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Archives for January 2016

Roundup: Links to a Growing List of Library Coloring Books as “Color Our Collections Week” Begins

Monday (February 1, 2016) is the beginning of the “Color Our Collections Week” coloring event being organized by The New York Academy of Medicine. In There Own Words: As you may know by now, there is a coloring craze going on. And we want libraries and their patrons to join in the fun! Inspired in […]

Innovative Names James Tallman New Chief Executive Officer

From Today’s III Announcement: Innovative announced today that Mr. James Tallman will join the executive ranks of Innovative Interfaces as Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Tallman will be focused on the company’s commitment to library success and increasing velocity in product leadership and operational excellence. Tallman comes to Innovative with extensive experience as CEO […]

Supporting (Big) Data Research

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
As scholars use new digital tools and resources to expand their scope of research and teaching, libraries are evolving to support them. While some of these tools and resources reside within the infrastructure of the library, others sit outside of it. This is a trend that cascades across all academic disciplines, from the humanities to the sciences, with often varying needs from disparate researchers. These different needs have led libraries to develop a wide range of service models to support curricular and research needs at their institutions. Learn about these tools, resources, and services and how they can further your interactions with researchers and help you support curricular innovation. Engage in discussions with colleagues who are helping their libraries reimagine services and evolve to support for their communities. Presented by: SAGE, ER&L, and Library Journal
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New Strategic Alliance: Artstor Will Now Function as Part of ITHAKA, Joining JSTOR, Portico and ITHAKA S+R

UPDATE: Full Text of Letter Sent to Members of Artstor Community From Today’s Announcement: Artstor, the provider of the Artstor Digital Library of images and the Shared Shelf platform for cataloguing and digital asset management, will now function under the umbrella of ITHAKA, which currently operates the services JSTOR, Portico and Ithaka S+R. Artstor, JSTOR […]

ALA President, Treasurer Candidates Speak Out | ALA Midwinter 2016

American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting attendees were presented with a slate of strong contenders from both public and academic libraries at the ALA 2017–18 Presidential and Treasurer Candidates’ Forum on Saturday evening, January 9. Presidential candidates Christine Lind Hage, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, and James G. Neal, as well as treasurer candidate Susan H. Hildreth, presented their platforms and discussed their stances on topics that will affect ALA in the months and years to come: investments; international outreach; the development of a leadership pipeline; the proposed name change for the Office for Literacy, Diversity, and Outreach Services; and work with the Freedom to Read Foundation. In particular, candidates highlighted their visions for ALA’s three current strategic directions: advocacy, information policy, and professional and leadership development.

Data Visualization

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Data visualization labs have become a hot trend in academic libraries, and with good reason. Visualization helps scholars interpret, describe, and communicate complex data sets such as census data, image collections, maps, or molecular models. Presented by: SAGE, ER&L, and Library Journal

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Case Studies for Open Science

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
The Open Science initiative aims to make research and data accessible to and reusable by the broadest possible audience. It encompasses such practices as open publication, open peer review, and open access; and, encourages the “open notebook” approach, in which the process of scientific research is openly shared, often in advance of a project’s completion. Current activities and trends outside of libraries will be described and highlighted, and connected to the roles librarians/libraries can play in helping to make these processes more readily available and adopted. Specific examples of how librarians/libraries are helping to fuel the transition to a more open exchange of scientific information will be discussed. Presented by: SAGE, ER&L, and Library Journal
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Culture Convener | Best Small Library in America 2016

Once quaint, the Albert Wisner Public Library galvanized support for a new library that narrows the digital divide and powers a roster of nonstop programs

Members Vote to Dissolve Canadian Library Association, First Step to Create New Unified National Library Advocacy Organization

Full Text of CLA’s Announcement: Today the Canadian Library Association (CLA) took the first formal step to establish a new unified national library advocacy organization. CLA has been the national voice of the Canadian library community since 1946 and has profoundly changed the awareness of libraries and advanced many issues of critical importance to libraries […]

Knight Foundation Launches Second News Challenge on Libraries | ALA Midwinter 2016

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (KF) kicked off the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Boston on the morning of January 10 with a session announcing its second News Challenge on Libraries. The challenge, which launches February 24, will address the question “How might libraries serve 21st century information needs?” Winners will receive a share of $3 million in funding toward their projects. In addition, a select number of projects will be considered for the Knight Prototype Fund.