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Archives for October 2015

How to Innovate | Future Proof

Even for forward-thinking libraries and librarians, who operate in one of today’s most fast-changing and dynamic fields, concepts like innovation and change management may sometimes seem esoteric. If so, don’t be alarmed: Even the world’s most progressive business schools typically offer precious little training in these increasingly vital subjects. Happily for those operating on the frontlines of leadership or administration though, mastering these concepts—the art of staying ahead of the curve—doesn’t have to be a difficult process. In fact, all it often takes to get ahead and continuously go from strength to strength in today’s hyper-kinetic business world is to stay alert, stay adaptable, and stay amenable to new ideas and strategies. Flexibility is, in short, the essence of future-proofing.

Charleston 2015 Conference Trends and Takeaways

Thursday, November 19th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Whether you missed this year’s Charleston Conference or just couldn’t get to every simultaneous session, come hear our panel of conference attendees recap the event. They will share what they see as the key takeaways from the 2015 conference and what it means for the direction of the field in the year to come. Trending topics include data management, discovery, user experience, information literacy instruction, diversifying collections, text mining, streaming video, and more.
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With Privacy Pledge, Library Freedom Project Advocates for HTTPS

The Library Freedom Project (LFP) is urging libraries and library vendors to ensure basic online privacy protections for patrons by implementing HTTPS for websites, catalogs, and all other online resources. The HTTPS protocol tells web browsers to encrypt data that is transferred between a browser and a server, preventing third-parties from eavesdropping or tampering with that data.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Retain Control of Alamo Library Collection—for Now

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) in September won at least a temporary victory in an ongoing battle for the control of the historical items held at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library—now known as the Alamo Research Center (ARC)—located in the historical Alamo complex in San Antonio. The dispute over the collection’s ownership began in July, when the Texas General Land Office (GLO) assumed ownership of the Alamo complex. On September 22 the 407th Judicial District of Bexar County granted the DRT a temporary injunction against the GLO until ownership of the 38,000 books, maps, and flags, artwork, and manuscripts collected by DRT over 70 years can be assessed.

Massachusetts Residents Now Have Borrowing Privileges From UMass Amherst Libraries, Select Materials Online and Pick Up at Local Library

From UMass Amherst Libraries: Massachusetts residents can now check out resources from the UMass Amherst Libraries online and pick them up at their local library. With the advent of the Commonwealth Catalog all Bay State residents can borrow materials from the largest public research library in New England, directly through their local library. New libraries […]

U.S. Copyright Office Will Publish Final Rule on DMCA Exemptions Tomorrow, Full Text Copy Available Now

UPDATE: An Introduction to the Copyright Office Recommendations Can Be Found Here (8 pages; PDF via U.S. Copyright Office) The U.S. Copyright office received more than 40,000 written comments on this matter. “The Register recommended that the Librarian adopt exemptions covering twenty-two types of uses.” Here’s a full text copy (pre-pub version; 81 pages) that […]

A New and Cool Pilot! Internet Archive Introduces 9.3 Million Items Into the IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) Ecosystem

Note: Last week we shared news about the Internet Archive receiving a grant to begin planning for the next-gen Wayback Machine. This time, info and links to something cool, useful, and now available from the IA in an early pilot. Via the IA Blog: Imagine you could zoom seamlessly into to this rare Klimt painting  to […]

Feedback: Letters to LJ, October 15, 2015 Issue

Comics are not clean-cut, the value of peer mentorship across borders, assessment for liaisons, and more letters to the October 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Placements & Salaries 2015: Explore All the Data

Dig through these tables to discover the details about where 2014 LIS grads are landing jobs, at what salaries, and in what kinds of roles, or see the full feature for all the analysis.

Placements & Salaries 2015: Salary by Library Type

Salary levels differ by library type. This year the top three library types in terms of number of placements are the public library, college/university library, and private industry. Of these three institutional types, only private industry offered salaries that exceeded the overall average at $68,424. This suggests that while graduates are finding jobs in libraries, these positions are often in libraries that cannot offer higher salaries. These top three placement situations also provide another insight: the large number of placements in private industry is an indicator of the expanding market for the LIS skill set.