April 24, 2015

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

Geoffrey Dickinson to head Worcester Public Library, Lorraine Estelle to direct COUNTER, and more people news from the April 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Discovery Services and the User Experience

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Libraries have invested a great deal of time and effort into choosing and implementing discovery systems, often to mixed responses from students and faculty. Learn how libraries have marketed these services to their users and assessed users’ experience with discovery tools.
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Unlocking Search and Discovery

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Discovery services sit at the forefront of libraries’ current efforts to expose and enhance access to their information resources. Join this webinar to learn about recent advances in implementing discovery services and the results that these libraries have seen regarding their collections. In addition, a leading technology consultant will present on the future of Discovery services and libraries.
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Connecting Higher Ed Trends to the Academic Library | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Higher education is in a state of flux and the key shifts taking place may create opportunities for the academic library. If these are higher ed’s most pressing problems, academic librarians are part of the solutions.

Building an Award-Winning Digital Archive with the Kansas City Public Library: Digital Asset Management is now VITALized!

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT
Join Innovative and David LaCrone, Digital Branch Manager of Kansas City Public Library (MO), to find out how his library used Vital to create the award-winning Civil War on the Western Border website. Whether you have to maintain or create an institutional repository or digital asset management system, Vital from Innovative is the answer. Vital delivers an experience that is engaging, discoverable, and takes advantage of all of your most unique content. Learn how Vital provides flexibility in standards, opportunities for custom presentation, and the ability to leverage anything from a faculty paper to an oral history video to make your digital collections come to life.
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Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On | Periodicals Price Survey 2015

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Like the ground in the Ring of Fire that surrounds the Pacific Ocean, the serials world is in almost constant motion, responding simultaneously to pressures both large and small. As in seismology, some of the pressures result in incremental changes, while others, often the result of years of incremental change hidden below the surface, seem suddenly to shake the serials world like an earthquake.

Southwest Airlines Awards Grant to a Florida Public Library System

From the Lee County Public Library System (Fort Myers Area): Today, Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) grew their multi-year commitment to Placemaking and local community development, announcing that Lee County, one of six locations across the U.S. will receive a Heart of the Community grant to enhance the Cornog Plaza on the campus of the Fort […]

Automated Materials Handling | Product Spotlight

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Automated materials handling (AMH) refers to any automation that reduces or eliminates the need for staff or patrons to check in, check out, or sort material, or to move bins containing library materials. Those jobs are handled by checkin machines, sorters, conveyors, singulators, stackers, and unstackers, speeding up processes throughout busy branches and central libraries.

A Thriving Print Scene | Best Magazines 2014

A Thriving Print Scene | Best Magazines 2014

Even as the digital shift continues, print magazines remain a vital part of a multilayered, interconnected media marketplace. The new magazines launched in 2014 display publishers’ appreciation of, and commitment to, the value of the printed page. Mediafinder.com reported that 190 magazines were launched in 2014, compared to 185 in 2013. Last year also saw the closure of 99 titles, as opposed to the 56 that ceased in 2013.

IMLS Announces Recipients of 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

IMLS Announces Recipients of 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

A busy day for library-related awards. We posted about the “just announced” Federal Library/Librarian of the Year recipients earlier today. Now, here’s the announcement and list of the ten 2015 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service recipients. Congratulations. The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the recipients of the 2015 National Medal for Museum […]

ProQuest Acquires SIPX

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ProQuest, through its affiliate Bowker, on April 8 acquired SIPX, the creator of a cloud-based digital course materials solution designed to eliminate redundant spending and address copyright concerns for universities and academic libraries. SIPX co-founder Franny Lee will continue to lead the company, reporting to ProQuest Senior VP for Strategy and Business Development Ben Lewis. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Room to Grow | Office Hours

Michael Stephens

A FEW YEARS AGO at the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference in Anaheim, CA, I had dinner with librarians from three large universities. The conversation turned to something they had in common: they were all moving print book collections at their respective institutions off-site to make room for student spaces. Back then, this was a big deal, and these administrators met with opposition and angst from their constituents.

Vandals Chop Down Ferguson Tree Donated by Black Caucus of ALA and Dedicated to Michael Brown

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: City officials say two saplings, one of them planted in Michael Brown Jr.’s memory, were found damaged Sunday, but the city plans to replace them this week. In a statement Monday, the city said a sapling planted in January Wabash Park, that had been donated by the Black Caucus of […]

Celebrating the 35th Annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

Celebrating the 35th Annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

Presented Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium, the 35th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes revealed the usual satisfying mix of titles that have already deservedly received praise and others that engaged readers will be glad to see get an extra boost. The poetry prize went to Claudia Rankine’s […]

Louisville Libraries Help Train Local Talent For Tech Jobs

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Kentucky’s Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) is teaming with government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses in its community to teach people to develop websites and program software—and once those skills are honed, getting them placed in tech jobs around the region. With Code Louisville, local employers detail the programming knowledge that applicants will need to fill specific job openings, and sometimes provide mentors to assist in training programs. Using an LFPL card, trainees can access Treehouse online training programs at no cost.