August 17, 2017

Technology

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.

LYRASIS Names Recipients of Leadership Circle Catalyst Fund

LYRASIS last month named the first recipients of its $100,000 LYRASIS Leadership Circle’s Catalyst Fund, which was created to support new ideas and projects by LYRASIS members.

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.

Digital Inclusion Week at SFPL | Field Reports

Wwhile working as an NTEN/Google Fiber Digital Inclusion Fellow at the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), I observed a profound digital disparity in the Bay Area, despite it being the center of technology innovation. In an effort to bridge the divide, we partnered with community organizations to host the first San Francisco Digital Inclusion Week (DIW) in May 2017.

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.

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.

Meaningful Measures | Assessment

Measuring outcomes can be a vital aid to justifying library work to voters, funders, and stakeholders—as well as determining strategic direction—but it can also be overwhelming.

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.