The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know

Author: LITA
Publisher: American Library Association
ISBN: 0838912281
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download Now
While it's inspiring to ponder the libraries of the 22nd century, it's a lot more practical to think ahead to the next five years. That's just what Varnum and his hand-picked team of contributors have done, showing library technology staff and administrators where to invest time and money to receive the greatest benefits. Their ideas will stimulate strategic thinking and help library staff make informed decisions about meeting user expectations and delivering services. Sure conversation starters and informative for any library, chapters include “Impetus to Innovate: Convergence and Library Trends,” by A.J. Million and Heather Lea Moulaison“Hands-Free Augmented Reality: Impacting the Library Future,” by Brigitte M. Bell and Terry Cottrell“Libraries and Archives Augmenting the World,” by William Denton“The Future of Cloud-Based Library Systems,” by Steven Bowers and Elliot Jonathan Polak“Library Discovery: From Ponds to Streams,” by Varnum“Exit As Strategy: Web Services as the New Websites for Many Libraries,” by Anson Parker, VP Nagraj, and David Moody“Reading and Non-Reading: Text Mining in Critical Practice,” by Devin Higgins“Bigger, Better, Together: Building the Digital Library of the Future,” by Jeremy York“The Case for Open Hardware in Libraries,” by Jason Griffey This compendium offers an expert-level view of the library technology that’s just around the corner.

Exploring Discovery

Author: Kenneth J. Varnum
Publisher: ALA Editions
ISBN: 9780838914144
Format: PDF, Docs
Download Now
We're in a new age of Discovery. Not of the physical world but rather one that serves up appropriate resources for your library's researchers, thanks to advancements in handling metadata, natural language processing, and keyword searching. For you, Discovery might be shorthand for single-index products such as Serials' Solutions Summon, EBSCO Discovery, and OCLC's WorldCat Discovery. Yet even those tools require adjustments to meet your institution's specific needs. With first-hand profiles of 19 library projects, Varnum and his roster of contributors offer guidance on the complete range of discovery services, from the broad sweep of vendors' products to the fine points of specialized holdings. Topics include: migrating from a traditional ILS to a library services platform; creating a task list for usability testing of discovery; managing internal development requirements within the constraints of a small or mid-sized library; applying agile software methodology to a Blacklight implementation; real-world examples of usability testing, including a small liberal arts college's implementation of VuFind; meeting the challenge of three different metadata formats; practices in the Primo community for integrating open access content into the front end; serving mobile users with an app and responsive Web design; analyzing the use of facets in search; using a single discovery tool across a library, museum, and archive; and implementing discovery with geospatial datasets. Easy to dip into as needed, this comprehensive examination of discovery services will prove invaluable to IT, web development, electronic resource management, and technical services staff.

Technology for the Rest of Us

Author: Nancy Courtney
Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated
ISBN: 9781591582335
Format: PDF, Mobi
Download Now
Communicate effectively with systems personnel, savvy users and seasoned funding authorities, even if you can't tell a modem from a mouse.

The Library s Legal Answer Book

Author: Mary Minow
Publisher: American Library Association
ISBN: 9780838908280
Format: PDF, Kindle
Download Now
Looks at legal issues surrounding libraries, covering such toipcs as designing a Web site, copyright, library empolyees, and providing access to people with disabilities.

Technology and Professional Identity of Librarians The Making of the Cybrarian

Author: Hicks, Deborah
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 1466647361
Format: PDF, Kindle
Download Now
The library profession has changed rapidly in the wake of advanced technologies. Once regarded as the gatekeepers of information found in books, today's library professionals are shifting from a traditional center of attention to a new focus on all areas of information studies. Technology and Professional Identify of Librarians: The Making of the Cybrarian brings into focus both the positive and negative aspects that technology places on the professional identity of librarians. Highlighting the new methods involved in data management, communication, and Library Information education and research; this book is a necessary means for librarians, students, and researchers to obtain an up to date understanding of what it means to maintain relevancy in the information age.

The Network Reshapes the Library

Author: Lorcan Dempsey
Publisher: American Library Association
ISBN: 0838912338
Format: PDF
Download Now
Since he began posting in 2003, Dempsey has used his blog to explore nearly every important facet of library technology, from the emergence of Web 2.0 as a concept to open source ILS tools and the push to web-scale library management systems. More than just a commentary on the issue of the moment, the more than 1,800 posts have offered thousands of readers valuable perspective and insight as well as a visionary approach to libraries’ future. In a compendium that library planners, administrators, and technology staff will find endlessly stimulating, Varnum offers an expertly curated selection of entries from Dempsey’s blog. Showing where libraries have been in the last decade and also where they’re heading now, this book covers such keystone topics as Networked resourcesNetwork organizationThe research process and libraries’ evolving role, featuring the seminal post “In the Flow”Resource discoveryLibrary systems and tools such as search indices and OpenURL link resolversData and metadataPublishing and communication, including blogs, social media, and scholarly communicationLibraries, archives, museums, and galleries as “memory institutions”The book concludes with a selection of favorites hand-picked by Dempsey himself. As one university librarian put it, Dempsey’s “dual ability to explore an issue and to reveal the higher-order trends is spot-on for understanding our volatile environment.” That unique and thoughtful analysis is on full display in this book.

Collection Development in the Digital Age

Author: Maggie Fieldhouse
Publisher: Facet Publishing
ISBN: 1856047466
Format: PDF, Mobi
Download Now
This topical edited collection is cross-sectoral and international in scope, drawing together the perspectives of practitioners and academics at the forefront of modern collection development. They explore how practitioners can take an active role influencing strategy in this new environment, draw on case studies that illustrate the key changes in context, and consider how collection development might evolve in the future. The collection is divided into four sections looking at the key themes: • The conceptual framework including a review of the literature • Trends in library supply such as outsourcing and managing suppliers • Trends in electronic resources including the open access movement and e-books • Making and keeping your collection effectively including engaging with the user-community and developing commercial skills. Readership: LIS students and all practitioners involved in collection development and management in academic, school, public, commercial and other special libraries.

Becoming a Powerhouse Librarian

Author: Jamie M. Gray
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442278706
Format: PDF
Download Now
Becoming a Powerhouse Librarian: How to Get Things Done Right the First Time will help you recognize and implement specific behaviors and actions librarians use to successfully drive projects forward, institute new services or revamp old ones, and establish key relationships both inside and outside of the library. Each behavior or trait covered can be either developed or strengthened within an individual or team. The book features practical tips to build skills in each topic area. Examples of topics found in this book include: lifelong learning, risk-taking, creativity, identifying and leveraging stakeholders, creating balance, knowing when to lead and when to follow, handling setbacks and avoiding burnout. Each chapter includes: • A basic description of the behavior and why it is important for success • Overview of core building blocks/elements necessary within each chapter (ex. engaging external stakeholders vs. internal stakeholders) • Examples of actions that readers can take (ex. establishing agreed upon language everyone can understand) • Sidebar of 5 good and bad habits that can impact success • Personal anecdotes from working librarians Whether you're just beginning your library career or you're a seasoned professional, Becoming a Powerhouse Librarian is sure to have something for you!

Internet Technologies and Information Services 2nd Edition

Author: Joseph B. Miller
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 161069886X
Format: PDF, Kindle
Download Now
The Internet has enabled the convergence of all things information-related. This book provides essential, foundational knowledge of the application of Internet and web technologies in the information and library professions. • Covers a broad spectrum of Internet technologies within the context of knowledge and skills needed by LIS students and professionals in related fields • Identifies key issues related to the use of Internet technologies in libraries and other information organizations • Helps students understand and apply the basic vocabulary and principles of computer software, hardware, and networks • Identifies the various roles that the web, social media, and mobile 2.0 play in the context of libraries and the LIS profession