SLSP) has opted to base Switzerland's new national library service for academic universities on the Ex Libris Alma library services platform, with the Ex Libris Primo solution providing discovery and delivery services to users.
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Follett, acclaimed author Kwame Alexander announce partnership

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2018-10-13 17:04
(October 10, 2018). Follett and Kwame Alexander, one of the country's most acclaimed and innovative children's book authors, today announced they have formed a partnership to launch All Books for All Kids, a literacy campaign to ensure children have access to a wide range of books no matter their background. The partnership will be formally introduced Saturday (Oct. 13) in Miami, where Alexander is touring to promote his new book, Swing.
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Patron Point establishes the Library Marketing Technology Innovation awards

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2018-10-13 17:04
(October 10, 2018). Patron Point is announcing today the launch of the Library Marketing Technology Innovation Awards. Called the “LIMMYs”, public libraries of all sizes will have the opportunity to explore the wide variety of ways marketing automation technology can be applied to real-world library marketing goals and challenges.
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New record: more than 1 million books self-published in 2017

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2018-10-13 17:04
(October 10, 2018). According to the latest report from ProQuest affiliate Bowker, self-publishing grew at a rate of more than 28 percent in 2017, up from an 8 percent increase during the prior year. The total number of self-published titles grew from 786,935 to 1,009,188, surpassing the million mark for the first time.
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