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Jobs in Information Technology: March 25, 2020

LITA Blog - Wed, 2020-03-25 15:27

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Announcing a National Emergency Library to Provide Digitized Books to Students and the Public

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2020-03-24 21:08
(March 24, 2020). To address our unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials, as of today, March 24, 2020, the Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in our lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation's displaced learners. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later.
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Schreiner University goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2020-03-24 15:08
(March 24, 2020). ByWater Solutions announced that Schreiner University of Kerrville, Texas is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 108,000 plus holdings from the Voyager ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library.
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La Porte County Public Library selects Library.Solution

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2020-03-24 09:07
(March 24, 2020). The Library Corporation is pleased to announce La Porte County Public Library has selected Library.Solution as their next-generation library management platform.
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New York High School captures 2020 Follett Challenge Grand Prize

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2020-03-23 21:07
(March 23, 2020). Mineola High School of Garden City Park, NY was named the Grand Prize winner of the 2020 Follett Challenge. The Nassau County-based school, with an enrollment of 1,026 students, earns $30,000 in Follett products and services and a celebration at their school for its entry, “Empowered Students: Preparing Students for the 4th Industrial Revolution.”
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Equinox welcomes Lisa Carlucci as Executive Director

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2020-03-23 15:06
(March 23, 2020). Equinox Open Library Initiative is honored to announce that Lisa Carlucci will be joining Equinox as Executive Director beginning April 6, 2020.
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ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for Arlington Public Library

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2020-03-21 21:04
(March 21, 2020). ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Discovery Open Source system for Arlington Public Library in Virginia. Arlington Public Library has a service population of over 212,000 individuals, a collection of 500,000 plus resources, and an annual circulation of 3 million transactions a year.
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With at-home learning increasing, Follett offers interactive ebook platform for free to schools

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2020-03-21 09:02
(March 21, 2020). As the number of school closures mount due to the spread of COVID-19, Follett today announced it is partnering with Weigl Publishers, Inc. to offer Lightbox, a PreK-12 interactive ebook platform, and AV2 World Languages, a K-3 ebook program, free of charge to schools worldwide through June 30.
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LibraryThing Is Now Free to All

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-03-19 14:57
(March 18, 2020). LibraryThing is free to all! We're dropping all membership fees and limits. So LibraryThing.com, both on the web and using our cataloging app, are free to all, to add as many books as you want. And, no, we're not going to add ads.
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Hollis Social Library goes live with ByWater Koha support

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-03-19 02:56
(March 18, 2020). ByWater Solution announced that the Hollis Social Library, Hollis, New Hampshire is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 39,000 plus holdings from TLC Library. Solution ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library.
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In Response to COVID-19 Impact on Education, Follett to Deliver Free At-Home Learning Content During Crisis

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2020-03-18 14:55
(March 18, 2020). Follett is working with customers to ensure they can quickly and easily use the company's wide range of eLearning solutions and access to content as more students shift to learning from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Coronavirus-Impacted Libraries Get Unlimited Access to Ebook Central Holdings

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2020-03-18 08:54
(March 18, 2020). ProQuest has partnered with more than 50 publishers to support libraries in providing unlimited access to Ebook Central holdings for all patrons – at no extra charge.The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is having an unprecedented effect on higher-education institutions across the globe. Many libraries have found they suddenly need to support a new level of distance learning and research – and access to electronic resources is imperative.To support this urgent need, ProQuest has partnered with more than 50 publishers to support libraries in providing unlimited access to Ebook Central holdings for all patrons – at no extra charge.Starting this week, ProQuest Ebook Central customers impacted by COVID-19 will get unlimited access to all owned titles from these publishers through mid-June. This means that all licenses – including single-user and three-user models – will automatically convert to unlimited access during that period, helping librarians bridge the gap for their patrons in this rapidly changing environment. The unlimited access also applies to additional titles purchased through mid-June.
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The boy from the woods /

New At the Library - Wed, 2020-03-18 05:54

    ISBN: 9781538748145
    Author: Coben, Harlan, 1962-


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The Jerusalem assassin /

New At the Library - Wed, 2020-03-18 05:54

    ISBN: 9781496437884
    Author: Rosenberg, Joel C., 1967-


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A conspiracy of bones /

New At the Library - Wed, 2020-03-18 05:54

    ISBN: 9781982138882
    Author: Reichs, Kathy


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Washington State Library announces partnership with LYRASIS to Produce a New e-book Platform for All Citizens in Washington State

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2020-03-17 20:54
(March 17, 2020). The Washington State Library has selected LYRASIS to begin deployment of a statewide, e-book platform, SimplyE, to be available to all citizens in Washington.
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Eight perfect murders : a novel /

New At the Library - Tue, 2020-03-17 05:52

    ISBN: 9780062838209
    Author: Swanson, Peter, 1968-


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March 2020 ITAL Issue Now Available

LITA Blog - Mon, 2020-03-16 16:08

The March 2020 issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) is available now. In this issue, ITAL Editor Ken Varnum shares his support of LITA, ALCTS, and LLAMA merging to form a new ALA division, Core. Our content includes a message from LITA President, Emily Morton-Owens. “A Framework for Member Success,“ Morton-Owens discusses the current challenges of LITA as a membership organization and reinvention being the key to survival. Also in this edition, Laurie Willis discusses the pros and cons of handling major projects in-house versus hiring a vendor in “Tackling Big Projects.” Sheryl Cormicle Knox and Trenton Smiley discuss using digital tactics as a cost-effective way to increase marketing reach in “Google Us!

Featured Articles:

User Experience Methods and Maturity in Academic Libraries,” Scott W. H. Young, Zoe Chao, and Adam Chandler

This article presents a mixed-methods study of the methods and maturity of user experience (UX) practice in academic libraries. The authors apply qualitative content analysis and quantitative statistical analysis to a research dataset derived from a survey of UX practitioners. Results reveal the type and extent of UX methods currently in use by practitioners in academic libraries. Read more.

Virtual Reality,” by Megan Frost, Michael Goates, Sarah Cheng, and Jed Johnston

We conducted a survey to inform the expansion of a Virtual Reality (VR) service in our library. The survey assessed user experience, demographics, academic interests in VR, and methods of discovery. Currently our institution offers one HTC Vive VR system that can be reserved and used by patrons within the library, but we would like to expand the service to meet the interests and needs of our patrons. We found use among all measured demographics and sufficient patron interest for us to justify expansion of our current services. Read more.

Using Augmented and Virtual Reality in Information Literacy Instruction to Reduce Library Anxiety in Nontraditional and International Students,” by Angela Sample

Throughout its early years, the Oral Roberts University (ORU) Library held a place of pre-eminence on campus. ORU’s founder envisioned the Library as central to all academic function and scholarship. Under the direction of the founding dean of learning resources, the Library was an early pioneer in innovative technologies and methods. However, over time, as the case with many academic libraries, the Library’s reputation as an institution crucial to the academic work on campus had diminished. Read more.

Bento Box User Experience Study at Franklin University,” by Marc Jaffy

This article discusses the benefits of the bento-box method of searching library resources, including a comparison of the method with a tabbed search interface. It then describes a usability study conducted by the Franklin University Library in which 27 students searched for an article, an ebook, and a journal on two websites: one using a bento box and one using the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Screen recordings of the searches were reviewed to see what actions users took while looking for information on each site, as well as how long the searches took. Read more.

User Experience with a New Public Interface for an Integrated Library System,” by Kelly Blessinger and David Comeaux

The purpose of this study was to understand the viewpoints and attitudes of researchers at Louisiana State University toward the new public search interface from SirsiDynix, Enterprise. Fifteen university constituents participated in user studies to provide feedback while completing common research tasks. Particularly of interest to the librarian observers were identifying and characterizing where problems were expressed by the participants as they utilized the new interface. Read more.

Creating and Managing a Repository of Past Exam Papers,” by Mariya Maistrovskaya and Rachel Wang

Exam period can be a stressful time for students, and having examples of past papers to help prepare for the tests can be extremely helpful. It is possible that past exams are already shared on your campus—by professors in their specific courses, via student unions or groups, or between individual students. In this article, we will go over the workflows and infrastructure to support systematically collecting, providing access to, and managing a repository of past exam papers. Read more.

Meeting Users Where They Are” by Graham Sherriff, Dan DeSanto, Daisy Benson, and Gary S. Atwood

Campus portals are one of the most visible and frequently used online spaces for students, offering one-stop access to key services for learning and academic self-management. This case study reports how instruction librarians at the University of Vermont collaborated with portal developers in the registrar’s office to develop high-impact, point-of-need content for a dedicated “Library” page. This content was then created in LibGuides and published using the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for LibGuides boxes. Read more.

Submit Your Ideas

Contact ITAL Editor Ken Varnum at varnum@umich.edu with your proposal. Current formats are generally:

  • Articles – original research or comprehensive and in-depth analyses, in the 3000-5000 word range.
  • Communications – brief research reports, technical findings, and case studies, in the 1000-3000 word range.

Questions or Comments?

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

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Westering women : a novel /

New At the Library - Sat, 2020-03-14 11:46

    ISBN: 9781250239679
    Author: Dallas, Sandra


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Accelerating innovation and supporting choice for libraries worldwide

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2020-03-13 14:44
(March 13, 2020). When ProQuest and Ex Libris announced the acquisition of Innovative, we believed we could accelerate the pace of innovation in our industry and create new and better options for libraries....We are holding off on some other integration plans. As is typical with many merger and acquisition transactions in the United States, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) routinely evaluates the potential impact on competition and customers, and we received a formal notification of a review of the acquisition of Innovative. We remain confident that the acquisition will positively impact the industry and increase choice for libraries worldwide. We are working with the relevant parties and hope to be through this process soon.
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