Stop Helping! How to Resist All of Your Librarian Urges and Strategically Moderate a Pain Point in Computer-Based Usability Testing

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jaci Paige Wilkinson. Librarians are consummate teachers, helpers, and cheerleaders.  We might glow at the reference desk when a patron walks away with that perfect article or a new search strategy.  Or we fist pump when a student e-mails us at 7pm on a Friday to ask for […]

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To LISTSERV or to Not LISTSERV

Beginning in August 2016, the Special Libraries Association (SLA) discontinued its traditional discussion-based listserv in favor of a new service: SLA Connect. If you click through to the post on Information Today, Inc. you can see the host of services and tools and enhancements moving to SLA Connect provides for SLA members. However, change is […]

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Digital Displays on a Budget: Hardware

Digital Displays on a Budget

  Introduction At the JPL Library we recently remodeled our collaborative workspace. This process allowed us to repurpose underutilized televisions into digital displays. Digital displays can be an effective way to communicate key events and information to our patrons. However, running displays has usually required either expensive hardware (installing new cables to tap into local […]

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Wearable Technology Resources

The world of wearable technology (WT) is fascinating, but a little overwhelming. Last month I attended the Digital Humanities Summer Institute where I completed a week-long course entitled “Palpability and Wearable Computing.” We engaged in movement exercises, experimented with sensors, learned about haptics, and critiqued consumer wearables including the Fitbit, Spire, Leaf, and Athos. I […]

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Did you attend the recent ALA Annual 2016 conference in Orlando FL?

If so please complete our LITA conference programs survey evaluation at: bit.ly/litaan16evals We hope you had the best ALA Annual conference, and that attending useful, informative and fun LITA programs were an important part of your conference experience. If so please take a moment to complete our evaluation survey. Your responses are very important to […]

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Demonstrating Value…Visually!

Recent postings from ACRL indicate that the library world is paying more attention than ever to demonstrating the impact we have on student learning, faculty productivity, serving our communities, and the overall missions of our institutions. Megan Oakleaf has written extensively on this issue, and her work revolves around the way we can try to […]

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WiFi Hotspots

Back in December I read an article about Seattle Public Library’s WiFi HotSpot lending program. At the time of the article they had 325 devices available for checkout and a waiting list of more than 1,000 patrons. The program was started via a grant with Google but at the end of the year SPL needed to […]

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An Important LITA web course on Universal Design for Libraries and Librarians

Consider and register for this new LITA web course: Universal Design for Libraries and Librarians Instructors: Holly Mabry, Digital Services Librarian, Gardner-Webb University; and Jessica Olin, Director of the Library, Robert H. Parker Library, Wesley College Starting August 1, 2016 A Moodle based web course with asynchronous weekly content lessons, tutorials, assignments, and group discussions. […]

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