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Keto diet cookbook : 125 delicious recipes to lose weight balance hormones boo

New At the Library - Fri, 2020-01-03 10:33

    ISBN: 9780316427180
    Author: Axe, Josh,

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Huckleberry Lake : a Mystic Creek novel /

New At the Library - Fri, 2020-01-03 10:33

    ISBN: 9780593198032
    Author: Anderson, Catherine

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7-day apple cider vinegar cleanse : lose up to 15 pounds in 7 days and turn your

New At the Library - Fri, 2020-01-03 10:33

    ISBN: 9781982118082
    Author: Smith, J. J.

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Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory goes live on Koha with ByWater support

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2019-12-30 16:14
(December 30, 2019). ByWater Solutions announced that the Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory, in Rancho Mirage, California is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 102,000 plus holdings from Autographics ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library.
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Pennsauken Public Library goes live on Koha with ByWater support

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2019-12-30 16:14
(December 30, 2019). ByWater Solutions announced that the Pennsauken Public Library, Pennsauken NJ is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 79,000 plus holdings from Millennium ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library.
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KKR to acquire RBmedia

Library Technology Reports - Sun, 2019-12-29 10:13
(December 29, 2019). KKR, a leading global investment firm, and RBmedia, a leading digital audiobook and related spoken content producer, announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which KKR will acquire RBmedia from Shamrock Capital. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
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KKR to acquire leading digital reading platform OverDrive

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2019-12-25 03:51
(December 24, 2019). KKR, a leading global investment firm, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire OverDrive, Inc., the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, from Rakuten USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rakuten, Inc. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
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MOBIUS migrates Asbury Theological Seminary Library (KY)

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2019-12-23 15:45
(December 23, 2019). MOBIUS announced that the Asbury Theological Seminary B.L. Fisher Library, which utilizes the Evergreen ILS, successfully migrated and went live on its MOSS (MOBIUS Open Source Solutions) service on December 13, 2019. Previously, the Library was a self-supported Evergreen instance. MOBIUS performed data migration services and also provides data hosting and support to the Asbury Seminary Library.
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Evergreen Contributors of the Month

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2019-12-20 09:32
(December 20, 2019). The Evergreen open source library system reflects the labor of thousands of library systems using it and improving it. Appropriately, each month the Evergreen community recognizes one of its contributors as Contributor of the Month.
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Aspen Discovery Announces November 2019 Release

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2019-12-20 09:32
(December 2, 2019). Aspen Discovery announced this week that the November 2019 release is available. This major release includes 6 new features, 8 search improvements, 3 translation improvements and 8 bugfixes.
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UX “don’ts” we still need from Erika Hall

LITA Blog - Fri, 2019-12-20 09:00

The second edition of Erika Hall’s Just Enough Research dropped October 2019; although this excellent volume was previously unknown to me I am taking the opportunity now to consume, embody, and evangelize Hall’s approach to user research. Or, as Hall might put it, I’m a willing convert to the gospel of “Enoughening”. Hall is a seasoned design consultant and co-founder of Mule Design Studio but her commercial approach is tempered by a no-nonsense attitude that makes her solutions and suggestions palatable to a small UX team such as my own at Indiana University Bloomington Libraries.

Rather than conduct a formulaic book review of Just Enough Research, I want to highlight some specific things Hall tells the reader not to do in their UX research. This list of five “don’ts” summarize Hall’s tone, style, and approach. It will also highlight the thesis of the second edition’s brand new chapter on surveys. Some of these might be familiar to you and it’s my hope that the small sample of insights I share will convince you to spend more time with Just Enough Research.  

#1 Don’t seek “validation”.

This seems like a quibbly point to make, but I have a feeling that one day bringing this up in a meeting is going to make me look wicked competent. “Validation” in research lingo means something specific; it refers to proving a hypothesis right or wrong. Hall posits that using phrases like “validate the design”: “sets the expectation that your goal is be proven right, not to learn.” (30) This small shift in language makes sure emphasis is put on all data; not just data that proves any hypothesis you might have about the product you’re building. Or, as Hall says, “Aim to be proven wrong. And you’ll be far more right in the long run.” (31)

#2 No one needs a UX lab.

“There is no reason to test in anything called a “usability lab” unless there’s a danger your experiment will escape and start wreaking havoc. A usability lab gives you the illusion of control.” (53) This is a fitting rebuttal to the articles I’ve seen published recently about academic libraries allocating space for a UX lab. Especially given the variety of free and cheap technology to conduct remote testing, is a UX room of one’s own superfluous? Hall makes a good case that the answer is yes.   

#3 Don’t call things a Likert Scale that aren’t a Likert Scale.

A TRUE Likert scale MUST have:

  • A five or seven point range,
  • A range of agreement and disagreement (but Hall has a nifty chart that shows other qualities that a Likert can measure), 
  • A neutral option in the middle (which some researcher leave out: Hall says leave it in), 
  • Results which are evaluated for statistical relevance. Remember, it is a quantitative method.
  • A mean is meaningless; and ranking the categories probably is too. Because Likert data is ordinal and discrete with a limited range, use a bar chart and calculate the mode for better results. 

If you think you’re using a Likert scale but it doesn’t fulfill all of those characteristics, what you have is an ordered response scale. Hall is taking me back to my grad school’s introductory research methods class and honestly, I needed the refresher. 

#4 Don’t test everyone (craft good screener questions).

Admittedly, I’m bad at this one. My focus is on quick and dirty testing where I take who I can get and use lightweight methods. I don’t want to waste time by starting my usability testing recruits with a survey. Hall has convinced me that screeners lead to better data and it came from this sentence: “You could show them a fully functional, whiz-bang prototype and be met with stares and unhelpful critiques”. (47) I have seen many (MANY) such blank stares from participants who I assume care about the library catalog because they happen to be in the library building. This is a flawed assumption that gives me crappy data. Hall also gives tips for building a screener that gets you the participants you need. 

#5 Maybe don’t do a survey at all.

“What’s the worst that could happen?” Hall asks the reader, who she assumes is being pressured, once again, to do a survey by their administrator. Brexit, that’s what. (136) Surveys are deceptively easy, require significant qualitative and/or quantitative analysis, need more responses than you think, and are often used to measure things like “satisfaction” poorly. Read this chapter and you’ll a) run fewer surveys, and b) write much, much better surveys.

A key themes I see in Just Enough Research, both this edition and the first, is that those of us who do UX work often times see our methods co-opted to serve purposes completely unrelated to user needs or good design. Hall presents and explains foundational concepts in the UX field in a way that will help me explain and defend how and when my methods are useful, and when they aren’t. 

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Koha Community announces 19.11 Release

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2019-12-19 21:31
(December 19, 2019). The Koha Community, home of the world's first free and open source library system, announced this week that the Koha 19.11 release is available. This major release includes 7 security fixes, 20 new features, 146 enhancements, 367 bugfixes.
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Lucidea's Year in Review: Product Enhancements, Artificial Intelligence, & New Books from Lucidea Press

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2019-12-19 21:31
(December 19, 2019). Lucidea is the parent company to a full portfolio of market-leading knowledge management, library automation, and museums and archives collections management solutions. They announced another very strong year in 2019 with exciting upgrades to their ILS, CMS, and KM applications, an artificial intelligence (AI) prototype, the Argus Mobile app, and two new books from their publishing arm, Lucidea Press.
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California Baptist University Adopts Ex Libris RapidILL System to Streamline Interlibrary Loan

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2019-12-19 15:31
(December 19, 2019). Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that California Baptist University is implementing the Ex Libris RapidILL interlibrary loan and resource sharing system to maximize resource accessibility for all CBU library patrons.
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Dutch research institutions and Elsevier reach framework agreement

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2019-12-19 09:31
(December 19, 2019). The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU), The Dutch Research Council (NWO) and information and analytics business Elsevier have reached a framework agreement.
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Jobs in Information Technology: December 18, 2019

LITA Blog - Wed, 2019-12-18 17:47

New this week

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

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Announcing the new LITA eLearning Coordinator

LITA Blog - Wed, 2019-12-18 13:27

We are proud to announce that Kira Litvin will be the new LITA eLearning Coordinator.

Litvin has been the Continuing Education Coordinator at the Colorado School for Public Health for the past five years. She provides distance/online learning library services and instruction and works regularly with other librarians, instructional designers, faculty, and educators to collaborate on instructional delivery projects.

“I am passionate about being a librarian and working with people in an online environment!  For the past nine years I have worked with libraries that are exclusively online. My roles include administering and managing electronic library systems, including Springshare products, and providing virtual reference and instruction to students, faculty and staff. More recently I have transitioned to working as an eLearning Instructional Designer which means I design and develop instructional content available for asynchronous learning and professional development. As online learning continues to grow, I believe that libraries need to keep pace by not only providing electronic access, but ensuring that services, instruction and support are available to everyone, online or in-person,” said Litvin.

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Auto-Graphics, Inc. awarded Indiana's Statewide Resource Sharing contract for its statewide remote circulation service

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2019-12-17 21:26
(December 17, 2019). Auto-Graphics announced that its cloud-based resource sharing solution, SHAREit, has been awarded the contract for Indiana's Statewide Remote Circulation Service, SRCS. This competitive RFP win will result in a new contract for SHAREit with Indiana for up to 4 more years of continued service.
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An alternative to LinkedIn Learning public libraries have been looking for - Introducing Gale Presents

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2019-12-17 21:26
(December 17, 2019). Coming Winter 2020, Gale will be launching Gale Presents: Udemy, a dynamic content platform powered by Udemy for Business, that utilizes the best data-driven curation process to deliver over 3,500 high-quality, on-demand video courses across more than 75 different categories. With just a library card (no LinkedIn account needed), library patrons will be able to access these courses for free at participating public libraries.
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RBmedia announces new ChristianAudio publisher

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2019-12-17 21:26
(December 17, 2019). RBmedia, the largest independent audiobook producer in the world, announced that Megan Dobson has joined its ChristianAudio brand as the new publisher. In her new role, Megan will acquire all content for ChristianAudio, manage relationships with partner publishers, agents, and authors in the Christian market and oversee ways to grow this important RBmedia brand.
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