February 9, 2016

Canadian Library Association Votes to Dissolve

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After months of discussion, voting among members, and the recommendations of its advisory council, the Canadian Library Association (CLA) voted to disband at a Special General Meeting held on January 27. The CLA—a nonprofit national association that has been the voice for Canada’s library community since its formation in 1946—will dissolve following its final annual conference in June 2016.

Murder Most Traditional | 2015 Agatha Christie Award Nominees

Agatha Christie was the queen of the traditional mystery, and every year Malice Domestic, a fan convention, honors those titles published in the previous calendar year that best typify the qualities of Dame Christie’s work (no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence, among other elements). The nominees for the 2015 Agatha Christie Awards reflect a wide range of authors, publishers, styles, and themes.

Five Institutional Strategies for Textbook Affordability | From the Bell Tower

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Whether you’re just getting started or want to take your program to the next level, thinking strategically about campus adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) can make a difference.

The Gadfly Alerts: They warn us of corrupted information | Blatant Berry

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The first time I encountered the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) was nearly 30 years ago. Almost miraculously, PLG has survived from just after the Reagan era through the Clinton and Bush years until Obama. It is still small but manages to publish Progressive Librarian (PL), a journal that combines rigorous scholarship with a strong ideological sentiment.

Librarians, the Gathering: Designing and Publicizing a Personal Librarian Program | Peer to Peer Review

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Beginning in December 2013, librarians at Alfred University, NY, began discussing the possibility of creating a Personal Librarian Program, inspired by the work of librarians at places like Drexel University and Yale University’s Medical Library. We have always encouraged students to seek out a librarian for research assistance; now we wanted to add a human touch, providing a name and face for students encountering the intimidating task of using a college library for the first time. The librarian trading card programs of other libraries–such as Penn State and the University of Rochester–gave us the idea of creating unique cards and personas for each librarian. We decided to take the trading card idea, give it a fantasy roleplaying spin, and use these new “Magic: the Gathering”-esque cards to help connect students to their librarians and publicize the program. With this, “Librarians, the Gathering” was born.

David Giles and Story Bellows: BPL’s Strategy Team Looks Ahead

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In Fall 2015, the Brooklyn Public Library’s (BPL) strategy team gained two codirectors, David Giles and Story Bellows—urban innovators with strong backgrounds in government policy. Giles joined the library as chief strategy officer in November 2015, after serving as research director at New York’s Center for an Urban Future (CUF), which in 2014 published Re-Envisioning New York’s Branch Libraries, a report examining the physical and economic challenges facing the buildings that make up New York City’s three library systems. In his new role, he will provide strategic leadership around program development, partnerships, advocacy, and capital planning, among other aspects of BPL’s mission. Leading the strategy team with Giles is Bellows, who became BPL’s chief innovation and performance officer in October. Before arriving in Brooklyn, Bellows cofounded and directed the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics in Philadelphia, an in-house research and development lab aimed at supporting innovative approaches to civic problem solving.

GPO Launches Beta of govinfo.gov, Site Will Eventually Replace FDsys

From Roll Call: On govinfo.gov — which the Government Publishing Office’s spokesman declared “the Google for government documents” — users can access the Congressional Record, track the course of legislation or perhaps dive into a treasure trove of information specifically on President Gerald Ford. Government geekery aside, anyone from the general public may punch out […]

Between Pressure & Promise: Where hyperlocal meets the big picture | Editorial

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Trend watching is always fun, but it becomes an annual exercise when the New Year arrives and outfits large and small seize the moment to attempt to encapsulate the forces at work in their spheres. With the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting held so early this year, the 2016 trends deep dive dovetailed, for me, with the many conversations I had in Boston, which as usual ranged from essentially functional to highly aspirational, pinging between today’s pressures and tomorrow’s promise. It struck me that our collective work balances in that space, sometimes more precariously than others.

IFLA Updates Statement on Public Lending Right to Include eBooks

1From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Announcement: On 9 December 2015, IFLA’s Governing Board approved an updated Statement on Public Lending Right (PLR) including a new section on eBooks. The updated statement identifies the complexities of considering PLR for eBooks, reinforces the need to involve libraries when considering changes to PLR programs to […]

Increasing Participation in Your Institutional Repository

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So you’ve established an institutional repository, where users can put papers, theses, and experimental data on file, making it easily accessible to the larger world. While getting an institutional repository up and running is no small feat, it’s only the first step. To make the most of this tool, you have to fill it, and that means getting ongoing participation from faculty and students.

Libraries Support Data-Sharing Across the Research Lifecycle

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As more and more researchers are committed to sharing their data, libraries are seizing the opportunity to demonstrate their value across the research lifecycle and support open culture. Mandates from funding agencies have made data management and sharing a high priority for researchers; new strategies for reuse and visualization are shining a spotlight on the importance of discoverability. Libraries have an important role to play in research data management and sharing; they are taking the opportunity to remind their partners across campus that managing research data, like most efforts in scholarly communication, is a team sport.

Roundup: Links to a Growing List of Library Coloring Books as “Color Our Collections Week” Begins

Monday (February 1, 2016) is the beginning of the “Color Our Collections Week” coloring event being organized by The New York Academy of Medicine. In There Own Words: As you may know by now, there is a coloring craze going on. And we want libraries and their patrons to join in the fun! Inspired in […]

Innovative Names James Tallman New Chief Executive Officer

From Today’s III Announcement: Innovative announced today that Mr. James Tallman will join the executive ranks of Innovative Interfaces as Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Tallman will be focused on the company’s commitment to library success and increasing velocity in product leadership and operational excellence. Tallman comes to Innovative with extensive experience as CEO […]

Supporting (Big) Data Research

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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
As scholars use new digital tools and resources to expand their scope of research and teaching, libraries are evolving to support them. While some of these tools and resources reside within the infrastructure of the library, others sit outside of it. This is a trend that cascades across all academic disciplines, from the humanities to the sciences, with often varying needs from disparate researchers. These different needs have led libraries to develop a wide range of service models to support curricular and research needs at their institutions. Learn about these tools, resources, and services and how they can further your interactions with researchers and help you support curricular innovation. Engage in discussions with colleagues who are helping their libraries reimagine services and evolve to support for their communities. Presented by: SAGE, ER&L, and Library Journal
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New Strategic Alliance: Artstor Will Now Function as Part of ITHAKA, Joining JSTOR, Portico and ITHAKA S+R

UPDATE: Full Text of Letter Sent to Members of Artstor Community From Today’s Announcement: Artstor, the provider of the Artstor Digital Library of images and the Shared Shelf platform for cataloguing and digital asset management, will now function under the umbrella of ITHAKA, which currently operates the services JSTOR, Portico and Ithaka S+R. Artstor, JSTOR […]