Category Archives: News & Noteworthy

LITA Webinar: Setting a Course for Social Media Success

LITA is offering a webinar All Aboard – The Party’s Starting! Setting a Course for Social Media Success, presented by Mary Anne Hansen, Doralyn Rossmann, Angela Tate, and Scott Young of Montana State University Library, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm CDT on April 2, 2014.

Social media is more than a way to inform users; social media is a powerful way to build community online. Presenters will go beyond the basics by demonstrating how to create a social media guide for developing communities on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest.  We will explore data tracking and assessment tools such as ThinkUp, HootSuite, Google Analytics, focus group data, and survey methods. We will also discuss strategies for integrating social media efforts into your organization’s strategic plan and educating peer organizations about best practices.

Participants will take home 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.

LITA Preconferences Held at ALA Annual

LITA is offing three full day preconferences at ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, all held Friday, June 27 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Managing Data: Tools for Plans and Data Scrubbing with 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 with 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 with 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.

How to Register

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.

Jobs in Information Technology: March 5

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

Circulation and Systems Librarian,  Kalamazoo College Library, Kalamazoo, MI

Electronic Services Librarian/Information Technology Liaison,  Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA

Software Engineer, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

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

2014 Forum Proposals Due February 24, 2014

The 2014 LITA Forum Committee seeks proposals for excellent pre-conferences, concurrent sessions, and poster sessions for the 17th annual Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association, to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 5-8, 2014.

The 2014 theme, “Transformation: From Node to Network”, reflects the ongoing evolution of libraries from being seen as largely standalone institutions focused on their own locale to being integrated into and within their communities — whether on a local, regional, national, or global level, or on all four.

The Forum Committee welcomes proposals for full-day pre-conferences, 50-minute concurrent sessions, or poster sessions related to all types of libraries: public, school, academic, government, special, and corporate.

Proposals could relate to any of the following topics:

  • Cooperation & collaboration
  • Scalability and sustainability of library services and tools
  • Researcher information networks
  • Practical applications of linked data
  • Large- and small-scale resource sharing
  • User experience & users
  • Library spaces (virtual or physical)
  • “Big Data” — work in discovery, preservation, or documentation
  • Data driven libraries or related assessment projects
  • Anything else that relates to the conference theme

Proposals may cover projects, plans, ideas, or recent discoveries. We accept proposals on any aspect of library and information technology, even if not covered by the above list. The committee particularly invites submissions from first time presenters, library school students, and individuals from diverse backgrounds. Submit your proposal through http://bit.ly/2014forum by February 24, 2014.

Presentations must have a technological focus and pertain to libraries. Presentations that incorporate audience participation are encouraged. The format of the presentations may include single- or multi-speaker formats, panel discussions, moderated discussions, case studies and/or demonstrations of projects.

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

Presenters will submit draft presentation slides and/or handouts on ALA Connect in advance of the Forum and will submit final presentation slides or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available on the web site following the event. Presenters are expected to register and participate in the Forum as attendees; discounted registration will be offered.

Please submit your proposal through http://bit.ly/2014forum

More information about LITA is available from the LITA websiteFacebook and Twitter .

ALA launches free e-government webinar series

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland at College Park are pleased to announce the re-launch of Lib2Gov, an online e-government resource for librarians. Over the past few months, both organizations have worked to transition LibEGov—a project supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a National Leadership Grant—into Lib2Gov.

The redesigned website Lib2Gov allows libraries and government agencies to come together and collaborate, share resources and build a community of practice. Lib2Gov now provides a dedicated space where librarians can share materials, lesson plans, tutorials, stories, and other e-government content. The website offers a variety of resources from government agencies and organizations, including information on immigration, taxation, social security and healthcare.

In a few weeks, both organizations will host a new monthly webinar series, “E-government @ Your Library.” The webinars will explore a variety of e-government topics that will be of interest to librarians, including mobile government and emergency preparedness, response and recovery. All webinars are free and will be archived on the Lib2Gov site. The webinar schedule for Winter/Spring 2014:

  • Webinar 1: E-government @ Your Library (Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

This webinar offers general insights into how libraries can help meet the e-government needs of their communities in general and through the Lib2Gov web resource. Register now. 

Speakers:

  • John Bertot, Ph.D., co-director, Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC), and professor, in University of Maryland College Park’s iSchool
  • Ursula Gorham, graduate research associate, iPAC and doctoral candidate, University of Maryland College Park iSchool
  • Jessica McGilvray, assistant director, Office of Government Relations at the American Library Association’s Washington, D.C. office 
  • Webinar 2: Government Information Expertise Online: Beyond the First Century of Federal Depository Library Program Practice (Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 3 p.m. EST) Register now.

This webinar will offer insights and techniques in how practicing government information professionals can use the strengths and opportunities of the depository library experience in several promising areas of digital reference, government information discovery tools and deliberative outreach to your community. 

Speakers:

  • Cynthia Etkin, senior program planning specialist, Office of the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)
  • John A. Shuler, associate professor, University of Illinois, Chicago University Library 
  • Webinar 3: An Introduction to Mobile Government Apps for Librarians (Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

The webinar will cover how librarians can teach patrons to use mobile devices, provide links on our webpages to government apps, and create apps for their own e-government websites. Register now.

Speakers:

  • Isabelle Fetherston, teen librarian, Pasco County Library System
  • Nancy Fredericks, member, Pasco County Library System Library Leadership Team 
  • Webinar 4: Roles for Libraries and Librarians in Disasters (Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

This webinar presents information on libraries’ and librarians’ roles supporting their communities and the disaster workforce before, during, and after hazardous events and disasters. Register now.

Speakers:

  • Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • Cindy Love, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • Elizabeth Norton, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center 

Sign-up information, as well as more information about webinar topics and speakers, is available. Please contact Jessica McGilvray (jmcgilvray@alawash.org) or John Bertot (jbertot@umd.edu) with questions about Lib2Gov or the webinar series.

Jobs in Information Technology: Feb. 19

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

Director of Library,  Brevard College, Brevard, NC

Integrated Library System Administrator,  Saskatchewan Information and Library Services Consortium, Regina or Saskatoon, SK

Library Technology Coordinator (Job ID 9532),  University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI

Library Technology Services Manager # 5843,  City of Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA

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

Jobs in Information Technology: Feb. 12

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

Archivist/Metadata Specialist, Yale University Library, New Haven, CT

Kidd Collection Archivist,  The Pennsylvania State University Libraries, University Park, PA

 
Information Literacy, Social Sciences/Humanities Librarian, Northern Illinois University Libraries, DeKalb, IL

Library Ruby on Rails Developer,  Princeton, NJ

 
Manager, Enterprise Systems Unit,  University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Senior Technical Manager, New York University – Division of Libraries,  New York, NY

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

Four Local Libraries Honored for Offering Cutting-edge Services

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) recognized four libraries for offering cutting-edge technologies in library services, honoring programs in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Bridgewater, New Jersey; Raleigh, North Carolina; and University Park, Pennsylvania.

The recognition, which is presented by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), showcases libraries that are serving their communities using novel and innovative methods. Libraries or library service areas selected will be highlighted through various ALA publications and featured in a program at the ALA Annual Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, June 26-July 1, 2014.

“This was a very competitive year for cutting-edge applicants. Those recognized today stood out in the ways they creatively solved problems, engaged library patrons, and strengthened library services and visibility,” said Marc Gartler of Madison Public Library (WI), who chaired the selection subcommittee. “We are excited to recognize these four projects, several of which already have proven their potential to be successfully replicated by libraries around the globe.”

*Cut-rate Digital Signboards, Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater, NJ.

Somerset County Library System developed a more dynamic and cost-effective way to promote programs and resources in high-traffic areas of the library. The creative solution brings together a Raspberry Pi computer, large-screen monitors, WiFi, and Google Docs Presentations to reduce digital signboard costs by almost $1,000 per display. The project also reduced poster printing costs and actually made it easier for staff to remotely update and push new content to their customers.

*“Me Card,” Edmonton Public Library, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Edmonton Public Library’s Me Card technology allows customers with a library card from one library to create an account with and access collections at another library with no staff intervention or additional library cards. The Me Card can work with any integrated library system (ILS) and does not require a shared ILS among participating libraries. More than 1,500 customers accessed the web-based service and registered for membership in the first two months of operation.

*My #HuntLibrary, North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC.

NCSU ensured that the story of their new library’s opening would be told through the words and images of the people that use it every day. The NCSU Libraries used Instagram’s API to develop an app that captured photos tagged with #HuntLibrary and displayed them online and in the library. Both a user engagement tool and digital preservation effort, the library received more than 3,200 images from more than 1,300 different users and recorded more than 235,000 page views.

 *One Button Studio, Penn State University Libraries, University Park, PA

Penn State University Libraries, in partnership with Information Technology Services, enabled easy video creation for faculty and students across Penn State campuses. With only a flash drive and the push of a single button, users can activate a video camera, microphone and lights to begin recording. In its first year of use, 4,200 people created more than 270 hours of video. The app also reduces production costs due to changes in the type of equipment, as well as the number of staff needed.

Additional information is available at http://www.ala.org/offices/oitp/cuttingedge

About the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP)

The Office for Information Technology Policy advances ALA’s public policy activities by helping secure information technology policies that support and encourage efforts of libraries to ensure access to electronic information resources as a means of upholding the public’s right to a free and open information society. For more information, visit www.ala.org/oitp.

Jobs in Information Technology: Jan. 29

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

Access Services/Instruction Librarian, The Pennsylvania State University Libraries,  Hershey, PA

Director – McCormick Educational Technology Center (METC) ,  Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Knowledge Manager,  Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service,  Baltimore, MD

Library Systems and Applications Specialist, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, OH

University Librarian, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

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

2014 Election Slate

The LITA Board is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates for the 2014 spring election as follows:

Candidates for President-elect

  • Adriene Lim
  • Thomas Dowling

Candidates for Directors at Large, 3 elected for 3 year terms

  • Jenny Emanuel Taylor
  • Evviva Weinraub Lajoie
  • Jason J. Battles
  • Susan Sharpless Smith
  • Ranti Junus
  • Bohyun Kim

Candidates for Board of Directors, 1 elected for 1-year term:

  • Dale Poulter
  • Aimee Fifarek

See candidate bios and statements more information; voting in the 2014 ALA election will begin at 9:00 a.m. Central Time (US) on March 19, 2014. Ballots will close at 11:59 p.m. on April 25, 2014.

The slate was recommended by the Nominating Committee. Mark Beatty, chair is chair of the Committee and Michelle Frisque, Abigail Goben, and Breanne Kirsch are the Committee members. The Board thanks the Nominating Committee for all their work.