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Jobs in Information Technology: January 3, 2018

LITA Blog - Wed, 2018-01-03 15:12

New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.

New This Week

New York University, KARMS Metadata Production & Management Supervisor, New York, NY

University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries, Desktop Support Specialist, Rochester, NY

Town and Country Public Library District, Library Director, Elburn, IL

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a job posting.

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K–3 Literacy Success Levels Soar in Louisiana District After Turning to Voyager Sopris Learning's LETRS Solution

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-01-03 14:55
(January 3, 2018). In just one year, student reading success at Rapides Parish Schools improved dramatically after the implementation of a new teacher professional development course of study, Voyager Sopris Learning's LETRS—to the extent that one district administrator refers to the results as incredible.
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Ex Libris launches new Partner and Certification Program

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-01-03 14:55
(January 3, 2018). Ex Libris announced the launch of the Ex Libris Connect Partner Program, designed to support a rich ecosystem of third-party solution providers in the development of integrations with Ex Libris solutions.
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Florida Public Libraries Celebrate Major Milestone with More Than 300 Adults Graduating from Career Online High School

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2018-01-03 14:55
(January 3, 2018). Gale announced that more than 300 adults have graduated from Career Online High School through Florida public libraries since the pilot program launched in 2015. Career Online High School provides qualifying Florida residents the opportunity to earn a free, private, accredited high school diploma. The program is specifically designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary education or the workforce.
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December 2017 ITAL Issue Published

LITA Blog - Wed, 2018-01-03 11:10

The December issue (volume 36, number 4) of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) is now available at:

https://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/index.

The December 2017 issue Reviewed Articles and Communications

“Mobile Website Use and Advanced Researchers: Understanding Library Users at a University Marine Sciences Branch Campus”
Mary J. Markland, Hannah Gascho Rempel, and Laurie Bridges

https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v36i4.9953

This exploratory study examined the use of the Oregon State University Library’s  website via mobile devices by advanced researchers at an off-campus branch location. Branch campus affiliated faculty, staff, and graduate students were invited to participate in a survey to determine what their research behaviors are via mobile devices including frequency of mobile library website use and the tasks they were attempting to complete. Findings showed that while these advanced researchers do periodically use the library’s website via mobile devices, mobile devices are not the primary mode of searching for articles and books or for reading scholarly sources. Mobile devices are most frequently used for viewing the library website when these advanced researchers are at home or in transit. Results of this survey will be used to address knowledge gaps around library resources and research tools and to generate more ways to study advanced researchers’ use of library services via mobile devices.

“Metadata Provenance and Vulnerability”
Timothy Robert Hart and Denise de Vries

https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v36i4.10146

The preservation of digital objects has become an urgent task in recent years as it has been realised that digital media have a short life span. The pace of technological change makes accessing these media more and more difficult. Digital preservation is accomplished by two main methods, migration and emulation. Migration has been proven to be a lossy method for many types of digital objects. Emulation is much more complex; however, it allows preserved digital objects to be rendered in their original format, which is especially important for complex types such as those made up of multiple dynamic files. Both methods rely on good metadata in order to maintain change history or construct an accurate representation of the required system environment. In this paper, we present our findings that show the vulnerability of metadata and how easily they can be lost and corrupted by everyday use. Furthermore, this paper aspires to raise awareness and to emphasise the necessity of caution and expertise when handling digital data by highlighting the importance of provenance metadata.

“Everyone’s Invited: A Website Usability Study Involving Multiple Library Stakeholders”
Elena Azadbakht, John Blair, and Lisa Jones

https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v36i4.9959

This article describes a usability study of the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries’ website conducted in early 2016. The study involved six participants from each of four key user groups – undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and library employees – and consisted of six typical library search tasks such as finding a book and an article on a topic, locating a journal by title, and looking up hours of operation. Library employees and graduate students completed the study’s tasks most successfully, whereas undergraduate students performed fairly simple searches and relied on the Libraries’ discovery tool, Primo. The study’s results identified several problematic features that impacted each user group, including library employees. This increased internal buy-in for usability-related changes in a later website redesign.

Editorial Content

Submit Your Ideas
for contributions to ITAL to Ken Varnum, editor, at varnum@umich.edu 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 LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org

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The unquiet grave : a novel /

New At the Library - Wed, 2018-01-03 05:55

    ISBN: 9781476772875
    Author: McCrumb, Sharyn, 1948-


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Year one /

New At the Library - Fri, 2017-12-29 11:48

    ISBN: 9781531834463
    Author: Roberts, Nora


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Promise not to tell /

New At the Library - Fri, 2017-12-29 11:48

    ISBN: 9780399585272
    Author: Krentz, Jayne Ann


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The wanted /

New At the Library - Fri, 2017-12-29 11:48

    ISBN: 9780399161506
    Author: Crais, Robert


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The demon crown

New At the Library - Fri, 2017-12-29 11:48

    ISBN: 9780062694331
    Author: Rollins, James, 1961-


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Key Documentaries Now Available from Alexander Street

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2017-12-25 14:44
(December 20, 2017). The popularity of high-quality documentaries for research and learning is growing as students and faculty increasingly rely on these resources for deeper understanding of events. Now, libraries can quickly and affordably expand their collections to include premier documentaries. Docuseek2, a leading distributor of documentary films in the education space, has teamed with Alexander Street, a ProQuest company, to bring their second edition collection of 1,800 titles to researchers and educators.
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La ville de Saint-Eustache choisit l'entreprise inLibro et le logiciel de gestion de bibliothèque Koha pour sa bibliothèque.

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2017-12-25 14:44
(December 20, 2017). La bibliothèque municipale de Saint-Eustache pourra compter sur l'expertise de l'entreprise inLibro et sur le logiciel de gestion de bibliothèque Koha pour gérer l'ensemble des opérations de la bibliothèque.L'entreprise inLibro prend ainsi en charge l'installation et le paramétrage de Koha, la migration des données, la formation, le soutien ainsi que le développement sur mesure de nouvelles fonctionnalités afin d'offrir à la ville de Saint-Eustache un service clés en main.
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LITA Welcomes Two Emerging Leaders

LITA Blog - Wed, 2017-12-20 12:24

ALA’s Emerging Leaders program enables newer library workers to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. LITA is thrilled to sponsor these two excellent emerging leaders.

Aisha Conner-Gaten, intersectional librarian, activist, and tech enthusiast working at the William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Aisha is interested in emerging technologies, issues of equity and access in the library, and the role of librarians as social justice accomplices. Aisha’s experiences in activism mirror her leadership philosophy; showing what is possible by doing and then empowering others to do the same. She takes inspiration from an Alice Walker quote that she has used to guide her work: “Activism is my rent for living on the planet.”

Samantha Quiñon, Assistant Director and Head of Research & Instruction at Lesley University Libraries in Cambridge (MA).

Samantha was the 2016-17 co-chair of ALA’s New Member Round Table Student and Student Chapter Outreach Committee and an ACRL 2017 Teaching with Technology Immersion Program alumna. She recently led her library’s website reconstruction project using agile software development methodology and has given several individual and panel presentations at regional conferences on learning experience design for websites and critical pedagogy. Samantha takes inspiration from the words of Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

LITA is sponsoring two Emerging Leaders for 2018 thanks to donations from LITA members and supporters in celebration of our 50th anniversary. We look forward to learning more about these outstanding emerging leaders and the projects they will work on in upcoming LITA blog interviews.

Questions or Comments?

For any questions or comments related to LITA participation in the ALA Emerging Leaders program, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Jenny Levine, jlevine@ala.org, or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org

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Nyhedsbrev fra Fælles Bibliotekssystem

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2017-12-20 08:40
(December 20, 2017). Velkommen til december måneds nyhedsbrev fra FBS, hvor du blandt andet kan læse om drift, support og det seneste styregruppemøde.
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LibraryThing teams with the Office of American Spaces

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2017-12-19 17:38
(December 19, 2017). LibraryThing is proud to announce a partnership with US Department of State's Office of American Spaces. The new partnership will provide LibraryThing's small-library solution, TinyCat, to American Spaces around the world.
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Somerset County Library System of New Jersey implements TLC'S CARL.X

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2017-12-19 17:38
(December 19, 2017). The Library Corporation announced that the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey has successfully migrated to the fully hosted service model of the CARL.X ILS. SCLSNJ serves over 188k residents within their 15 member communities and circulates close to 3 million items annually. They are looking forward to working with TLC to strengthen the offerings that they provide to their staff and patrons.
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Backstage begins processing 2.5 million books and 14,000 DVDs on-site at Alderman Library, University of Virginia

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2017-12-19 17:38
(December 19, 2017). Backstage Library Works announced that it has moved into full production with extensive on-site inventory, cleaning, and cataloging projects for Alderman Library at the University of Virginia. Backstage will be processing 2,528,840 items across four collections, including the general collection, government documents, Tibetan, and DVD collections. Backstage is working closely with library staff, implementing processes to optimize efficiency, guarantee quality, and ensure timely project completion.
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RedLink and Dragonfly expand ISPG collaboration

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2017-12-19 17:38
(December 19, 2017). RedLink, Inc., and Dragonfly Marketing and Consulting have announced an expansion of their agreement supporting the Independent Scholarly Publishers Group (ISPG), providing eligible publishers access to the usage analytics and data visualization tools provided by RedLink's Publisher Dashboard and related products.
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Reminder: LITA Award Nominations Close December 31

LITA Blog - Tue, 2017-12-19 16:49

Nominations for all three of LITA’s awards are open through December 31, 2017. Each one honors innovative library technology work and includes a monetary award in addition to a plaque or citation.

Submit a Nomination for the Prestigious Kilgour Technology Research Award
The Kilgour Research Award recognizes research relevant to the development of information technologies, in particular research showing promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect of the publication, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of information or how information and data are manipulated and managed. The winner receives $2,000 cash, an award citation, and an expense-paid trip (airfare and two nights lodging) to the 2018 ALA Annual Conference. Submit your nomination today.

Sponsored by OCLC.

LIS Students: Apply for the LITA/Ex Libris Writing Award
The award recognizes superior student writing and is intended to enhance the professional development of students. The manuscript can be written on any aspect of libraries and information technology. Examples include, but are not limited to, digital libraries, metadata, authorization and authentication, electronic journals and electronic publishing, open source software, distributed systems and networks, computer security, intellectual property rights, technical standards, desktop applications, online catalogs and bibliographic systems, universal access to technology, and library consortia. the award consists of $1,000, publication in LITA’s refereed journal, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), and a certificate.

To be eligible, applicants must follow the detailed guidelines and fill out the application form (PDF). Send the signed, completed forms electronically no later than February 28, 2018, to the Award Committee Chair, Eric Phetteplace, at phette23@gmail.com.

Sponsored by Ex Libris.

Apply for the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Cutting Edge Tech Education
The award, given to either a living individual or an institution, may recognize a single seminal work or a body of work created during or continuing into the five years immediately preceding the award year. The body of work need not be limited to published texts but can include course plans or actual courses and/or non-print publications such as visual media. Awards are intended to recognize living persons rather than to honor the deceased; therefore, awards are not made posthumously. The award includes a citation of merit and a $1,000 stipend. Submit your nomination today.

Sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing.

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