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ALA LITA Emerging Leaders: Inventing a Sustainable Division

LITA Blog - Sun, 2020-04-12 20:38

In January 2020, the latest cohort of Emerging Leaders met at ALA Midwinter to begin their projects. LITA sponsored two Emerging Leaders this year: Kelsey Flynn, Adult Services Specialist at White Oak Library, and Paige Walker, Digital Collections & Preservation Librarian at Boston College.

Kelsey and Paige are part of Emerging Leaders Group G, “Inventing a Sustainable Division,” in which they’ve been charged with identifying measures that LITA can take to improve its fiscal and environmental sustainability. As a first step in their assessment, the group distributed a survey to LITA members that will quantify interest in sustainable measures such as virtual conferences and webinars. Want to help? Complete the survey to give feedback that may shape the direction of our chapter.

Group G is fortunate to have several other talented library workers on its team: 

  • Kristen Cooper, Plant Sciences Librarian at University of Minnesota
  • Tonya Ferrell, OER Coordinator at University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Laura Mendez, Branch Manager at San Diego County Library Lemon Grove Branch
  • Tonya Ryals, Assistant Director at Crowley Ridge Regional Library
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Site Renovation in Progress

Tame the Web - Sat, 2020-04-11 22:23
Please excuse any site glitches while we’re undergoing updates and upgrades.
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Free Public Data File of 112+ Million Crossref Records

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2020-04-10 16:08
(April 10, 2020). CrossRef has made a free data file of the public elements from Crossref's 112.5 million metadata records. It is important to note that Crossref metadata is always openly available. The difference here is that we've done the time-saving work of putting all of the records registered through March 2020 into one file for download. All records are included. In other words, the data file has every DOI ever registered with Crossref through March 31st, 2020. This means it's a large file, 65GB.
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Latest in LITA eLearning

LITA Blog - Fri, 2020-04-10 14:48

So much has changed since COVID-19. Online learning is in greater demand and we are working hard to provide you with resources and more professional development opportunities that strengthens the library community. We hope you are well and staying safe.

There’s a seat waiting for you. Register today!

Digital Inception: Building a digital scholarship/humanities curriculum as a subject librarian

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Central Time

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

This 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, a section on finding training opportunities and strategies to support colleagues and create capacity in your institutions.

In this 90-minute webinar, you’ll learn:

• 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

View details and Register here.

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

Buying Strategies 101 for Information Technology

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Central Time

Presenter: Micheal Rodriguez, Collections Strategist, University of Connecticut

This webinar introduces a framework and best practices for effectively negotiating contracts for the purchase of information technology (IT) products and services. It will address common concerns such as learning the legalese, developing negotiation skills, reducing legal risk, and insuring bang for your buck. It will address the impact of cloud computing, the role of open source software, current industry changes, and privacy risks. Finally, this webinar will illustrate ways in which buying strategies can guide the library IT ecosystem toward more values-based, user-centered, and sustainable futures.

In this 90-minute webinar, you’ll learn:

• A deeper understanding of buying strategies (terminology, best practices, and concepts), along with pointers on how to apply this knowledge strategically in their dealings with vendors and colleagues

• Analyzing and revising IT contracts to maximize value and manage risk

• Building IT contracts in a larger industry context of trends and needs

View details and Register here.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife join CLiC and choose ByWater Solutions' Koha and Aspen support

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-04-09 22:01
(April 9, 2020). ByWater Solution announced that CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium) has added Colorado Parks and Wildlife Research Library to their consortium. They will be using Koha for their ILS and Aspen Discovery for their catalog.
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Office Hours: Narrative Inquiry

Tame the Web - Thu, 2020-04-09 19:05

What’s your story? That question could lead to better understanding professional learning
experiences (PLEs) for librarians and the experiences of the community we serve.

Each of us can tell a unique story. For librarians, we all have different learning needs, varying
personal relationships to learning and a unique set of experiences, workplace environments and
career objectives that inform our perspective and approach. One of the best ways to gain first-
hand knowledge of both librarian experience and the specific stories of our community is
through narrative inquiry (NI). This method is at the core of a research project I want to highlight

Back Story

NI is an emerging research methodology that utilizes a flexible interview format to collect
information about unique, personal experiences. The current body of literature using NI
demonstrates that this approach enables researchers to gather responses that were not
anticipated, and ideas that cannot be summarized by checking a, b or c. Moreover, NI
specifically thinks outside the box of surveys. While surveys remain a vital tool for painting an
overall picture, NI is a nuanced methodology enabling researchers to capture dynamic
discourse on complex topics. NI encourages a full spectrum of unique responses and brings to
life the story of individuals. This is an innovative way to capture major themes and trends, share
personal journeys, and reveal unexpected details and insights.

Story Time!

NI is particularly apropos for the research needs of information professionals. Current studies
utilizing NI emphasize what a powerful tool it is for studying populations whose voices might not
be regularly heard in mainstream media. Part of the power of NI is that unlike a survey, the
interview feels like a seriously compassionate way of reaching out, listening, and learning.
Consider how you might use this methodology in your own setting for both internal and external
research. What stories might rise to the surface from interviewing your users about their lives
and interests?

The survey instrument can be a short series of questions that ask your interviewee to tell a story
about some aspect of their lives. Forgo the “what do you like about the library?” type question
for a query such as “What would make your life easier?” or “What would you like to learn

How do you learn?

I am excited to share an opportunity I had recently to put NI into action. With Dr. Helen Partridge
and Dr. Kate Davis, in a collaborative project between San Jose State University, University of
Southern Queensland and the Australian Library and Information Association, I have been
working on research into PLEs of Australian Public Librarians. The outcomes of this project will,
for the first time, establish national level data to provide an evidence base about PLE in the
public library sector and tell the story of librarians in the field. Our study employs both a
nationwide survey and an open interview format to hear first-hand and gain unique narratives
from these librarians. I conducted the interviews using the NI approach and look forward to publishing the results. San Jose State University School of Information student Margaret Snyder
is working with me on the analysis of NI interviews to create personas of learners in our field.
She also contributed to this column and her expertise in using NI will serve her well as a soon to
be information professional.

To give you a taste of the findings, I will share that these interviews tell compelling stories of real
experiences of PLE for public librarians and provide invaluable insights for both individual
librarians and LIS educators, staff trainers, managers, administrators, and larger governing
bodies. Several major themes emerge: there is not enough learning culture in their library, PLE
must be personally sought out on their own time and PLE is mostly found online.

These narratives also demonstrate that every librarian desires the opportunity to gain
knowledge and skills. Quoting one participant: “you become a librarian because you
fundamentally want to learn and try new things.” It was thrilling to see how NI turned over stones
that surveys would never find to uncover valuable advice, heartfelt feelings, and excellent ideas
for better PLEs and how each of us can refresh and re-invigorate our practice: stay curious.

NI is a powerful tool that can be leveraged to gain rich and detailed information regarding a
person’s views of the world, be it how they learn or what they might need from the library. This
invaluable data can be leveraged to provide insights and recommendations for changes and
improvements to services, locally and globally.

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Office Hours: The Power of Stories Part 2

Tame the Web - Thu, 2020-04-09 18:54

Last time, I wrote about our disparate group of presenters coming together to blend three session proposals focused on the power of stories into one 90 minute workshop at this year’s Next Library Conference in Aarhus, Denmark. Joining myself, Kylie Carlson and Felicity Macchion, from Yarra Libraries in Australia, was Jason Evans Groth, Digital Media Librarian at NCSU Libraries. His proposal came with yet another twist: it was focused on telling stories with podcasting.

As detailed last time, our session at Next explored how to use narrative inquiry to better understand community needs, how to adapt story-based programming and services to accommodate children with neuro-diverse disabilities, and how to gather stories with simple, on-the-go, recording methods to create powerful artifacts. In the thick of the session, however, our allotted time flew by and Evans Groth knew exactly how to adapt. Here’s the rest of the story.

My Favorite Podcast

Many of us are carrying recording studios around with us in our pockets and bags in the form of smartphones and tablets,” Evans Groth told me. “We can, if we choose to, turn any space into a temporary recording studio. Recognizing this can do some powerful things for us.”

These days it seems everyone has a podcast or two they recommend. Evans Groth detailed the benefits of embracing this ultra popular medium in libraries as background on his session proposal.

If librarians practice using these technologies, they are empowered with the ability to take what might otherwise be ephemeral happenings and package them as stories which can easily be shared. It also helps to demystify the process of media making and illustrate how ubiquitous and easy-to-use this technology can be for the purpose of thoughtfully sharing stories.

More importantly, the tool allows us to raise all voices up. Evans Groth said: “If we help our patrons and our colleagues to share our library stories, we build and fortify a culture of accessibility and inclusion by making accessible the many stories that come out of our libraries.”

Pod Save Us

Evans Groth’s original proposal was a hands on how to record a podcast session. In an early Zoom meeting, Evans Groth realized “my session counterparts had something going for them that my initial proposal did not have: an emphasis on technology-free story-sharing and a more easy-to-see human focus.” There are many moments when the thought of using technology can create tension in a workshop, probably causing some folks to not be as interactive as they’d like to be. In a practice run at Dokk1 in Aarhus, further realization came: “Hearing the frameworks which we would provide to get our session attendees interacting made me think, immediately, that I did not want to get in the way with tech, even easy-to-use tech. Rather, my role would probably be more valuable if I used technology to quietly and accurately make the session go better and capture it to tell its story later.”

Evans Groth outfitted his co-presenters with iPads as recording devices and we caught the in-action thoughts of our attendees. When it was his turn to talk, Evans Groth pivoted from a technical step by step to a pep-talk, “telling our attendees how moved I was by the work they did in the session and by how lucky I felt to be involved in something so meaningful.” And then he enthusiastically hit the major talking points as concluding words for our audience: we should embrace the power of tech to tell stories, and podcasts are just sound files made by people just like them. The difference is that we are always thoughtful and passionate about stories.

Stuff You Should Know

Evans Groth’s take-away is one that we can all take to heart. It’s important to be open to the unknown, but it’s also important to document – and share – what happens when we are open to the unknown. Evans Groth is doing just that. He is assembling all the recordings into a podcast that will soon be available for everyone to hear. He said: “I’m flattered that so many participants thought what we did mattered and that I got to work with such great colleagues, and I feel privileged to still be hearing their voices as I put this lasting document together.”

My take away from this challenging endeavor? Story-based experiences of all kinds can increase listeners’ understanding of diverse groups, demonstrate the value of everyone’s experience, and remind listeners of their shared humanity.

Links for the online version:

“Coming to you live from the planet Saturn…”: An old cassette, a ham radio hound, and a Digital Media Librarian bring the lost voice of the Voyager spacecraft to life


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Join us this Fall for #CoreForum2020 – Proposal Deadline Extended!

LITA Blog - Thu, 2020-04-09 16:00

Call for Proposals have now been extended to Friday, May 22, 2020.

Share your ideas and experiences about library technology, leadership, collections, preservation, assessment, and metadata at the inaugural meeting of Core, a joining of LITA/ALCTS/LLAMA. We welcome your session proposal.

For more information about the call for proposals and our theme of exploring ideas and making them reality, visit the 2020 Forum website: 

Event Details

November 19-21, 2020

Baltimore, MD

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

COVID-19 Planning

The 2020 LITA/ALCTS/LLAMA Forum Planning Committee is currently evaluating a contingency plan, should the COVID-19 public health crisis impact Forum in November.

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Announcing Galecia's new Virtual Services Platform for Libraries

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2020-04-08 15:59
(April 8, 2020). In response to the shutdown of in-person services, including libraries, due to COVID-19, we have been hard at work putting together a solution that will help libraries continue to fulfill their mission of providing information and services to the public by establishing their own online support platform. We have tested a range of communication and online management tools and put together a suite of products that is affordable, scalable, and integrated to allow libraries to function in a virtual environment with staff distributed in locations outside of the physical library.
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Cloud-based library platform keeps California Community College Libraries operational during COVID-19 crisis -- System is now live at 110 California Community Colleges

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2020-04-08 15:59
(April 6, 2020). The statewide Library Services Platform project successfully transitioned an unprecedented single-year cohort of 110 participating California community college libraries to the shared platform in January 2020. This rapid and timely adoption positioned college libraries to immediately adapt to remote work and learning practices following a statewide shelter-in-place order in March due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
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Core Is Approved!

LITA Blog - Wed, 2020-04-08 15:07

We’re thrilled to announce that Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is moving forward, thanks to our members.

The three existing divisions’ members all voted to approve the bylaws change that will unite ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA to form Core:

  • ALCTS: 91% yes
  • LITA: 96% yes
  • LLAMA: 96% yes

The presidents of the three divisions, Jennifer Bowen, ALCTS, Emily Morton-Owens, LITA, and Anne Cooper Moore, LLAMA, shared the following statement: “We first want to thank our members for supporting Core. Their belief in this vision, that we can accomplish more together than we can separately, has inspired us, and we look forward to working with all members to build this new and sustainable ALA division. We also want to thank the Core Steering Committee, and all the members who were part of project teams, town halls and focus groups. We would not have reached this moment without their incredible work.”

ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall said, “Congratulations to the leaders and members of ALCTS, LITA and LLAMA for making the bold move to merge their strengths. This new division offers opportunities to expand our impact and will help cultivate and amplify the collective expertise of library workers in core functions. I heartily welcome Core to the ALA division family and look forward to supporting its future success.”

This vote does not end the process. Our divisions will now work with the ALA Committee on Organization and the ALA Council to officially establish Core as a new division on September 1, and to discontinue ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA. Because the 2020 ALA Annual Conference has been cancelled, we’ll be working with ALA leadership to ensure this process moves forward virtually.

On behalf of the Boards of Directors, thank you for voting, for asking important questions, and for galvanizing your colleagues toward defining our future together. 

Emily Morton-Owens, President, Library Information Technology Association (LITA)

Jennifer Bowen, President, Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)

Anne Cooper Moore, President, Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA)

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Manuscript Manager integrates UNSILO AI tools to reduce manuscript submission delays

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2020-04-07 15:56
(April 7, 2020). UNSILO, a brand of the global scientific communications company Cactus Communications, announced the integration of its Technical Checks and Reviewer Finder APIs by Manuscript Manager, the Copenhagen-based software company that provides submission workflow tools for publishers and scholarly societies, managing over 230 academic journals. The Technical Checks API, part of the UNSILO Evaluate suite, uses machine-learning tools to provide information in real time from scientific research manuscripts, such as identifying evidence of funding statements and potential conflicts of interest. The software assists human editors and authors by providing links and checks.
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Innovative Business Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2020-04-06 15:54
(April 6, 2020). We continue to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its global impact. Innovative is committed to providing awareness and transparency to our customers, employees, and partners about our status and actions that we are taking. Our business continues to be fully operational, with no disruption to our services and systems.
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Patron Point introduces an Online Registration solution for public libraries

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2020-04-06 15:54
(April 6, 2020). Patron Point today announced the launch of an online registration solution for public libraries. The new functionality offers Patron Point libraries a complete workflow around signing up new cardholders. Starting with customized, branded sign up forms which sit on the library website, the solution creates the new customer record in the ILS which in turn triggers the fully automated welcome email sequences from Patron Point's marketing automation platform.
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Yewno Earns Frost and Sullivan's 2020 Global Technology Innovation Award for Predictive Analytics in Financial Services

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2020-04-06 15:54
(April 6, 2020). Yewno, a leading provider of artificial intelligence solutions, announces that global research leader Frost and Sullivan has awarded it with the 2020 Global Technology Innovation Award for predictive analytics in the financial services industry.
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A better understanding of APC funding sources could accelerate the transition to open access

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2020-04-06 09:54
(April 6, 2020). A new report published by Springer Nature indicates that a better understanding of the sources of funding for article processing charges could accelerate the transition to open access (OA) publishing. “APCs in the wild” refer to those APCs that are funded from sources that cannot easily be identified or tracked, in other words, those funding streams that fall outside of centrally managed library or institution budgets. The whitepaper draws on data from a survey of over 1000 Springer Nature authors, as well as 16 interviews with representatives from institutions. The goal of the research was to explore the scale of “wild” funding streams and their impact on the transition to OA publishing.
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Softlink Information Centres releases Liberty v5 Build 8.035 and Liberty Link 1.5

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-04-02 15:40
(April 2, 2020). Softlink Information Centres, a leading supplier of library and research management systems is pleased to announce the release of Liberty v5 Build 8.035 and Liberty Link 1.5.
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Springer Nature makes key textbooks freely accessible for educators, students and academics affected by coronavirus lockdown

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-04-02 09:38
(April 2, 2020). With the Coronavirus outbreak having an unprecedented impact on education, Springer Nature is launching a global program to support learning and teaching at higher education institutions worldwide. This will see institutions able to access for free more than 500 key textbooks across Springer Nature's eBook subject collections. These books will be available via SpringerLink until at least the end of July.
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Wasatch County Library goes live on Koha with ByWater Support

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2020-04-01 15:35
(April 1, 2020). ByWater Solutions announced that Wasatch County Library of Heber City, Utah is now live on Koha! They are joining the Uintah Basin Library System which is made up of libraries from Vernal, Roosevelt and Duchesne Utah. ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 95,000 plus holdings from Horizon ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. Wasatch's Koha system will be working in concert with Aspen Discovery to provide patrons seamless access to all of the library's print, electronic, and enhanced content resources.
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Free LITA Webinar: Protect Library Data While Working From Home

LITA Blog - Wed, 2020-04-01 15:03

A Crash Course in Protecting Library Data While Working From Home

Presenter: Becky Yoose, Founder / Library Data Privacy Consultant, LDH Consulting Services

Thursday, April 9, 2020

1:00 – 2:00 pm Central Time

There’s a seat waiting for you… Register for this free LITA webinar today!

Libraries across the U.S. rapidly closed their doors to both public and staff in the last two weeks, leaving many staff to work from home. Several library workers might be working from home for the first time in their current positions, while many others were not fully prepared to switch over to remote work in a matter of days, or even hours, before the library closed. In the rush to migrate library workers to remote work and to migrate physical library programs and services to online, data privacy and security sometimes gets lost in the mix. Unfamiliar settings, new routines, and increased reliance on vendor technology all puts library data privacy at risk.

This 60-minute interactive webinar will guide library workers in protecting patron data as they adjust to the new normal of working from home. Participants will also have the chance to ask questions of their fellow attendees or share how they are addressing library data privacy at their library in the webinar.

Learning objectives for this program include:

  •  Identify and understand key risks to library data privacy and security from a rapid shift to working from home
  •  Learn and implement strategies and tools in mitigating common privacy and security risks to library data when working from home
  •  Assess and plan how to protect library data while working remotely for the long term

Who Should Attend:

  •  Library workers working from home for the first time in their current positions or careers
  •  Library technology workers responsible in guiding library workers in securing their home offices while working remotely
  •  Library administrators who are concerned about how library user data privacy and security can be affected by shifting to remote work, and what their staff can do to mitigate additional risks

Register online:​​​​​​​

Special thanks to LDH Consulting Services for sponsoring this free webinar.

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