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Welcome to LITA, Chrishelle Thomas!

Thu, 2019-09-19 12:35

Please help me welcome Chrishelle Thomas as LITA’s new Membership and Marketing Manager.

She comes to us from C200, a nonprofit that connects women from the highest levels of successful public and private companies, where she was the Member Services and Programs Administrator. Before that, she was with the American Bar Association for over a decade, serving as their Membership & Events Coordinator and then as their Membership & Marketing Specialist. She has a wealth of experience supporting recruitment and retention campaigns, online community engagement, and digital marketing communications. High-level customer service with a “can do” spirit is one of the greatest attributes she acquired during her tenure at the American Bar Association.

Chrishelle is a certified dance coach and a faith and fashion blogger, encouraging people to become the best version of themselves. She enjoys podcasts, roller skating, and hanging out with her yorkipoo, Mr. Mixx Saint Charles. She holds a BA in Merchandise Management from the International Academy of Design & Technology.

Chrishelle’s pronouns are she/her/hers. Her email address is cthomas@ala.org, and her direct phone number is 312-280-4268. She will be taking over as the staff liaison for the Communications and Marketing and Membership Development committees, although she’ll also be working with each of our groups to promote and market all of teams’ great work.

Welcome to LITA, Chrishelle!

I also want to thank Mark Beatty, who officially retired at the end of August, for his time and commitment as a LITA staff member. Please contact me with any questions or requests you would have sent to him.

Categories: Library News

Jobs in Information Technology: September 18, 2019

Wed, 2019-09-18 15:00

New vacancy listings are posted on Wednesday afternoons.

New This Week

Assistant Director for Library Technology, The New School, New York, NY

Library Services Manager, Contra Costa County, Matinez, CA

Metadata Librarian, Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Visit the LITA Jobs Site for additional job listings and information on submitting your own job posting.

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Master Your Keynote Presentations with this LITA webinar

Tue, 2019-09-17 12:28

Sign up for a repeat of this popular webinar.


You Can Keynote!

Presenter: Dorothea Salo, Faculty Associate, UW-Madison iSchool

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Noon – 1:00 pm Central Time

That confident person there on the dais, holding the conference crowd in the palm of their hand? That could be you! In this 60-minute webinar, discover your strengths as a keynoter and learn how you prepare best — it’s not the same for everyone. Learn how to think about talk structure and slide design. Discover useful techniques for coping with nerves. Most of all, learn what to avoid!

View details and Register here.



Discover upcoming LITA webinars and web courses

Courses are listed by date, Register here

Taking Altmetrics to the Next Level in Your Library’s Systems and Services

Presenter: Lily Troia
Offered: October 3, 2019

Guiding Students through Digital Citizenship(Re-scheduled)

Presenter: Casey Davis
Offered: October 16, 2019

In-house vs. Outsourced Digitization: similarities, key differences and pitfalls to avoid

Presenter: Marina Georgieva
Offered: October 29, 2019

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to the course, LITA at (312) 280-4268 or lita@ala.org

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Jobs in Information Technology: September 11, 2019

Wed, 2019-09-11 16:11

New vacancy listings are posted on Wednesday afternoons.

New This Week

Technical Services Assistant, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

Web Services and Discovery Manager, American University Library, Washington D.C.

Director, Library Services, West Vancouver Memorial Library, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technology Librarian, Barton College, Wilson, NC

Visit the LITA Jobs Site for additional job listings and information on submitting your own job posting.

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Jobs in Information Technology: September 4, 2019

Thu, 2019-09-05 09:59

New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday afternoons.

New This Week

Systems Librarian, International Monetary Fund, Washington D.C. (search for “systems librarian” on the site)

Part-Time Librarian, Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory, Rancho Mirage, CA

Visit the LITA Jobs Site for more available jobs and information on submitting your own job posting.

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Take Altmetrics to the Next Level with this LITA webinar

Tue, 2019-09-03 11:00

Sign up for a repeat of this popular LITA webinar.

Taking Altmetrics to the Next Level in Your Library’s Systems and Services

Instructor: Lily Troia, Solutions Account Manager, Digital Science
October 3, 2019, Noon – 1:30 pm Central time

Altmetrics are traditionally viewed as the realm of evaluation and assessment, but altmetric data can offer valuable insights throughout the research lifecycle. It can help inform researcher decisions around where to publish or self-deposit, with whom (and where) to collaborate, and provide those tasked with facilitating the scholarly process a richer, more complete view of research attention and influence.

Register here, courses are listed by date

This 90-minute webinar will bring participants up to speed on the current state of altmetrics, and focus in on changes across the scholarly ecosystem. Through sharing of use cases, tips, and open discussion, this session will help participants to develop a nuanced, strategic framework for incorporating and promoting wider adoption of altmetrics throughout the research lifecycle at their institution and beyond.

View details and Register here.

Discover upcoming LITA webinars and web courses

Guiding Students through Digital Citizenship – Re-scheduled
Presenter: Casey Davis
Offered: October 16, 2019

In-house vs. Outsourced Digitization: similarities, key differences and pitfalls to avoid
Presenter: Marina Georgieva
Offered: October 29, 2019

You Can Keynote
Presenter: Dorothea Salo
Offered: November 14, 2019

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to the course, LITA at (312) 280-4268 or lita@ala.org

Categories: Library News

Jobs in Information Technology: August 21, 2019

Wed, 2019-08-21 14:47

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

RAILS – Reaching Across Illinois Library System, Applications Developer, Burr Ridge, IL

Brown University Library, Director of Library Digital Technologies, Providence, RI

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

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Ruth Mahaffy Awarded 2019 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship

Tue, 2019-08-20 15:50

Ruth Mahaffy has been selected to receive the 2019 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and Baker & Taylor. Mahaffy will graduate from Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management in 2020.

Ruth Mahaffy has been selected to receive the 2019 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and Baker & Taylor. Mahaffy will graduate from Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management in 2020.

This Scholarship is for master’s level study, with an emphasis on library technology and/or automation, at a library school program accredited by the American Library Association. Criteria for the Scholarship includes previous academic excellence, evidence of leadership potential, and a commitment to a career in library automation and information technology.

Mahaffy is the Bilingual Services Director at the Sioux Center (IA) Public Library, where she started the Library’s first outreach to Spanish speaking immigrants in 2010, which now has over 1,000 attendees at programs for Spanish speakers and English language learners each year (in a town of 7,000). She also drafted a new internet use policy that addresses the rights of minors to access information and implemented ongoing eResource training for all staff, including an eCertification program.

The LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship Committee unanimously chose Mahaffy as the scholarship recipient due to her academic excellence, her relevant experience and interest in Information Technology, and her demonstrated leadership. Mahaffy has a strong track record in professional service, having presented multiple times at regional and national conferences and earned various grants for her library. She has worked to address the digital divide in her community, training other library workers and community members alike on critical technologies for our world.

When notified she had won, Mahaffy said, “I am honored and delighted to have been selected as the recipient of the 2019 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship. I wish to express my gratitude to the LITA, ALA, and Baker & Taylor for this honor and support. In my work in rural public libraries, I have seen how technology education empowers community members to help their children succeed in school, further their own education, obtain employment, and pursue their dreams. I look forward to continuing to work with other librarians and vendors to not only offer quality digital products, but to ensure that community members have equitable access to that information.”

Members of the 2019 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship Committee are: Christopher Lawton (Chair), Dale Poulter (Vice-Chair), Kelly Sattler (Past Chair), Zebulin Evelhoch, Michael Rodriguez, and Harriet Wintermute.

Thank you to Baker & Taylor for sponsoring this scholarship.

Categories: Library News

Call for 2020 Forum Planning Committee Volunteers

Mon, 2019-08-19 11:53

The Forum Planning Committee is looking for volunteers to help plan the in-person Forum in November 2020. This will be a joint event held with the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA).

We have openings on the following subcommittees:

  • Accessibility and recording/streaming
  • Sponsorship
  • User experience & sustainability
  • Website and marketing

Deliverables

  • Work with the LITA Office to plan and hold the in-person 2020 LITA, ALCTS, & LLAMA 2020.
  • The Committee will decide the catering menus, program content, the schedule, keynote speakers, preconferences, and social events.

Expected Time Commitment

  • 1-2 virtual meetings each month, with more scheduled as needed as the Forum date gets closer; requires no face-to-face meetings each year; participants are encouraged to attend but are not required to be there in person at the Forum.
  • Group members work an average of 5-10 hours per month.
  • April, June, October, and November will be the busiest months in 2020.

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Experience

  • Program planning
  • Designing attendee experiences
  • Marketing skills
  • Interpersonal skills when working with presenters

To Volunteer

Please submit your name with relevant experience via the Committee Volunteer Form and specify the 2020 Forum Planning Committee before August 31, 2019.

Please send questions to Berika Williams, Chair, 2020 Forum Planning Committee, berika.williams@tufts.edu.

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Become a LITA Emerging Leader

Thu, 2019-08-15 11:51

LITA is still accepting applications through August 30, 2019, to sponsor two Emerging Leaders for 2020. LITA sponsorship provides $1,000 to attend the 2020 ALA Midwinter and Annual conferences in order to participate in the program. It also puts you on the fast track to get involved with LITA in a leadership capacity.

Apply now!

ALA Emerging Leaders is a leadership development program that enables newer library workers to participate in problem-solving workgroups, network with peers, and gain an inside look into ALA’s and LITA’s structure. Participants select a project to work on virtually between February and June. The team will then present its work at the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

Contact us if you have questions about the Emerging Leaders program or this sponsorship opportunity.

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Call for LITA Guide authors

Fri, 2019-08-09 13:21

We’re looking for authors for our popular LITA Guide series.

Submit your proposals

Current topics of interest include, but not are not limited to: 

  • Mapping software in the library
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Virtual reality in labs
  • Data privacy
  • Linked data
  • Universal design
  • Vendor relations
  • APIs and ILS challenges
  • Non-tech staff in IT – what they need to know
  • Website usability
  • 3D Printing–safety, best practices, advanced printing techniques
  • Emerging technologies
  • Scholarly communication
  • Open educational resources
  • Discovery tools
  • Project management
  • Metadata work
  • Change management required for technological innovation

Have a question about your proposal or the process? Send it to Marta Deyrup, LITA Acquisitions Editor.

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Jobs in Information Technology: August 7, 2019

Wed, 2019-08-07 14:47

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

Baylor University Law Library, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, Waco, TX

Advocate Aurora Health System, Director Advocate Aurora Library Network, Park Ridge, IL

Washington University in St. Louis, Head of Library Technology Services, Saint Louis, MO

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

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Call for Proposals, LITA @ ALA Annual 2020

Fri, 2019-08-02 12:23

Submit your program ideas for the 2020 ALA Annual Conference

Location: Chicago, IL, June 25-30, 2020
Deadline: September 10, 2019
Acceptances will be sent out in mid-December 2019

We encourage the submission of innovative and creative proposals for the 2020 Annual American Library Association Conference. We’re looking for 60-minute presentations that focus on the current or future use of technology in libraries. We strongly encourage presenters from underrepresented groups to submit proposals.

Proposals are accepted via a submission form that requires you to have an ALA account but does not require you to be an ALA member. This link to the submission site will start you at the ALA login page.

Learn more about the form and what makes a proposal successful.

We welcome proposals from anyone who feels they have something to offer regarding library technology. We look forward to hearing the great ideas you’ll share with us this year.

Questions or Comments?

Contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or lita@ala.org

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Jobs in Information Technology: July 31, 2019

Wed, 2019-07-31 14:41

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

Boston Athenæum, Systems Librarian, Boston, MA

Thomas Crane Public Library, Coordinator of Information Technology, Quincy, MA

Miami University, Discovery Services Librarian/Assistant or Associate Librarian, Oxford, OH

WESTAT, Librarian, Rockville, MD

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

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Advice for the New Systems Librarian – A Day in the Life

Mon, 2019-07-29 10:00

On this third installment of my series aimed at new systems librarians (if you missed the first two posts, you can read them here and here), I thought it would be fun to provide a “day in the life” of one of my days. (At this writing, I have been in my role as systems librarian for 18 months). It is the summer semester, so the library is a little quieter. A quieter library means more opportunity to tackle the big and small tasks.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.: I settle into my office and check e-mails. I check my work e-mail and our systems e-mail. A database issue came up, and I am thankful someone pointed it out to me. Off-campus users could not access the database, so I test and confirm this is true, and then I contact the database vendor.

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.: I receive a call from a student looking for citation assistance (all librarians in my library provide reference). The call was quick, but I got the student’s e-mail and followed up with helpful links on how to cite sources. After the call, I make some minor edits to our website and troubleshoot a broken link issue in our catalog.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.: The student I e-mailed has e-mailed me back, so I take a few minutes to respond to her e-mail.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.: I manage my library’s social media presence. I take 15 minutes to check in and post anything relevant (Pro tip: If you manage social media, create an editorial calendar to keep content organized!).

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: We recently acquired new eBooks, so I do work in our knowledge base to link the books and test the links. (I do this in OCLC’s WorldShare Collection Manager.)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Lunch!

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.: I am back to troubleshooting the database issue from earlier. I had yet to hear from the vendor, so I decide to do a little more exploring about the issue. Users could access the database on campus without issue, and it dawned on me to check out the admin side of the database to see if IP addresses were correct. I discovered that our off campus IP address was missing (How did that happen?!). I added the IP address, checked to see if access was restored, and it was! I take this win and contact the vendor to let them know what I did and to make sure the address does not go away again. (I periodically get confirmation from the IT department that all IP addresses are correct.)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: I return to my eBook linking project. The project also requires putting a note on each record to show the funding source for the books, which is why this project takes a little longer than I anticipate.

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.: I take a break to respond to e-mails that need attention.

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: I continue my break from the eBook linking project, so I pivot to work on a training session I am hosting for our staff. At least once a year I host a session on common access issues and how to guide users through them. I also take the time to update our staff LibGuide of how to troubleshoot those issues.  

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.: I visit another department to discuss a collection development project I am working on. I am grateful I get the opportunity to do some collection development – it is a great way to build relationships with other faculty and administrators on campus.

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.: I do one more check of e-mails, check in on social media and schedule posts for later in the week, and I prepare for the next day.

No two days are alike. As a department of one, my responsibilities are many and varied. That is what I like about this position: There is plenty of variety and opportunity to learn new things.

Seasoned and novice systems librarians: What “hats” do you wear in your role?

Image: Business Calendar & Schedule by Steve Mueller is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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Jobs in Information Technology: July 24, 2019

Wed, 2019-07-24 14:16

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

Penn State Fayette, Head Librarian, Fayette Campus Library, Lemont Furnace, PA

Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Museum Database Specialist, Senior, Tucson, AZ

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

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Jobs in Information Technology: July 17, 2019

Wed, 2019-07-17 14:37

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 California, Riverside – University Library, Metadata and Discovery Librarian, Riverside, CA

California State University, San Bernardino, University Archivist, San Bernardino, CA

Southern Methodist University, Reference and Digital Services Librarian, Dallas, TX

University of North Texas, Repository Librarian, Denton, TX

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

Categories: Library News

LITA Learnings: Guiding Students through Digital Citizenship

Mon, 2019-07-15 16:08

As academic librarians, we help build our students into digital citizens. They need the tools and resources to be savvy tech users and to become information literate. We need to make sure that our students understand the permanence of their digital actions. This 90-minute webinar explores how you can collaborate with students to expand their digital citizenship skills within your campus community through academic departments, technology offices, and student engagement initiatives. You’ll learn research-based best practices that you can implement using the framework of the hero’s journey without creating an additional burden on faculty, staff, and students.

Presenter: Casey Davis, Instructional Designer (IT), Arizona State University’s University Technology Office
Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time

View details and Register here.

Can’t attend the live event? No problem! Register and you’ll receive a link to the recording.

More LITA Continuing Education Coming Soon

Universal Parity to Resources: Rethinking Library Access
July 25, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Central Time
Presenters: Christine Elliott and Courtney McAllister

Check out our upcoming lineup and get details on our latest round of online learning to boost your skill set!

Questions or Comments?

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

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