Jobs in Information Technology: March 16, 2016

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:

Findaway, K-12 Independent Account Manager, Solon, OH

Grenzebach Glier and Associates, Knowledge Resources Associate, Chicago, IL

Mississippi College Library, Electronic Resources Librarian, Clinton, MS

Ela Area Public Library, Assistant Director of Discovery and Technology, Lake Zurich, IL

Loveland Public Library, Library Technology Manager, Loveland, CO

Yale University, Data Support Specialist, ID 36136BR, New Haven, CT

Haddonfield Public Library, Library Director, Haddonfield, NJ

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

LITA and ALA 2016 elections now open

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Help shape the future of LITA by voting and then staying in touch with your elected officials to make your voice heard.

The 2016 election will be open March 15 – April 22, and results will be announced on April 29. For the 2016 election, eligible members will be sent their voting credentials via email between March 15-18, 2016.  If you have not as yet received your voting email, you can initiate the process at this ALA Elections Page.

Use the 2016 ALA Council Candidate Sorter to filter by division, round table, ethnic caucus, library type, geography, and participation in the Spectrum Scholars and Emerging Leaders programs.

Candidates for LITA Vice-President/President-Elect

David Lee King

Andromeda Yelton

Candidates for LITA Directors-at-large (two elected for three year terms)

Breanne Kirsch

Topher Lawton

Holbrook Sample

Evviva Weinraub

Candidates for LITA Councilor

Aaron Dobbs

Debra Shapiro

LITA Members Running for ALA President

Christine Lind Hage

LITA Members Running for ALA Council

Robert Banks

Ana Elisa de Campos Salles

Mario M. Gonzalez

Mel Gooch

Jennifer Rushton Jamison

Chulin Meng

Kathryn Miller

Scott Piepenburg

Lauren Pressley

Colby Mariva Riggs

Edward L. Sanchez

Jules Shore

LITA Nominating Committee:

Michelle Frisque, Chair
Galen Charlton
Dale Poulter

For questions about your membership status for voting, please contact ALA’s Member and Customer Service (MaCS) at 1-800-545-2433, press 5 (International members should call +1-312-944-6780) or Visit the ALA Election page for more information about this year’s vote and to view candidates running for ALA offices.

Another upcoming LITA web course and webinar, register now!

Register now for the next great LITA continuing education web course and webinar offerings.

Don’t miss out on this repeat of last springs sold out LITA webinar:

Yes, You Can Video: A how-to guide for creating high-impact instructional videos without tearing your hair outsmvideoclapper
Presenters: Anne Burke, Undergraduate Instruction & Outreach Librarian, North Carolina State University Libraries; and Andreas Orphanides, Librarian for Digital Technologies and Learning, North Carolina State University Libraries
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Central Time
Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Have you ever wanted to create an engaging and educational instructional video, but felt like you didn’t have the time, ability, or technology? Are you perplexed by all the moving parts that go into creating an effective tutorial? In this 90 minute session, Anne Burke and Andreas Orphanides will help to demystify the process, breaking it down into easy-to-follow steps, and provide a variety of technical approaches suited to a range of skill sets. They will cover choosing and scoping your topic, scripting and storyboarding, producing the video, and getting it online. They will also address common pitfalls at each stage. This webinar is for anyone wanting to learn more about making effective videos.

Details here and Registration here.

Make the investment in deeper learning with this web course:

UDidlogoUniversal Design for Libraries and Librarians
Instructors: Jessica Olin, Director of the Library, Robert H. Parker Library, Wesley College; and Holly Mabry, Digital Services Librarian, Gardner-Webb University.
August 1 – September 9, 2016

Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Universal Design is the idea of designing products, places, and experiences to make them accessible to as broad a spectrum of people as possible, without requiring special modifications or adaptations. This course will present an overview of universal design as a historical movement, as a philosophy, and as an applicable set of tools. Students will learn about the diversity of experiences and capabilities that people have, including disabilities (e.g. physical, learning, cognitive, resulting from age and/or accident), cultural backgrounds, and other abilities. The class will also give students the opportunity to redesign specific products or environments to make them more universally accessible and usable. By the end of this class, students will be able to…

  • Articulate the ethical, philosophical, and practical aspects of Universal Design as a method and movement – both in general and as it relates to their specific work and life circumstances
  • Demonstrate the specific pedagogical, ethical, and customer service benefits of using Universal Design principles to develop and recreate library spaces and services in order to make them more broadly accessible
  • Integrate the ideals and practicalities of Universal Design into library spaces and services via a continuous critique and evaluation cycle

Details here and Registration here.

And don’t miss the other upcoming LITA continuing education offerings by checking the Online Learning web page.

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty,

LITA Updates, March 11, 2016

In this issue of LITA Updates

  • Hello from Your New Executive Director, Jenny Levine
  • 2016 Election runs March 15 – April 22
  • LITA at ALA Annual (Hear Dr. Safiya Noble Speak at our President’s Program)
  • Meet LITA Emerging Leader Melissa Stoner
  • Current Online Learning Opportunities
  • New #LITAchats on Twitter

SAVE THE DATE: This year’s LITA Forum will be November 17-20 in Fort Worth, Texas! More information coming soon.

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Jenny Levine

Hello from Your New Executive Director

Just a quick wave to introduce myself as the still-feeling-very-new Executive Director of LITA. I started in August and while I’m still learning the ins and outs of our community, my favorite things are feedback and suggestions. If you have either of these, please don’t hesitate to contact me in whatever way works best for you.; w: 312-280-4267; m/sms: 708-955-4967
Hangouts: shiftedlibrarian; Twitter: @shifted
Read my How I Work post on LITA Blog

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Watch your email next week for your ballot, and help shape the future of LITA by voting in the 2016 election. Online voting will be open March 15 – April 22, with results announced on April 29. Find out more about the LITA and ALA elections on our website.

Candidates for LITA Offices

ALA Candidates who are LITA members

  • Presidential candidate
    • Christine Lind Hage
  • Council candidates
    • Robert Banks
    • Ana Elisa de Campos Salles
    • Mario M. Gonzalez
    • Mel Gooch
    • Jennifer Rushton Jamison
    • Chulin Meng
    • Kathryn Miller
    • Scott Piepenburg
    • Lauren Pressley
    • Colby Mariva Riggs
    • Edward L. Sanchez
    • Jules Shore

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We’re excited to announce that Dr. Safiya Noble is our 2016 President’s Program speaker. We also have three practical preconferences at Annual covering Digital Privacy and Security, Islandora for Managers, and Technology Tools and Transforming Librarianship, plus 20 programs including the always valuable Top Tech Trends program.

Learn more about all of the LITA happenings at Annual 2016 (early bird registration for the conference closes at noon Central Time on Tuesday, March 16th).

Meet LITA Emerging Leader Melissa Stoner

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Melissa Stoner

Have you met Melissa Stoner yet? If not, this is a great time to read her interview on LITA Blog because she’s our 2016 Emerging Leader.

Melissa works at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with the Lied Library Digital Collections, where she is the Workflow Manager for the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project. “I am Navajo and lived in Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation until I was 24…. I hope that in some way my being an Emerging Leader could inspire others from a similar background.”

Melissa is working with three other Emerging Leaders to develop an archiving program for the Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT). Her project, along with the others from this year’s cohort, will be presented at a Poster Session at the ALA Annual Conference on Friday, June 24, in Orlando, FL.

Current Online Learning Opportunities

The Why and How of HTTPS for Libraries (webinar)
Presenter: Jacob Hoffman-Andrews
Offered: March 14, 2016

Yes, You Can Video: A how-to guide for creating high-impact instructional videos without tearing your hair out (repeat) (webinar)
Presenters: Anne Burke and Andreas Orphanides
Offered: April 12, 2016

Universal Design for Libraries and Librarians (online course)
Presenters: Jessica Olin and Holly Mabry
Offered: August 1 – September 9, 2016

We’ll be adding more spring opportunities on our website.

Newest LITA Guide

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by Joy M. Perrin

LITA members can use code RLLITA20 to receive a 20% discount.

New #LITAchats on Twitter

The Membership Development Committee has started hosting tech topic tweet-ups using #LITAchat and hosted by LITA experts, IGs, and Committees. The online chats will happen on the last Friday of each month around lunch time. Keep an eye on @ALA_LITA for announcements of future topics or search #LITAchat to see previous chats & topics.

Recent Posts on the LITA Blog

I’m a Librarian. Of tech, not books.
“Looking back, I wonder what would I have wanted to know before going into Systems, and most importantly, would it have changed my decision to do so, or rather, to stay? So what is it to be a Systems Librarian?…”

Google Cardboard
“The low cost, minimal learning curve, and interactivity of Cardboard make it the perfect tool to engage your library patrons.”

10 iPhone Tricks Every Librarian Should Know
“We can’t be expected to know everything about every device, but it’s always good to have a few tools ready at our disposal. Here are some handy tricks to keep at the ready if anyone comes at you with an iPhone and demands service.”

Thanks for reading, and please contact me anytime with questions, suggestions, or concerns.

Jenny Levine
Executive Director
Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)

“Any Questions?”: Hands-on Search Strategies in the Classroom

Michael Scott, The Office.

Part of my job includes instruction at my small art school library, and while I only just recently took teaching on for the first time, I’m sure that every instruction librarian regardless of experience can agree that one of the biggest difficulties to face is assessing whether or not students are connecting to what you are saying. There’s only so much pizzazz you can put into your powerpoint and time you can spend talking at your students.

My least favorite part comes at the end of my session, when I ask “Any questions?” and my students just stare blankly at me and I can only hope that what I said resonated with at least one of them.

Being at a small library means that we don’t have large-scale instruction strategies. It’s a very DIY environment, where we work out our ideas and see what works and above all, try and try again. I’m fortunate in that way, that I have the space and leverage to experiment and grow. But it can also be like grasping out for something in the dark – you don’t know if something is there, but you’re going to try and find it anyway.

We also do not have the space for things like a computer lab. Instruction sessions are usually limited to one-shot classes in the back of our library, where we do our spiel in front of a projector. Our faculty usually don’t have enough time allotted in their syllabi to bring us in as embedded librarians, so we have to take advantage of this time as much as we can and hope that we’ve provided enough information to send our students on their way to do their own research.

Lately though, my fellow instruction librarian and I were approached by one of our more enthusiastic faculty members who wanted to devote an entire class to have us come in and lead a hands-on session for research. With an assignment in mind, we instructed all students to have their laptops on hand with them – all students here are required to own a laptop for their schoolwork. After leading a discussion on scholarly sources and Boolean operators, we guided the class through different databases and search strategies. It was absolutely refreshing to be there in person with the students as they searched, exploring new databases for the first time, and learning how to mind map. The professor, my fellow instruction librarian, and I made ourselves available to walk around and answer questions, helping students refine their search terms. It was new for a lot of students who are used to turning directly to open-web sources first before they venture into library resources, as so many studies will tell you. Trying to shift a student’s perspective from a Google-centric view of searching (where you only stick to the first two pages of relevant results that have been tailored to your past search history) to that of a library database (where you might find the best result on page 11) is a challenge, but it’s something that could possibly be addressed with more hands-on research sessions in the classroom like the one we led.

“Why can’t all of our classes be like this?” we mused together after the session came to an end.

This may be a very regular occurrence at other institutions, but it was a breakthrough for us and it really got us thinking about how to improve our information literacy strategy. With the right technology and time, we could be improving our students’ research capabilities in every class.

Following this classroom session, that professor reached out to the library and our Vice Provost with a brilliant idea to conduct a brown bag workshop for all of our faculty to show these findings and advocate for the library to be integrated into more class syllabi. We would give a demo of the library services we could provide, have iPads and laptops available for faculty to follow along with our research instruction, and provide an open dialogue for instructors to voice their observations on student research & writing at the institution with the hopes that we can address challenges with our sessions while tailoring them to individual subjects of study.

Having faculty and administration advocate for you is one of the most helpful ways for your library’s instruction program to be given the time and attention it needs. We hope that this will give our infolit strategic plan new life and improve our school’s writing and research capabilities overall.

I will be following up with the outcomes of this workshop in the months to come. But until then….any questions?

How has your library used technologies & resources in and outside of classrooms to help teach library instruction? Do you have any success stories?


Jobs in Information Technology: March 9, 2016

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:

Colorado State University Libraries, Data Management Specialist, Fort Collins, CO

City of Alexandria Library, Emerging Technologies Manager, Alexandria, VA

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

The Why and How of HTTPS for Libraries, a LITA webinar

Attend this LITA webinar for the latest ideas in library web site security and privacy:

The Why and How of HTTPS for Libraries

Monday March 14, 2016
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central Time
Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

As more of our library browsing occurs over the Internet, the only way to continue to preserve patron privacy is to make sure that the library catalog and database traffic that travels between a web browser and a server remains encrypted. This one hour webinar will discuss how encrypted websites work, and demonstrate exciting tools from the Electronic Frontier Foundation that make it easy to encrypt library websites by default.

Additional preliminary course materials:


  • Understand what HTTPS accomplishes
  • Learn the common obstacles to HTTPS deployment
  • Be able to make a strong case for HTTPS at your own library


Jacob Hoffman-Andrews pictureJacob Hoffman-Andrews, Electronic Frontier Foundation. Jacob works on Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Encrypt the Web initiative, trying to bring secure, private communication to every web site and every person who uses that site. His main project at the moment is Let’s Encrypt, the free and automated certificate authority that will dramatically lower the barrier to entry for organizations that want to deploy HTTPS to make their web sites more secure. Jacob also works on EFF’s HTTPS Everywhere browser extension, which helps people visit the secure versions of web sites whenever available. Previously, he worked at Twitter on deploying HTTPS by default across their entire site, and before that he worked on maps, transit, and web page speed at Google. Jacob has written a blog post on the topic of libraries and HTTPS (, as well as many others on the broader topic of HTTPS. He has also presented on the topic at the Digital Rights in Libraries conference.

Register for the Webinar and Full details

Can’t make the date but still want to join in? Registered participants will have access to the recorded webinar.


  • LITA Member: $45
  • Non-Member: $105
  • Group: $196

And don’t miss more upcoming LITA spring continuing education offerings:


Yes You Can Video, with Anne Burke, and Andreas Orphanides
Offered: Tuesday April 12, 2016, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Central Time

Web course:

Universal Design for Libraries and Librarians, with Jessica Olin, and Holly Mabry
Starting Monday August 1, 2016, running for 6 weeks

Registration Information:

Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)
Mail or fax form to ALA Registration
call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty,

Jobs in Information Technology: March 2, 2016

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:

Penn State University Libraries, Digital Scholarship Research Coordinator, University Park, PA

Loyola Notre Dame Library, Digital Services Coordinator, Baltimore, MD

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

3 Exciting LITA Preconferences at ALA Annual, Orlando FL

LITA50_logo_vertical_webHelp LITA kick off its year of 50th anniversary celebrations.

By attending any one of three exciting new preconferences at ALA Annual in Orlando FL. They will all be held on:

Friday, June 24 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

For more information and registration, check out the LITA at ALA Annual conference web page

Digital Privacy and Security: Keeping You and Your Library Safe and Secure in a Post-Snowden World

Presenters: Blake Carver, LYRASIS and Jessamyn West, Library Technologist at Open Library

Learn strategies on how to make you, your librarians and your patrons more secure & private in a world of ubiquitous digital surveillance and criminal hacking. We’ll teach tools that keep your data safe inside of the library and out — how to secure your library network environment, website, and public PCs, as well as tools and tips you can teach to patrons in computer classes and one-on-one tech sessions. We’ll tackle security myths, passwords, tracking, malware, and more, covering a range of tools from basic to advanced, making this session ideal for any library staff.

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Blake Carver
Jessamyn West

Islandora for Managers: Open Source Digital Repository Training

Presenters: Erin Tripp, Business Development Manager at discoverygarden inc. and Stephen Perkins, Managing Member of Infoset Digital Publishing

Islandora is an OAIS adherent and open source digital repository framework. It combines the Drupal CMS and Fedora Commons repository software, together with additional open source applications, the framework delivers a wide range of functionality out of the box. The proposed workshop will provide an overview of Islandora, it’s community of users, and allow users to test drive a full Islandora installation using local virtual machines or the online Islandora sandbox.

Erin Tripp
Erin Tripp
Stephen Perkins
Stephen Perkins

Technology Tools and Transforming Librarianship

Presenters: Lola Bradley, Reference Librarian, Upstate University; Breanne Kirsch, Coordinator of Emerging Technologies, Upstate University; Jonathan Kirsch, Librarian, Spartanburg County Public Library; Rod Franco, Librarian, Richland Library; Thomas Lide, Learning Engagement Librarian, Richland Library

Technology envelops every aspect of librarianship, so it is important to keep up with new technology tools and find ways to use them to improve services and better help patrons. This hands-on, interactive preconference will teach six to eight technology tools in detail and show attendees the resources to find out about 50 free technology tools that can be used in all libraries. There will be plenty of time for exploration of the tools, so please BYOD! You may also want to bring headphones or earbuds.

Lola Bradley
Lola Bradley
Breanne Kirsch
Breanne Kirsch
Jonathan Kirsch
Jonathan Kirsch
Rod Franco
Rod Franco
Thomas Lide
Thomas Lide

And be sure to attend the LITA President’s Program featuring Dr. Safiya Noble

Sunday June 26, 2016 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Dr. Noble is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. She conducts research in socio-cultural informatics; including feminist, historical and political-economic perspectives on computing platforms and software in the public interest. Her research is at the intersection of culture and technology in the design and use of applications on the Internet.

Safiya Noble
Safiya Noble

More Information and Registration

Check out the LITA at ALA Annual conference web page.