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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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Nyhedsbrev fra Fælles Bibliotekssystem

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2019-12-17 21:26
(December 17, 2019). Som varslet i sidste nyhedsbrev, valgte styregruppen for Fællesskabet FBS den 21. november 2019 at følge indstillingen om opløsning af Fællesskabet FBS. Det betyder, at projekt Fælles Bibliotekssystem overgår til det nye setup for governance - Bibliotekernes Data & IT (BDI) - pr. 1. januar 2020, som også omfatter Fælles Biblioteksinfrastruktur.
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Submit a Nomination for 2020 Awards and Scholarships

LITA Blog - Tue, 2019-12-17 13:10

Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

The award honors the life and accomplishments of Hugh C. Atkinson by soliciting nominations and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of an academic librarian who has worked in the areas of library automation or library management and has made contributions (including risk taking) toward the improvement of library services or to library development or research.

Nomination deadline: January 9, 2020

Winner receives a cash award and a plaque.

Learn more about the requirements for the Atkinson Memorial Award.

Ex Libris Student Writing Award

The LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award is given for the best unpublished manuscript on a topic in the area of libraries and information technology written by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited library and information studies graduate program.

Application deadline: February 28, 2020

Winner receives a $1,000 cash and a plaque.

Learn more about the requirements for the Ex Libris Student Writing Award.

Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research and Library Information Technology

The purpose of this award is to bring attention to research relevant to the development of information technologies, especially work which shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data is manipulated and managed. The intent is to recognize a body of work probably spanning years, if not the majority of a career.

Nomination deadline: December 31, 2019

Winner receives $2,000 cash and an expense paid trip to the ALA conference (airfare and two nights lodging).

Learn more about the requirements for the Kilgour Award.

Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship in Library Information and Technology

The scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and information technology field, who plan to follow a career in that field, and who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and a vision in pursuit of library and information technology. This scholarship is for study in an ALA Accredited Master of Library Science (MLS) program.

Application deadline: March 1, 2020

Winner receives a $3,000 cash and a plaque.

Learn more about the requirements for the Larew Scholarship.

Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science

The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting edge technology through communication in continuing education within the field of library and information technology. The award may be given to an individual or institution for a single seminal work, or a body of work, taking place within (or continuing into) the five years preceding the award.

Nomination deadline: December 31, 2019

Winner receives a $1,000 cash and a plaque.

Learn more about the requirements for the Library Hi Tech Award.

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LibKey Discovery Now Integrated with WorldCat Discovery

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2019-12-17 09:24
(December 17, 2019). Third Iron, a leading information technology company developing innovative services for libraries, publishers and their users, announced an integration of their service LibKey Discovery and OCLC WorldCat Discovery. LibKey Discovery delivers one-click linking to PDF articles and links that take the user from article records back to the original journal issue or to the most recent issue of the journal. Libraries can easily add LibKey Discovery to their OCLC WorldCat Discovery service using the OCLC Service Configuration module.
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The newest version of Library.Solution introduces the Inventory module

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2019-12-17 09:24
(December 17, 2019). The release of Library.Solution for Schools 5.5.x introduced updated inventory workflows to support a librarian's shelf management tasks.
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Submit a Nomination for the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

LITA Blog - Fri, 2019-12-13 16:16

LITA, ACRL, ALCTS, and LLAMA invite nominations for the 2020 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Please submit your nominations by January 9, 2020.

The award honors the life and accomplishments of Hugh C. Atkinson by recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of an academic librarian who has worked in the areas of library automation or library management and has made contributions (including risk taking) toward the improvement of library services or to library development or research.

Winners receive a cash award and a plaque. This award is funded by an endowment created by divisional, individual, and vendor contributions given in memory of Hugh C. Atkinson.

The nominee must be a librarian employed in one of the following during the year prior to application for this award:

  • University, college, or community college library
  • Non-profit consortium, or a consortium comprised of non-profits that provides resources/services/support to  academic libraries

The nominee must have a minimum of five years of professional experience in an academic library or in a non-profit consortium or a consortium comprised of non-profits.

More information and a list of previous winners can be found on the LITA website.

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Digital Science partners with Springer Nature on Nature Index

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2019-12-13 09:14
(December 13, 2019). Digital Science, a leader in scholarly technology, announced a collaboration with Springer Nature, the publisher of Nature, in compiling the Nature Index. The Nature Index is a database of author affiliations and institutional relationships compiled by Nature Research, tracking roughly 60,000 research articles per year from 82 high-quality natural science journals. It provides absolute and fractional counts of article publication at the institutional and national level and, as such, is an indicator of high quality research output and collaboration at the global and local level.I
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Faulker-Van Buren Regional Library System selects SirsiDynix as their ILS vendor

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2019-12-13 09:14
(December 13, 2019). SirsiDynix announced today that Faulkner-Van Buren Regional Library System has selected SirsiDynix as their Integrated Library System (ILS) partner.
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Council Bluffs Public Library selects SirsiDynix as their ILS Vendor

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2019-12-13 09:14
(December 13, 2019). SirsiDynix announced that Council Bluffs Public Library has selected SirsiDynix as their Integrated Library System (ILS) partner.
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