April 27, 2016

Library Systems Landscape 2016: Company Profiles

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Company profiles of Auto-Graphics, Inc., Axiell Group, BiblioCommons, Biblionix, ByWater Solutions, EBSCO Information Services, Equinox Software, Follett Software Company, Infor Library & Information Solutions, Innovative Interfaces, Inc., LibLime, a division of PTFS, The Library Corporation (TLC), Mandarin Library Automation, Inc., OCLC, ProQuest, and SirsiDynix.

Wish List | Library Systems Landscape 2016

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According to a recent LJ survey, a majority of librarians are happy with their current integrated library system (ILS) or library services platform (LSP), with 72% of those using a commercial system saying they are satisfied (44%) or very satisfied (28%). Some 28% describe themselves as somewhat (23%) or completely (5%) dissatisfied. Similarly, 81% of open source ILS users say they are satisfied (43%) or very satisfied (38%).

Latest hoopla Interface Upgrade Includes “Kids Mode,” Advanced Search

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On-demand streaming media, digital comics, and ebook platform hoopla debuted its new 4.0 interface today at the Public Library Association’s (PLA) 2016 conference in Denver. Reflecting feedback from libraries and patrons, the new interface includes an advanced search feature enabling discovery of titles from across the platform’s various formats, and a Kids’ Mode feature that instantly weeds out all teen and adult-targeted content to customize the hoopla experience for children.

Library Freedom Project, NYCLU Discuss Privacy and Online Security

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The transition from print to electronic record keeping has made it easier and less expensive to store data and search for information, yet this trend has had troubling implications for individual privacy and the security of personal data, explained Mariko Hirose, staff attorney for the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) during the “Privacy Toolkit for Librarians” seminar held on March 22 at Long Island’s Farmingdale Public Library (FPL). Co-sponsored by the Greater New York Metropolitan Area chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Long Island Library Resources Council, the half-day event included presentations by Hirose and Library Freedom Project director and 2015 LJ Mover & Shaker Alison Macrina, covering topics including electronic surveillance, records subpoenas, and ways in which libraries can protect their patrons.

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Libraries & the Changing Scholarly Environment: Data Visualization

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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. Over the past few years large, high resolution displays have been appearing in academic libraries. These screens have been integrated […]

Mapping Out a Plan | Product Spotlight

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For library directors and planners, determining exactly what programs, services, and materials their patrons want can be like hunting for a mysterious treasure chest filled with priceless gems. They spend time and effort digging to unearth much-needed facts: Who uses the library most? Who is likely to support the library at the polls? What materials circulate frequently in a geographic area? What is the socioeconomic status of any given set of patrons? Accessing that cache cracks open endless possibilities for library development. Geographic information systems (GIS) just might be both the map and the key to that hidden treasure.

Ryan Litsey | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Tech Leaders

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All things being equal, the simplest interlibrary loan (ILL) process is usually the best. That’s the idea behind Occam’s Reader, a software add-on for the OCLC ILLiad work flow solution that makes it possible for academic libraries to “loan” ebooks electronically to one another for easy access by students and researchers.

Library Robot Coming to Welsh University

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At Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom, users will soon have a novel means of consulting the catalog at the college’s Hugh Owen Library. Rather than typing their request, or asking a reference librarian, students can be led to the title they’re looking for by a robot with access to all of the library’s holdings.

Findaway Expands Preloaded Launchpad Tablet Line to Teens and Adults

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Digital technology solutions provider Findaway has announced the debut of the Playaway Launchpad tablet for teens and adults, featuring a selection of pre-loaded interactive learning apps, brain games, comics, and casual games. The new line of pre-loaded tablets was developed with feedback from librarians following the success of the original Playaway Launchpad for children, which debuted in April 2015. Findaway founder and CEO Mitch Kroll noted that the tablets, which start at $99, could help libraries bridge the digital divide.

NCSU Offers Social Media Archives Toolkit for Libraries

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North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries recently debuted a free, web-based social media archives toolkit designed to help cultural heritage organizations develop social media collection strategies, gain knowledge of ways in which peer institutions are collecting similar content, understand current and potential uses of social media content by researchers, assess the legal and ethical implications of archiving this content, and develop techniques for enriching collections of social media content at minimal cost. Tools for building and enriching collections include NCSU’s Social Media Combine—which pre-assembles the open source Social Feed Manager, developed at George Washington University for Twitter data harvesting, and NCSU’s own open source Lentil program for Instagram—into a single package that can be deployed on Windows, OSX, and Linux computers.