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Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company, has signed an agreement to acquire Innovative Interfaces - one of the largest legacy library software companies in the world. Founded in 1978 in Berkeley, California, Innovative has developed many Integrated Library System (ILS) products including Sierra, Polaris, and Millennium. In use in academic, public, law, and medical libraries, the reach and influence of Innovative's software in the library automation industry cannot be understated.“I am excited ...
Gottesman Libraries subscribes to TeachingBooks, a database of children's and young adult literature and resources that...
Work with the entire class or a small group of leaders to decide upon a short message to be spelled out by the card section. An example might be THE FIFTH GRADE SAYS HELLO." Count the number of letters and blanks paces in the message (in this case there are 25 letters and blanks). Have each student who will be in the card section write down the integers from one up to the number of letters on a sheet of paper...Now 'program' the first letter. Computer Literacy Activities for Elementary and Middle School Students, 1983
International Open Access Week 2019 is here! Consensus among librarians and researchers seems to be that we are inching ever closer to a fully open access environment, which prompts questions concerning this year's theme "Open Access For Whom? Equity In Open Knowledge".The 2019 Open Access Advisor...
In reviewing our holdings, I came across the International Journal of Information and Learning Technology, provided via Emerald Insight. This journal was previously published as Campus Wide Information Systems, and incorporated Academic and Library Computing, Library Workstation Report, PC Report, and M300. According to the journal's information page, it "provides a forum for the sharing of the latest theories, applications, and services related to planning, developing, managing, using, and evaluating information technologies in administrative, academic, ...
A recent paper Evaluating systematic transactional data enrichment and reuse by James F. Hahn shared by IDEALS shines light on some of the topics we've discussed in relation to patron recommendations, subject mapping, and the potentials (or hinderances) of machine learning. I was happy to see this kind of use of Library of Congress Subject Headings, as imperfect as they are, to reso...
The 1619 Project is an event organized by The New York Times that challenges us to reframe U.S. history by marking the year 1619 as the foundation of the nation, alongside the 400th anniversary of a Portuguese slave ship arriving at Port Comfort in the British Colony of Virginia. The project coincides with a special
Neoliberalism, Platform Capitalism, and the Commodification of the Library PatronMany librarians separate what they do at work with the world at large, and view the library as an autonomous space that provides methods, services, and resources for a more just society, contributing to a public good. These notions often simplify or ignore complex contemporary issues, and typically align with library mission statements and what Stephen Bales calls “Big Ideas” like Truth, or Freedom[1]. Karen P. Nicholson provides a thorough overview o...
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Recently New York City's public libraries including Queens Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and New York Public Library announced their plans to suspend contracts with video-streaming vendor Kanopy citing unsustainable pricing models as the main motivator in ending their agreements. In circumstances I am most familiar with, library patrons were allotted a maximum of 6 films per month, and libraries were charged $2 per view. Views, of course, are not defined by finishing a film. Once the film is started, it subtracts from the patron's allotted monthly films and the library is charged...
This morning I talked with Aaron DeVera at White Ops about the United States's foray into the Russian power grid, the fourth industrial revolution (including Internet of Things and AI automation in factory and agricultural realms), Facebook content moderation, and Alexa in the classroom - all lovely dystopian topics plaguing our society.White Ops is a cybersecurity company that fights malicious ads and botnets online. White Ops director Tamer Hassan was recently named the #1 most creative person in business this yea...