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2014 Frederick G. Kilgour Award

CHICAGO — The Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced Michael Buckland as the 2014 winner of the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The award, which is jointly sponsored by OCLC, is given for research relevant to the development of information technologies, especially work that shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect(s) of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data is manipulated and managed. The awardee receives $2,000, a citation and travel expenses to attend the award ceremony at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, where the award will be presented on June 29, 2014.

In 2014 Dr. Michael Buckland is recognized for his outstanding educational leadership and research in Library and Information Science.  As professor of the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley Dr. Buckland led research in libraries, information retrieval, translingual search, bibliographic and metadata services, the history and theory of documentation, digital libraries and the representation of cultural heritage institutions. During his time at the University of California, Dr. Buckland served as the dean of the School of Library & Information Studies at UC Berkeley (1976-84) as well as assistant vice president for library plans and policies with the UC Office of the President (1983-87).  As emeritus professor, he coordinates the long-running Friday afternoon Information Access Seminar at the School of Information.

During his career, Buckland has pioneered research in Library and Information Science issues, publishing widely in Information Science venues.  He has advised numerous doctoral students and has received support from the A.W. Mellon and Coleman Fung foundations, from the National Science Foundation, from the Institute for Museum and Library Services and from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to advance Information Science research.  He served as president of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (1998) and was the 2012 awardee of the ASIS&T Award of Merit.

He is the author of five books, including “Emanuel Goldberg and his Knowledge Machine,”  “Redesigning Library Services,” “Library Services in Theory and ‘Context,’” “Information and Information Systems” and “Book Availability and the Library User.” He holds the distinction of being one of the most heavily cited authors in the field of Library and Information Science and his scholarship spans nearly 50 years. Buckland began his career at the Bodleian Library of Oxford University and obtained his PhD from Sheffield University with a dissertation titled Library Stock Control.  In addition to his service at The University of California, Dr. Buckland has worked at Purdue University and The University of Lancaster as well as visiting positions in Austria, Australia and Sweden.  In 1989 he won the distinction of being a Fulbright Research Scholar located at the Graz University of Technology in Austria.

Notified of the award, he said:  “It is both an honor and a pleasure to be associated with Fred Kilgour. It is an honor because he was a man to admire: a chemist, an historian, a librarian, an innovator, and a leader. It is also a personal pleasure because of the kindness he showed me when I first met him in 1971. I was a young English librarian visiting the USA. OCLC had just gone online and I went to see it. Fred decided that I should move Columbus, Ohio, and arranged a schedule of job interviews the very next day. He and Eleanor welcomed me to their home, took me out to dinner, and drove me around neighborhoods in which they thought my wife and I might want to live. The award committee could not have known how much receiving the Frederick G. Kilgour award would mean to me.”

Members of the 2013 Frederick G.  Kilgour Award committee are: Erik Mitchell, University of California, Berkeley (chair); Brett Bonfield, Collingswood Public Library (past chair); Rebecca Mugridge, SUNY, University at Albany; Kebede Wordofa, Austin Peay State University;  Tao Zhang, Purdue University; David King, LITA board liaison; and Roy Tennant, OCLC liaison.

More information about the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology (LITA / OCLC) is available on the LITA website.

About LITA

Established in 1966, LITA is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership of over 3,000 systems librarians, library technologists, library administrators, library schools, vendors and many others interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers.  For more information, visit www.lita.org.

About OCLC

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. OCLC Research is one of the world’s leading centers devoted exclusively to the challenges facing libraries in a rapidly changing information environment. It works with the community to collaboratively identify problems and opportunities, prototype and test solutions, and share findings through publications, presentations and professional interactions. For more information, visit www.oclc.org/research.

2014 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award

CHICAGO — Victoria Reich and David S. H. Rosenthal have been named the winners of the 2014 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology.

Emerald Group Publishing Limited and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) sponsor the award that recognizes outstanding individuals or institutions for their long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application.

Reich and Rosenthal are being recognized for their collaboration to ensure the preservation of digital content through their creation and development of the LOCKSS Program. Originated in 1999, it is an “open-source, library-led digital preservation system built on the principle that ‘lots of copies keep stuff safe’.” It is the first and only system developed that allows institutions to take custody and preserve access to both purchased electronic content and locally created digital content, thus providing a mechanism to safeguard a library’s digital assets.

Of particular significance is the expansion of the original purpose of LOCKSS (to preserve and provide access to subscription electronic content) to include Private LOCKSS Networks where communities are empowered to take long-term care of the diverse range of digital materials that are important to them.  The LOCKSS technology is being deployed in creative ways through collaborative efforts of like-minded institutions that have an international span.

Victoria Reich and David Rosenthal are co-founders of the LOCKSS Program. Currently Reich is executive director of the LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Library. She received her MLS at the University of Michigan and previously held positions at Stanford University Libraries, the U.S. National Agricultural Library, the Library of Congress and the University of Michigan. Rosenthal is chief scientist for LOCKSS. He received an MA degree from Trinity College, Cambridge and a Ph.D. from Imperial College, London. He is the author of several technical publications and holds 23 patents.

More information about the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award For Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science is available on the LITA website.

The Library and Information Technology Association and Emerald, the publisher of Library Hi Tech, are pleased to present the 2014 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award to Victoria Reich and David Rosenthal for their outstanding contributions to communication in library science and technology.  The award will be presented during Sunday Afternoon with LITA on June 29, 2014, at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

About LITA

Established in 1966, LITA is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership including systems librarians, library administrators, library technologists, library schools, vendors and many others interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers.  For more information about LITA go to www.lita.org, or contact the LITA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4268; or e-mail: lita@ala.org

About Emerald

Established in 1967, Emerald Group Publishing has become the world’s leading scholarly publisher of journals and books in business and management with a strong and growing presence in disciplines including library and information science, social sciences, engineering, linguistics and audiology.  In total, Emerald publishes over 700 titles, comprising 200 journals, over 300 books and more than 200 book series as well as an extensive range of online products and services.  Emerald is both COUNTER and TRANSFER compliant. The organization is a partner of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and also works with Portico and the LOCKSS initiative for digital archive preservation. For more information about Emerald, go to www.emeraldinsight.com.

Jobs in Information Technology: April 23

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

Digital Scholarship Librarian, Middle TN State University – Walker Library,  Murfreesboro, TN

Reference Librarian, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA

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

Jobs in Information Technology: April 16

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

Senior Network Administrator,  Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO

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

A LITA Guide to responsive web design

A LITA guide to responsive web design

For Immediate Release
Fri, 04/11/2014

Contact:

Valerie Edmonds-Merritt
Program Coordinator
LITA Division
312-280-4269

vedmonds@ala.org

CHICAGO — Tablets, desktops, smartphones, laptops, minis: we live in a world of screens, all of different sizes. Library websites need to work on all of them, but maintaining separate sites or content management systems is resource intensive and still unlikely to address all the variations. By using responsive Web design, libraries can build one site for all devices—now and in the future. In “Responsive Web Design for Libraries: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource, experienced responsive Web developer Matthew Reidsma, named “a web librarian to watch” by ACRL’s TechConnect blog, shares proven methods for delivering the same content to all users using HTML and CSS. His practical guidance will enable Web developers to save valuable time and resources by working with a library’s existing design to add responsive Web design features. With both clarity and thoroughness, and firmly addressing the expectations of library website users, this book:

  • shows why responsive Web design is so important, and how its flexibility can meet the needs of both today’s users and tomorrow’s technology;
  • provides in-depth coverage of implementing responsive Web design on an existing site, steps for taking traditional desktop CSS and adding breakpoints for site responsiveness and ways to use grids to achieve a visual layout that’s adaptable to different devices;
  • includes valuable tips and techniques from Web developers and designers, such as how to do more with fewer resources and improving performance by designing a site that sends fewer bytes over fewer connections;
  • offers advice for making vendor sites responsive;
  • features an abundance of screen captures, associated code samples and links to additional resources.

Reidsma is Web services librarian at Grand Valley State University, in Allendale, Mich. He is the cofounder and editor in chief of Weave: Journal of Library User Experience, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal for library user experience professionals. He speaks frequently about library websites, user experience and responsive design around the world. Library Journal named him a “Mover & Shaker” in 2013. He writes about libraries and technology at Matthew Reidsma.

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of ALA, educates, serves and reaches out to its members, other ALA members and divisions, and the entire library and information community through its publications, programs and other activities designed to promote, develop, and aid in the implementation of library and information technology.

ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. Contact us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5418 or editionsmarketing@ala.org.

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Jobs in Information Technology: April 9

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

Associate Director of Community Services, Douglas County Libraries,  Castle Rock, CO

Head Librarian, Penn State University, Wilkes-Barre Campus,  Wilkes-Barre Campus, Pennsylvania, PA

Manager of Digital Experience, The Westport Library, Westport, CT

Manager of Learning & Discovery, The Westport Library,  Westport, CT

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

Jobs in Information Technology: April 2

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

Associate Director for Library Information Technology,  Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Librarian Supervisor I,  AskUsNow Coordinator, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD

Librarian Supervisor II, Maryland Department , Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore,  MD

 

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

Jobs in Information Technology: March 26

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

Knowledge Librarian, Cigna,  Any Region

Technology Manager, Scott County Public Library, Georgetown,  KY

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

LITA Updates

This update includes information about the following:

  • Election is open
  • April Online Learning Opportunities
  • Annual Conference Highlights
  • LITA members named LJ Movers & Shakers
  • Two new guides now available
  • Staff change

2014 Election is open

If you were a LITA member in good standing as of January 31, 2014, you have been or will be notified by email with a unique passcode and information about how to vote. The election remains open through April 25, 2014, 11:59 pm Central time.

On May 2nd, the Election Committee will meet at the ALA offices to certify the election. The results will be released following that meeting.

April Online Learning Opportunities

  • All Aboard – the Party’s Starting! Setting a Course for Social Media Success.
    This two hour webinar on April 2nd provides a template for creating a comprehensive plan for social media usage and assessment, with an emphasis on creating a meaningful voice and a compelling personality. For registration and additional information, visit the course page.
  • Getting Started with GIS.
    This is a three week course where participants will gain knowledge of popular online mapping resources, the ability to create an online map, an introduction to GIS, GIS software and GIS data, and, an awareness of how other libraries are incorporating GIS technology into their library services and projects. For registration and additional information, visit the course page

Annual Conference Highlights

The 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas begins with three f2f learning opportunities offered to everyone who wants to attend. In other words, you can register for these workshops only or you can add them to your conference registration. Register online through June 20 for

  • Managing Data: Tools for Plans and Data Scrubbing,
  • Practical Linked Data with Open Source,
  • Web Therapy.

If you are attending Annual Conference, please do plan to attend the LITA Open House on Friday, June 27 at 3:00, the “Sunday Afternoon with LITA” which includes the Top Technology Trends program at 1:00, the LITA Awards Ceremony at 3:00 immediately followed by the President’s Program featuring Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code. The programming is followed by the LITA Happy Hour at 5:30. For additional information, visit the LITA conference page.


LJ Movers & Shakers

The following LITA members were selected by Library Journal for their annual recognition as Movers & Shakers:

Rachel Vacek was identified as an innovator.

Laura Damon-Moore was identified as a change agent.

Sarah Sagmoen and Susan Lyon were identified as marketers.

Kyle Denlinger was identified as a tech leader.

Please join me in congratulating these members on being recognized by LJ.


Two New Guides Now Available

“Makerspaces Top Trainblazing Projects” by Caitlin A Bagley, and, “Responsive Web Design for Libraries” by Matthew Reidsma have been recently published. More details and order capability is provided through the ALA Store.


Staff Change

Melissa Prentice is now the Manager of Public Services at the Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Melissa has served the LITA membership for more than seven years. Please join us in wishing Melissa all the best in her new job


I encourage you to connect with LITA by:

  1. Exploring our web site.
  2. Subscribing to the LITA-L email discussion list.
  3. Visiting the LITA blog and LITA Division page on ALA Connect.
  4. Connecting with us on Facebook and Twitter.
  5. Reaching out to the LITA leadership at any time.

Please note:  the Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) journal is available to you and to the entire profession.  ITAL features high-quality articles that undergo rigorous peer-review as well as case studies, commentary, and information about topics and trends of interest to the LITA community and beyond.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss any of these items, please do let me know.
All the best,

Mary
Mary Taylor, Executive Director

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)
50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL 60611
800-545-2433  x4267
312-280-4267 (direct line)
312-280-3257 (fax)
mtaylor@ala.org

www.lita.org


Join us in Albuquerque, November 5-8, 2014 for the LITA Forum. The theme is “Transformation: From Node to Network”

LITA Preconferences

LITA Preconferences: Friday, June 27, 8:30am – 4:00pm

Managing Data: Tools for Plans and Data Scrubbing

Presenters: Abigail Goben, University of Illinois, Chicago; Sarah Sheehan, George Mason University; Nathan B. Putnam; University of Maryland
As data continues to come to the fore, new tools are becoming available for librarians to assist faculty and use with their own data. This preconference would focus on the DMPTool and OpenRefine. The DMPTool will be presented to demonstrate customization features, review data management plans, best and worst practices, and writing a data plan for a data set a library may collect. OpenRefine will be demonstrated with sample data to show potential use with library data sets and more of the data lifecycle process; metadata will also be covered.

Practical Linked Data with Open Source

Presenters: Galen Charlton, Equinox Software; Jodi Schneider, DERI, NUI Galway; Dan Scott, Laurentian University; Richard Urban, Florida State University
Linked Data can improve how libraries share their metadata, harvest it from non-library sources, and build better applications to connect patrons with library resources. However, what does this mean for the daily work of catalogers? This preconference will narrow the gap between theory and practice by presenting the state of the art for Linked Data management in open source integrated library systems and giving participants the chance to try it out.

Web Therapy

Presenters: Nina McHale, ninermac.net; Christopher Evjy, Jefferson County Library
Having trouble managing your library’s web site? Content in chaos? Platform the pits? Statistics staggering? The doctors are in! In this full-day preconference, we will tackle a number of tough topics to help cure the ills that are keeping your library site from achieving total wellness. Specific topics will be determined by a survey sent in advance to attendees. Enjoy networking and problem solving with fellow web-minded library folks.

Registration:

Rates
  •  LITA Member $235
  •  ALA Member $350
  •  Non-Member $380
How-to
To register for any of these events, you can include them with your initial conference registration or add them later using the unique link in your email confirmation. If you don’t have your registration confirmation handy, you can request a copy by emailing alaannual@compusystems.com. You also have the option of registering for a preconfernce only.
  • Register online through June 20
  • Call ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084
  • Onsite registration will also be accepted in Las Vegas.