Announcements

LYRASIS and DuraSpace Boards Approve “Intent to Merge”

As Chair of the Board of Trustees and LYRASIS CEO, we are pleased to announce that the LYRASIS and DuraSpace Boards have voted unanimously in favor of an “intent to merge” the two organizations. This begins a public phase of the due diligence process whereby we will be gathering member feedback, discussing governance and defining many of the nuts and bolts that need to be addressed before putting a potential merger to a member vote. If approved, the coming together with DuraSpace would allow LYRASIS to expand certain services while improving existing ones.

The “intent to merge” is a proposed combining of our organizations based on the strengths of each and the synergies between our missions and communities of service. Coming together would allow us to strengthen the Community Supported Software (CSS) offerings of both organizations and expand and leverage our current digital asset management solutions for members and the wider library, archives and museum communities. In addition to the digital technology benefits, our licensing and partnership team would be able to leverage the strengths of the DuraSpace community.

From An Exciting Announcement from LYRASIS | LYRASIS NOW

IT Security & Privacy Preconference At ALA Annual

LIT1: Digital Privacy and Security: Keeping You And Your Library Safe and Secure In A Post-Snowden World
Friday, June 24, 2016, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Join Blake Carver from LYRASIS and Alison Macrina from the Library Freedom Project to learn strategies on how to make you, your librarians and your patrons more secure & private in a world of ubiquitous digital surveillance and criminal hacking. We'll teach tools that keep your data safe inside of the library and out -- how to secure your library network environment, website, and public PCs, as well as tools and tips you can teach to patrons in computer classes and one-on-one tech sessions. We’ll tackle security myths, passwords, tracking, malware, and more, covering a range of tools from basic to advanced, making this session ideal for any library staff. 

From Ticketed Events | ALAAC16

zine-o-philia: call for submissions for a first-gen librarian zine

If this sounds like you and you want to submit, HIGH FIVE! This is what I’m looking for:

Content regarding being a first-generation library professional. This can be on any facet of it in any format you desire – essays, prose, artwork (keep in mind this will be in black and white, though). Don’t worry about sounding “professional” or “academic” – this isn’t either. This is about your voice.
The pages will be a half-sheet, so 8.5″x6.5″ – keep this in mind when you’re creating (nothing too long or big)
Please keep your submissions free of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, etc etc etc. I don’t think this’ll be a problem (I HOPE) but I figured I’d better put it out there just in case.
Please indicate in your submission how you’d like to be identified in your submission – full name, first name, pseudonym, anonymously, whatever.
If you’d like to submit or just have questions, email me at kelly.kietur[at]gmail dot com. If you’d like to submit something via snail mail, email me and I’ll give you an address to mail your stuff to.

From zine-o-philia: call for submissions for a first-gen librarian zine – she blinded me with library science

Grant Opportunities For CollectionSpace

CollectionSpace is pleased to announce a mini-grant opportunity for new adopters, implementers, and community leaders.

Are you ready to implement and need some assistance? Would an additional set of hands help to guide you through the planning process?  Is there a project you have in mind that would build capacity in your community around CollectionSpace?  Are you looking to use CollectionSpace but don’t have access to a technical team?

Mini-grants of up to $7,500 for single institutions/collections and up to $25,000 for collaborations among organizations and/or collections are now available.

Questions? Email [email protected] or attend our November walkthrough, where we’ll answer any and all questions about the grant. More information about the walkthroughs can be found on our community calendar.

From Grant Opportunities | CollectionSpace

New LibraryBox Release! v2.1

Updates

This release brings with it some long-needed upgrades, including:

Multi-language support for the user interface and a dozen languages built-in
New CSS-styled file directory listings, including responsive design for tablets and smartphones
Even more hardware is now supported, including our least-expensive hardware ever, the GL-iNet router that lets you build a LibraryBox for less than $25.
DLNA support for playing media from your LibraryBox on your TV or other DLNA compatible device
An improved upgrade process for future code releases that means no more need to SSH into your LibraryBox to upgrade it
General stability and speed improvements that make using LibraryBox even better for everyone

From LibraryBox v2.1 | Pattern Recognition

2016 Call for Speakers Now Open! – Big Talk From Small Libraries

Big Talk From Small Libraries 2016 will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016 between 8:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (CT) via the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Speakers will be able to present their programs from their own desktops. The schedule will accommodate speakers’ time-zones.

If you are interested in presenting, please submit your proposal by Friday, January 8, 2016. Speakers from libraries serving fewer than 10,000 people will be preferred, but presentations from libraries with larger service populations will be considered.

From 2016 Call for Speakers Now Open! – Big Talk From Small Libraries

NISO Releases a Set of Principles to Address Privacy of User Data in Library, Content-Provider, and Software-Supplier Systems

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a set of consensus principles for the library, content-provider and software-provider communities to address privacy issues related to the use of library and library-related systems.  This set of principles developed over the past 8 months focus on balancing the expectations library users have regarding their intellectual freedoms and their privacy with the operational needs of systems providers. 
 
The NISO Privacy Principles, available at http://www.niso.org/topics/tl/patron_privacy/, set forth a core set of guidelines by which libraries, systems providers and publishers can foster respect for patron privacy throughout their operations.  The Principles outline at a high level basic concepts and areas which need to be addressed to support a greater understanding for and respect of privacy-related concerns in systems development, deployment, and user interactions.  The twelve principles covered in the document address the following topics: Shared Privacy Responsibilities; Transparency and Facilitating Privacy Awareness; Security; Data Collection and Use; Anonymization; Options and Informed Consent; Sharing Data with Others; Notification of Privacy Policies and Practices; Supporting Anonymous Use; Access to One’s Own User Data; Continuous Improvement and Accountability.
 
The Preamble of the Principles notes that, "Certain personal data are often required in order for digital systems to deliver information, particularly subscribed content. Additionally, user activity data can provide useful insights on how to improve collections and services. However, the gathering, storage, and use of these data must respect the trust users place in libraries and their partners. There are ways to address these operational needs while also respecting the user’s rights and expectations of privacy."
 
"Working collaboratively through a set of open meetings and discussion forums, a team of librarians, publishers and systems providers crafted these principles,” said Todd Carpenter, NISO's Executive Director.  “This fact distinguishes this effort from other privacy-related efforts in our community.  By working together to deeply grasp the foundational nature of respect for patron privacy among suppliers as well as to understand the operational needs and product development process among the library community, the team was able to come to a nuanced understanding of the related issues.  This joint effort allowed for the creation of a balanced set of principles, which achieve the common goal of providing the best possible user experience built from its core with respect for privacy.”
 
Organizations and individuals are encouraged to provide public comments on the NISO Privacy Principles, as well as register their support for the principles, on the NISO website.  Additional work in the coming year is envisioned to make these high-level principles operational for publishers, content-providers and software suppliers.
 

Library Acquires Robert Dawson’s Images of Public Libraries

The Library of Congress has acquired 681 photographs from "The Public Library: An American Commons," a photographic survey by Robert Dawson of public libraries in the United States. The photographs significantly expand the Library’s holdings that describe the American public library—as architecture, community spaces and a reflection of the contemporary social landscape.

"Robert Dawson’s extensive survey provided the perfect opportunity for the Library of Congress to represent the public library’s role in the 21st century. His photographs also offer a fascinating comparison to our interior and exterior views of libraries newly built at the start of the 20th century," said Helena Zinkham, director for Collections and Services at the Library of Congress.

The Dawson collection is the largest acquisition of library photography by the Library of Congress since the early 1900s.

From Library Acquires Robert Dawson’s Images of Public Libraries | News Releases - Library of Congress

The Active Librarian Journal Launch | Call for Papers!

<em>The Active Librarian</em> has published its first issue! Peer-reviewed and practical, <em>TAL</em> publishes the programs, initiatives, and services of public librarians. It aims to house the best practices from which librarians can draw inspiration.

LYRASIS Second Friday Presents: Open Parks for the People

The session was so interesting that LYRASIS is bringing this presentation to you as a part of our Second Friday series on November 13 at 12:30 EST.  Please join us as Chris Vinson and Rachel Wittmann from Clemson University speak about Open Parks Network.  This session is free for LYRASIS members. To register, click!

From LYRASIS Second Friday Presents: Open Parks for the People | LYRASIS NOW

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