User Research Jumpstart: A Way To Start Studying Your Users

Influx: User Research Jumpstart
If you want to provide relevant services at your library, you need to know your community. To you know your community, you must do user research.

If your library doesn’t currently have a user research program, our User Research Jumpstart is a great way to start.

A Jumpstart will prove the value of user research, increase your library’s user research skill set, and deliver an action plan that will help your library create a better user experience.

After a Jumpstart your library will have
•a user research skill set.
•better knowledge of the lives of your users and their needs.
•increased awareness of user perception of the library.
•a plan for improving the design of your website.
•a plan for improving the functionality of your building.
•a UX vision to guide decisions about library services.

LISNews Hits 40,000 Posts and Turns 12 Years Old


As usual, I forgot LISNews' birthday a few weeks ago, but LISNews turned 12 (NOT 11 you dummy) years old this month, and just now rolled over 40,000 posts. If you've been around for awhile you already know the rest of the story, if not, I'll spare you the details because you won't read them anyways. Every year I try to thank everyone who has helped LISNews over these many years. Steve Glabraith, Steven M Cohen & Nabeal Ahmed, were all instrumental in helping me during the early years (when I needed it most!). We also had a few authors that posted like bloggers possessed, Ieleene, Aaron, Rochelle, and a few other authors who helped out for awhile and moved on. Behind the scenes Joe Frazee helped me get the original LISNews server up and running. Over the years a few dedicated souls have tirelessly submitted stories; Bob Cox, Martin, Lee Hadden, Charles Davis, and many others. Stephen Kellat, for the podcast, Bibliofuture, Robin, Troy, Andy, Dan and all the LISNews authors deserve a big thank you and a pat on the back for all their hard work. LISNews is a collaborative site, and we all work together to make it great. I'd also like to thank everyone who has ever chipped in to pay for the server, submitted a story, wrote in their journal, left a comment, or just dropped by for a visit. Happy Birthday LISNews. Here's hoping we have a few more good years ahead of us!

LJ Tech Summit Power to the Patrons: From Systems to Services

Power to the Patrons: From Systems to Services:
Stay one step ahead of technologies driving the user-centric library. December 8, 2011
10 AM-6:00 PM

Library Journal presents our first virtual technology summit, Power to the Patrons: From Systems to Services, an online forum to examine what technologies patrons are using, what technologies they want from their library, and how these technologies can help them discover their place and enhance their connection with the library.

This day-long conference offers a full program featuring keynote speaker Bryan Alexander, senior fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), chair of the 2010 Horizon Report and author of The New Digital Storytelling, as well as panel presentations and Q&A with thought leaders from libraries around the country. Throughout the day, the industry’s leading vendors will showcase their latest innovations with presentations and webcasts throughout the show. And don’t forget to visit the Exhibit Hall for product demos and give-aways from our sponsors!

Plus, you can network with colleagues from across the nation and participate in our librarian moderated Twitter chat, all without leaving your office!

The Library Grants Center

Salem's Library Grants Center, a free web tool designed to help librarians everywhere—whatever their level of experience—navigate the world of library grants.

At a time when the word "library" is inseparable from the phrase "budget cuts," librarians need help finding help. So we scoured the web in search of free funding for libraries and discovered that the options extend far beyond national and state opportunities. Hundreds of grants are available to libraries of all types from local foundations, family trusts, small and large corporations, professional organizations, and the publishing community.

Numerous web resources on grants already exist online. But most are general in scope. Those specific to libraries usually target a type of grant (e.g., professional association grants) or type of library (e.g., libraries in public schools). Our goal was to design a universal tool whose sole focus is library grants but with coverage that includes every type of funding available.

The Library Grants Center is divided into three main sections:

National Library Grants
Search and browse grants and awards available to all libraries by category, purpose, deadline, and more.

State Library Grants
Use the clickable U.S. map to open up your state's page and get information on how public funds are used in your state as well as what local foundations support libraries in your city, county, or region.

Library Grants: How-To

All 50 State Librarians Vote to Form Alliance With Open Library

All 50 State Librarians Vote to Form Alliance With Internet Archive’s Open Library

The Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) voted unanimously during a meeting held October 24-26 in Santa Fe, NM, to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Internet Archive (IA) that will essentially make the state librarian in each state a point person for the Open Library’s lending program.

School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come

School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come
A crowdsourced collection of over 100 essays from around the world about trends in school libraries written by librarians, teachers, publishers, and library vendors. Edited by Kristin Fontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton. Foreword by R. David Lankes. Photographs by Diane Cordell.

Library Science: An ArtSpace Exhibit

Artspace is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Library
, conceived by New York-based curator Rachel Gugelberger. The exhibition
contemplates our personal, intellectual and physical relationships to the library, with a
focus on how these interactions are changing as libraries adapt to the digital world. From
its socio-cultural meaning to its architectural space and classification tools, the library
informs the methodology and practice of the artists in Library Science, presenting the
work of 17 artists in a variety of media including drawing, photography, sculpture,
installation, painting and web-based projects.

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xhibition title refers to Eleanor Antin’s “Library Science” of 1971, a conceptual
work that appropriated library classification methods to represent and archive the
identities of living women. Additionally, the title refers to the field of Library and
Information Science, specifically, studies on library resource usage, human interaction
with library systems, information organization and retrieval technologies and the
acquisition, cataloging, classification and preservation of library materials.

While some of the artists in Library Science explore traditional libraries, others utilize the
Internet as a digital library. Several artists contemplate evidence of physical use or
explore the poetic connections between the organic and the synthetic, instinct and
knowledge. Artists include: Erica Baum (NY), Jorge Méndez Blake (Mexico), David
Bunn (CA), Chris Coffin (NY), Madeline Djerejian (NY), Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S.
Davidson (NY), Philippe Gronon (France), Jose Hernandez (NJ), Candida Höfer
(Germany), Nina Katchadourian (NY), Reynard Loki (NY), Loren Madsen (CA), Allen
Ruppersberg (NY), Mickey Smith (NY), Blane De St.Croix (NY), Xiaoze Xie (CA).

In conjunction with the exhibition at Artspace, Connecticut artists were invited to submit
proposals for research residencies towards creating site and situation-specific projects at
local libraries. Selected artists are: Colin Burke (The Whitney Library of the New Haven
Museum), Heather Lawless (The New Haven Free Public Library), Carol Padberg
(Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University), and Tyler Starr (Robert B. Haas Family
Arts Library at Yale). In addition, an exhibition at The Institute Library, timed to open
with Library Science, will feature a series of new library-based portraits made by
Meredith Miller and Rob Rocke. All participating institutions are in walking distance
from the gallery. A statewide film festival of movies in which the library plays a starring

role is also planned, organized in partnership with the Connecticut Library Consortium.

The Men of the Stacks Librarian Calendar

We know what people think: Dewey, glasses, shushing, books, hairbuns, Party Girl and card catalogs. Yes, we know what people think. We know that the American, library profession is approximately 80% White and 72% female; and we know that tens of thousands of librarians are expected to reach age 65 in the next 5 years. We also know that this is not us.

There is an entire population of professional librarians out there who disagree with the way the library profession is perceived in contemporary media outlets and in the historical consciousness of the American mind. Different people and different associations will use different means to try to change those perceptions. This is ours.

The website:
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TERMS: Techniques for electronic resource management

TERMS: Techniques for electronic resource management

Over the next 3 months TERMS will look at each of the stages in the e-resources cycle on our blog:

Two decades after the advent of electronic journals and databases, librarians are still grappling with ways to best manage these resources in conjunction with their print resources. In addition, economic pressures are resulting in librarians having to justify all expenditure on collections and resource management. Furthermore, ebooks are becoming yet another stream of purchasing and management with the added complexity of patron driven acquisitions. All this results in the need to codify the management of electronic resource management more than ever.

There has been a lot of discussion about the implementation of ERM systems in recent years, however, use of these systems is still far from ubiquitous and many academic libraries have yet to implement or even purchase a system.


t research around workflow management has shown that over 1/3 of academic libraries put workflow management at the top of their prioritization list. This area has also been highlighted as a gap by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) ERM Data Standards and Best Practices Review.

Over the next 3 months TERMS will look at each of the stages in the e-resources cycle on our blog:

1 Investigating New Content for purchase/addition 2. Acquire New Content 3. Implement 4. Evaluation and Ongoing Access 5. Annual Review 6. Cancellation and replacement

We will add a new TERM every 2 weeks and invite you to review and comment on each of them. If you have any suggestions and tips from your workplace, please feel free to add your experiences. In this way we hope to crowd source TERMS through open peer commentary with a view to providing a first definitive draft in early 2012. However, we plan to keep the TERMS blog going after this date so that TERMS will become a reference point to those who are new to e-resource management and for those who may want to implement its recommendations of best practice.

You can follow us on twitter at: or join the Facebook group: TERMS

A Digital Public Library of America Conference Perspectives and Directions

The National Digital Public Library of America: Perspectives and Directions
October 11, 2011, 9am - 5pm
Columbia University, School of International & Public Affairs
New York City

The major issues to be discussed by the best speakers on the topic:
a national digital public library;
the legal ramifications of the Google BookSearch Settlement—most especially copyright and the digital objectives of libraries; and the perspective of U.S. publishers

The speakers are, respectively,
Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library
Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information Management at the University of California, Berkeley, and
Tom Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Publishers, and
Yakov Shrayberg, Director General of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology and ILIAC (co-sponsor organization) President, Moscow, Russia, will speak about digital libraries in Russia and their availability to the public.

These are the key URLs: (Conference information) (Registration Form)

Complete Announcement Follows:

Come One, Come All!
Not the Last Word, But the Best Word to Date:
A Digital Public Library of America:
Perspectives and Directions
Fourth Annual International Conference Sponsors:Columbia University Libraries & Harriman Institute,
(International Library Information and Analytic Center; Offices in Moscow & Washington D.C.) andThe U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian (also conference organizer)
Columbia University
School of International and Public Affairs
Kellogg Center, 15th Floor
420 West 118th Street
New York City
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
9:00am – 4:00pm


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