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Your Core Community Update

Tue, 2020-08-04 12:58

Much has been happening behind-the-scenes to prepare for Core’s upcoming launch on September 1st, so we want to update you on the progress we’ve made.

At the 2020 ALA Virtual Conference Council meetings, the ALA Council approved the creation of Core, so we’re official! It’s been a difficult summer for everyone given the global situation, but this was a milestone we’re excited to reach.

What We’ve Been Doing

In May, the Core Transition Committee (the 9 division presidents plus senior staff) formed 11 working groups of members from all 3 divisions to make recommendations about how to proceed with our awards/scholarships, budget/finance, committees, communications, conference programming, continuing education, fundraising/sponsorships, interest groups, member engagement, nominations for 2021 president-elect, publications, and standards. These groups have done an amazing amount of work in a very short time period, and we’re grateful to these members for their commitment and effort.

We’re happy to report that each group will be submitting its final report in the next week. Throughout August, the CTC will direct the implementation of recommendations in the reports. We’ll document the implementation so that we can share the process publicly and transparently with members. We’ll send you another update when we start posting this information on the current Core website later this month.

Behind the scenes, Core staff members have been working with ALA staff to build new systems and structures so that we can start the day on September 1 as a (relatively!) organized Core community. So far work has been done on changes in the member database, budget lines, our new sections, membership dues, and the like. During August, staff will be working on our new website, Connect site, committee rosters, online learning setup, new communication channels, and other infrastructure pieces.

What’s Happening in September

On September 1, your current division membership(s) will automatically switch to a Core division membership. You won’t have to do anything: your ALA username and password won’t change, and your membership expiration date will remain the same. As the date gets closer, we’ll provide more information about how to access your existing groups and join new ones.

A Nominating Committee of the 3 division Past Presidents, led by member Ted Quiballo, issued a call for nominations for President-Elect last month. In September, we’ll announce and provide information about the two candidates who will be running for this position. The President ballot will include the 3 current Presidents of our divisions (the 2 not elected will remain on the Board).

We’ll run an election for President and President-Elect in October using our ALA Connect community. As described in the Core Proposal, this will provide us with the 17 members of the transitional Board of Directors (2020-21) who will begin governing in November. We’ll be announcing the election through email, on the website, on social media, and everywhere else we can to make sure you have a chance to vote, so watch for more details next month.

If you want to help shape the next phase of Core, you can volunteer to be on a working group to make recommendations for how we proceed with advocacy, content coordination, the Virtual Exchange, the in-person Forum, Leadership Development and Mentoring, Preservation Week, and Sustainability.

We fully expect that the first year of Core will be transitional, and for some areas the transition will continue into the second year. That’s expected and a part of the process, though it can feel uncomfortable at times. We’re on this journey together, and we can’t do this without you, so please reach out to us with any questions, suggestions, or concerns you have.

Sincerely,

The Core Transition Committee

Categories: Library News

Free LITA Webinar ~ Library Tech Response to Covid-19 ~ August 5th

Fri, 2020-07-31 14:00

Sign up for this free LITA webinar: Library Tech Response to Covid-19

Libraries are taking the necessary precautions to create a safe environment during the pandemic. Social distancing isn’t the only solution, but providing access to loanable technologies, including handling and quarantine of equipment, cleaning, and other safety and health concerns are just some of the measures put in place.

With the ongoing disruption to library services caused by COVID-19, what reopening planning policies should be considered for usage?

In this free 90-minute presentation, our presenters will share tips that might be helpful to other librarians before they reopen.

The presenters will also talk about the evolution of the phased plan from the establishment of a temporary computer lab in the library as COVID-19 began to spread in March 2020, to the current phased approach for gradual reopening. Justin will also offer insight into managed access, technology and services, workflows, messaging, and expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Don’t miss it. Register now!

Categories: Library News

Jobs in Information Technology: July 29, 2020

Wed, 2020-07-29 17:52

New This Week

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

Categories: Library News

Core Call for 2021 ALA Annual Program Proposals

Fri, 2020-07-24 13:33
Submit an ALA 2021 Annual Conference program proposal for ALA’s newest division, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, which will begin on September 1, 2020.

Proposals are due September 30, 2020, and you don’t need to be a Core member to submit a proposal.

Submit your idea using this proposal form.

Core welcomes topics of interest to a wide range of library professionals in many different areas, including…

1. Access and Equity

  • Advocacy in areas such as copyright, equity of access, open access, net neutrality, and privacy
  • Preservation Week
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion, both within the division and the profession, as related to Core’s subject areas

2. Assessment

  • Emphasizing the role of assessment in demonstrating the impacts of libraries or library services
  • Assessment tools, methods, guidelines, standards, and policies and procedures

3. Leadership and Management

  • Developing leaders at every level
  • Best practices for inclusion by using an equity lens to examine leadership structures
  • Leadership for talent management and human resources

4. Metadata and Collections

  • Best practices and knowledge in work areas that support collections and discovery
  • Best practices for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the development and description of collections
  • Standards and best practices for selection, acquisition, description, access, and preservation of information resources
  • Preservation of both print, media, and digital resources

5. Operations and Buildings

  • Changing trends in organizational structures, services, staff operations, and facilities
  • Best practices for inclusive practices and design

6. Technology

  • Best practices for inclusive practices and design
  • Emerging technologies and actionable plans for library services
  • Bridging the technology related needs across all types of libraries and operational areas

Submission Process

  • To propose an event, please submit an online proposal using the ALA Program Proposal Submission Site.
  • Log into the ALA system or create a new user account to begin your online proposal.
    • When completing the proposal, be sure to select the Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures to have your proposal reviewed by Core.
  • A program is a one-hour educational sessions held at the ALA Annual Conference. A program is audio recorded.
  • Anyone can submit a proposal regardless of membership status.
  • Submission Deadline: September 30, 2020
  • Proposals will be reviewed by the Core Program Committee and proposal submitters will be contacted in October.
  • Final decisions will be announced by early December 2020.

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

For all inquiries regarding content submission for the 2021 ALA Annual Conference, please visit the Submission Site.

For further information, including updates, you can also visit the 2021 ALA Annual Conference website, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

If you have any questions about submitting a proposal for Core, please contact Tom Ferren, Future Core Program Officer for Professional Development, at tferren@ala.org.

Registration for the 2021 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition opens at 12 p.m. CT on Friday, January 15, 2021.

Categories: Library News

Core Call for Webinar Proposals

Thu, 2020-07-16 12:52
Submit a webinar proposal for ALA’s newest division, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, which will begin on September 1, 2020.

Proposals are due September 1, 2020, and you don’t need to be a Core member to submit a proposal. Early submissions are encouraged and will be considered for September and October presentations.

Submit your idea using this proposal form.

Core webinars reach a wide range of library professionals in many different areas, including…

1. Access and Equity

  • Advocacy in areas such as copyright, equity of access, open access, net neutrality, and privacy
  • Preservation Week
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion, both within the division and the profession, as related to Core’s subject areas

2. Assessment

  • Emphasizing the role of assessment in demonstrating the impacts of libraries or library services
  • Assessment tools, methods, guidelines, standards, and policies and procedures

3. Leadership

  • Developing leaders at every level
  • Best practices for inclusion by using an equity lens to examine leadership structures
  • Leadership for talent management and human resources

4. Metadata and Collections

  • Best practices and knowledge in work areas that support collections and discovery
  • Best practices for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the development and description of collections
  • Standards and best practices for selection, acquisition, description, access, and preservation of information resources
  • Preservation of both print, media, and digital resources

5. Operations and Buildings

  • Changing trends in organizational structures, services, staff operations, and facilities
  • Best practices for inclusive practices and design

6. Technology

  • Best practices for inclusive practices and design
  • Emerging technologies and actionable plans for library services
  • Bridging the technology related needs across all types of libraries and operational areas

You can review upcoming and past webinar offerings from the three ALA divisions that have come together to create Core by visiting the following webinar pages:

Presenters will be offered a $150 honorarium for presenting a Core webinar. Presentations are usually limited to a maximum of 3 presenters.

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

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Julie Reese, future Core Director of Leadership and Learning at jreese@ala.org

Categories: Library News

Core Virtual Forum is excited to announce our 2020 Keynote Speakers!

Mon, 2020-07-13 11:48

Core Virtual Forum welcomes our 2020 Keynote speakers, Dr. Meredith D. Clark and Sofia Leung!

Both speakers embody our theme in leading through their ideas and are catalysts for change to empower our community and move the library profession forward.

Dr. Clark is a journalist and Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the University of Virginia. She is Academic Lead for Documenting the Now II, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Dr. Clark develops new scholarship on teaching students about digital archiving and community-based archives from a media studies perspective. She will be a 2020-2021 fellow with Data & Society. She is a faculty affiliate at the Center on Digital Culture and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. And, she sits on the advisory boards for Project Information Literacy, and for the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies at New York University. Clark is an in-demand media consultant for diversity, ethnicity, and inclusion.

Sofia Leung is a librarian, facilitator, and educator offering tailored workshops, trainings, consultations, coaching & collaborations that employ anti-racist, anti-oppressive frameworks. 

She is currently an editor for the We Here publication, up//root, and a facilitator for the Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Immersion Program. Sofia is co-editing a book on Critical Race Theory in Library and Information Studies to be published by the MIT Press in 2021.

Mark November 18th and 20th on your calendar to hear these great speakers at the 2020 Core Virtual Forum 2020! Keep an eye out for registration and schedule coming soon.

Categories: Library News

Catch up on the June 2020 Issue of Information Technology and Libraries

Wed, 2020-07-08 18:43

The June 2020 issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) was published on June 15. Editor Ken Varnum and LITA President Emily Morton-Owens reflect on the past three months in their Letter from the Editor, A Blank Page, and LITA President’s Message, A Framework for Member Success, respectively. Kevin Ford is the author of this issue’s “Editorial Board Thoughts” column, Seeing through Vocabularies.

Rounding out our editorial section, the June “Public Libraries Leading the Way” section offers two items. Chuck McAndrew of the Lebanon (New Hampshire) Public Libraries describes his leadership in the IMLS-funded LibraryVPN project. Melody Friedenthal, of the Worcester (Massachusetts) Public Library talks about how she approached and teaches an Intro to Coding Using Python course.

Peer-reviewed Content

Virtual Reality as a Tool for Student Orientation in Distance Education Programs: A Study of New Library and Information Science Students

Dr. Sandra Valenti, Brady Lund, Ting Wang

Virtual reality (VR) has emerged as a popular technology for gaming and learning, with its uses for teaching presently being investigated in a variety of educational settings. However, one area where the effect of this technology on students has not been examined in detail is as tool for new student orientation in colleges and universities. This study investigates this effect using an experimental methodology and the population of new master of library science (MLS) students entering a library and information science (LIS) program. The results indicate that students who received a VR orientation expressed more optimistic views about the technology, saw greater improvement in scores on an assessment of knowledge about their program and chosen profession, and saw a small decrease in program anxiety compared to those who received the same information as standard text-and-links. The majority of students also indicated a willingness to use VR technology for learning for long periods of time (25 minutes or more). The researchers concluded that VR may be a useful tool for increasing student engagement, as described by Game Engagement Theory.


Collaboration and Integration: Embedding Library Resources in Canvas

Jennifer L. Murray, Daniel E. Feinberg

The University of North Florida (UNF) transitioned to Canvas as its Learning Management System (LMS) in summer 2017. This implementation brought on opportunities that allowed for a more user-friendly learning environment for students. Working with students in courses which were in-person, hybrid, or online, brought about the need for the library to have a place in the Canvas LMS. Students needed to remember how to access and locate library resources and services outside of Canvas. During this time, the Thomas G. Carpenter Library’s online presence was enhanced, yet still not visible in Canvas. It became apparent that the library needed to be integrated into Canvas courses. This would enable students to easily transition between their coursework and finding resources and services to support their studies. In addition, librarians who worked with students, looked for ways for students to easily find library resources and services online. After much discussion, it became clear to the Online Learning Librarian (OLL) and the Director of Technical Services and Library Systems (Library Director) that the library needed to explore ways to integrate more with Canvas.


At the Click of a Button: Assessing the User Experience of Open Access Finding Tools

Elena Azadbakht, Teresa Schultz

A number of browser extension tools have emerged in the past decade aimed at helping information seekers find open versions of scholarly articles when they hit a paywall, including Open Access Button, Lazy Scholar, Kopernio, and Unpaywall. While librarians have written numerous reviews of these products, no one has yet conducted a usability study on these tools. This article details a usability study involving six undergraduate students and six faculty at a large public research university in the United States. Participants were tasked with installing each of the four tools as well as trying them out on three test articles. Both students and faculty tended to favor simple, clean design elements and straightforward functionality that enabled them to use the tools with limited instruction. Participants familiar with other browser extensions gravitated towards tools like Open Access Button, whereas those less experienced with other extensions preferred tools that load automatically, such as Unpaywall.

Measuring the Impact of Digital Heritage Collections Using Google Scholar

Ángel Borrego

This study aimed to measure the impact of digital heritage collections by analysing the citations received in scholarly outputs. Google Scholar was used to retrieve the scholarly outputs citing Memòria Digital de Catalunya (MDC), a cooperative, open-access repository containing digitized collections related to Catalonia and its heritage. The number of documents citing MDC has grown steadily since the creation of the repository in 2006. Most citing documents are scholarly outputs in the form of articles, proceedings and monographs, and academic theses and dissertations. Citing documents mainly pertain to the humanities and the social sciences and are in local languages. The most cited MDC collection contains digitized ancient Catalan periodicals. The study shows that Google Scholar is a suitable tool for providing evidence of the scholarly impact of digital heritage collections. Google Scholar indexes the full-text of documents, facilitating the retrieval of citations inserted in the text or in sections that are not the final list of references. It also indexes document types, such as theses and dissertations, which contain a significant share of the citations to digital heritage collections.

Are Ivy League Libraries’ Websites ADA Compliant?

Wenfang Yang, Bin Zhao, Yan Quan Liu, Arlene Bielefield

As a doorway for users seeking information, library websites should be accessible to all, including those who are visually or physically impaired and those with reading or learning disabilities. In conjunction with an earlier study, this paper presents a comparative evaluation of Ivy League university library homepages with regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates. Data results from WAVE and AChecker evaluations indicate that although the error of Missing Form Labels still occurs in these websites, other known accessibility errors and issues have been significantly improved from five years ago.

Near-field Communication (NFC): An Alternative to RFID in Libraries

Neeraj Kumar Singh

Libraries are the central agencies for the dissemination of knowledge. Every library aspires to provide maximum opportunities to its users and ensure optimum utilization of available resources. Hence, libraries have been seeking technological aids to improve their services. Near-field communication (NFC) is a type of radio-frequency technology that allows electronics devices—such as computers, mobile phones, tags, and others—to exchange information wirelessly across a small distance. The aim of this paper is to explore NFC technology and its applications in modern era. The paper will discuss potential use of NFC in the advancement of traditional library management system.

Categories: Library News

Jobs in Information Technology: July 8, 2020

Wed, 2020-07-08 12:27

New This Week

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

Categories: Library News

Jobs in Information Technology: July 2, 2020

Thu, 2020-07-02 14:22

New This Week

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

Categories: Library News

Jobs in Information Technology: June 26, 2020

Fri, 2020-06-26 12:22

New This Week

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

Categories: Library News

Jobs in Information Technology: June 19, 2020

Fri, 2020-06-19 13:02

New This Week

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

Categories: Library News

Core Virtual Happy Hour Social ~ June 26

Fri, 2020-06-19 11:01
Our Joint Happy Hour social at Midwinter was such a success that next week we’re bringing Happy Hour to you online—and registration is free!

We invite members of ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA to join us on Friday, June 26, 5:00-7:00 pm Central Time for Virtual Happy Hour networking and/or play with your peers in a game of Scattergories.
 
Wear your favorite pop culture T-shirt, bring your best Zoom background, grab a beverage, and meet us online for a great time! Attendees will automatically be entered to win free registration to attend the Core Virtual Forum.
 
Winner must be present to redeem prize.
 
Registration is required.

Register now at: bit.ly/2NeNprH
Categories: Library News

Michael Carroll Awarded 2020 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship

Thu, 2020-06-11 14:08

Michael Carroll has been selected to receive the 2020 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and Baker & Taylor.

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.

The Larew Scholarship Committee was impressed by what Michael has already accomplished and look forward to seeing what he will accomplish after graduation in 2021. Michael has already shown a strong interest in digitization projects. He currently manages a team of students working with digitization. Previously, he has scanned and cataloged many collections. He has also assisted the Presbyterian Historical Society in creating sustainable processes for digitization. Michael has also shown his willingness and ability to work with a wide variety of projects and technologies that span both technical and non-technical including working with content management systems and mold remediation. 

When notified he had won, Carroll said, “I graciously accept this honor and look forward to the opportunities it will make possible in my developing career.”

Members of the 2020 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship Committee are: Dale Poulter (Chair), Christopher Lawton (Past Chair), Julia Bauder, Faye Mazzia, and Harriet Wintermute.

Categories: Library News

We are back on Twitter Friday for #LITAchat

Wed, 2020-06-10 16:14

The fourth in this series of #LITAchats will start on Friday, June 12 from 12-1 Central Standard Time on Twitter. We will be asking you to chat with us about self-care. What are you doing to take care of yourselves during this time? How do you unplug without feeling guilty? 

We hope you’ll join us for LITAchat and chat about self-care techniques and figuring out how to better take care of ourselves during these tough times. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Join LITA on Twitter

Catch up on the last #LITAchat

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Join us for ALCTS/LITA/LLAMA e-Forum!

Mon, 2020-06-08 12:50

Please join us for a joint ALCTS/LITA/LLAMA e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone! Registration information is at the end of the message, along with subscription management options for existing listserv members.

Continuing to Manage the Impact of COVID-19 on Libraries

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/060920

June 9-10, 2020

Moderated by Alyse Jordan, Steven Pryor, Nicole Lewis and Rebecca Uhl

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mountain: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Central: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eastern: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Over the past several months, COVID-19 has significantly impacted libraries and library technical service units and departments, including requiring staff to work remotely and determining what services they can provide. As states begin to reopen, libraries face challenges as they determine how to re-open and begin providing in-person services, while still providing a safe environment for staff and patrons. In this special joint ALCTS/LITA/LLAMA e-Forum we will discuss any changes in how everyone is coping, as well as providing an opportunity to discuss re-opening concerns and challenges.

Moderators

Alyse Jordan serves as Associate Librarian at Arizona State University. Her library and higher education experience includes assessment, teaching, research, collection development, and instructional technologies. Alyse offers a commitment to actively mentoring colleagues and students in their discovery of information, professional development, and personal growth opportunities.

Nicole Lewis is Lead Cataloger at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library. She is responsible for coordinating cataloging workflows and is one of the library’s ILS system administrators. She currently prepares database cleanup projects, including supplemental training, for several cataloging and acquisition staff to work on during the library closure.

Steven Pryor is Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Missouri. He studies faculty publication activity, promotes open access and institutional repository participation, and leads Software Carpentry initiatives and other work to promote digital research skills for students and faculty.

Rebecca Uhl is Principal Cataloger at Arizona State University. She is coordinating remote work for 13 catalogers in three different units within technical services, including providing training and coaching catalogers in new and different tasks.

What Is an e-Forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it’s free.

For information about upcoming e-forums, please visit http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum

How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA’s Mailing List Service. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for subscribing and unsubscribing online. (http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/sympa)

If you’re busy and you don’t want to actively participate, or if the number of emails gets to be too much, here are some options for managing your subscription.  If you can’t figure things out, please email alcts-eforum-request@lists.ala.org.  Be kind to everyone else on the list and don’t email “Take me off this list” requests to all participants. Also, please don’t mark the emails as spam or it will shutdown the listserv.

1.  How to unsubscribe: If you wish to unsubscribe to the e-Forum entirely, scroll to the bottom of the most recent message that was posted to the list, and click on the link next to this text: “To unsubscribe from this list, clink here.”  Or you can log into http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/alcts-eforum and you should see the option “unsubscribe” on the left sidebar. Just click on that and enter your email address to unsubscribe from the list. The entire discussion will be available at the above URL as well, if you’d prefer to read it later.  You can always re-subscribe to the list at a later date if a future topic is of interest to you.

2.  Get digest format: If you would like to receive fewer emails, you can set your list settings to digest format.  Go to: http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/alcts-eforum, log in using the email and password that you received when you signed up for the list.  Choose “subscriber options” on the left.  Then in Receiving mode, choose “digest MIME format.”  The digest is set to provide one message per 25 messages sent to the list and are generated Monday-Wednesday-Friday at 3 PM Central Time.

3.  Use email filters and threads to keep your inbox organized: If you want to participate fully in the e-Forum, but want to keep the email messages separate from other email, you can probably set up a filter in your mail client, which will have e-forum messages directly delivered to a folder of your choice, as opposed to your in-box (just don’t forget to check the folder!), or flag the messages to alert you that they are e-Forum messages.  You can also organize the folder by threads to keep track of conversations.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Thanks,

Nicole Lewis and Rebecca Uhl

ALCTS e-Forum co-coordinators

alcts-eforum-request@lists.ala.org

Categories: Library News

Together Against Racism

Fri, 2020-06-05 17:59

ALA and Core are committed to dismantling racism and white supremacy. Along with the ALA Executive Board, we endorse the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)’s May 28 statement condemning the brutal murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Department officers. In their statement, BCALA cites Floyd’s death as “the latest in a long line of recent and historical violence against Black people in the United States.” Not only does Core support the sentiments of BCALA, we vow to align our values regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion with those of BCALA and other organizations that represent marginalized communities within ALA.

We also stand strong with the Asian/Pacific American community, which has been the target of xenophobia and racism in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19, and support the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and their statement that, “There is no excuse for discriminatory sentiments and actions towards Asians and Asian/Pacific Americans. APALA rejects coronavirus-related hostility, anti-Asian stereotypes, and racism against Asians, Asian/Pacific Americans, or anyone perceived to be Asian.”

Together we will have conversations to determine how we can build anti-racist structures in Core from the outset. We want to build the foundation together so we can get it right and make it meaningful. We can’t provide a detailed plan or schedule yet because we need to involve everyone in our community, provide true engagement, and recognize those who are already doing this work.

While we take steps toward building this foundation, we encourage our members to follow and support the work of ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services.

Signed,

  • Jennifer Bowen, ALCTS President
  • Christopher Cronin, ALCTS President-Elect
  • Tyler Dzuba, LLAMA President-Elect
  • Lynn Hoffman, LLAMA Past President
  • Bohyun Kim, LITA Past President
  • Anne Moore, LLAMA President
  • Emily Morton-Owens, LITA President
  • Kristin Martin, ALCTS Past President
  • Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, LITA President-Elect

  • Thomas Ferren, ALCTS Program Officer
  • Brooke Morris-Chott, ALCTS Communications Program Officer
  • Jenny Levine, LITA Executive Director
  • Julie Reese, ALCTS Deputy Director
  • Fred Reuland, LLAMA Continuing Education & Communications Program Officer
  • Chrishelle Thomas, LITA Marketing & Membership Manager
  • Kerry Ward, ALCTS Interim Director, LLAMA Executive Director
  • Alana Warren, ALCTS Continuing Education Assistant
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We are back on Twitter tomorrow for #LITAchat

Thu, 2020-05-21 17:52

Are you ready for the next Twitter #LITAchat? Join the discussion on Friday, May 22, from 12-1pm Central Time. We will be asking you to tell us about challenges with working from home. Are there things you can’t do and wish you could? Are there issues with your home setup in general? Anne Pepitone will lead the discussion.

We invite you to join us tomorrow to share your experiences and chat with your colleagues.

Follow LITA on Twitter

Catch up on the last #LITAchat

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

-The LITA Membership Development Committee

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LITA Job Board Analysis Report – Laura Costello (Chair, Assessment & Research) LITA Assessment & Research and Diversity & Inclusion Committees

Thu, 2020-05-21 15:28

Background & Data

This report comes from a joint analysis conducted by LITA’s Assessment & Research and Diversity & Inclusion committees in Fall 2019. The analysis focused on the new and emerging trends in skills in library technology jobs and the types of positions that are currently in demand. It also touches on trends in diversity and inclusion in job postings and best practices for writing job ads that attract a diverse and talented candidate pool. 

The committees were provided with a list of 678 job postings from the LITA job board between 2015-2019. Data included the employer information, the position title, the location (city/state) the posting date. Some postings also included a short description. The Assessment & Research Committee augmented the dataset with job description, responsibilities, qualifications, and salary information for a 25% sample of the postings from each year using archival job posting information. Committee members also assigned metadata for the type of position and indicated the presence or absence of salary information in the posting.

Literature Review

The dataset analyzed for this project is aimed at job postings in library technology. There are several examples in the literature of job advertisement analyses that focus on library technology skills and the particular requirements and skillsets required for these types of positions. Despite the focus on technology skills, examples from the literature still show that a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) or equivalent degree is required between 79.3% and 90.1% of the time (Choi & Rasmussen, 2009; Triumph & Beile, 2015).

As in the sample examined in this study, many library jobs have a strong technology component. Triumph and Beile (2015) found that computer skills were explicitly stated and required in all but 17.2% of positions. Additionally, Choi & Rasmussen (2009) found that experience with digital library/digital information systems or services and web development/design experience were the most sought-after skills in academic library technology job postings from 1999-2007. An analysis of the jobs posted to Code4Lib from 2008-2018 (Gonzales, 2019) found changes in the technology skills required over that time period, including an increase in demand for Python, XML, and Java.

The presence of salary information in library job postings has also been examined in the literature. Triumph and Beile (2015) found that only 35.2% postings in their sample listed salary information. Silva and Galbraith (2018) found that women and librarians with less experience were less likely to engage in salary negotiation and recommend clarity in salary information in job postings for greater equity.

Job Trend Analysis

The LITA ARC examined several aspects of jobs posted to the LITA job board including information about the pool of employers and the type of employment sought. The committee also looked at the types of skills and qualifications sought in job postings and the presence of salary information. There were 395 unique employers in the dataset and 71% of these were unique. 11% of employers returned to post multiple jobs in the same year while 18% returned in different years to post jobs. In the sample of jobs coded by ARC (n=172), most of the postings were for librarian positions (45.6%) followed by library technology (22.7%), administrative or director (19.2%), staff (11.6%) and teaching faculty (0.6%). An analysis of job title keywords from the sample reflected this breakdown and revealed mostly simple descriptive job title language. A word cloud of the results below shows “librarian” in the top position. Terms like “library,” “technology,” “director,” “services,” and “digital” were also popular in job titles.

Figure 1: Word Cloud of Job Title Keywords

The sample was a mix of library and technology jobs, so the percentage of the jobs posted to the LITA job board that required an MLIS was lower than what was observed in the literature. Only 62.2% of jobs required an MLIS overall. The figure below shows a pie chart of the overall percentage and a breakdown of required MLIS by job type: 94.9% of the positions coded as librarian required the MLIS, 78.8% of admin/director positions, 12.8% of technology positions, and 5% of staff positions.

Figure 2: Pie Chart Showing Percentage of positions with MLIS Required

The ARC also examined 70 complete postings from 2019 to understand the trends in job posting language. A word count analysis was conducted on the full text of the job descriptions, skills and duties, and qualifications. Data was cleaned to combine similar terms and clarify usage of ambiguous terms. Though only 19% of the jobs in this sample were categorized as administrators or directors, leadership, management, and supervisory skills were the most frequently mentioned skills in 2019 (436 instances). Communication, collaboration, and teamwork skills were also highly sought after (328 instances) followed by planning and strategic skills (152 instances). Technology skills frequently mentioned included development (116 instances), general digital and technology skills (331 instances), and software/hardware administration and maintenance (176 instances). Sought after library skills included information/research (370 instances), reference (41 instances), data (115 instances), collections (120 instances), cataloging/metadata (79 instances), instruction/teaching (120 instances), and scholarship or scholarly communications (72 instances). In addition, these specific technology tool skills were frequently mentioned:

  • Web, websites: 116 instances
  • Discovery: 43 instances
  • Databases: 32 instances
  • Repository: 31 instances
  • Statistics: 19 instances
  • Server: 17 instances
  • ILS: 13 instances
  • Proxy: 13 instances
  • Primo: 12 instances
  • php: 12 instances
  • Digitization: 12 instances
  • Alma: 12 instances
  • Python: 11 instances
  • HathiTrust: 11 instances

Salary information was posted for 39% of the positions that had complete information (n=223). This percentage is higher than the figure found by Triumph and Beile in their 2015 analysis, which could mean a positive trend in salary posting information. The highest listed annual salary was $233,000 and the lowest listed was $33,880. The average salary range was $67,331-$89,282.

Diversity & Inclusion Best Practices

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee analyzed a sample of the augmented job posting information and developed several recommendations for position posting.

Recommendations for Job Descriptions:

Best Practices:

Job Requirements:

  • Regularly revise or rewrite job descriptions to ensure that job requirements are clear and focused on the results of an activity rather than standardized requirements (Hire for Talent)
  • Avoid posting requirements that are nonessential and may disqualify candidates who are otherwise qualified for the position (Hire for Talent)
  • Clearly indicate the physical working conditions and hours of work (Hire for Talent)
  • Exclude educational requirements if they are not necessary for success in the position (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Recruitment, Hiring and Retention)

References

Choi, Y., & Rasmussen, E. (2009). What qualifications and skills are important for digital librarian positions in academic libraries? A job advertisement analysis. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 35(5), 457-467. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2009.06.003

Gonzales, B. M.  (2019). Computer programming for librarians: A study of job postings for library technologists. Journal of Web Librarianship, 13(1), 20-36. https://doi.org/10.1080/19322909.2018.1534635

Mathews, J. M., & Pardue, H. (2009). The Presence of IT skill sets in librarian position announcements. College & Research Libraries, 70(3), 250-257. https://doi.org/10.5860/0700250

Silva, E., & Galbraith, Q. (2018). Salary negotiation patterns between women and men in academic libraries. College & Research Libraries, 79(3), 324. https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.79.3.324

Triumph, T. F., & Beile, P. M. (2015). The trending academic library job market: An analysis of library position announcements from 2011 with comparisons to 1996 and 1988. College & Research Libraries, 76(6), 716-739. https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.76.6.716

Yang, Q., Zhang, X., Du, X., Bielefield, A., & Liu, Y. (2016). Current market demand for core competencies of librarianship—A text mining study of American Library Association’s advertisements from 2009 through 2014. Applied Sciences, 6(2), 48. https://doi.org/10.3390/app6020048

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Congratulations to Dr. Jian Qin, winner of the 2020 LITA/OCLC Kilgour Research Award

Tue, 2020-05-19 17:03

Dr. Jian Qin has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by OCLC and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). She is the Professor and Director at the iSchool, Syracuse University. 
 
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. It recognizes a body of work probably spanning years, if not the majority of a career. The winner receives $2,000, and a citation.

Dr. Qin’s recent research projects include metadata modeling for gravitational wave research data management and big metadata analytics using GenBank metadata records for DNA sequences, both with funding from NSF. She also collaborated with a colleague to develop a Capability Maturity Model for Research Data Management funded by a grant from the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). She was a visiting scholar at the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), where she developed the learning object vocabulary project. She has published widely in national and international research journals. Dr. Qin was the co-author of the book Metadata and co-editor for several special journal issues on knowledge discovery in databases and knowledge representation.
 
“Dr. Qin has made immeasurable contributions to the field of metadata throughout her 20 year career, including writing Metadata, now in its second edition. This title is award winning and a core text in the field.  She has shown that it is possible to bridge the gap between the theoretical and the practical, not always an easy undertaking.”
 
When notified that she had been selected, Dr. Qin said, “I have always been awed by Kilgour’s legacy and feel tremendously honored to be selected for this award. I am grateful and humbled by this recognition from the LIS community.”
 
Members of the 2020 Kilgour Award Committee are Emma Kepron (Chair), Aimee Fifarek (Past Chair), David Ratledge, Colby Riggs, and Andrew Pace (OCLC Liaison).

About LITA

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About OCLC

OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC’s WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.

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LITA/ALA Survey of Library Response to COVID-19

Tue, 2020-05-12 13:18

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and its ALA partners are seeking a new round of feedback about the work of libraries as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis, releasing a survey and requesting feedback by 11:59 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 18, 2020. Please complete the survey by clicking on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/libraries-respond-to-covid-19-may-2020

LITA and its ALA partners know that libraries across the United States are taking unprecedented steps to answer the needs of their communities, and this survey will help build a better understanding of those efforts. LITA and its ALA partners will use the results to advocate on behalf of libraries at the national level, communicate aggregated results with the public and media, create content and professional development opportunities to address library staff needs, and share some raw, anonymized data elements with state-level staff and library support organizations for their own advocacy needs. 

Additional information about the survey: All library types are encouraged to respond. We are surveying at the library organizational level and are not collecting outlet/branch data. Financial-related data will only be used in aggregate and not shared in raw data format. Any raw data that is shared with states or other library support organizations outside of ALA will be anonymized. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete, and all completed respondents will be automatically entered to win one of ten $30 gift certificates to the ALA Store.

Special thanks to the Colorado State Library’s Library Research Service and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Public Library Data Alliance partners, Association of Research Libraries, and the ACRL Academic Library Trends & Statistics Survey Editorial Board. Additional information about the survey can be found at: http://www.ala.org/pla/issues/covid-19/surveyoverview.

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