PALNI Investigates the Usability of WorldCAT Discovery

OCLC’s WorldCat Discovery is widely used in academic libraries as a discovery layer, a search tool that attempts to offer the user a comprehensive picture of the library resources available for any given keyword(s).  As more and more of the library seems to exist online, a sometimes loosely connected congeries of third-party databases and tools, […]

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Interview with LITA Twitter chat panelist Thomas San Filippo

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The LITA Twitter chat on May 31 (1pm Eastern/12pm Central) will feature two projects and four panelists. In this post, we feature panelist Thomas San Filippo (@WallaceLibrary) from Wheaton College, who will participate along with his colleagues, Kate Boylan, and Mark LeBlanc. They will talk about their project to expand the use of JSTOR Forum […]

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Interview with Ken Varnum, Editor of “New Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know”

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For over the past two decades Ken Varnum has become a leading expert in library technology, focusing his research on discovery systems and library analytics.  He has lent this expertise once again as editor to two recently released titles from ALA publishers, the new LITA Guide New Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know and […]

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Interview with LITA Twitter chat panelist Adam Olsen

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The LITA Twitter chat on May 31 (1pm Eastern/12pm Central) will feature two projects and four panelists. In this post, we interview panelist Adam Olsen (@theloraxster) from Western Carolina University. Western Carolina University recently launched a media wall that displays study room availability, events in the building, and the library’s social media feeds. They are […]

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You can support LITA Avramcamp 2019 today!

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Every year, LITA organizes AvramCamp at ALA Annual, a preconference centering women and non-binary individuals in technology work. This event allows attendees to not only discuss challenges in their work, but build community and self-reflect in a brave space. We are asking for support from you. Your donation supports scholarships for AvramCamp attendees including registration […]

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LITA Learnings: So Many Choices for Spring 2019

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Check out our new spring lineup and get details on our latest round of online learning to boost your skill set! Click on each courses link for detailed descriptions, biographies and registration. Multimedia Instruction: Connecting through Course IntegrationMay 1 – May 22, 2019Presenter: Leah Howd Techniques in Managing a Library Services PlatformMay 30, 2019, Noon – 1:00 […]

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Interview with LITA chat panelists Plamen Miltenoff and Mark Gill

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The LITA Twitter chat on March 29 (1pm Eastern/12pm Central) will feature two projects and three panelists. In this post, we interview panelist Plamen Miltenoff, MLIS Professor at St. Cloud University. Plamen and colleague Mark Gill, VizLab Director  at St. Cloud University, created an augmented reality prototype for library orientation, and Plamen interviewed librarians from several universities about […]

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Interview with LITA chat panelist Ilana Kingsley

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The LITA Twitter chat on March 29 (1pm Eastern/12pm Central) will feature two projects and three panelists. In this post, we interview panelist Ilana Kingsley (@IlanaKingsley), who just finished a two-year NEH-funded project to create an Islandora repository of material from the Rasmuson Library’s Alaska & Polar Regions Collections & Archives.  Q. Tell us a […]

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Advice for the New Systems Librarian – Helpful Resources

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Well, it’s been a moment from my last offering here on the blog. Fall is a busy time in higher education. While much of my role is behind-the-scenes in my library, I still teach and work our reference desk. The fall semester really allowed me to start exercising my systems muscles: I added new databases […]

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