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OCLC Research and euroCRIS release report on international research information management practices

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-12-11 05:30
(December 4, 2018). OCLC Research and euroCRIS, the international organization for research information, have published a joint research report, Practices and Patterns in Research Information Management: Findings from a Global Survey, which examines how research institutions worldwide are applying research information management (RIM) practices.
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Oodi opens in Helsinki, marking a new era of libraries in the world's most literate nation

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-12-11 05:30
(December 3, 2018). Oodi – a new central library for Helsinki will open on the fifth of December 2018, a day before Finland marks its 101st anniversary as an independent country. Described as the nation's birthday gift to its citizens, the 17,250 sq m library has been designed by Finnish architecture firm ALA Architects, led by Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki and Samuli Woolston.
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Softlink's Liberty chosen by the Michael Somare Library

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-12-11 05:30
(December 3, 2018). Softlink Information Centres announced that the University of Papua New Guinea's Michael Somare Library has chosen the Liberty library management system.
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The Coastal Alabama Community College Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-12-11 05:30
(December 1, 2018). ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Coastal Alabama Library, in Alabama is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library's 130,000 plus holdings from Atrium and Library World ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at:
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Support for the Butte County Library Staff affected by the Camp Fire

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-12-11 05:30
(November 27, 2018). ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, has set up a GoFundMe page to help library staff affected by the Camp Fires in the Butte County Library System. ByWater has also contributed 10% of the total goal to help with this cause. All funds collected will go to directly to the members of the Butte County Library System who have lost their homes in the fires that ravaged the area this month. For more information and to make a donation to help these librarians please visit:
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Inner City Councils in Sydney put citizens first with cloud management

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-12-11 05:30
(November 12, 2018). Four of Sydney's inner city councils have selected Civica's market-leading library management system to improve community collaboration. Spydus, a cloud-hosted solution, will support core library functions, enhance citizen engagement and open possibilities for a combined library service in the future.
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Port Hedland libraries start a new chapter in the cloud

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-12-11 05:30
(November 12, 2018). The Town of Port Hedland is strengthening the role of libraries at the heart of its community with a cloud-based integrated management system. Civica's Spydus10 will help the WA council improve customer experience and increase citizen engagement.
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The ultimate brush lettering guide : a complete step-by-step creative workbook t

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-12-11 05:30

    ISBN: 9780399582172
    Author: Dean, Peggy (Illustrator),

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Eggs on ice /

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-12-11 05:30

    ISBN: 9780698197459
    Author: Childs, Laura

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The mansion : a novel /

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-12-11 05:30

    ISBN: 9781501165511
    Author: Boone, Ezekiel,

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Eat like a Gilmore : daily cravings : an unofficial cookbook for fans of Gilmore

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-12-11 05:30

    ISBN: 9781510741935
    Author: Carlson, Kristi

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Silent scream /

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-12-11 05:30

    ISBN: 9780778369837
    Author: Harper, Karen

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Beauchamp Hall /

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-12-11 05:30

    ISBN: 9781980010609
    Author: Steel, Danielle

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Kingdom of the blind /

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-12-11 05:30

    ISBN: 9781250308122
    Author: Penny, Louise

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Before we were yours : a novel /

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-12-11 05:30

    ISBN: 9781984833037
    Author: Wingate, Lisa

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Greetings from Metadata Management Tools!

LITA Blog - Mon, 2018-12-10 16:50


Earlier this fall, I taught a 3-week online course titled Metadata Management Tools for LITA. The course was designed for library staff who regularly work manipulating MARC and metadata sets or library school students interested in the subject of metadata management. My goal was for students to finish the course with an understanding of the tools available to them for metadata management, example use cases for each tool, and the resources available to them if they would like to further their knowledge or have any questions regarding any of these tools. A big “Thank you!” to LITA for giving me the opportunity to teach this online course.

What is “metadata management”?

According to Margaret Rouse of, [m]etadata management is the administration of data that describes other data.

It involves establishing policies and processes that ensure information across the organization can be

  • integrated,
  • accessed,
  • shared,
  • linked,
  • analyzed,
  • and maintained to best effect.
Why “Metadata Management Tools”?

The concept of “Metadata Management Tools” was not developed in a vacuum. It came about as I began working full-time with cataloging, metadata, and database maintenance. After leaving library school, I realized that I knew about metadata but was ignorant of the tools and workflows other library workers were using at their institutions.

Continuing education and participation in conferences helped to bridge this gap for me, but not every library worker has the freedom to learn new tools on the job that don’t directly relate to a project their working on, have the time to experiment with new workflows, or the ability to travel to learn new things.

I am grateful to be a part of a community of amazing library workers who share their experiences and tools widely and abundantly. One of my goals of this course was to try and gather freely available tools/resources that are available for cataloging and metadata work in one place.

Below is a list of common metadata management tools/resources:



Common Metadata Management Tools/Resources Resource Name Resource Type Description MarcEdit Software/Tools MarcEdit is a software developed to work with MARC data and perform database maintenance tasks for library catalogs. MarcEdit YouTube Channel Tutorial Series of tutorials for MarcEdit developed and produced by Terry Reese, creator of MarcEdit. Python Programming Language Programming language Pymarc Programming Language Python library specifically geared towards working with data formatted in MARC. Pymarc Google Group Online Community An online community that allows users to troubleshoot and collaborate around using Pymarc. Online guide for using pymarc Tutorial ROW2 COL3 CONTENT OpenRefine Software/Tools “OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a powerful tool for working with messy data: cleaning it; transforming it from one format into another and extending it with web services and external data.” OpenRefine Google Group Online Community An online community that allows users to troubleshoot and collaborate around using OpenRefine. Library Carpentry: OpenRefine Tutorial Library Carpentry tutorial for working with OpenRefine. RegEx Tutorial — A quick cheatsheet Tutorial Tutorial for using Regular Expressions. Git Version Control System ROW3 COL3 CONTENT UCSD Library’s Git Novice Tutorial Tutorial A fork of the Software Carpentry‘s Git lesson, this tutorial is a metadata-focused tutorial aimed specifically at beginners. FITS (File Information Tool Set) Software/Tools The File Information Tool Set (FITS) identifies, validates and extracts technical metadata for a wide range of file formats. DataAccessioner Software/Tools The Data Accessioner is a simple tool, with an easy-to-use graphic interface, for migrating content between media while also creating and validating checksums, gathering metadata (via FITs), and compiling an XML metadata file (with the option to include Dublin Core metadata as of v 1.0) for future reference. DataAccessioner Metadata Transformer Software/Tools The Data Accessioner-Metadata Transformer is a simple tool for creating new reports based on the metadata files generated by the Data Accessioner. Library Carpentry Online Community/

Tutorial Series of online/in-person workshops on library technology tools. Digital POWRR Tool Grid Online Guide Tool grid developed by Digital POWRR team members detailing digital preservation tools available in Early 2013. Community Owned digital Preservation Tool Registry Online Community/

Guide COPTR describes tools useful for long-term digital preservation. It primarily acts as a finding and evaluation tool to help practitioners discover the tools they need to perform particular preservation tasks. COPTR is collating the knowledge of the digital preservation community on preservation tools in one place. Apache Jena Software/Tools A free and open source Java framework for building Semantic Web and Linked Data applications. Free Your Metadata Online Community/

Tutorial Free Your Metadata is a scientific collaboration between Multimedia Lab (ELIS — Ghent University / iMinds) and MasTIC (Université Libre de Bruxelles) / Information School (University of Washington) which shows users how to make their metadata ready for the Linked Data Cloud. Library Workflow Exchange Online Community/

Workflow Sharing Platform Site designed to help librarians to share workflows and best practices across institutions. There is a wide range of workflows available–from Exhibit Creation to Metadata to Scholarly Communications–and users can contribute their own workflows as well. What next?

There are many tools and resources still missing from this list. For example, there are no XSLT resources and only one resource about linked data!

Looking forward, this is an opportunity for metadata professionals to collaborate on developing a more comprehensive resource for metadata management tools–similar to COPTR.

What metadata management tools do you use in your workflows? What tools would you like to learn more about?

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Don’t miss the new LITA webinar – Accessibility for All: Screen Readers

LITA Blog - Fri, 2018-12-07 09:00

There’s still time to sign up now for Accessibility for All: Screen Readers

Over 25 million Americans are blind or have low vision and would benefit from access to a computer equipped with screen reading software. There are many different options available to libraries when choosing which screen reading software to make available to their patrons. This 90 minute webinar will compare the five most popular screen readers and different types of accessibility aids. We will also discuss making your library website more accessible, creating partnerships with outside organizations, and how to better extend outreach to include all patrons.

Presenter: Kelsey Flynn, Adult Services Associate at both the Joliet Public Library and the White Oak Library District, Illinois
Tuesday December 18, 2018, 1:00 – 2:30 pm Central Time

View details and Register here.

Check out this additional upcoming LITA continuing education opportunity:

Making Games and Online Interactive Content
Instructor: Ruby Warren
Offered: February 6, 2019 – February 27, 2019

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to LITA continuing education, contact us at (312) 280-4268 or

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LIS Students: Apply for the Larew Scholarship for Tuition Help

LITA Blog - Thu, 2018-12-06 11:26

LITA and Baker & Taylor are accepting applications for the LITA/Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship for those who plan to follow a career in library and information technology, demonstrate potential leadership, and hold a strong commitment to library automation. The winner will receive a $3,000 check and a citation. The application form is open through March 1, 2019.

Criteria for the Scholarship includes previous academic excellence, evidence of leadership potential, and a commitment to a career in library automation and information technology. Candidates should illustrate their qualifications for the scholarship with a statement indicating the nature of their library experience, letters of reference and a personal statement of the applicant’s view of what they can bring to the profession. Winners must have been accepted to a Master of Library Science (MLS) program recognized by the American Library Association.

References, transcripts, and other documents must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2019, for consideration. All materials should be submitted to American Library Association, Scholarship Clearinghouse, c/o Human Resource Development & Recruitment, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL, 60611-2795.

Thank you to Baker and Taylor for sponsoring this scholarship.

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The other wife /

New At the Library - Fri, 2018-11-30 14:15

    ISBN: 9780751562835
    Author: Robotham, Michael, 1960-

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