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7 days ago
ExLibris (ProQuest) recently announced "significant progress" on their Central Discovery Index (CDI) product. According to their overview page, here are the Key Benefits:Increased scalability and an improved infrastructure that is designed to address future challengesExpanded content coverageContinuous content enrichment a...
23 days ago
Research Libraries UK held their annual conference last month in London. The program and several videos of the proceedings are available (and worth ...
a month ago
Libraries are important in our education communities. Libraries are now multipurpose; it serves as a space of gathering, taking out books, studying and learning new skills. Often times, libraries operate on a tight budget. People counting technologies are able to record and process information that are useful for the library. Library door counters are able to count each patron walking in and out of the library. The door counters are used to understand patron traffic patterns, justify request for funding, adjusting staffing needs, scheduling and cutting costs. Peop...
Our new Cafe Book Collection Display is installed last week at Everett Cafe, 1st floor of Gottesman Libraries. And we are happy to see three books were checked out two days after the display installed, and half of the books are gone up to now.Concept of the CollectionIs it true that we care mostly about giant, often tropical or subtropica...
a month ago
An illuminating article from the NYT profiles parents and students from a small Kansas town who have had enough of their school's reliance on the Facebook-backed educational software, Summit Learning.From the article:Many families in the Kansas towns, which have grappled with 
a month ago
The recent mass shooting in New Zealand reignited a discussion about how companies remove inappropriate content. The New Zealand shooter broadcasted the shooting via Facebook live. Since Vialougues users upload a range of videos, I explored how big tech companies deal inappropriate content and their mechanism for removing it from their sites.Here are my findings:Inappropriate content may include:Words or images that personally attack, humiliate or defame an individualContent that threatens, discriminates, and hara...
Marshall Breeding provided an overview of software trends in libraries across the globe in last year's Library Systems Report from American Libraries. A 2019 systems report is expected in early May. In his report, Breeding notes that more academic libraries are moving away from traditional Integrated Library Systems (ILS), and towards new modular products provided by Library Service Platfor...
I was recently invited by Marc Lesser, the Chief Learning Officer at Mouse.org, to chat about some New Learning Times stories on his podcast No Such Thing: K12 Education in the Digital Age. We talked about: VR research, AI chatbots, coding games, fake news, and whimsy!Thanks to the publishing team for writing these excellent stories—it was a delight to share them with Marc's listeners!
2 months ago
With the growing interest in ways that new technologies can carry biases of one sort or another, we might want to consider the bias inherent in library cataloging. A recent piece in CityLab by Amanda Ros calls attention to the issue of bias in cataloging. Note that she advises patrons to consult with a librarian if they encounter difficulty finding items th...
2 months ago
Thank you all for an amazing year and a half at the 'Lab. You are all such treasures and it has been an incredible work experience to have shared with you. I may never know how the Millennials vs Gen Z conversation ends, or what makes the cut for the upcoming design event, or if the character Veronica will end up in a fulfilling life path. I shall always wonder. I am still in New York so please keep in touch. You can reach me at angelaperrone@gmail.com or follow my dog Francis at @francisthepoodle on insta (as far as I know he is not on snapchat or pinterest).