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Our Spring 2020 semester started with a familiar, welcome rush to meet the needs of our community as we returned from the winter holiday well-rested and ready to process new materials, support course reserves, and identify key areas of improvement in library systems and software. The early months of this semester brought a revised materials request form, alongside the development of an email-based document delivery service in preparation for the closure of Gottesman Libraries’ long standing multi-use materials platform, DocDel.
The start of the fall semester is a busy time for the acquisitions and materials team at Gottesman Libraries, and the following highlights describe some of the major projects of the fall 2019 semester. In Scarlet Galvan's "More Than Things", she discusses the importance of making visible the often invisible labor associated with serials, technical services, metadata, and electronic resources. I returned to this paper again and again throughout the fall semester, and it's with this paper in mind ...
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...
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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, ...
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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 Patron Many 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 ...