June 18, 2018

Technology

Library Freedom Institute Kicks Off Train-the-Trainers Privacy Course

Last week, the Library Freedom Institute launched a program designed to help librarians become advocates for online privacy, created by the Library Freedom Project in partnership with New York University.

Materials on Hand | Materials Handling

Automated systems are helping libraries move staff to patron-facing work, while manufacturers innovate new design features.

Bibliotheca Offers Unstaffed Hours Solution

Technology and automation vendor bibliotheca has launched open+, an access and security solution that enables libraries to expand open hours to times when the library is unstaffed. The U.S. launch follows deployment and testing at Gwinnett County Public Library, GA; Hennepin County Library, MN; and Ventura County Library, CA.

Accessibility Awareness | The User Experience

May 17 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The idea started with a 2011 blog post by web developer Joe Devon, in which he argued that “it’s more important to make a site accessible than pretty.” As librarians at the University of Southern California (USC), we began a case study in December on accessible design for library instruction. We invoke Devon’s humility, as well as his call to action, because it closely follows our own path of going from knowing very little to gaining more knowledge and becoming advocates for accessibility.

MIT Media Lab Collaborates with Public Librarians

The MIT Media Lab has expanded beyond academic and corporate collaborations to join forces with public libraries for the Public Library Innovation Exchange (PLIX), coordinated by the Media Lab Learning Initiative and MIT Libraries and supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation.

RBdigital Introduces Unlimited Streaming Video, Enhanced App

Recorded Books, an RBmedia company, has launched an enhanced RBdigital app, enabling library patrons to use a single interface to access its audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, comics, streaming video, educational content, games, and more.

Hoopla, eBooks2go Partner on Educational Content

Hoopla digital last week announced an agreement with eBooks2go that will add thousands of educational ebooks and homeschooling materials to the digital content platform’s service, offering library patrons access to Shell Education and TIME FOR KIDS content from Teacher Created Materials Publishing, as well as ebooks and other resources from Boys Town Press.

Hackfests, UX, Personal Data, and Media Among Trends at ER&L 2018

The comprehensive program at the 13th annual Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) conference featured presentations from danah boyd and Robyn Caplan of the Data & Society Research Institute.

Adding Apps | Technology in Focus

As smartphones become ubiquitous, libraries and vendors are responding with new apps, features, and mobile-friendly websites.

Voice Activated | Technology in Focus

Smart speakers are becoming part of U.S. households, and there’s a lot that the public needs to know, with libraries well positioned to help.