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Jobs in Information Technology: September 28, 2016

Wed, 2016-09-28 15:40
Categories: Library News

LITA Forum early bird rates extended

Tue, 2016-09-27 14:22
We’ve extended the LITA members early bird registration another two weeks, so there’s still time to register for the 2016 LITA Forum at the early bird rate and save $50

Fort Worth, TX
November 17-20, 2015

LITA Forum early bird rates now will end October 14, 2016
Register Now!

Join us in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel located in Downtown Fort Worth, for the 2016 LITA Forum, a three-day education and networking event featuring 2 preconferences, 3 keynote sessions, more than 55 concurrent sessions and 25 poster presentations. It’s the 19th annual gathering of the highly regarded LITA Forum for technology-minded information professionals. Meet with your colleagues involved in new and leading edge technologies in the library and information technology field. Registration is limited in order to preserve the important networking advantages of a smaller conference. Attendees take advantage of the informal Friday evening reception, networking dinners and other social opportunities to get to know colleagues and speakers.

Why attend the LITA Forum

Tune in to #LITAchat Friday, September 30, 2016, at noon Central time to learn about the 2016 LITA Forum with guest tweeters from the Forum Planning Committee. From #litaforum, they will discuss the upcoming LITA Forum, November 17-20, in Fort Worth, Texas: why you should attend, what to expect, how to get the most out of the experience, and much more! To participate, launch your favorite Twitter client and check out the #LITAchat hashtag. On the web client, just search for #LITAchat and then click “LIVE” to follow along. Ask questions using the hashtag #LITAchat, add your own comments, and even answer questions posed by other participants.

Register now to receive the LITA members early bird discount:

  • LITA member early bird rate: $340
  • LITA member regular rate: $390

Keynote Speakers:

  • Cecily Walker, Vancouver Public Library
  • Waldo Jaquith, U.S. Open Data
  • Tara Robertson, @tararobertson

The Preconference Workshops:

  • Librarians can code! A “hands-on” computer programming workshop just for librarians
  • Letting the Collections Tell Their Story: Using Tableau for Collection Evaluation

Comments from past attendees:

“Best conference I’ve been to in terms of practical, usable ideas that I can implement at my library.”
“I get so inspired by the presentations and conversations with colleagues who are dealing with the same sorts of issues that I am.”
“After LITA I return to my institution excited to implement solutions I find here.”
“This is always the most informative conference! It inspires me to develop new programs and plan initiatives.”

Forum Sponsors:

OCLC, Yewno

Get all the details, register and book a hotel room at the 2016 Forum website.

See you in Fort Worth.

Categories: Library News

Volunteers needed to help with privacy initiative

Tue, 2016-09-27 13:14
Are you interested in improving privacy in libraries all across the country? If so, we need your help! The recently-released ALA Library Privacy Guidelines are a great collection of the standards and practices that libraries should be putting into place to protect users’ digital information. A small group of us is now working on creating checklists and resource guides for each set of guidelines in order to help real live library staff implement these guidelines with ease. And we’re looking for volunteers to help! We need folks to help out with developing checklists for the following. We’re particularly hoping to find people with experience in school libraries and networked services, but we’ll take all willing volunteers!
  1. Library Privacy Guidelines for Public Access Computers and Networks
  2. Library Privacy Guidelines for Library Websites (social media), OPACs, and Discovery Services
  3. Library Privacy Guidelines for Library Management Systems
  4. Library Privacy Guidelines for Data Exchange Between Networked Devices and Services
  5.  Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors
  6. Library Privacy Guidelines for Students in K-12 Schools

If you’re able and interested in putting in a few hours to help us out with this project, pop me an email at librarianinblack@gmail.com with what you can help out with. And thank you!

Categories: Library News

Transmission #10 – Season 1 Finale

Mon, 2016-09-26 13:51

In the final episode of our first season, I’m telling you about the intention and future of the program, and a little more about myself. I’m also putting out a call for bloggers, contributors, innovators and visionaries! Collaborate with me- send an email to lindsay dot cronk at gmail dot com!

Stay tuned for changes coming in two weeks on October 10th!

Categories: Library News

Social Media For My Institution – a new LITA web course

Thu, 2016-09-22 10:22

Social Media For My Institution: from “mine” to “ours”

Instructor: Dr. Plamen Miltenoff
Wednesdays, 10/19/2016 – 11/9/2016
Blended format web course

Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

This course has been re-scheduled from a previous date.

A course for librarians who want to explore the institutional application of social media. Based on an established academic course at St. Cloud State University “Social Media in Global Context”. This course will critically examine the institutional need of social media (SM) and juxtapose it to its private use. Discuss the mechanics of choice for recent and future SM tools. Present a theoretical introduction to the subculture of social media. Show how to streamline library SM policies with the goals and mission of the institution. There will be hands-on exercises on creation and dissemination of textual and multimedia content, and patrons’ engagement. And will include brainstorming on suitable for the institution strategies regarding resources, human and technological, workload share, storytelling, and branding and related issues such as privacy, security etc.

This is a blended format web course:

The course will be delivered as 4 separate live webinar lectures, one per week on Wednesdays, October 19, 26, November 2, and 9 at 2pm Central. You do not have to attend the live lectures in order to participate. The webinars will be recorded and distributed through the web course platform, Moodle, for asynchronous participation. The web course space will also contain the exercises and discussions for the course.

Details here and Registration here

Takeaways

By the end of this class, participants will be able to:

  • Move from the state of personal use of social media (SM) and contemplate the institutional approach
  • Have a hands-on experience with finding and selecting multimedia resources and their application for branding of the institution
  • Participants will acquire the foundational structure of the elements, which constitute meaningful institutional social media

Dr. Plamen Miltenoff is an information specialist and Professor at St. Cloud State University. His education includes several graduate degrees in history and Library and Information Science and in education. His professional interests encompass social Web development and design, gaming and gamification environments. For more information see http://web.stcloudstate.edu/pmiltenoff/faculty/

And don’t miss other upcoming LITA fall continuing education offerings:

Beyond Usage Statistics: How to use Google Analytics to Improve your Repository
Presenter: Hui Zhang
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time
Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Online Productivity Tools: Smart Shortcuts and Clever Tricks
Presenter: Jaclyn McKewan
Tuesday November 8, 2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time
Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Questions or Comments?

For questions or comments, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org

Categories: Library News

Volunteer for LITA!

Wed, 2016-09-21 10:10

Do you want to…

  • learn and apply valuable skills?
  • meet colleagues from all over the US (and maybe even beyond)?
  • help your colleagues learn, grow, and have great experiences with LITA?

Then please volunteer for a LITA committee!

via wocintechchat.com

As the LITA Vice President, I’m responsible (along with the Appointments Committee) for making committee appointments happen. What am I looking for?

People who get things done. If you’re a worker bee, a visionary, an artist, a coder, a problem-solver, a community builder, an initiative-taker, or anyone else ready to pitch in, I want you on our committees. (Conversely, I’m not looking for anyone who’s just here for a line on their CV.)

A diverse range of people. Our committees should reflect not just librarianship today, but the fully inclusive librarianship I’d like to see tomorrow — and that starts with making sure our leaders and our voices embrace a wide range. I want to appoint people from a variety of backgrounds, including perspectives from traditionally underrepresented groups.

If you’re inclined toward accomplishment (not just participation), and/or you bring a voice we don’t hear enough of around LITA, please say so on the committee volunteer form so that we know to flag you.

Wondering what the process looks like after you’ve submitted your volunteer form? Well, assuming I’ve got the code on my appointments app right, and assuming you put a working email on your volunteer form (please do this!), you should get an email with the details within a week after submitting your form.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Categories: Library News

Using Google Statistics for your Repository – a new LITA webinar

Mon, 2016-09-19 16:09

Beyond Usage Statistics: How to use Google Analytics to Improve your Repository

Presenter: Hui Zhang
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time

Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Librarians and repository managers are increasingly asked to take a data-centric approach for content management and impact measurement. Usage statistics, such as page views and downloads, have been widely used for demonstrating repository impacts. However, usage statistics restrict your capacity of identifying user trends and patterns such as how many visits are contributed by crawlers, originated from a mobile device, or redirected by a search engine. Knowing these figures will help librarians to optimize the digital contents for better usability and discoverability. This 90 minute webinar will teach you the concepts of metrics and dimensions along with hand-on activities of how to use Google Analytics (GA) on library data from an institutional repository. Be sure to check the details page for takeaways and prerequisites.

Details here and Registration here

Hui Zhang is the Digital Application Librarian at Oregon State University Libraries and Press. He has years of experience in generating impact reports with major platforms such as DSpace and Hydra Sufia using Google Analytics or local statistics index. Other than repository development, his interests include altmetrics, data visualization, and linked data

And don’t miss other upcoming LITA fall continuing education offerings:

Social Media For My Institution; from “mine” to “ours”
Instructor: Plamen Miltenoff
Starting Wednesday October 19, 2016, running for 4 weeks
Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Online Productivity Tools: Smart Shortcuts and Clever Tricks
Presenter: Jaclyn McKewan
Tuesday November 8, 2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time
Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Questions or Comments?

For questions or comments, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org

Categories: Library News

Learn about “Online Productivity Tools” at this LITA webinar

Tue, 2016-09-13 11:14

Online Productivity Tools: Smart Shortcuts and Clever Tricks

Presenter: Jaclyn McKewan
Tuesday September 20, 2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time

Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Become a lean, mean productivity machine!

In this 90 minute webinar we’ll discuss free online tools that can improve your organization and productivity, both at work and home. We’ll look at to-do lists, calendars, and other programs. We’ll also explore ways these tools can be connected, as well as the use of widgets on your desktop and mobile device to keep information at your fingertips. Perfect for any library workers who spend a significant portion of their day at a computer.

Details here and Registration here

Webinar takeaways will include:

  • Keep track of regular repeating tasks by letting your to-do list remember for you
  • Connect your calendars and to-do lists
  • Use mobile and desktop widgets to keep information at your fingertips

Jaclyn McKewan is the Digital Services Coordinator at WNYLRC, where she has worked since 2008. Her job duties include managing the Ask Us 24/7 virtual reference program, New York Heritage Digital Collections, and internal networking/IT.

And don’t miss other upcoming LITA fall continuing education offerings:

Social Media For My Institution; from “mine” to “ours”
Instructor: Plamen Miltenoff
Starting Wednesday September 21, 2016, running for 4 weeks
Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Beyond Usage Statistics: How to use Google Analytics to Improve your Repository
Presenter: Hui Zhang
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time
Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Questions or Comments?

For questions or comments, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org

Categories: Library News

Transmission #9 – #litadanceparty

Tue, 2016-09-13 11:00

It’s our ninth webisode, and we’re lucky to be joined by Whitni Watkins, intrepid Web Systems Engineer at Analog Devices and long-time LITA Blogger. Watch this ‘sode, read her posts, and check out her web presence.

Begin Transmission will return on 9/26/2016!

Categories: Library News

Deadline Extended, Call for Proposals, LITA @ ALA Annual 2017

Mon, 2016-09-12 11:32

The proposals submission deadline for LITA programs at the 2017 ALA Annual conference has been extended two weeks until September 23, 2016.

Submit Your Call for Proposals for the 2017 Annual Conference Programs and Preconferences!

The LITA Program Planning Committee (PPC) is now accepting innovative and creative proposals for the 2017 Annual American Library Association Conference. We’re looking for 60- and 90-minute conference presentations. In addition to program session proposals, we are also eager to see your proposals for half-day or full-day preconferences to help participants develop skills through interactive learning. The focus should be on technology in libraries, whether that’s use of, new ideas for, trends in, or interesting/innovative projects being explored – it’s all for you to propose.

When and Where is the Conference?

The 2017 Annual ALA Conference will be held  in Chicago, IL, from June 22nd through 27th.

What kind of topics are we looking for?

We’re looking for programs of interest to all library/information agency types, that inspire technological change and adoption, or/and generally go above and beyond the everyday.

We regularly receive many more proposals than we can program into the 20 slots available to LITA at the ALA Annual Conference. These great ideas and programs all come from contributions like yours. We look forward to hearing the great ideas you will share with us this year.

This link from the 2016 ALA Annual conference scheduler shows the great LITA programs from this past year.

When are proposals due?

September 23, 2016

How I do submit a proposal?

Fill out this form bit.ly/litacfpannual2017

Program descriptions should be 150 words or less.

When will I have an answer?

The committee will begin reviewing proposals after the submission deadline; notifications will be sent out on October 3, 2016

Do I have to be a member of ALA/LITA? or a LITA Interest Group (IG) or a committee?

No! We welcome proposals from anyone who feels they have something to offer regarding library technology. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide financial support for speakers. Because of the limited number of programs, LITA IGs and Committees will receive preference where two equally well written programs are submitted. Presenters may be asked to combine programs or work with an IG/Committee where similar topics have been proposed.

Got another question?

Please feel free to email Nicole Sump-Crethar (PPC chair) (sumpcre@okstate.edu)

Categories: Library News

Social Media For My Institution – a new LITA web course

Thu, 2016-09-08 16:29

Social Media For My Institution: from “mine” to “ours”

Instructor: Dr. Plamen Miltenoff
Wednesdays, 9/21/2016 – 10/12/2016
Blended format web course

Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

This course is for librarians who want to explore the institutional application of social media. Based on the established academic course at St. Cloud State University “Social Media in Global Context” (more information at http://web.stcloudstate.edu/pmiltenoff/lib290/ ). A theoretical introduction will assist participants to detect and differentiate the private use of social media from the structured approach to social media for an educational institution. Legal and ethical issues will be discussed, including future trends and management issues. The course will include hands-on exercises on creation and dissemination of textual and multimedia content and patrons’ engagement. Brainstorming on suitable for the institution strategies regarding resources, human and technological, workload share, storytelling, and branding.

This is a blended format web course:

The course will be delivered as 4 separate live webinar lectures, one per week on Tuesdays, September 21, 28, October 5, and 12 at 2pm Central. You do not have to attend the live lectures in order to participate. The webinars will be recorded and distributed through the web course platform, Moodle, for asynchronous participation. The web course space will also contain the exercises and discussions for the course.

Details here and Registration here

Takeaways

By the end of this class, participants will be able to:

  • Move from the state of personal use of social media (SM) and contemplate the institutional approach
  • Have a hands-on experience with finding and selecting multimedia resources and their application for branding of the institution
  • Participants will acquire the foundational structure of the elements, which constitute meaningful institutional social media
    michael schofield headshot

Dr. Plamen Miltenoff is an information specialist and Professor at St. Cloud State University. His education includes several graduate degrees in history and Library and Information Science and in education. His professional interests encompass social Web development and design, gaming and gamification environments. For more information see http://web.stcloudstate.edu/pmiltenoff/lib290/

And don’t miss other upcoming LITA fall continuing education offerings:

Online Productivity Tools: Smart Shortcuts and Clever Tricks
Presenter: Jaclyn McKewan
Tuesday September 20, 2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time
Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Questions or Comments?

For questions or comments, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org

Categories: Library News

Jobs in Information Technology: September 7, 2016

Wed, 2016-09-07 16:43

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

Columbia University Libraries, Systems Engineer, Library Information Technology Office (LITO), New York, NY

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

Categories: Library News

LITA Personas Task Force Survey

Wed, 2016-09-07 11:11

The LITA Personas Task Force seeks your help in developing personas in order to identify who are a natural fit for LITA. We invite everyone who works in the overlapping space between libraries and technology, whether or not you belong to LITA, to participate. This survey is designed to assess your needs and identify how you interact with LITA.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/litapersonas

We anticipate this survey will take approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete. Data will be gathered anonymously and kept confidential. You may be offered the opportunity to participate in a virtual interview at a later date. This is optional and will require you to provide your contact information if you are interested. Names and emails will not be associated with your survey responses. The Survey closes on Friday, Sept. 30th, 2016, so don’t delay!

If you have any questions regarding LITA personas, please contact either

Hong Ma at hma2@luc.edu
Yoo Young Lee at myooylee@iupui.edu

We thank you in advance for your time and support.

LITA Personas Task Force Members:

Callan Bignoli
Lynne Edgar
Eric Frierson
Isabel Gonzalez-Smith
Amanda L. Goodman
TJ Lamanna
Yoo Young Lee
Hong Ma
Frank Skornia
Nadaleen Tempelman-Kluit

Categories: Library News

The President’s Post – #1

Wed, 2016-09-07 10:16

Hello fellow LITAns!  For those of you who don’t know me my name is Aimee Fifarek and I will be serving as your fearless leader for the coming year. I have been a LITA member since I joined ALA in 1997 when I started my first professional job as the Louisiana State University Libraries System Administrator.  It’s hard to believe nearly 20 years have passed since I was a baby librarian running NOTIS in a mainframe environment. So many people in LITA-land have helped me over the course of my career, and I am happy to be able to repay those favors, in part, by serving as your President.

My plan is to do monthly posts during my tenure to share information about what is happening at the LITA Board level and share information about new and upcoming initiatives.  Communication is always in issue with an organization of our size and sometimes the wonkier bits of association business don’t always get communicated widely even though they are often news you can use.  Feel free to contact me – online or off – about anything LITA-related and I will do my best to respond in a timely fashion.

First, some old business, at least for me: committee appointments.  It’s what I spent my tenure as LITA VP doing and I’m happy to say appointments have been fully transitioned to our new VP Andromeda Yelton.  She has gotten off to an excellent start by coding an interface for the appointments database that she and her new Appointments Committee can use to manage all of those volunteer forms you submit.  Between the new committee and Andromeda’s app we are well on our way to defeating the traditional “black hole” nature of the appointments process.

Although it is tempting to think of Committee Appointments as an annual process, it really happens year round as people need to drop off committees for one reason or another or as new committees and task forces are formed.  If you are looking to get more involved with LITA, add some professional experience to your resume, or just want to give back, please do consider volunteering for a committee.  You get to meet new people, go in depth on issues and processes, and have the chance to make the Association that much better.  Check out the options on the LITA Committee Page and don’t be shy about letting us know about your prior experience and special skills.  The more info you put into the volunteer form the better we will be at matching you up with an excellent opportunity.

Speaking of new committees, did you know that as of last year LITA has a Diversity and Inclusion Committee?  With the volume of issues being discussed within the realm of technology in general and librarianship in particular it was well past time for LITA to establish a formal commitment to establish Diversity as a fundamental principle of LITA.  Thanks to Carli Spina who has agreed to be the committee’s first chair and to Evvivia Weinraub for being the first Board Liaison.  Their work will be fundamental to the committee’s ongoing success.

Before I leave the topic of committees I’d just like to send a big thank you to Michelle Frisque and Margaret Heller, our newest Interest Group and Committee Chair Coordinators.  If you are not familiar with this role, these are the folks who make sure the IG and Committee Chairs get the info they need to have successful meetings throughout the year.  We are happy to have them on board.  I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the outgoing inhabitants of those roles, David Lee King and Lauren Pressley, who did an admirable job.

Now, onto some new business.  The first LITA Board Meeting is TODAY September 7th at 11am Pacific.  I encourage everyone to tune in at https://ala.adobeconnect.com/litaboard, and not just the fans of parliamentary procedure snafus (you know who you are!).  We will be discussing, and hopefully adopting, the new LITA Strategic Plan.  Once adopted, this document will stay as is over the next two years and help guide LITA’s activities, specifically helping us to decide how to spend our most valuable commodity:  our time.  The document has four major focus areas:  Member Engagement, Organizational Sustainability, Education and Professional Development, and Advocacy and Information Policy. You can check out the final draft of the Strategic Plan, along with a very preliminary draft of the tactical plan, at the ALA Connect Node 256917.

Advocacy and Information Policy is definitely a growth area for us, and we will be starting out in this plan with some baby steps.  Although LITA will always be the home for library technologists within ALA, we have to think critically about what LITA’s purpose is in a world where everyone does technology.  This strategic plan item formalizes the idea that, as the group that has been thinking about and working with technology for the longest time, we are in an excellent position to guide the development of policies surrounding technology for our libraries and our world.  In the coming year we will be working on building a closer relationship with the units within ALA that are currently working in this area, like the Office for Information Technology Policy. Our goal is not to duplicate efforts already being made, but rather to lend our expertise to the policy decisions that affect all of us.

So that’s my update for September.  But before I go I want to extend hearty thanks to Brianna Marshall who is stepping down as LITA’s first Blog Editor.  She did an amazing job assembling a team and creating policies to bring you the quality content you get regularly through the LITA Blog.  Being first at something is always a challenge and Brianna met that challenge head on.  She is leaving the Blog in the capable hands of Lindsay Cronk, who has big ideas of her own and has been most helpful to me in my first post.  Brianna and Lindsay are just two more examples of the dedication and expertise that has made LITA a great place to be for the last 50 years.  More on that in my next post.

— Aimee

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There’s A (Digital) Outcome For That!

Tue, 2016-09-06 11:00

The more I work with faculty and students on integrating new technologies such as 3D printing and virtual reality into the curriculum, the more I think about ways we can measure learning for non-Information Literacy related competencies.

How do we know that students know how to use a 3D printer successfully? How can we measure the learning that occurred when they designed a file for upload into a visualization software package? While the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has taken the lead on delineating national standards for Information Literacy, and more recently updated them to the Framework for Information Literacy, there isn’t quite as much information available about designing and assessing assignments that are less traditional than the ubiquitous 3-5 page research paper. I’m not sure that we will find one set of competencies to rule them all, simply because there are so many dimensions to these areas. In one seemingly straightforward activity such as creating an online presentation, you might have elements of visual literacy, creativity, and communication to name a few. But it would be interesting to try-so here goes!

What might an actual competency look like? Measurable learning outcomes are structured similarly no matter what the context. They have to explain:

  1. What the learner is able to do
  2. How the learner does it
  3. To what degree of success

ACRL has a great tool for developing these types of outcomes: http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl/directoryofleadership/sections/is/iswebsite/projpubs/smartobjectives

Applying that to a digital competency might work like this. Students will be able to create effective online presentations utilizing various free web tools by:

  • Selecting appropriate images and visual media aligned with the presentation’s purpose
  • Integrating images into projects purposefully, considering meaning, aesthetic criteria, visual impact, and audience
  • Editing images as appropriate for quality, layout, and display (e.g., cropping, color, contrast)
  • Including textual information as needed to convey an image’s meaning (e.g., using captions, referencing figures in a text, incorporating keys or legends)
  • Adapting writing purpose, style, content and format to the appropriate digital context

A sample assignment that includes those competencies might be: Create a 1-3 minute presentation on a given topic and consisting of the following elements:

  1. Must use one of these presentation tools
  2. Content must be relevant to the theme
  3. Visual design must contain at least 3-5 images or video elements. Color scheme, layout and overall design must be consistent with the guidelines mentioned above
  4. All material created by someone other than the student is given attribution in citations and used according to ethical and legal best practices

A rubric could then be developed to measure how well the presentation integrates the various elements involved:

Goal Outcome Levels Benchmark Create effective online presentations utilizing various free web tools Select appropriate images and visual media aligned with the presentation’s purpose 0 (does not meet competency) Visual elements do not lend any value to the content and there is no overarching purpose or structure to their inclusion
1 (meets competency) Some images and media elements are integrated well  into the presentation and align with its content and purpose
2 (exceeds competency) Images and visual media significantly support the content presented and are effectively integrated into the overall presentation At least 75% of students score a 1 or above

As we continue to forge new digital paths, we are constantly challenged to to re-define the notions of instruction, authorship and intellectual property in our ever shifting landscape of learning. I’m excited at the possibilities that digital literacy brings to student learning in this new environment, and I can only imagine the power and complexity these various assignments entail, and how much fun students (and faculty) would have in developing them.

Some additional standards to consider are:

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How to Talk About User Experience – a new LITA webinar

Wed, 2016-08-31 11:00

How to Talk About User Experience

Presenter: Michael Schofield
Wednesday September 7, 2016
Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time

Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

The explosion of new library user experience roles, named and unnamed, the community growing around it, the talks, conferences, and corresponding literature signal a major shift. But the status of library user experience design as a professional field is impacted by the absence of a single consistent definition of the area. While we can workshop card sorts and pick apart library redesigns, even user experience librarians can barely agree about what it is they do – let alone why it’s important. How we talk about the user experience matters. So, in this 90 minute talk, we’ll fix that.

Details here and Registration here

Webinar takeaways will include:

  • Practically talk about and prioritize different aspects impacting the user experience
  • Learn about various UX models, why they’re useful, and when to use them
  • Understand the impact of poor or positive user experiences on the success of the library’s business or mission goals

Michael Schofield is a front-end developer and librarian in higher-ed responsible for the design and development of sites and apps responsible for doing neat things (and winning 2015 ACRL Innovation Awards). He has taught courses on User Experience for Libraries and Advanced WordPress. He started LibUX with Amanda L. Goodman, aspiring to push the #libweb forward by speaking and writing and daydreaming a lot.

And don’t miss other upcoming LITA fall continuing education offerings:

Social Media For My Institution; from “mine” to “ours”
Instructor: Plamen Miltenoff
Starting Wednesday September 21, 2016, running for 4 weeks
Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Online Productivity Tools: Smart Shortcuts and Clever Tricks
Presenter: Jaclyn McKewan
Tuesday September 20, 2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time
Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Questions or Comments?

For questions or comments, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org

Categories: Library News

Transmission #8 – Return to Regularly Scheduled Programming

Mon, 2016-08-29 11:00

Thank you to everyone who participated in my feedback survey! I have parsed the results (a little less than 100 responses) and I’m currently thinking through format changes.

I’ll give a full update on the changes to come and more after we conclude our initial ten interviews in October. Stay tuned, faithful viewers.

In today’s webisode, I am joined by one of my personal all-time favorite librarians and colleagues, Michael Rodriguez. Michael is Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of Connecticut. Enjoy his perspectives on one of my favorite topics, librarianship in the intersection of collections, technology, and discovery.

Begin Transmission will return September 12th.

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