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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 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

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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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Pearls of wisdom : little pieces of advice (that go a long way) /

New At the Library - Fri, 2020-03-13 11:44

    ISBN: 9781538734940
    Author: Bush, Barbara, 1925-2018.

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The ultimate retirement guide for 50+ /

New At the Library - Fri, 2020-03-13 11:44

    ISBN: 9781401959944
    Author: Orman, Suze

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EBSCO eBooks receives first-ever maximum score in ASPIRE E-Book Accessibility Audit

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-03-12 20:43
(March 12, 2020). EBSCO Information Services has been named one of the top e-book platform providers in the ASPIREverified Accessibility Audit with the first-ever perfect score of 100 percent. This honor recognizes an organization's commitment to improving the content and communication of its accessibility statements in order to provide full transparency to customers and end-users.
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Learn How to Build your own Digital Scholarship/Humanities Curriculum with this LITA webinar

LITA Blog - Thu, 2020-03-12 15:13

Are you a subject librarian interested in building digital scholarships? Join us for the upcoming webinar “Digital Inception: Building a digital scholarship/humanities curriculum as a subject librarian,” on Wednesday, April 22, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm CST. 

Digital scholarship is gaining momentum in academia. What started as a humanities movement is now present in most disciplines. Introducing digital scholarship to students can benefit them in multiple ways: it helps them interact with new trends in scholarship, appeals to different kinds of learners, helps them develop new and emerging literacies, and gives them the opportunity to be creative.

This 90-minute presentation will guide attendees in building a digital scholarship curriculum from a subject librarian position. It will explore how to identify opportunities, reach out to faculty, and advertise your services. It will also showcase activities, lesson plans, and free tools for digital publication, data mining, text analysis, mapping, etc.

Finally, the presentation will include a section on finding training opportunities and strategies to support colleagues and create capacity in your institutions.

Learning objectives for this program include:

  • Discover their own potential as digital scholarship instructors
  • Amass a set of activities and tools to be used in the teaching of digital scholarship
  • Identify opportunities for professional development and growth in digital scholarship

Program Outline:

  • What is digital scholarship/humanities? (5 min)
  • The power of the subject/liaison/instruction librarian (10 min)
  • Free/inexpensive tools and activity ideas (lesson plans, etc.) (40 min)
  • Reaching out to faculty (includes activity) (10 min)
  • Training opportunities (10 min)
  • Q & A (15 min)

Who Should Attend: This course is geared toward Liaison/Subject/Instruction librarians or any librarian for whom DS/DH is not their main role.

Presenter: Marcela Isuster, Education and Humanities Librarian, McGill University

View details and Register here.

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

Questions or Comments? Contact us at or (312) 280-4268.

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CLEVNET launches Patron Point

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-03-12 14:43
(March 12, 2020). Patron Point announced today that CLEVNET of Cleveland, OH has launched the Company's patron relationship management system to help drive its marketing efforts. One of the primary interests of the consortium was Patron Point's ability to support individual member library branding and messaging through a single consortium-managed system.
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Follett Launches API Partner Program

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-03-12 14:43
(March 12, 2020). Follett has launched a partner program that will make it easy for its Destiny and Aspen customers to implement time- and cost-saving integrations and streamline data exchange with their existing vendors. The API Partner Program will allow Follett to help customers extend and enhance the capabilities of their Destiny and Aspen solutions and take full advantage of Follett's open-APIs via the company's growing partner portfolio.
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Mellon Foundation appoints Jonathan Holloway to its Board of Trustees

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-03-12 14:43
(March 12, 2020). The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Jonathan Holloway to its Board of Trustees. Holloway is the president-elect of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; he will assume the presidency on July 1, 2020. He is currently provost and professor of history and African American studies at Northwestern University.
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A forgotten murder /

New At the Library - Thu, 2020-03-12 11:43

    ISBN: 9780778309895
    Author: Deveraux, Jude

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IBM Watson Health and EBSCO Information Services collaborate to launch integrated clinical decision support solution

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2020-03-11 20:42
(March 11, 2020). IBM Watson Health and EBSCO Information Services announced a strategic collaboration aimed towards enhancing clinical decision support and operations for healthcare providers and health systems. The companies are combining their respective solution suites – DynaMed and IBM Micromedex with Watson – into a single, high-value global solution called "DynaMed and Micromedex with Watson." The combined solution suite will be designed to bring together drug and disease content, into a single source for evidence-based insights to help inform clinical decisions.
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IBM Watson Health and EBSCO Information Services collaborate to launch integrated clinical decision support solution

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2020-03-11 20:42
(March 11, 2020). IBM Watson Health and EBSCO Information Services announced a strategic collaboration aimed towards enhancing clinical decision support and operations for healthcare providers and health systems. The companies are combining their respective solution suites – DynaMed and IBM Micromedex with Watson – into a single, high-value global solution called "DynaMed and Micromedex with Watson." The combined solution suite will be designed to bring together drug and disease content, into a single source for evidence-based insights to help inform clinical decisions.
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Blackboard Inc. announces execution of definitive agreement to sell its Open LMS Business

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2020-03-11 20:42
(March 11, 2020). Blackboard announced the execution of a definitive agreement to sell its Blackboard Open LMS business to Learning Technologies Group. The transaction enables Blackboard to further simplify its business and accelerate momentum in helping clients move to its Software as a Service deployment of Learn and Ultra, its next-generation Learning Management System. It will also allow Open LMS, a leading Moodle-based SaaS LMS, to increase its focus on the innovations and services that are core to its client base. The transaction is anticipated to close early in the second quarter of 2020.
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Jobs in Information Technology: March 11, 2020

LITA Blog - Wed, 2020-03-11 14:52

New this week

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

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Congratulations to Alison Macrina, winner of the 2020 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award

LITA Blog - Wed, 2020-03-11 14:25

The LITA/Library Hi Tech Awards Committee is pleased to select Alison Macrina as the 2020 recipient of the LITA/Library Hi-Tech Award. Macrina led the Tor Relay Initiative in New Hampshire, is the founder and executive director of the Library Freedom Project, and has written and taught extensively in the areas of digital privacy, surveillance, and user anonymity in the context of libraries and librarianship. In this role, Macrina was instrumental in creating the Library Freedom Institute, which trained its first cohort in 2018 and will train its third cohort in 2020. Macrina has also spoken on digital privacy and the work of the Library Freedom Project across the United States and published Anonymity, the first book in ALA’s Library Futures Series, in 2019.

The committee was fortunate to receive several outstanding nominations for the 2020 award. Macrina stood out in this strong pool of candidates for the broad reach and impact of her work. Digital privacy and anonymity are topics of significant public interest and affect multiple types of libraries as well as everyone who uses the Internet. Macrina has informed and trained a broad swath of professionals, within and beyond libraries, through her book, presentations, and training via the Library Freedom Project. We believe Macrina’s work embodies the purpose of the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award, which is intended to recognize “outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting edge technology within the field of library and information technology,” and we are delighted to recognize her with this award.

When notified she was this year’s recipient, Alison Macrina said “I am tremendously moved to be recognized by my colleagues in LITA. I do this work because I believe that librarians can help build a better world. I want to dedicate this award to the graduates of Library Freedom Institute. We are powerful together.”

Members of the 2020 LITA/Library Hi-Tech Award Committee are: Janet A. Crum (Chair), Brian K. Auger, Amy Kimura, Robert T. Wilson, Tod A. Olson (Past Chair).

Thank you to Emerald Publishing for sponsoring this award.

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Nominate yourself or someone you know for the next LITA Top Tech Trends panel of speakers

LITA Blog - Wed, 2020-03-11 12:34

LITA is looking for dynamic speakers with knowledge about the top trends in technology and how they intersect with information security and privacy. Library technology is quickly evolving with trends such as VR, cloud computing and AI. As library technology continues to impact our profession and those that we serve, security and privacy are quickly becoming top concerns. We hope this panel will provide insight and information about these technology trends for you to discuss within your own organization. If you or someone you know would be a great fit for this exciting panel, please submit your nomination today.  

Submit your nominations – the deadline is April 17, 2020.

The session is planned for Sunday, June 28, 2020, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, at the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. A moderator and several panelists will each discuss trends impacting libraries, ideas for use cases, and practical approaches for evaluating them.

LITA encourages participation from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, and LGBTQA+ individuals. We also value diverse perspectives from different types and sizes of libraries, as well as those who can bring a fresh voice. Speakers will be selected based on their proposed trends, experiences, and overall balance to the panel. View the submission guidelines.

For more information please contact Louis Brooks at

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The mirror and the light /

New At the Library - Wed, 2020-03-11 11:42

    ISBN: 9780805096606
    Author: Mantel, Hilary, 1952-

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Our best breakfast and brunch recipes : simple recipes for eggs burritos hashb

New At the Library - Wed, 2020-03-11 11:42

    ISBN: 9781620933534

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