November 24, 2014

Security Solutions | Product Spotlight

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Library security systems are described as “non-glamourous work-horses” on Bibliotheca’s website. It’s true that the core function—to deter theft and prevent materials that haven’t been properly checked out from accidentally walking out of the library—hasn’t changed much since 3M launched its Tattle Tape electromagnetic (EM) security system in the 1970s. However, many of the latest systems feature new functionality enhanced by RFID tags, along with sleek, unobtrusive design that gives public entryways a modern appearance.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Asa Kachan appointed Chief Librarian and CEO at Halifax Public Libraries; Mary Sauer-Games named Vice President of Product Management at OCLC; and more People news from the November 1, 2014 issue of Library Journal.

Apples v. Oranges, Why Citations are Needed, and more Feedback

Why sports versus libraries and self versus traditional publishing are not simple comparison, the point of precision in citation, and more Letters to LJ’s November 1, 2014 Issue

Data for ROI and Benchmarking Ebook Collections

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Data is being used to make quick ebooks acquisitions decision changes at a single library and being used in scale to better understand ebook usage globally. Ying Zhang will present on a study undertaken at the University of Central Florida to determine the best ROI for their library ebook acquisitions models. Michael Levine-Clark will discuss a large-scale study showing trends across over 10,000 libraries and hundreds of thousands of ebooks. A study of this scale allows us to show broad patterns of usage and establish benchmarks that should prove useful for libraries and consortia for local planning.
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Data, Assessment, and Participatory Design: Rethinking Information Literacy, Spaces, and Services in Two Academic Libraries

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
The Claremont Colleges Library has developed a range of approaches to holistically evaluating information literacy (IL) learning and perceptions among students and faculty, as well as strategically identifying the best points of IL intervention across the complex curriculum of the seven Claremont Colleges. Char Booth and Sarah Lower consider approaches to applying teaching and learning-related data to improve pedagogy, enhance program effectiveness, and compellingly demonstrate the impact of librarian collaboration on student performance. UCLA Library’s Inquiry Labs leveraged library public service statistics, data from campus partners, and participatory design to develop new spaces and services. Kelly Miller and Doug Worsham suggest strategies and provide tips to encourage a culture of engagement and continual improvement.
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NaNoWriMo at Your Library | Programs That Pop

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One popular program at the Corvallis–Benton County Public Library (C-BCPL) last year was our National Novel Writing Month (­NaNoWriMo) series of events, which offered a fun and creative challenge for community members: to write a novel in 30 days. The program was so popular that the library published a collection of writings from many of the participants.

Indianapolis Approves $58 Million in Bonds for Libraries

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Indianapolis Public Library (IPL)’s modernization plan, which involves renovating five branches, relocating five others, and building one brand new facility, will get started next month after area lawmakers voted on Nov. 10 to approve $58.5 million in bond issues over the next six years.

Blue-Ribbon Libraries | Library by Design

Top row: Midland Centennial Library, TX; Central Library, Bottom row, l.-r.: St. Louis Public Library, Glenmore Christian Academy Elemantray Library, Calgary Alta. Midland photo by Maxwell Filmworks; St. Louis photo  ©Timothy Hursley; Glenmore photo by Dawn Stringer, On A Wire Photography & Design

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) , a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) honored the winners of the 2014 Library Interior Design Awards at ALA’s annual conference held in Las Vegas in June. Over 200 entries were reviewed, and many of this year’s 19 winners have a vibrant and functional design that takes into consideration that libraries are more than ever a gathering space for their community.

Evidence Based Collection Models: Not your Traditional DDA

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 10:00 – 11:00 AM ET, 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM PT
Join a panel of librarians who are using this usage based collection management model will discuss their experience. Wiley moderator, Lisa Nachtigall, will facilitate the panel discussion. Attendees can expect to learn best practices for implementing a program like this, promoting and socializing to patrons, and key findings and challenges.
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Library Removes Referendum Signs from Branches Hosting Early Voting

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Acting on a complaint from a Mecklenburg County (NC) commissioner, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (CML) officials last week removed signs providing information about a referendum on a proposed sales tax increase, which would benefit the library, from all 14 branches serving as early voting locations.