December 10, 2017

Measure the Future Enters Next Phase

Measure the Future, an open source, open hardware project that enables libraries to collect and analyze data regarding how their physical space is being used, will soon deploy new sensors at libraries participating in its public beta launch, including the Meridian Library District (MLD), ID; the State University of New York, Potsdam; the New York Public Library; the University of Boston Law Library; and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

OverDrive’s Libby App to Include Remote Library Card Signup

OverDrive will soon launch a feature for its new Libby ebook and audiobook app that will enable new patrons to sign up for a library card using their smartphone or tablet, confirming residency requirements without requiring a visit to a library branch.

Penn State Libraries Launch Short Story Dispensers

Students returning to Pennsylvania State University (PSU) this fall will find four new short story dispensing kiosks installed at libraries across campus, along with a website for submitting their own original stories for distribution through the kiosks. Developed by Short Édition of Grenoble, France, the kiosks’ simple interface allows users to select a story that takes one, three, or five minutes to read. Their story is then printed out on a narrow piece of sustainably-sourced thermal paper the size of a large receipt.

Getting STEM to Take Root: Vince Bertram Leads the Way

PLTW President and CEO and New York Times bestselling author Vince Bertram Ed.D. is publishing Dream Differently: Candid Advice for America’s Students (Regnery) this month. He recently spoke with LJ about changing the U.S. approach to STEM education, how students can better navigate the transition from school to college to careers, and what public, academic, and K–12 libraries can do to help them along the way.

Wireless Power, Geolocation-based Ebook Lending Top Tech Trends | ALA Annual 2017

Chromebook deployment, targeted Maker spaces, open source disruption, and improving institutional social media practices were among the other topics discussed during the Library Information Technology Association’s Top Tech Trends panel at the American Library Association’s annual conference on June 25.

Hit Refresh | User Experience

The World Wide Web is always evolving, and user expectations constantly respond to prevailing trends. Navigation habits become conditioned by content management system (CMS) templates, common screen layouts, search bar locations, and menu designs that shape how people use popular websites. And libraries have to keep pace.

News from the Show Floor | ALA Annual 2017

The American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, held this year at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center, June 22-27, included a number of announcements and product launches from library vendors. Here are a few that LJ had the opportunity to learn about in person.

Library Ideas Launches Movie and TV “Hotspots”

Library Ideas, developer of the Freading ebook and Freegal music solutions for libraries, is launching the GoChip Beam, a new type of device for lending movies and television series. Each GoChip Beam device contains a small Wi-Fi router, rechargeable battery, and solid state storage preloaded with five feature length movies or an entire season of a television series, all enclosed in a 3.5″ x 1″ stick.

Marmot Launches Digital Archive

Marmot Library Network has developed a Digital Archive and repository solution, enabling its member libraries to showcase digitized collections of images, postcards, books, magazines, videos, recorded oral histories, music, and academic research. Users can discover archive content from throughout the multi-type consortium with a simple catalog search.

OverDrive to Introduce Cost Per Circ Option

OverDrive announced last week that Simon & Schuster Audio, Baker Publishing, and Lerner Publishing will be making ebooks and audiobooks available for licensing on the OverDrive platform via a cost-per-circ (CPC) model later this year.