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Free LITA Webinar: Protect Library Data While Working From Home

4 hours 34 min ago

A Crash Course in Protecting Library Data While Working From Home

Presenter: Becky Yoose, Founder / Library Data Privacy Consultant, LDH Consulting Services

Thursday, April 9, 2020

1:00 – 2:00 pm Central Time

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

Libraries across the U.S. rapidly closed their doors to both public and staff in the last two weeks, leaving many staff to work from home. Several library workers might be working from home for the first time in their current positions, while many others were not fully prepared to switch over to remote work in a matter of days, or even hours, before the library closed. In the rush to migrate library workers to remote work and to migrate physical library programs and services to online, data privacy and security sometimes gets lost in the mix. Unfamiliar settings, new routines, and increased reliance on vendor technology all puts library data privacy at risk.

This 60-minute interactive webinar will guide library workers in protecting patron data as they adjust to the new normal of working from home. Participants will also have the chance to ask questions of their fellow attendees or share how they are addressing library data privacy at their library in the webinar.

Learning objectives for this program include:

  •  Identify and understand key risks to library data privacy and security from a rapid shift to working from home
  •  Learn and implement strategies and tools in mitigating common privacy and security risks to library data when working from home
  •  Assess and plan how to protect library data while working remotely for the long term

Who Should Attend:

  •  Library workers working from home for the first time in their current positions or careers
  •  Library technology workers responsible in guiding library workers in securing their home offices while working remotely
  •  Library administrators who are concerned about how library user data privacy and security can be affected by shifting to remote work, and what their staff can do to mitigate additional risks

Register online: bit.ly/39uEzik​​​​​​​

Special thanks to LDH Consulting Services for sponsoring this free webinar.

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Jobs in Information Technology: March 25, 2020

Wed, 2020-03-25 15:27

New This Week

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

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March 2020 ITAL Issue Now Available

Mon, 2020-03-16 16:08

The March 2020 issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) is available now. In this issue, ITAL Editor Ken Varnum shares his support of LITA, ALCTS, and LLAMA merging to form a new ALA division, Core. Our content includes a message from LITA President, Emily Morton-Owens. “A Framework for Member Success,“ Morton-Owens discusses the current challenges of LITA as a membership organization and reinvention being the key to survival. Also in this edition, Laurie Willis discusses the pros and cons of handling major projects in-house versus hiring a vendor in “Tackling Big Projects.” Sheryl Cormicle Knox and Trenton Smiley discuss using digital tactics as a cost-effective way to increase marketing reach in “Google Us!

Featured Articles:

User Experience Methods and Maturity in Academic Libraries,” Scott W. H. Young, Zoe Chao, and Adam Chandler

This article presents a mixed-methods study of the methods and maturity of user experience (UX) practice in academic libraries. The authors apply qualitative content analysis and quantitative statistical analysis to a research dataset derived from a survey of UX practitioners. Results reveal the type and extent of UX methods currently in use by practitioners in academic libraries. Read more.

Virtual Reality,” by Megan Frost, Michael Goates, Sarah Cheng, and Jed Johnston

We conducted a survey to inform the expansion of a Virtual Reality (VR) service in our library. The survey assessed user experience, demographics, academic interests in VR, and methods of discovery. Currently our institution offers one HTC Vive VR system that can be reserved and used by patrons within the library, but we would like to expand the service to meet the interests and needs of our patrons. We found use among all measured demographics and sufficient patron interest for us to justify expansion of our current services. Read more.

Using Augmented and Virtual Reality in Information Literacy Instruction to Reduce Library Anxiety in Nontraditional and International Students,” by Angela Sample

Throughout its early years, the Oral Roberts University (ORU) Library held a place of pre-eminence on campus. ORU’s founder envisioned the Library as central to all academic function and scholarship. Under the direction of the founding dean of learning resources, the Library was an early pioneer in innovative technologies and methods. However, over time, as the case with many academic libraries, the Library’s reputation as an institution crucial to the academic work on campus had diminished. Read more.

Bento Box User Experience Study at Franklin University,” by Marc Jaffy

This article discusses the benefits of the bento-box method of searching library resources, including a comparison of the method with a tabbed search interface. It then describes a usability study conducted by the Franklin University Library in which 27 students searched for an article, an ebook, and a journal on two websites: one using a bento box and one using the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Screen recordings of the searches were reviewed to see what actions users took while looking for information on each site, as well as how long the searches took. Read more.

User Experience with a New Public Interface for an Integrated Library System,” by Kelly Blessinger and David Comeaux

The purpose of this study was to understand the viewpoints and attitudes of researchers at Louisiana State University toward the new public search interface from SirsiDynix, Enterprise. Fifteen university constituents participated in user studies to provide feedback while completing common research tasks. Particularly of interest to the librarian observers were identifying and characterizing where problems were expressed by the participants as they utilized the new interface. Read more.

Creating and Managing a Repository of Past Exam Papers,” by Mariya Maistrovskaya and Rachel Wang

Exam period can be a stressful time for students, and having examples of past papers to help prepare for the tests can be extremely helpful. It is possible that past exams are already shared on your campus—by professors in their specific courses, via student unions or groups, or between individual students. In this article, we will go over the workflows and infrastructure to support systematically collecting, providing access to, and managing a repository of past exam papers. Read more.

Meeting Users Where They Are” by Graham Sherriff, Dan DeSanto, Daisy Benson, and Gary S. Atwood

Campus portals are one of the most visible and frequently used online spaces for students, offering one-stop access to key services for learning and academic self-management. This case study reports how instruction librarians at the University of Vermont collaborated with portal developers in the registrar’s office to develop high-impact, point-of-need content for a dedicated “Library” page. This content was then created in LibGuides and published using the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for LibGuides boxes. Read more.

Submit Your Ideas

Contact ITAL Editor Ken Varnum 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 us at (312) 280-4268 or lita@ala.org.

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Learn How to Build your own Digital Scholarship/Humanities Curriculum with this LITA webinar

Thu, 2020-03-12 15:13

Are you a subject librarian interested in building digital scholarships? Join us for the upcoming webinar “Digital Inception: Building a digital scholarship/humanities curriculum as a subject librarian,” on Wednesday, April 22, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm CST. 

Digital scholarship is gaining momentum in academia. What started as a humanities movement is now present in most disciplines. Introducing digital scholarship to students can benefit them in multiple ways: it helps them interact with new trends in scholarship, appeals to different kinds of learners, helps them develop new and emerging literacies, and gives them the opportunity to be creative.

This 90-minute presentation will guide attendees in building a digital scholarship curriculum from a subject librarian position. It will explore how to identify opportunities, reach out to faculty, and advertise your services. It will also showcase activities, lesson plans, and free tools for digital publication, data mining, text analysis, mapping, etc.

Finally, the presentation will include a section on finding training opportunities and strategies to support colleagues and create capacity in your institutions.

Learning objectives for this program include:

  • Discover their own potential as digital scholarship instructors
  • Amass a set of activities and tools to be used in the teaching of digital scholarship
  • Identify opportunities for professional development and growth in digital scholarship

Program Outline:

  • What is digital scholarship/humanities? (5 min)
  • The power of the subject/liaison/instruction librarian (10 min)
  • Free/inexpensive tools and activity ideas (lesson plans, etc.) (40 min)
  • Reaching out to faculty (includes activity) (10 min)
  • Training opportunities (10 min)
  • Q & A (15 min)

Who Should Attend: This course is geared toward Liaison/Subject/Instruction librarians or any librarian for whom DS/DH is not their main role.

Presenter: Marcela Isuster, Education and Humanities Librarian, McGill University

View details and Register here.

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

Questions or Comments? Contact us at lita@ala.org or (312) 280-4268.

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Jobs in Information Technology: March 11, 2020

Wed, 2020-03-11 14:52

New this week

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

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Congratulations to Alison Macrina, winner of the 2020 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award

Wed, 2020-03-11 14:25

The LITA/Library Hi Tech Awards Committee is pleased to select Alison Macrina as the 2020 recipient of the LITA/Library Hi-Tech Award. Macrina led the Tor Relay Initiative in New Hampshire, is the founder and executive director of the Library Freedom Project, and has written and taught extensively in the areas of digital privacy, surveillance, and user anonymity in the context of libraries and librarianship. In this role, Macrina was instrumental in creating the Library Freedom Institute, which trained its first cohort in 2018 and will train its third cohort in 2020. Macrina has also spoken on digital privacy and the work of the Library Freedom Project across the United States and published Anonymity, the first book in ALA’s Library Futures Series, in 2019.

The committee was fortunate to receive several outstanding nominations for the 2020 award. Macrina stood out in this strong pool of candidates for the broad reach and impact of her work. Digital privacy and anonymity are topics of significant public interest and affect multiple types of libraries as well as everyone who uses the Internet. Macrina has informed and trained a broad swath of professionals, within and beyond libraries, through her book, presentations, and training via the Library Freedom Project. We believe Macrina’s work embodies the purpose of the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award, which is intended to recognize “outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting edge technology within the field of library and information technology,” and we are delighted to recognize her with this award.

When notified she was this year’s recipient, Alison Macrina said “I am tremendously moved to be recognized by my colleagues in LITA. I do this work because I believe that librarians can help build a better world. I want to dedicate this award to the graduates of Library Freedom Institute. We are powerful together.”

Members of the 2020 LITA/Library Hi-Tech Award Committee are: Janet A. Crum (Chair), Brian K. Auger, Amy Kimura, Robert T. Wilson, Tod A. Olson (Past Chair).

Thank you to Emerald Publishing for sponsoring this award.

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Nominate yourself or someone you know for the next LITA Top Tech Trends panel of speakers

Wed, 2020-03-11 12:34

LITA is looking for dynamic speakers with knowledge about the top trends in technology and how they intersect with information security and privacy. Library technology is quickly evolving with trends such as VR, cloud computing and AI. As library technology continues to impact our profession and those that we serve, security and privacy are quickly becoming top concerns. We hope this panel will provide insight and information about these technology trends for you to discuss within your own organization. If you or someone you know would be a great fit for this exciting panel, please submit your nomination today.  

Submit your nominations – the deadline is April 17, 2020.

The session is planned for Sunday, June 28, 2020, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, at the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. A moderator and several panelists will each discuss trends impacting libraries, ideas for use cases, and practical approaches for evaluating them.

LITA encourages participation from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, and LGBTQA+ individuals. We also value diverse perspectives from different types and sizes of libraries, as well as those who can bring a fresh voice. Speakers will be selected based on their proposed trends, experiences, and overall balance to the panel. View the submission guidelines.

For more information please contact Louis Brooks at lbrooks@fsu.edu

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Jobs in Information Technology: March 4, 2020

Wed, 2020-03-04 15:57

New this week

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

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Hebah Emara is our 2019-20 LITA/OCLC Spectrum Scholar

Wed, 2020-03-04 12:00

LITA and OCLC are funding Hebah Emara’s participation in the ALA Spectrum Scholars program as part of their commitment to help diversify the library technology field.

Emara is a second year distance student at the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Information Science and Learning Technologies MLIS program. She is interested in the ways libraries and technology intersect. Her background in IT and love of learning about technology, computers, and programming drew her to working in library technology. Libraries’ ability to bridge the digital divide and their use of technology to provide opportunities to their communities and solve problems are also of particular interest to Emara. Her decision to apply to the Spectrum Scholarship was fueled by a desire to learn from a community of peers and mentors. 

Emara is currently the co-chair of a Tech UnConference to be held in April 2020 and organized by MentorNJ in collaboration with the New Jersey Library Association’s Leadership & Education Subcommittee. She has also designed a survey to gauge New Jersey library workers’ attitudes towards technology that has received 70 responses to date. Emara is a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator and has a passion for developing and teaching technology and coding programs for all ages and abilities. Her previous efforts have included leading a Girls Who Code club for elementary schoolers, leading hour of code activities for kids and teens, and developing instructional technology programs for adults.

When notified of her selection as the 2019-20 LITA/OCLC Spectrum Scholar, Emara said, “I was surprised, humbled, and honored to be selected as a Spectrum Scholar. I look forward to learning from and meeting others in the Spectrum community.”

The ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program actively recruits and provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern and North African and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to assist them with obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the profession and ALA. Visit the Spectrum Scholarship website to learn more about the program and donate to help increase opportunities for people of color in librarianship.

We thank OCLC for funding this scholarship.

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Share your ideas and library projects by submitting a session proposal for the 2020 Forum!

Mon, 2020-03-02 10:37

2020 Forum Call for Proposals

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2020

https://forum.lita.org

November 19-21, 2020

Baltimore, Maryland

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

Do you have an idea or project that you would like to share? Does your library have a creative or inventive solution to a common problem? Then submit to the 2020 LITA/ALCTS/LLAMA Forum! Submission deadline is March 30th.

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 https://forum.lita.org.

For questions, contact Berika Williams, Forum Planning Committee Chair, at berika.williams@tufts.edu.

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Early-bird Registration for the Exchange Ends in Three Days!

Thu, 2020-02-27 10:47

The March 1 early-bird registration deadline for the Exchange is approaching. Register today and save!

There’s still time to register for the Exchange at a discount, with early-bird registration rates at $199 for ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA members; $255 for ALA individual members; $289 for non-members; $79 for student/retired members; $475 for groups; and $795 for institutions. Early-bird registration ends March 1.

Taking place May 4, 6, and 8, the Exchange will engage a wide range of presenters and participants, facilitating enriching conversations and learning opportunities in a three-day, fully online, virtual forum. Programming includes keynote presentations from Emily Drabinski and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, and sessions focusing on leadership and change management, continuity and sustainability, and collaborations and cooperative endeavors.

In addition to these sessions, the Exchange will offer lightning rounds and virtual poster sessions. For up-to-date details on sessions, be sure to check the Exchange website as new information is being added regularly.

Want to register your group or institution? Groups watching the event together from one access point will receive single (1) user access to the live stream over all three days and unlimited user account creation on the Exchange event site. Institutions with a maximum of six (6) concurrent user access points receive access to the live stream over all three days and unlimited user account creation on the Exchange event site.

Group and institutional members are encouraged to create their own user accounts and participate in the event’s discussions and non-streaming content. To learn more, contact ALCTS Program Officer, Tom Ferren at tferren@ala.org or call (312) 280-5038.

Interested in submitting a poster for the virtual poster session? The deadline for submitting virtual poster proposals is March 6. Learn more and submit your proposal today.

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Jobs in Information Technology: February 26, 2020

Wed, 2020-02-26 17:04

New this week

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

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Deadline Extended to March 15 – Submit a Proposal to Teach for LITA

Wed, 2020-02-26 15:58

The deadline to submit LITA education proposals has been extended to March 15th. We’re seeking instructors passionate about library technology topics to share their expertise and teach a webinar, webinar series, or online course for LITA this year.

Instructors receive a $500 honorarium for an online course or $150 for a webinar, split among instructors. Check out our list of current and past course offerings to see what topics have been covered recently. Be part of another slate of compelling and useful online education programs this year!

Submit your LITA education proposal today!

For questions or comments related to teaching for LITA, contact us at lita@ala.org or (312) 280-4268.

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The 2020 Census Starts in Two Weeks — Are Your Computers Ready?

Tue, 2020-02-25 08:00

Post courtesy of Gavin Baker, ALA Office of Public Policy and Advocacy, Deputy Director, Public Policy and Government Relations

On March 12, millions of American households will begin receiving mailings inviting them to respond to the 2020 Census. To get an accurate count, everyone has to respond – if they don’t, our libraries and communities will lose needed funding.

As the mailings arrive, patrons may come to your library with questions – and, with a new option to respond online, to complete the questionnaire using the library’s computers or internet. To help you prepare, ALA has a new, two-page tip sheet, “Libraries and the 2020 Census: Responding to the Census,” that provides key dates, options for responding, and advice for libraries preparing for the 2020 Census. For instance, the tip sheet explains these important facts:

  • Ways to Respond: Households can respond to the Census online, by phone, or by mail from March 12 until July 31.
  • Mailings: Between March 12 and 20, the Census Bureau will send letters to most households that explain how to respond online or by phone. The Census Bureau will follow up with several reminders in March and April.
  • Paper Questionnaires: In areas with low internet connectivity, the first mailing will also include a paper questionnaire. Between April 8 and 16, the Census Bureau will send a paper questionnaire to every household that has not yet responded.
  • Household Visits: Beginning May 13, households that have not responded will receive visits from a Census Bureau employee.
  • Questionnaire Languages: The online and phone questionnaires will be available in 13 languages.
  • Online Devices: The online questionnaire will be accessible from smartphones and tablets, in addition to laptop or desktop computers.
  • Security and Confidentiality: Responses in the online questionnaire are secure and encrypted, and the confidentiality of all responses to the 2020 Census are strictly protected by law.
  • Information for Respondents: The Census Bureau provides video and written guides in multiple languages that libraries can share to assist patrons completing the Census.

In addition, the tip sheet offers suggestions for preparing library networks and computers in advance of the 2020 Census. To expand access to the online Census questionnaire, libraries can

  • Provide guest or “express” internet access for census respondents without a library card number.
  • Temporarily add or dedicate devices for 15-minute user sessions to reduce wait times for patrons completing the census.
  • Leave your Wi-Fi on in March and April when the library is closed so users can access it from the parking lot.
  • Whitelist my2020census.gov and 2020census.gov in the library’s firewall.
  • Make mobile devices available to complete the census at bookmobiles and other outreach efforts.

The upcoming Census is also a good opportunity to do a check-on the security of your library’s network and devices. To learn more, see LITA’s Library Privacy Checklist for Public Access Computers and Networks and Cybersecurity Best Practices from Census Counts.

With just weeks to go before the Census begins, ALA’s tip sheet can help your staff prepare. For additional resources about libraries and the 2020 Census, visit ala.org/census

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News Regarding the Future of LITA after the Core Vote

Mon, 2020-02-24 12:35
Dear LITA members,

We’re writing about the implications of LITA’s budget for the upcoming 2020-21 fiscal year, which starts September 1, 2020. We have reviewed the budget and affirmed that LITA will need to disband if the Core vote does not succeed.

Since the Great Recession, membership in professional organizations has been declining consistently. LITA has followed the same pattern and as a result, has been running at a deficit for a number of years. Each year, LITA spends more on staff, events, equipment, software, and supplies than it takes in through memberships and event registrations. We were previously able to close our budgets through the use of our net asset balance which is, in effect, like a nest egg for the division.

Of course, that could not continue indefinitely. Our path towards sustainability has culminated in the proposal to form Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. The new division would come with significant efficiencies for staff and programming that make it possible to continue our activities.

Starting at Midwinter 2020, we began learning about significant financial challenges at the ALA level. ALA used the net asset balances of the divisions in order to meet current expenses. In the assessment of LITA’s leadership, it is unlikely to be able to restore these funds. In forming a budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, it is clear to LITA staff and leadership that we cannot operate without the net asset balance; it is not possible to compose a budget that both breaks even and includes the activities that make LITA, LITA.

Therefore we anticipate that fiscal year 2020-21 will be a transitional year: either completing the merger with ALCTS and LLAMA to create the new division Core, or phasing out LITA entirely. In the event that all three divisions do not vote in favor of Core, we will spend the year working through an orderly wind-down that includes transferring some key activities to other ALA units, where possible.

We regret to be the bearers of news that will surely sadden any of us who value LITA’s spirit and the friendships we’ve built within our division. We hope this will not be a surprise to longtime members, and we want to be as transparent as possible as we approach this important vote starting on March 9.

The LITA Board is fully supportive of the exciting possibility of Core, and we hope you are as well. We know this has been a disorienting time while we work towards a possible merger. We want you to know that we value your work, and we’re doing our best to make sure it will continue as part of Core. We believe the vote will pass and that we’ll spend the next year working together to expand support and resources for you to do even more in the future. We will share more details about the path we’ve chosen (including finances) after the vote.

Sincerely,
Emily G. Morton-Owens, LITA President
Bohyun Kim, LITA Past President
Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, LITA Vice President/President Elect
Lindsay Cronk, LITA Director at Large
Tabatha Farney, LITA Director at Large
Jodie Gambill, LITA Division Councilor
Amanda L. Goodman, LITA Director at Large
Margaret Heller, LITA Director at Large
Hong Ma, LITA Director at Large
Berika Williams, LITA Director at Large
Topher Lawton, LITA Parliamentarian

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Boards of ALCTS, LITA and LLAMA put Core on March 2020 ballot

Thu, 2020-02-20 11:44

The Boards of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), Library Information Technology Association (LITA) and the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA) have all voted unanimously to send to members their recommendation that the divisions form a new division, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. 

ALCTS, LITA and LLAMA will vote on the recommendation during the upcoming American Library Association (ALA) election. If approved by all three memberships, and the ALA Council, the three long-time divisions will end operations on August 31, 2020, and merge into Core on September 1.

Members of the three Boards emphasized that Core will continue to support the groups in which members currently find their professional homes while also creating new opportunities to work across traditional division lines. It is also envisioned that Core would strengthen member engagement efforts and provide new career-support services. If one or more of the division memberships do not approve Core on the ballot, the three divisions will remain separate but continue to face membership declines and financial pressures.  

In order to share pertinent information and facilitate discussion regarding the possible merger, ALCTS, LITA and LLAMA will each lead separate town halls, as well as focus groups. In addition, the divisions invite feedback and discussion through Twitter using the hashtags #TheCoreQuestion and #EndorseCore. Visit the Core website for full details for all upcoming events and past Core discussions.  

Join us Monday, February 24th, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CST for a LITA Town Hall meeting to learn details about the ALA election vote to combine the three divisions, LITA, ALCTS, LLAMA into the new proposed division Core. The election runs March 9 – April 1, and all members of the three divisions are encouraged to vote. Register for the town hall meeting today!

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership. The membership includes new professionals, systems librarians, library administrators, library schools, vendors and anyone else interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers.

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders.

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Jobs in Information Technology: February 19, 2020

Wed, 2020-02-19 15:33

New this week

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

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Early-bird registration ends March 1st for the Exchange

Wed, 2020-02-19 13:29

With stimulating programming, including discussion forums and virtual poster sessions, the Exchange will engage a wide range of presenters and participants, facilitating enriching conversations and learning opportunities in a three-day, fully online, virtual forum. Programming includes keynote presentations from Emily Drabinski and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, and sessions focusing on leadership and change management, continuity and sustainability, and collaborations and cooperative endeavors. The Exchange will take place May 4, 6, and 8.

In addition to these sessions, the Exchange will offer lightning rounds and virtual poster sessions. For up-to-date details on sessions, be sure to check the Exchange website as new information is being added regularly.

Early-bird registration rates are $199 for ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA members, $255 for ALA individual members, $289 for non-members, $79 for student members, $475 for groups, and $795 for institutions. Early-bird registration ends March 1.

Want to register your group or institution? Groups watching the event together from one access point will receive single (1) user access to the live stream over all three days and unlimited user account creation on the Exchange event site. Institutions with a maximum of six (6) concurrent user access points receive access to the live stream over all three days and unlimited user account creation on the Exchange event site.

Group and institutional members are encouraged to create their own user accounts and participate in the event’s discussions and non-streaming content. To learn more, contact ALCTS Program Officer, Tom Ferren at tferren@ala.org or call (312) 280-5038.

Interested in submitting a poster for the virtual poster session? The deadline for submitting virtual poster proposals is March 6. Learn more and submit your proposal today.

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Jobs in Information Technology: February 13, 2020

Thu, 2020-02-13 10:30

New this week

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

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