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The third to die /

New At the Library - Thu, 2020-02-13 09:26

    ISBN: 9780778309444
    Author: Brennan, Allison

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Postscript /

New At the Library - Thu, 2020-02-13 09:26

    ISBN: 9781538746592
    Author: Ahern, Cecelia, 1981-

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LITA Blog Call for Contributors

LITA Blog - Wed, 2020-02-12 22:29

We’re looking for new contributors for the LITA Blog!

Do you have just a single idea for a post or a series of posts? No problem! We’re always looking for guest contributors with new ideas.

Do you have thoughts and ideas about technology in libraries that you’d like to share with LITA members? Apply to be a regular contributor!

If you’re a member of LITA, consider either becoming a regular contributor for the next year or submitting a post or two as a guest.

Apply today!

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Koha adopts Elastic for Search functionality

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2020-02-12 09:19
(February 12, 2020). ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Koha Open Source ILS now has Elasticsearch functionality added as an option for its primary search engine. Elastic adds both speed and functionality to the searching in Koha and opens up doors to the integration of more native metadata.
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The queen's fortune : a novel of Desiree Napoleon and the dynasty that outlast

New At the Library - Wed, 2020-02-12 09:19

    ISBN: 9780593128183
    Author: Pataki, Allison

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Alone in the wild /

New At the Library - Wed, 2020-02-12 09:19

    ISBN: 9781250260871
    Author: Armstrong, Kelley

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The house keeper /

New At the Library - Wed, 2020-02-12 09:19

    ISBN: 9781690582151
    Author: Barelli, Natalie

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American dirt /

New At the Library - Wed, 2020-02-12 09:19

    ISBN: 9781250754080
    Author: Cummins, Jeanine

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Koha Expands in Australasia

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2020-02-11 21:17
(February 11, 2020). Catalyst has purchased Calyx Information Essentials and, from 1 March 2020, Catalyst will be providing Hosting and Support for their Australian clients using the Koha Library Management System.
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Okanagan College adopts Talis Aspire as it launches in Canada

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2020-02-11 21:17
(February 11, 2020). Following the recent launch of Talis in Canada, Okanagan College has adopted Talis Aspire, in order to improve the integration of learning materials into its courses. Their main aim is to improve the student and faculty experience by creating easier access to resources and to give the library a better insight into resource usage. Talis will work closely with Okanagan College to support their individual needs, as well as those of the wider Canadian Higher Education market, along with other Canadian institutions.
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Talis Aspire launches in Canada with the University of Alberta

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2020-02-11 21:17
(February 11, 2020). The University of Alberta has adopted Talis Aspire, becoming the first university in Canada to do so, officially marking the availability of Talis Aspire in Canada. They have chosen to implement Talis Aspire with student experience in mind, to improve access to resources. Talis will be working closely with the University of Alberta to address their needs, and those of the wider Canadian market, whilst providing all of the benefits of the resource list solution used by over 100 institutions across the world.
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Learn the latest in Library UX with this LITA Webinar

LITA Blog - Tue, 2020-02-11 11:51

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

How to Talk About Library UX – Redux

Presenter: Michael Schofield

Librarian / Director of Engineering, WhereBy.Us

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

12:00 – 1:00 pm Central Time

The last time we did this webinar was in 2016 – and a lot’s changed. The goal then was to help establish some practical benchmarks for how to think about the user experience and UX design in libraries, which suffered from a lack of useful vocabulary and concepts: while we might be able to evangelize the importance of UX, LibUXers struggled with translating their championship into the kinds of bureaucratic goals that unlocked real budget for our initiatives.

It’s one thing to say, “the patron experience is critical!” It’s another thing to say, “the experience is critical – so pay for OptimalWorkshop, or hire a UX Librarian, or give me a department.”

And let’s be real, this is still a real obstacle. But now, there are more examples than ever about successful UX programs in libraries, models for how even whole UX departments might be structured. The hill you have to climb to pitch UX is a little less steep.

What’s changed is twofold: the collective level of UX maturity in librarianship (it’s gone up!), and the increasing pace of practical thinking in the “fields” of service design and researchOps.

This 60-minute webinar – “How to talk about UX Redux” – is benchmark 2.0.

Learning objectives for this program include:

  • Understand a higher baseline of UX, its role in the organizational mission, and its part in a larger ecosystem of “products,” services, and policies.
  • Learn a high-level working vocabulary for UX and service design.
  • Learn new insights into the practice of “researchOps,” and sound arguments for allocating more of the library budget into this kind of thinking.

This course is geared toward librarians and librarifriends who are invested — at least in spirit! — in improving the library UX. This webinar might be especially good for LibUXers who have already seen the concepts and practice of UX change weirdly and are looking for a hard reset.

View details and Register here.

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

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BiblioCommons acquired by Volaris Group

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2020-02-10 21:15
(February 10, 2020). On February 10th, 2020 Volaris Group finalized the acquisition of BiblioCommons. Volaris is a Canadian software success story that is focused on acquiring, strengthening and growing vertical market software companies. Volaris is a worldwide software organization which operates as a division of Constellation Software, one of Canada's largest technology success stories. BiblioCommons will operate independently while advancing via the guidance and expertise of the Volaris network. Two of the founders, Beth Jefferson and Patrick Kennedy have decided to transition from BiblioCommons but will continue as advocates.
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Joint Working Group on eBooks and Digital Content in Libraries

LITA Blog - Mon, 2020-02-10 14:18

John Klima, the LITA Representative to the Working Group on eBooks and Digital Content, recently agreed to an interview about the latest update from ALA Midwinter 2020. Watch the blog for more updates from John about the Working Group in the coming months!

What is the mission and purpose of the Working Group on eBooks and Digital Content?

Quoting from the minutes of the ALA Executive Board Fall meeting in October of 2019:

[The purpose of this working group is] to address library concerns with publishers and content providers specifically to develop a variety of digital content license models that will allow libraries to provide content more effectively, allowing options to choose between one-at-a-time, metered, and other options to be made at point of sale; to make all content available in print and for which digital variants have been created to make the digital content equally available to libraries without moratorium or embargo; to explore all fair options for delivering content digitally in libraries; and to urge Congress to explore digital content pricing and licensing models to ensure democratic access to information.

It’s a big charge to be sure.

Can you tell us more about how the group came to be? What are the most important long-term goals for the group?

Again, paraphrasing from the minutes of the ALA Executive Board Fall meeting in October of 2019:

At the 2019 ALA Conference Council iii, the ALA Council approved a resolution calling for establishment of a Joint Working Group on eBook and Digital Content Pricing in Libraries consisting of representatives from ALA, ULC, ASGCLA, COSLA, PLA, LITA, ALCTS, RUSA, SLA and other members to be determined.

There are more than 30 members to the working group with representatives from internal ALA organizations like LITA, PLA, YALSA, ALCTS, RUSA, and more, as well as representatives from outside of ALA including people like Steve Potash from OverDrive, Brian O’Leary from the Book Industry Study Group, and Sandra DeGroote from MLA. That means there’s a lot of smart people together in a room. The group is an attempt to put together representatives of all types of libraries, patrons, and econtent vendors.

In my opinion our main long-term goal is to put together a proposal for fair delivery of content to libraries that incorporates pricing and access that can be used by libraries of all sizes when working with econtent vendors. That isn’t a simple thing, but I’m confident this group will come up with a good proposal.

What is the group working on next?

Right now our co-chairs—Leah Dunn from UNC-Asheville and Kelvin Brown from Broward County Libraries (FL)—are pulling together minutes from our Midwinter meeting which will include a concept for how the group wants to proceed with our charge and what type of deliverables we will provide to ALA at the end of our term. At this time the group is focusing on how to organize itself to best tackle our charge.

Give us an overview of your meeting during ALA Midwinter and the future of this new working group.

Something that I talked about is that since I work in a public library, I don’t necessarily know all the concerns that academic or special libraries face with regards to econtent. This was echoed by people around the table. For many public libraries the Macmillan ebook embargo has a direct impact on providing content to patrons but often academic libraries aren’t customers of Macmillan. For them the conversation needed to be about something other than just one single vendor.

As a group we agreed that we needed to learn what libraries are already doing with regards to econtent that is working for them (and thereby providing a way to share that among all libraries) and elevating the conversation above individual vendors in order to include all types of libraries and all types of patrons/users.

What else should LITA members know about this working group? How can they get involved or help?

I’ll provide an update via the blog each time we meet as a group to provide LITA members with our progress. In the meantime, LITA members can email me with their concerns about ebooks. What is working for them right now? What access do they not want to lose? Are there technological concerns that could be addressed? What types of access do they not have?

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Tech firm expands US presence with acquisition of deep web pioneers

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2020-02-10 09:14
(February 10, 2020). A Wales-based tech firm has completed a multi-million dollar purchase of a US-based company that pioneered deep web search. Leading UK technology firm Amplyfi has purchased Deep Web Technologies. The move will combine Deep Web Technologies' search capabilities with Amplyfi's machine learning and data analytics expeience. Alongside tripling its revenue over the past 12 months, the acquisition means Amplyfi is set to continue the rapid growth that has defined the company since forming just five years ago.
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2020 Forum Call for Proposals

LITA Blog - Fri, 2020-02-07 11:01

LITA, ALCTS and LLAMA are now accepting proposals for the 2020 Forum, November 19-21 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, MD.

Intention and Serendipity: Exploration of Ideas through Purposeful and Chance Connections

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2020

Our library community is rich in ideas and shared experiences. The 2020 Forum Theme embodies our purpose to share knowledge and gain new insights by exploring ideas through an interactive, hands-on experience. We hope that this Forum can be an inspiration to share, finish, and be a catalyst to implement ideas…together.

We invite those who choose to lead through their ideas to submit proposals for sessions or preconference workshops, as well as nominate keynote speakers. This is an opportunity to share your ideas or unfinished work, inciting collaboration and advancing the library profession forward through meaningful dialogue.

We encourage diversity in presenters from a wide range of background, libraries, and experiences. We deliberately seek and strongly encourage submissions from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities. We also strongly encourage submissions from public, school, and special libraries.

Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is testing/using the product.

Presenters will submit final presentation slides and/or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available online following the event. Presenters are expected to register and participate in the Forum as attendees.

For additional information about the 2020 LITA/ALCTS/LLAMA Forum, please visit

For questions, contact Berika Williams, Forum Planning Committee Chair, at

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Nyhedsbrev fra Fælles Bibliotekssystem

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2020-02-07 08:58
(February 7, 2020). Som skrevet i de tidligere nyhedsbreve blev KOMBIT pr. 1. januar bestiller (indkøber) af DBC's ydelser på vegne af kommnunernes og statens biblioteker. En transition som KOMBIT siden i sommers har forberedt.
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Recipients of the First Equinox Open Source Grant Announced

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-02-06 20:57
(February 6, 2020). Upon the completion of the first application cycle of the Equinox Open Source Grant, Equinox Open Library Initiative is honored to announce the first two grantees: Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico, a division of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Spark Central in Spokane, Washington.
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New Library of Things software available for public library websites

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-02-06 14:56
(February 6, 2020). Assabet Interactive announces the release of new software that enables patrons to reserve Library of Things objects from public library websites. The module delivers a professional-looking and organized display of a library's collection to its website, employing easy methods for both patrons to review and request “things” and staff to manage the reservation and check-out/check-in process. Features include the delivery of a library's terms and conditions document as part of the reservation process; the ability to assign a unique loan period to each object and establish buffers between loans for maintenance; a reporting function that captures critical statistics; and ILS library card validation against criteria established by the library.
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UT Libraries Receive National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Help Develop Multilingual Transcription Tool

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-02-06 14:56
(February 6, 2020). A grant of over $300,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities will help the University of Texas Libraries to collaborate in the customization of a Wikipedia-like platform for the collaborative transcription, translation and indexing of archival texts in non-English languages. The project – “Enabling and Reusing Multilingual Citizen Contributions in the Archival Record” – grew out of a need to provide more accessible digital scholarship platforms for non-English literate archival partners in Latin America. The initial phase of this project will provide an option for non-English literate communities to meaningfully engage and contribute to the Digital Humanities through the interface internationalization and translation of an open source digital scholarship platform.
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