Category Archives: News & Noteworthy

Jobs in Information Technology: May 28

 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

Head of Knowledge Management, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle ,IL

Library Project Manager, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

Supervising Programmer/Analyst, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

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

Jobs in Information Technology: May 21

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

Foster Communications Librarian, The Pennsylvania State University Libraries, University Libraries, PA

Manager, Information Technology, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Metadata Strategist, The Pennsylvania State University Libraries,  University Park, PA

Software Engineer, MIT Libraries, Cambridge, MA

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

LITA Preconferences at the ALA Annual Conference

 LITA Preconferences at the ALA Annual Conference

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is pleased to present three exciting preconferences at the ALA Annual Conference on Friday, June 27, 8:30am – 4:00pm.  You won’t want to miss these – reserve your seat today!

 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.

Event code: LIT1

Practical Linked Data with Open Source

Presenters: Galen Charlton, Equinox Software; Jodi Schneider, ERCIM Marie Curie Fellow, Inria Research Centre, Sophia Antipolis, France; Dan Scott, Laurentian University; Richard Urban, Florida State University; Richard Wallis, OCLC;  Kevin Ford. Library of Congress

Sponsored by: Linked Library Data Interest Group (LITA / ALCTS)

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.

Event code: LIT2

Web Therapy

Presenters: Nina McHale, ninermac.net; Christopher Evjy, Jefferson County Library

“Our LibGuides are totally out of control! How do we reign them in?”

“I was put in charge of our Drupal site when a colleague left the organization. How do I find time to manage it well in addition to my normal work?”

“Our Board wants web statistics, but I don’t know what reports to provide in a way that will make sense and tell them objectively what they want to know. Help!”

“Campus IT won’t let us install a CMS; how are we supposed to develop a robust library web site for our students and faculty?”

Do any of these scenarios sound painfully familiar to you? Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone! If you are headed to Las Vegas for ALA in June, come join Chris Evjy (Jefferson County Public Library) and Nina McHale (Colorado State Library) and others who work on or manage library web sites for some Web Therapy!

Bring your web woes to the table–specific topics will be determined by a survey sent in advance to attendees–and we’ll put our 20+ years of combined experience managing public, academic, and special library web sites to work to develop solutions.

Free hugs!

Event code: LIT3

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 preconference only.

  • Register online through June 20
  • Call ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-974-3084 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting
  • Onsite registration will also be accepted in Las Vegas.

 

LITA guide spotlights the top technologies every librarian needs to know

LITA guide spotlights the top technologies every librarian needs to know

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/13/2014

Contact:

Rob Christopher
Marketing Coordinator
ALA Publishing
312-280-5052

rchristopher@ala.org

CHICAGO — While it’s inspiring to ponder the libraries of the 22nd century, it’s a lot more practical to think ahead to the next five years. That’s just what editor Kenneth J. Varnum and his hand-picked team of contributors have done in “The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource, showing library technology staff and administrators where to invest time and money to receive the greatest benefits. The ideas in this book will stimulate strategic thinking and help library staff make informed decisions about meeting user expectations and delivering services. Sure conversation starters and informative for any library, chapters include:

  • “Impetus to Innovate: Convergence and Library Trends,” by A.J. Million and Heather Lea Moulaison;
  • “Hands-Free Augmented Reality: Impacting the Library Future,” by Brigitte M. Bell and Terry Cottrell;
  • “Libraries and Archives Augmenting the World,” by William Denton;
  • “The Future of Cloud-Based Library Systems,” by Steven Bowers and Elliot Jonathan Polak;
  • “Library Discovery: From Ponds to Streams,” by Varnum;
  • “Exit As Strategy: Web Services as the New Websites for Many Libraries,” by Anson Parker, VP Nagraj, and David Moody;
  • “Reading and Non-Reading: Text Mining in Critical Practice,” by Devin Higgins;
  • “Bigger, Better, Together: Building the Digital Library of the Future,” by Jeremy York;
  • “The Case for Open Hardware in Libraries,” by Jason Griffey.

Varnum is the Web systems manager at the University of Michigan Library, where he manages the library website and the development of new features and functionality. He has worked in a range of library settings, including large and small academic, corporate, and special libraries. He led the University of Michigan’s implementation of Summon using the Summon API in a Drupal site in 2010. An active member of the library technology world for 19 years, he is also the author of “Drupal in Libraries,” volume #14 of THE TECH SET®.

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.

American Library Association

Jobs in Information Technology: May 14

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

Head, Library Systems & Information Technology, University Library, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada 

College Archivist/Special Collections Librarian ,  Williams College, Williamstown, MA

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

Games in Libraries for Outreach and Instruction Webinar: May 19, 2014

CHICAGO — A panel of library games experts will discuss the principles of gamification and how to use game elements for information literacy instruction. The process of creating a library game and using game design best practices will be considered.  Creating physical games based on literature for outreach purposes will also be examined.  Attendees will leave with innovative ideas of how to use games or gamification in their own libraries.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will gain the following skills:

  • The ability to incorporate gamification into library instruction sessions
  • Knowing when to create a library game and use game design best practices
  • Using literature based physical games for outreach purposes

Instructors

Andrew Battista

Andrew Battista is an information literacy and reference librarian at the University of Montevallo. His research interests include games-based learning, information literacy and social justice and multimodal composition.

Mary J. Snyder Broussard

Mary Broussard is an instructional services librarian at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. Her research interests and projects with game-based learning in academic libraries have led to a number of national conference presentations and publications.

Cecilia Sirigos

Cecilia Sirigos is a reference and instruction librarian at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Her interests include gaming curricula, as well as film exhibition and preservation. She has her MLIS from the University of South Carolina and post-graduate certificates from Charles Sturt University and (Summer 2014) the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Heath Ward

Heath Ward is the teen services librarian/reference librarian at the Pickens County Public Library System in South Carolina. He collaborated with other authors and wrote a chapter in “Games in Libraries: Essays on Using Play to Connect and Instruct,” published by McFarland.  Also, he has presented at various local conferences.

Breanne Kirsch

Breanne Kirsch is a public services librarian at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg.  She is the founder and current chair of the LITA Game Making Interest Group.  She is the editor of “Games in Libraries: Essays on Using Play to Connect and Instruct,” published by McFarland.  She has presented on games in libraries during past ALA conferences, a HandHeld Librarian conference and various local conferences.

Date & Time

Live webinar:  May 19, 2014, noon –2 p.m. CDT

Fee

LITA Member:  $39

Non-Member: $99

Group:  $190

Adobe Connect login info will be sent to registrants the week prior to the start date.

Technical Requirements

Live, synchronous presentations will require attendee participation via Internet audio.  Attendees will need a wired, high-speed Internet connection and a headset or speakers.

How to Register

Register Online (login required)

OR mail or fax form to ALA Registration

OR call 1-800-545-2433 (press 5)

OR email registration@ala.org.

Contact

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration: 1-800-545-2433 (press 5) or email registration@ala.org.

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA at (312) 280-4269 or email Valerie Edmonds  vedmonds@ala.org.

 

Jobs in Information Technology: May 7

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

DevOps Engineer, New York University,  New York,  NY

Integrated Library System (ILS) Administrator, Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Berks Campus, The Pennsylvania State University Libraries,  Reading, PA

Web Developer, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

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

 

LITA Preconferences Held at ALA Annual

LITA is offering three full day preconferences at ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, all held Friday, June 27 from 8:30 am – 4:30 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 preconference 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: April 30

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

Automation Coordinator, Mid-Hudson Library System,  Poughkeepsie, NY

 Librarian, Archivist, Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, CT

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