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OverDrive unveils Vision 2030 Blueprint for the Next Decade

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2020-02-25 16:02
(February 25, 2020). As the nation's public librarians gather for the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference in Nashville, OverDrive announced its “Vision 2030.” This multi-year initiative will build on the success librarians are experiencing using digital books and mobile apps to reach and provide access to all parts of the community including underserved segments to help bridge the digital divide. In the OverDrive Booth #823 at the PLA Conference, OverDrive will provide detail on Vision 2030 and the key components designed to target 100 million new readers. In addition, public librarians will present how their libraries are currently using digital books and OverDrive technologies to achieve these goals.
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The 2020 Census Starts in Two Weeks — Are Your Computers Ready?

LITA Blog - Tue, 2020-02-25 08:00

Post courtesy of Gavin Baker, ALA Office of Public Policy and Advocacy, Deputy Director, Public Policy and Government Relations

On March 12, millions of American households will begin receiving mailings inviting them to respond to the 2020 Census. To get an accurate count, everyone has to respond – if they don’t, our libraries and communities will lose needed funding.

As the mailings arrive, patrons may come to your library with questions – and, with a new option to respond online, to complete the questionnaire using the library’s computers or internet. To help you prepare, ALA has a new, two-page tip sheet, “Libraries and the 2020 Census: Responding to the Census,” that provides key dates, options for responding, and advice for libraries preparing for the 2020 Census. For instance, the tip sheet explains these important facts:

  • Ways to Respond: Households can respond to the Census online, by phone, or by mail from March 12 until July 31.
  • Mailings: Between March 12 and 20, the Census Bureau will send letters to most households that explain how to respond online or by phone. The Census Bureau will follow up with several reminders in March and April.
  • Paper Questionnaires: In areas with low internet connectivity, the first mailing will also include a paper questionnaire. Between April 8 and 16, the Census Bureau will send a paper questionnaire to every household that has not yet responded.
  • Household Visits: Beginning May 13, households that have not responded will receive visits from a Census Bureau employee.
  • Questionnaire Languages: The online and phone questionnaires will be available in 13 languages.
  • Online Devices: The online questionnaire will be accessible from smartphones and tablets, in addition to laptop or desktop computers.
  • Security and Confidentiality: Responses in the online questionnaire are secure and encrypted, and the confidentiality of all responses to the 2020 Census are strictly protected by law.
  • Information for Respondents: The Census Bureau provides video and written guides in multiple languages that libraries can share to assist patrons completing the Census.

In addition, the tip sheet offers suggestions for preparing library networks and computers in advance of the 2020 Census. To expand access to the online Census questionnaire, libraries can

  • Provide guest or “express” internet access for census respondents without a library card number.
  • Temporarily add or dedicate devices for 15-minute user sessions to reduce wait times for patrons completing the census.
  • Leave your Wi-Fi on in March and April when the library is closed so users can access it from the parking lot.
  • Whitelist and in the library’s firewall.
  • Make mobile devices available to complete the census at bookmobiles and other outreach efforts.

The upcoming Census is also a good opportunity to do a check-on the security of your library’s network and devices. To learn more, see LITA’s Library Privacy Checklist for Public Access Computers and Networks and Cybersecurity Best Practices from Census Counts.

With just weeks to go before the Census begins, ALA’s tip sheet can help your staff prepare. For additional resources about libraries and the 2020 Census, visit

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Fujitsu Launches SaaS for Next-Generation Library Services

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2020-02-25 04:01
(February 24, 2020). Fujitsu announced the launch of Ufinity for Public, a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering for public libraries throughout Japan, extending from the prefectural level to local municipalities. The next-generation library service is designed to bring greater convenience to both library patrons and staff through portal sites. The service includes features that make it easy to create and update a library portal site, along with features for administering interlibrary loans(1) and staff communication over the web. The portal site provides a searchable environment that is convenient for patrons and staff to use for library news or checking and searching on new-acquisitions data. In addition, a horizontal search function can simultaneously search not only public libraries within a prefecture but also the collections in university libraries, museums, and other affiliated institutions, making it quick and efficient for patrons and staff to reserve and send away for books. As the service is provided in the SaaS model hosted at Fujitsu's datacenters and accessed over the Internet, libraries can start using it quickly and inexpensively, with no need for costly investments in ICT resources. Fujitsu offered WebiLis in September 2010 under the SaaS model as its first effort in supporting the "regional general library" concept in Japan. The new service, being Fujitsu's second offering, is intended to enhance the role of regional libraries as information sources and strengthen links between libraries.
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News Regarding the Future of LITA after the Core Vote

LITA Blog - Mon, 2020-02-24 12:35
Dear LITA members,

We’re writing about the implications of LITA’s budget for the upcoming 2020-21 fiscal year, which starts September 1, 2020. We have reviewed the budget and affirmed that LITA will need to disband if the Core vote does not succeed.

Since the Great Recession, membership in professional organizations has been declining consistently. LITA has followed the same pattern and as a result, has been running at a deficit for a number of years. Each year, LITA spends more on staff, events, equipment, software, and supplies than it takes in through memberships and event registrations. We were previously able to close our budgets through the use of our net asset balance which is, in effect, like a nest egg for the division.

Of course, that could not continue indefinitely. Our path towards sustainability has culminated in the proposal to form Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. The new division would come with significant efficiencies for staff and programming that make it possible to continue our activities.

Starting at Midwinter 2020, we began learning about significant financial challenges at the ALA level. ALA used the net asset balances of the divisions in order to meet current expenses. In the assessment of LITA’s leadership, it is unlikely to be able to restore these funds. In forming a budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, it is clear to LITA staff and leadership that we cannot operate without the net asset balance; it is not possible to compose a budget that both breaks even and includes the activities that make LITA, LITA.

Therefore we anticipate that fiscal year 2020-21 will be a transitional year: either completing the merger with ALCTS and LLAMA to create the new division Core, or phasing out LITA entirely. In the event that all three divisions do not vote in favor of Core, we will spend the year working through an orderly wind-down that includes transferring some key activities to other ALA units, where possible.

We regret to be the bearers of news that will surely sadden any of us who value LITA’s spirit and the friendships we’ve built within our division. We hope this will not be a surprise to longtime members, and we want to be as transparent as possible as we approach this important vote starting on March 9.

The LITA Board is fully supportive of the exciting possibility of Core, and we hope you are as well. We know this has been a disorienting time while we work towards a possible merger. We want you to know that we value your work, and we’re doing our best to make sure it will continue as part of Core. We believe the vote will pass and that we’ll spend the next year working together to expand support and resources for you to do even more in the future. We will share more details about the path we’ve chosen (including finances) after the vote.

Emily G. Morton-Owens, LITA President
Bohyun Kim, LITA Past President
Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, LITA Vice President/President Elect
Lindsay Cronk, LITA Director at Large
Tabatha Farney, LITA Director at Large
Jodie Gambill, LITA Division Councilor
Amanda L. Goodman, LITA Director at Large
Margaret Heller, LITA Director at Large
Hong Ma, LITA Director at Large
Berika Williams, LITA Director at Large
Topher Lawton, LITA Parliamentarian

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TLC Announces John Burns as COO

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2020-02-24 09:58
(February 24, 2020). The Library Corporation today announced that John Burns has been appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer, based out of global headquarters in Inwood, W.Va. Formerly TLC's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, John will continue to report to Annette Murphy, President, and CEO of The Library Corporation.
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Eclat Engineering Makes Executive Appointment to Lead Global Growth

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2020-02-22 15:56
(February 22, 2020). As part of Eclat Engineering's strategic growth plan to widen its product offering and expand its global reach, the Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Ritchie. As the former Director of Libraries at PressReader, Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and relevant experience to Eclat Engineering. He will work alongside CEO, Jatin Baraiya, to strengthen the Company's market potential by building a high performing business development team, seeking new market opportunities and executing on the strategic plan at a global scale.
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EnvisionWare Announces Reservation Service and Revolutionary CloudNine Platform

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-02-20 21:54
(February 20, 2020). EnvisionWare, a leading provider of self-service and library efficiency solutions, announced the company will unveil both its new Reservation Service software and its revolutionary CloudNine platform at the PLA conference in Nashville.The Reservation Service leverages all the flexibility and features of the world's leading library computer reservation product, PC Reservation plus many additional features and a completely new product architecture. With the Reservation Service, patrons can easily reserve an unlimited variety of resources, including study rooms, tablets, and 3D printers. Library staff can configure which resources are available, and how the reservation process for each individual type of resource will work.
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IUN World GmbH goes live on Koha with Admin Kuhn

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-02-20 21:54
(February 20, 2020). IUN World GmbH goes live on Koha with Admin Kuhn. [Admin Kuhn] Admin Kuhn, a Swiss Koha support company, announced today that the IUN World GmbH in Ismaning, Germany, is now live on Koha! Admin Kuhn completed the transition of the library's 9'300 plus holdings from SHSoft BIB2 and is providing ongoing support services to the library.
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Boards of ALCTS, LITA and LLAMA put Core on March 2020 ballot

LITA Blog - Thu, 2020-02-20 11:44

The Boards of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), Library Information Technology Association (LITA) and the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA) have all voted unanimously to send to members their recommendation that the divisions form a new division, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. 

ALCTS, LITA and LLAMA will vote on the recommendation during the upcoming American Library Association (ALA) election. If approved by all three memberships, and the ALA Council, the three long-time divisions will end operations on August 31, 2020, and merge into Core on September 1.

Members of the three Boards emphasized that Core will continue to support the groups in which members currently find their professional homes while also creating new opportunities to work across traditional division lines. It is also envisioned that Core would strengthen member engagement efforts and provide new career-support services. If one or more of the division memberships do not approve Core on the ballot, the three divisions will remain separate but continue to face membership declines and financial pressures.  

In order to share pertinent information and facilitate discussion regarding the possible merger, ALCTS, LITA and LLAMA will each lead separate town halls, as well as focus groups. In addition, the divisions invite feedback and discussion through Twitter using the hashtags #TheCoreQuestion and #EndorseCore. Visit the Core website for full details for all upcoming events and past Core discussions.  

Join us Monday, February 24th, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CST for a LITA Town Hall meeting to learn details about the ALA election vote to combine the three divisions, LITA, ALCTS, LLAMA into the new proposed division Core. The election runs March 9 – April 1, and all members of the three divisions are encouraged to vote. Register for the town hall meeting today!

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership. The membership includes new professionals, systems librarians, library administrators, library schools, vendors and anyone else interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers.

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders.

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OverDrive Hires Arnold as General Manager for K-12 Education Unit

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-02-20 09:52
(February 20, 2020). OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced the hiring of Angela Arnold as General Manager of OverDrive Education. Arnold brings decades of e-business development and go-to-market skills to drive adoption of its student reading solutions and digital content sales to schools and libraries. In this new role, she reports to OverDrive founder and CEO Steve Potash.
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Coconut layer cake murder /

New At the Library - Thu, 2020-02-20 09:52

    ISBN: 9781496718891
    Author: Fluke, Joanne, 1943-

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One minute out /

New At the Library - Thu, 2020-02-20 09:52

    ISBN: 9780593098929
    Author: Greaney, Mark

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The other Mrs. : a novel /

New At the Library - Thu, 2020-02-20 09:52

    ISBN: 9780778369110
    Author: Kubica, Mary

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The sun down motel /

New At the Library - Thu, 2020-02-20 09:52

    ISBN: 9780440000181
    Author: St. James, Simone

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OCLC Community Engagement Award celebrates the impact public library programs make every day

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2020-02-19 15:51
(February 19, 2020). OCLC is accepting nominations for the OCLC Community Engagement Award, a recognition intended to highlight projects that help public libraries extend their reach, build strong partnerships and create programs that transform lives.
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Jobs in Information Technology: February 19, 2020

LITA Blog - Wed, 2020-02-19 15:33

New this week

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

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Early-bird registration ends March 1st for the Exchange

LITA Blog - Wed, 2020-02-19 13:29

With stimulating programming, including discussion forums and virtual poster sessions, the Exchange will engage a wide range of presenters and participants, facilitating enriching conversations and learning opportunities in a three-day, fully online, virtual forum. Programming includes keynote presentations from Emily Drabinski and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, and sessions focusing on leadership and change management, continuity and sustainability, and collaborations and cooperative endeavors. The Exchange will take place May 4, 6, and 8.

In addition to these sessions, the Exchange will offer lightning rounds and virtual poster sessions. For up-to-date details on sessions, be sure to check the Exchange website as new information is being added regularly.

Early-bird registration rates are $199 for ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA members, $255 for ALA individual members, $289 for non-members, $79 for student members, $475 for groups, and $795 for institutions. Early-bird registration ends March 1.

Want to register your group or institution? Groups watching the event together from one access point will receive single (1) user access to the live stream over all three days and unlimited user account creation on the Exchange event site. Institutions with a maximum of six (6) concurrent user access points receive access to the live stream over all three days and unlimited user account creation on the Exchange event site.

Group and institutional members are encouraged to create their own user accounts and participate in the event’s discussions and non-streaming content. To learn more, contact ALCTS Program Officer, Tom Ferren at or call (312) 280-5038.

Interested in submitting a poster for the virtual poster session? The deadline for submitting virtual poster proposals is March 6. Learn more and submit your proposal today.

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Equinox migrates Oregon County Library District to the Missouri Evergreen Consortium

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2020-02-17 15:44
(February 17, 2020). Equinox welcomed the Oregon County Library District to Evergreen with their successful migration to the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. The Oregon County Library District's move will support 2,225 patrons and encompass a total of 51,744 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included project management and Evergreen software configuration. Data extraction and bibliographic deduplication were completed as part of their migration encompassing item, patron, and transaction records. Onsite and virtual training were also provided by Equinox.
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Collision of lies /

New At the Library - Fri, 2020-02-14 09:33

    ISBN: 9780800736507
    Author: Threadgill, Tom, 1961-

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The land beneath us /

New At the Library - Fri, 2020-02-14 09:33

    ISBN: 9780800727994
    Author: Sundin, Sarah

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