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Terry Reese: MarcEdit Mac Update ChangeLog

Sat, 2016-01-02 05:04

I’ve been working hard over the last month an a half trying to complete the process of porting functionality into the OSX version of MarcEdit.  I’ve completed the vast majority of this work, in addition to bringing in a number of other changes.  These changes will be made available as part of the 1/3/2016 update.  The changes in this update will be as follows:

  • Bug Fix: RDA Helper — 260/264 changes were sometimes not happening when running across specific 260$c formatting.
  • Bug Fix: MARCValidator: Validator was crashing when records would go beyond 150,000 bytes.  This has been corrected.
  • Bug Fix: Build Links Tool — MESH headings were utilizing older syntax and occasionally missing values.
  • Bug Fix: Validation Headings tool: When checking Automatically Correct variants, the embed URIs tool is automatically selected.  This has been corrected.
  • Bug Fix: Edit XML Functions: The modify option, the save button was turned on.  This has been corrected.
  • Enhancement: Build Links: Build links tool use to use the opensearch api in the resolution.  This was changed to be like the validate headings tool and provide more consistent linking.
  • Enhancement: Most of MarcEdit’s preferences have been exposed.
  • Enhancement: Build Links Tool – I’ve added profiles for a wide range of vocabularies being tested by the PCC Linked Data task force.  These are available.
  • Enhancement: Build Links Tool — Profiled services are found under a link.
  • Enhancement: Build Links Tool — Task management options have been added for the new validate options.
  • Enhancement: MarcEditor: Generate Cutters: LC cutter generation has been updated.
  • Enhancement: MarcEditor: Generate Sanborn Cutters: Added function to generate Sanborn Table 3 Cutters.
  • Enhancement: ILS Framework — MarcEdit’s ILS framework options were added.
  • Enhancement: Koha Integration: Koha Integration options were added to the tool.

This doesn’t complete the function migration, but its close.  These changes will be part of the 1/3/2016 update.  I’ll be working to add a few YouTube videos to document new functions.  Let me know if you have questions.

Terry Reese: MarcEdit 6.2 Windows/Linux ChangeLog

Sat, 2016-01-02 05:04

Over the past month, I’ve been working hard to make a few MarcEdit Changes.  These changes will be released on 1/3/2016.  This update will include a version number change to 6.2.  This update will have the following changes:

  • Bug Fix: RDA Helper — 260/264 changes were sometimes not happening when running across specific 260$c formatting.
  • Bug Fix: MARCValidator: Validator was crashing when records would go beyond 150,000 bytes.  This has been corrected.
  • Bug Fix: Build Links Tool — MESH headings were utilizing older syntax and occasionally missing values.
  • Bug Fix: Tutorials Link pointed to dead endpoint.  Corrected.
  • Bug Fix: 006/007 Menu Selection: The incorrect for is being selected when selecting the Serial and cartographic materials.
  • Bug Fix: Validation Headings tool: When checking Automatically Correct variants, the embed URIs tool is automatically selected.  This has been corrected.
  • Bug Fix: MarcEditor Find: When selecting edit query, the find box goes to the Replace dialog.  This has been corrected.
  • Bug Fix: Harvest OAI Records: If the harvester.txt file isn’t present, an unrecoverable error occurs.  This has been corrected.
  • Bug Fix: MarcEditor Task List: When you have a lot of tasks, the list of available tasks may not refresh on first run.  I believe I’ve corrected this.
  • Enhancement: Build Links: Build links tool use to use the opensearch api in the resolutionn.  This was changed to be like the validate headings tool and provide more consistent linking.
  • Enhancement: Preferences: Under File preferences, you can set the default drive for the information in the MARC Tools source and output textboxes.
  • Enhancement: Build Links Tool – I’ve added profiles for a wide range of vocabularies being tested by the PCC Linked Data task force.  These are available.
  • Enhancement: Build Links Tool — Profiled services are found under a link.
  • Enhancement: Build Links Tool — Task management options have been added for the new validate options.
  • Enhancement: MarcEditor: Generate Cutters: LC cutter generation has been updated.
  • Enhancement: MarcEditor: Generate Sanborn Cutters: Added function to generate Sanborn Table 3 Cutters.

This update will be posted 1/3/2016. I’ll be working to add a few YouTube videos to document new functions. 

M. Ryan Hess: Return to Windows

Sat, 2016-01-02 00:01

There’s a Windows machine back in my house. That’s right, after 14 years of Mac OS, I’ve shifted my OS back to Windows…on my primary computer!

Windows? WTF?

So, Mac OSX is still a superior operating system. But the gap between Windows and OSX has shrunk considerably with the launch of Windows 10, but that’s hardly a good reason to leave behind the most simple, well-designed and usable OS out there.

But Apple is steadily closing the noose on what computer users can do with their machines and this has really rubbed me the wrong way.

Besides, I had a dream. A dream to build a dream machine, that is. I wanted to build my own ‘Adobe Machine’ for home use and also be able to swap out hardware over time. In Apple’s ultra-controlled ecosystem, building such a device would be very, very costly and also fail to really expand over time. And for very practical reasons, relying on a finicky Hacitosh was out of the picture.

So, fed up with the self-imposed limitations of Mac, I went back to Windows…and this is my experience.

First Impressions

So, the design of Windows 10 is actually quite pleasant. The modern ‘Metro’ UI is very pleasant (I only wish it was applied uniformly across the OS–more on that later).

The Start (menu) is actually a great way to tuck all of your most important apps out of sight. And I love that it’s flexible, allowing you to organize apps and folders however you want. There are even ways to label and group apps however you wish. The librarian in me sings with these kind of organizational features.

I’ve found that I actually use the Start Menu as a replacement for not only my Desktop but also the Task Bar, which I only keep visible so I have the clock visible.

Maybe it’s the OSXer in me, but there are parts of Windows 10 that feel like redundant re-thinks of more familiar features. For example, the Action Center has quick access icons for things like VPN and creating Notes, all of which, one would expect would be handled by the Start Menu. There’s also the little arrow-thingy on the task bar where certain background apps live. Why?

An Unfinished OS?

As I began customizing and exploring Windows 10, I began to realize that Microsoft must have pushed Windows 10 out the door before the pain was dry. There are odd discontinuities you the pleasantly designed Metro aesthetic ends and you’re suddenly thrown into some god-awful old-school Windows environment. This happens in the Settings panel often, for example, once you get a couple levels down.

Uh, guys, the Metro thing really works. Did you not have time to reskin the old Windows 7/XP UI sections? Please do this soon. It’s like you drove up in a super sweet ride, with designer shades on your face and then you get out of the car and you’re not wearing pants! Actually, you’re wearing tighty-whities.

Also, what’s up with the VPN workflow? As it currently works, it takes no less than four clicks to connect to my VPN. This should be one or two clicks, really. Please fix.

There’s a very nice dark theme, but, alas, it only applies to certain top-level sections of the OS. The File Explorer (a heavily used part of the UI), actually does not inherit the dark theme. There are hacks out there, but seriously, this should be as universal as setting your color scheme.

Can’t wait for Windows 10 to get all grow’d up.


I’m going to write an entire blog on this, but Privacy is the biggest issue with this OS. Readers of my blog will know my personal feelings on this issue run strong. So I spent considerable time fighting Microsoft’s defaults, configuring privacy settings, messing with the registry (really?) and even doing a few hacks to lock this computer down.

Microsoft is really doing a number on its users. Windows 10 users are handing over unconscionable amounts of personal information over to Microsoft’s servers, their advertising partners and, if this info ever gets hacked (won’t happen, right?), to whoever wants to do a number on Windows 10 users.

Anyway, needless to say, I had to forgo using Cortana, which is sad because I’m very interested in these kinds of proto-AI tools. But as long as their phoning home, I just unplug them. Did the same to all the “Modern Apps” like Maps, News, etc.

Bottom Line

Breaking up with OSX was actually not as painful as I had expected. And I’m really enjoying Windows 10, save for a few frustration points as outlined above. Overall, it’s well worth the trade offs.

And my Dream Machine, which I christened Sith Lord (because it’s a big, dark beast), is running Adobe CC, rendering at light speed and could probably do the Kessel Run in less than 12 Parsecs.

John Mark Ockerbloom: Public Domain Day 2016: Freezes and thaws

Fri, 2016-01-01 16:37

For most of the past 55 years, the public domain in the United States has gone through a series of partial or complete freezes.  We’ve gotten used to them by now.  A thaw is coming soon, though, if there are no further changes in US copyright terms.  But right now, our government is trying to export freezes abroad, and is on the brink of succeeding.   And our own thaw is not yet a sure thing.

The freezes began in 1962, when Congress extended the length of copyright renewal terms in anticipation of an overhaul of copyright law.  Copyrights from 1906 that had been expiring over the course of that year stopped expiring.  The first extension was for a little over 3 years, but Congress kept passing new extensions before the old extensions ran out, until the 1976 Copyright Act established new, longer terms for copyright.  The 1906 copyrights that were frozen in 1962 would not enter the public domain until the start of 1982.

The freeze of the public domain in the 1960s and 1970s wasn’t complete.  Unrenewed copyrights continued to expire after 28 years, and works published without a copyright notice entered the public domain right away.  In 1982, all the traditional routes to the public domain were open again: age, non-renewal, publication without notice, and so on.  But that would only last about 7 years.   In 1989, the non-notice route was frozen out: from then on, anything published, or even written down, was automatically copyrighted, whether the author intended that or not.  In 1992, the non-renewal route was frozen out: copyrights would automatically run a full term whether or not the author or their heirs applied for a renewal.  In 1996, many non-US works were removed from the public domain, and returned to copyright, as if they had always been published with notice and renewals.  And finally in 1998, copyright expiration due to sheer age was also frozen out.  Due to a copyright extension passed that year, no more old published works would enter the public domain for another 20 years.  The freeze of the public domain became virtually complete at that point, with the trailing edge of copyrights stuck at the end of 1922.  It’s still there today.

But a thaw is in sight.  Just 3 years from now, in 2019, works published in 1923 that are still under copyright are scheduled to finally enter the public domain in the US.  Assuming we manage to stop any further copyright extensions, we’ll see another year’s worth of copyrights enter the public domain every January 1 from then on– just as happens in many other countries around the world.  Today, in most of Europe, and other countries that follow life+70 years terms, works by authors who died in 1945 (including everyone who died in World War II) finally enter the public domain.  In Canada, and other countries that follow the life+50 years terms of the Berne Convention, works by authors who died in 1965 enter the public domain.  The Public Domain Review shows some of the more famous people in these groups, and there are many more documented at Wikipedia.

But this may be the last year for a long while that people in Canada, and some other countries, see new works enter the public domain.  This past year, trade representatives from Canada, the US, and various other countries approved the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement that includes a requirement pushed by the US to extend copyrights to life+70 years.  Those extensions would take place as soon as the TPP is ratified by a sufficient number of governments. In Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Brunei, and Vietnam, that would mean a 20-year freeze in the public domain, potentially coming into effect just before the US’s 20-year near-total freeze is scheduled to end.

Supporters of the public domain should not take either the pending freezes or the pending thaws for granted.  When the TPP was agreed on this past October, the leaders of the US and Canadian governments  were strong TPP supporters.  But the government of Canada has changed since then, and it looks like the US government might not put TPP to a vote until after the 2016 elections.  Canada’s new government, and some of the leading US candidates, seem to be more on the fence about TPP than their predecessors.  Organized public action could well shift their stance, in either direction.

While we’re awaiting a thaw in the US, we can still map out and digitize more of the public domain we have.  HathiTrust has been doing a wonderful job opening access to hundreds of thousands of post-1922 public domain books via its copyright review activities.   But other categories of unrenewed copyrights are not yet as well lit up.  For instance, Duke’s summary of the 1959 copyrights that could have been expiring today mentions 3 scholarly journals– Nature, Science, and JAMA, whose 1959 articles are behind paywalls at their publishers’ sites.  But it turns out that none of those journals renewed copyrights for their 1959 issues — the first issue to be renewed of any of them was the January 9, 1960 issue of JAMA — so we can digitize and open access to much of that content without waiting for the publishers to do so.

In the next three years, I’d love to see digital projects in the US make the post-1922 public domain as visible and comprehensive online as the pre-1923 public domain is now.  And then, if we ensure the thaw comes on schedule in the US, and we stave off freezes elsewhere, I hope we can quickly make another full year’s worth of public domain available every New Year’s Day.  Maybe once we get used to that happening in the US, we’ll be less likely to allow the public domain to freeze up again.
Happy Public Domain Day!  May we all soon have ample reason to celebrate it every year, all around the world.


Eric Hellman: A New Year's Resolution for Publishers and Libraries: Switch to HTTPS

Fri, 2016-01-01 02:36
The endorsement list for the Library Digital Privacy Pledge of 2015-2016 is up and ready to add the name of your organization. We added the "-2016" part, because various things took longer than we thought.

Everything takes longer than you think it will. Web development, business, committee meetings, that blog post. Over the past few months, I've talked to all sorts of people about switching to HTTPS. Librarians, publishers, technologists. Library directors, CEOs, executive editors, engineering managers. Everyone wants to do it, but there are difficulties and complications, many of them small and some of them sticky. It's clear that we all have to work together to make this transition happen.

The list will soon get a lot longer, because a lot of people wanted to meet about it at the ALA Midwinter meeting just 1 week away OMG it's so soon! Getting it done is the perfect New Year's resolution for everyone in the world of libraries.

Here's what you can do:

If you're a Publisher...

... you probably know you need to make the switch, if for no other reason than the extra search engine ranking. By the end of the year, don't be surprised if non-secure websites look unprofessional, which is not what a publisher wants to project.

If you're a Librarian...

... you probably recognize the importance of user privacy, but you're at the mercy of your information and automation suppliers. If those publishers and suppliers haven't signed the pledge, go and ask them why not. And where you control a service, make it secure!

If you're a Library Technology Vendor...

... here's your opportunity to be a hero. You can now integrate security and privacy into your web solution without the customer paying for certificates. So what are you waiting for?

If you're a Library user...

... ask your library if their services are secure and private. Ask publishers if their services are immune to eavesdropping and corruption. If those services are delivered without encryption, the answer is NO!

Everything takes longer than you think it will. Until it happens faster than you can imagine. Kids grow up so fast!

Patrick Hochstenbach: More Sktchy portraits

Thu, 2015-12-31 11:08
Filed under: Doodles, Sketchbook Tagged: art, comic, fountain pen, illustration, ipad, IPhone, Photoshop, portait, rotring, sketch, sketchbook, sktchy

LITA: Jobs in Information Technology: December 30, 2015

Wed, 2015-12-30 19:40

New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.

New This Week:

Minnesota State University, Mankato, Systems Librarian, Assistant Professor, Mankato, MN

Multnomah County Library, IT Public Computing Solutions Engineer, Portland, OR

Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative, Automation Systems Librarian, Mankato,MN

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a job posting.

District Dispatch: New funding opportunities for libraries

Wed, 2015-12-30 18:28

It is “thumbs up” for libraries as IMLS announces two new areas of grant opportunities.

FY 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Washington, DC — The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces the Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for the second cycle of FY 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21). The NLG program will invest in projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and generate results such as new tools, research findings, or models that can be widely used. The LB21 program will support human capital capacity projects for libraries and archives.

IMLS is offering two opportunities to apply for the FY 2016 NLG and LB21 programs. The NOFOs announce the February 2, 2016 deadline for two-page preliminary proposals. From the preliminary proposals, IMLS will select applicants and invite them to submit full proposals in June. Applicants who were not invited to continue from the first cycle of funding are welcome to submit new preliminary

The 2016 NLG and LB21 programs respond to priorities of the National Digital Platform and Learning in Libraries, topics of two 2015 IMLS Focus convenings. Information from the nationally webcasted meetings is available to help inform project development at the following links:

Each program’s NOFO provides additional information about the types of activities that can be funded under these project categories.

Getting Your Questions Answered

IMLS staff members listed on the NLG and LB21 program pages are available by phone and email to discuss general issues relating to the programs. Informational webinars will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 3:00 PM EST and on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST.

For more information about the webinars, please visit the IMLS Webinar webpage. IMLS is using the Blackboard Collaborate system (version 12.6). If you are a first-time Blackboard user, please click here to check your system compatibility and configure your settings.

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Peter Murray: Embedding Graphics in Jaspersoft Report Files

Wed, 2015-12-30 17:27

One of the features of Jaspersoft Reports is the ability to include static graphics — logos, for instance — in the completed reports. These graphic files are normally listed in the JRXML configuration file by reference — meaning that what is stored in the configuration is a file name and not the graphic itself. Most times the configuration file and the ancillary graphics files are uploaded to a JasperReports Server for execution. In the environment that I’m working in, CollectionSpace, the report generator is embedded in the application without the JasperReports Server endpoint. The JRXML files must be compiled into the application, which makes keeping track of the ancillary graphics files somewhat troublesome.

Ideally, I would like to embed the graphics into the JRXML file itself, similar to what is done in with the data URI schema in HTML and CSS files to reduce the connection latency between client and server. This is possible, but the instructions and hints you find out on the internet to do it are out of date or incomplete. The instructions below are correct for Jaspersoft Studio version 6.2.0.

Step 1: Encode your image in base64

Base64 is a way to take a binary file and encode it into ASCII characters. XML files have limits on what they can contain, so encoding the binary image file in base64 provides a way to embed the image data into XML while still honoring the ASCII nature of XML. There are many ways to do the encoding; I use the Base64 Image Encoder site. What you will get back is a string of data that starts like this:


This is a DATA URI, and it contains details at the start that are not part of the image data itself. Everything up to and including the comma — data:image/jpeg;base64, — needs to be removed. The remainder of the string is the base64-encoded image data.

Step 2: Put the base64 image data into a report variable

In the Outline, right click on Variables to create a variable.

To put the image data into the JRXML file, we will create a variable in the report. Right click (or control click) on the “Variables” heading in the Outline view, and select “Create Variable”.

Name variable and paste image data.

Give the variable a name and paste the image data into the Expressions field surrounded by double quotes. Leave all of the other values the same (Value Class Name is java.lang.String, no calculation function or increment type, reset type is Report, and no data in Initial Value Expression or Incrementer Factory Class Name).

Step 3: Add image to the report

Select “Custom expression” and paste Java snippet

Click and drag an image element from the Palette onto the report. A “Create new image element” dialog box pops up with several choices for “Image creation mode”, including a workspace resource, an absolute path, or a URL. Pick the last choice, “Custom expression”, and enter this snippet of Java below. There is a place in the snippet where the variable with the base64-encoded image is included (CSpaceLogo in this case); replace this with the variable name from the previous step.

new ByteArrayInputStream(Base64.decodeBase64($V{CSpaceLogo}.getBytes()))

Step 4: Add Base64 class import to the report

One final step…in order to use the Base64.decodeBase64 function when the report is run, we need to explicitly import that class when the report is run. In the report editor there are tabs for “Design”, “Source”, and “Preview”. Click on “Source” to see the raw JRXML. Below the last line that starts with <property name= and above the <queryString> line, add this line:

<import value="org.apache.commons.codec.binary.Base64"></import>

All done! Save and preview your report, and you’ll see the image included in the report.

District Dispatch: How do you YouTube?

Wed, 2015-12-30 16:21

The internet’s favorite repository for cat videos has undergone an unexpected transformation in the last 10 years. Okay, YouTube is still a repository for cat videos, but more than that, it’s a place of curiosity and community.

An experienced panel of speakers will delve into the world of online videos as the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office (WO) hosts an introductory session, How do you do YouTube?, to be held during the ALA Midwinter Meeting at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

This is the first of a series of panels and workshops that will be held to explore how libraries can get started and leverage the power of YouTube. Attendees will learn about the concept of Curiosity Correspondents, gaining internal support for a YouTube project, and how to make the most of your channel (including community outreach, education, and federal advocacy).

The WO Breakout Session II – How do you do YouTube? will take place Saturday, January 9, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Featured speakers include:

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Villanova Library Technology Blog: Available for proofreading: My Pretty Maid

Wed, 2015-12-30 16:11

Our latest Distributed Proofreaders project is another novel by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller: My Pretty Maid; or, Liane Lester. Like most of Mrs. Miller’s work, this first appeared in a story paper (in this case, the New York Family Story Paper) and was later reprinted in paper-covered format.

You can help turn this forgotten melodrama into a new electronic edition. Just read this earlier post for information on how the process works, then join in at the project page.


David Rosenthal: Amy Fry on library collections

Wed, 2015-12-30 16:00
Everyone interested in academic communication should read Amy Fry's magisterial Conventional Wisdom or Faulty Logic? The Recent Literature on Monograph Use and E-book Acquisition. She shows how, by endlessly repeating the conclusion of a single study of a single library now more than 35 years out of date, publishers and their consultants have convinced librarians that traditional collection development has failed and needs to be replaced by patron-driven acquisition. And how, building on this propaganda victory, they moved on to convince librarians that, despite studies showing the opposite, readers across all disciplines preferred e-books to print. Below the fold, some details.

Fry echoes Hugh Rundle's argument that I discussed in Access vs. Control when she writes:
On the vendor side, companies ... stand to gain since they make or save money when libraries shift purchasing to e-books. This also enables them to retain more control of their content, control that first sale and fair use cedes to purchasers of print but is not guaranteed for e-books, which are licensed and often leased rather than owned. Complicated digital rights management (DRM) controls users’ reading, books can be made to expire after a certain number of uses, interlibrary loan can be prohibited, copying and printing limits are set by publishers and enforced by platforms, and use can be restricted through access controls. ... Print books can be checked out for up to a year, renewed indefinitely, and records of who reads them are purged after they are returned, but downloads of e-books usually require multiple personal online accounts and expire after a week or two. It is clear which model is best for readers – especially graduate students and faculty, whose research can take years to complete. and:
Paulson confirms this in her contribution to Patron-Driven Acquistions edited by Swords. The founder of Ebook Library (EBL) and its President at the time, she wrote that publishers were convinced to participate in EBL’s PDA program, in part, because they wanted a model where “payment had a one-to-one relation with use, and publishers were paid each time their book was used or bought”. In contrast to ILL, which offered no profits to publishers, a PDA model that included short-term loans “offered publishers a means to be included in a new incremental revenue stream” and gave them “an opportunity to enter [the ILL] economy and to reclaim some of the funds that were going to couriers”. In addition, she wrote, PDA offered a model in which publishers’ “valuable backlist content could potentially produce revenue for much longer, even indefinitely”. Paulson’s words imply that publishers approached e-books from the beginning as a means to extend their ability to profit from book content in ways unavailable to them with print. Fry's skeptical analysis contrasts strongly with the majority of librarians who swallowed these marketing messages hook, line and sinker. Barbara Fisher provides an excellent summary of Fry's paper in Challenging Conventional Wisdom.

District Dispatch: OITP, Benetech to collaborate at SXSWedu 2016

Wed, 2015-12-30 15:19

From Pixabay

In September, I wrote about the great work that a Silicon Valley-based organization called Benetech is doing to level the playing field for students with disabilities through the use of 3D printing technology. I also mentioned that Benetech had proposed a program for the 2016 SXSWedu conference highlighting their work to this end. I’m happy to report that Benetech’s program has received the imprimatur of the South-by-selectors and will be included in the Conference’s slate of “Playground Talks” – short presentations highlighting discovery-based learning activities.

During the talk, entitled “No More Yoda Heads: 3D printing 4 diverse learners,” Benetech’s Lisa Wadors Verne will highlight her organization’s ongoing efforts to build a coalition between libraries, museums and schools that encourages the use of innovative 3D printed tools to place learners of all abilities on an even keel. It will be my honor to join Dr. Wadors Verne and discuss how the library community can and should participate in such a coalition. As I will be representing ALA’s policy office, I will also underscore the importance of ensuring that decision makers inside the beltway and elsewhere allow for the development and adoption of “leveling” 3D printed learning tools to continue unfettered.

Here’s the program description, as submitted to SXSW:

Research suggests that 3D objects are important for learning and reinforcing complex spatial concepts that are difficult to convey or explore in any other way (e.g., cells and DNA). Although many schools have access to 3D printing technology, many machines are underutilized and used to print novelty items. In this session, learn about new collaborations with libraries and museums to help support teachers in providing multi-modal access to complex STEM topics as well as utilizing student talent to create innovative learning tools.

Props to Benetech…And many thanks for bringing libraries with them to Austin. I invite folks in the library community to provide me with any thoughts or examples that may be used at this session and beyond. Also, ALA and OITP specifically will be otherwise present at SXSW, so stay tuned for further details!

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In the Library, With the Lead Pipe: Editorial: Introductions All Around

Wed, 2015-12-30 13:00

In Brief: Over the past year, the Editorial Board has experienced some changes (yay, growing pains!). In this group post, current board members introduce themselves and talk about the types of articles they’d love to see submitted in 2016. We also thank all of our emeritus board members for their hard work shaping In The Library With The Lead Pipe into what it is today.

Ian Beilin

Earlier this year I became the Humanities Research Services Librarian at Columbia University. Not long after that, I joined the Lead Pipe editorial board. I’m also a very part-time adjunct professor of modern European history. When not working, I’m usually parenting my toddler, which includes much time spent in Central Park’s playgrounds, fields, and woods (yes, woods!). And as much of my time as possible is spent listening to music (and seeing it performed, when I get the chance).

Not long before joining the board, I had the opportunity to publish an article in Lead Pipe. Working with the editors and experiencing the journal’s open peer review process made me want to make a more long-term contribution. I’m really proud to have joined a journal that has published so much important scholarship. I’ve observed how Lead Pipe‘s articles resonate in libraryland through Twitter, at conferences, in meetings at work, and in informal conversations. In particular, I think Lead Pipe has had a keen eye for publishing research that ties library issues to broader issues that affect all other aspects of our lives.

While several of us on the editorial board are academic librarians, and several articles since I’ve joined have tended to focus on the world of academic libraries, I’d like to see more non-academic librarians of all kinds submit articles, especially ones with a focus on social justice issues. Another group that I would like see submit more articles is catalogers and systems librarians (both academic and non-academic). Since I’ve begun interacting with catalogers on a daily basis, I’ve acquired a newfound appreciation and interest in the work that they do, both in their day-to-day work as catalogers, but also as scholars. I believe their perspectives are important for non-catalogers to have, and my own work as a subject, reference, and instruction librarian has been informed by their insights in many ways.


Ellie Collier

After almost ten years in reference and instruction in academic libraries I’ve made the jump vendor-side. I’m currently a Discovery Services Engineer for EBSCO along with former Lead Pipe board member Eric Frierson. It’s an amazing, supportive team of people with interesting and challenging work. I’m fairly ecstatic.

I’m still an avid board, card, and video gamer, though the avid has shrunk a bit with the addition of a toddler to my life. I’ve moved several times and have settled back in Pennsylvania, near family, but not near much of anything else, which does pain my city-girl heart just a bit.

I’ve been with Lead Pipe since its inception and it’s been ridiculously satisfying to see it grow and evolve over the years. My current interests, and thus what I’d love to see articles on, include: critical code studies, interesting approaches to or collaborations around digital collections, and approaches to information literacy that focus on students as individuals with their own goals and agency. I’d also love to see us publish more from public libraries, including topics like storytime and other programming for little ones or partnerships with other public services. And more from systems and cataloging library workers, including interesting workflow solutions, partnerships across their communities or within their libraries, or critiques of classification systems—maybe even an intro to/history of type of thing. Lastly, I’d love to see us publishing profiles of library workers who have inspired you, along the lines of a more in depth Wednesday Geek Woman.


Erin Dorney

Like Ellie, I too have made a jump away from working in academic libraries. This summer I moved from Pennsylvania to Minnesota so that my partner could start grad school. I’m currently self employed as a freelance writer and editor (with a dash of web and social media thrown in), working from home or sometimes a local coworking space. It’s nice to have some distance from libraries, and I think that room has impacted my work on the Lead Pipe board. I find myself more drawn to the “publisher” aspects of our journal (soliciting and seeking out authors, admin tasks, formatting, our vision and presentation, etc.). I review articles with a different set of eyes now that I am a few steps removed from the inner-workings of things like ALA, office/organization politics, frameworks and standards, and patrons/users. I’m staying connected with the library community at large through my social media networks and by working with library-related groups like INFLUX, Library Juice Press, and Lead Pipe. But it’s definitely kind of fun to go into my local public library or my partner’s academic library and just use it.

Some of the topics I’d love to see submissions on include: stuff about library school/LIS education (pros, cons, exposés, a hypothetical program plan filled with class descriptions that would have been more relevant to your lived experience in the workforce), signage/wayfinding (audits, getting buy-in, rebranding, a minimalist approach), library renovations (love those before and after photos), interviews (two awesome people interviewing each other, a public services library worker interviewing a technical services library worker about “how the other half lives”, a library student interviewing a professor, a library worker interviewing an author or publisher), UX, writing (publishing for tenure, publishing for free, content creation plans for library websites, the state of library blogging 5 years later) and anything experimental or creative. Like many of my board members, I also want to see more diversity in the voices that we publish (so send us your ideas!).


Bethany Messersmith

I’m the Information Literacy Librarian at Southwest Baptist University. In my spare time, I drink exorbitant amounts of tea, thrift, and dabble in interior design. I joined the editorial board this spring because I believe in the journal and wanted to take on a new professional challenge.

Since I’m relatively new to Lead Pipe, I haven’t edited an article in its entirety yet. However, I’ve enjoyed reviewing submissions to our journal and being part of the monthly editorial board meetings. I’m looking forward to our upcoming web site renovation.

Some articles I’d love to see submitted to Lead Pipe in 2016 include: original thoughts on library marketing plans/follow-up assessment of the initiatives advanced in those plans, successful marketing to distance learners/graduate-level students, new and innovative ways to approach information literacy beyond the standard Framework discussion, and approaches to wayfinding in libraries (especially as it pertains to signage initiatives). I like that Lead Pipe receives submissions on diverse subjects and I think discussion of the topics above would allow us to branch out even more and therefore broaden our readership. So, let the submission process begin!


Annie Pho

I’m an Undergraduate Experience Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I keep myself pretty busy at work; but when I’m not in a library, I really enjoy riding my bike (even in winter), reading, and exploring. I’ve been on the board for about a year now and I have learned so much about the editing and writing process. This experience has been invaluable, especially as I am ramping up for a major research project next year.

The articles I’ve edited and reviewed in 2015 have been really diverse! From April Hathcock’s article White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS to Tom Keegan and Kelly McElroy’s Archives Alive!: librarian-faculty collaboration and an alternative to the five-page paper to the latest article by Margot Hanson and Lee Adams Say what? Exploring “The most interesting place in the city” – the comments section of online news articles, the topics have covered so many different aspects of the profession. It’s what I love the most about working on Lead Pipe, I get exposure to a variety of different projects and research. For the upcoming year, I’d love to see more articles related to critical/radical librarianship. Critical archival practices, critical pedagogy, feminist research, issues related to diversity in LIS—all of these topics are interesting to me and I’d be happy to work with any potential authors on these.


Ryan Randall

I’m the Instruction and Outreach Librarian at the College of Western Idaho, a community college serving the greater Boise area. Before librarianship, I was an adjunct instructor for a number of lower-division humanities and freshman writing courses. I’ve recently joined the Lead Pipe board and am excited about what our web site might look like after the upcoming renovations. Outside of libraries, I enjoy exploring cities, hiking trails, local record stores, coffee shops, and thrift stores.

The potential for Open Educational Resources matters deeply to community college students, so I particularly appreciated A Critical Take on OER Practices: Interrogating Commercialization, Colonialism, and Content. I’d like to see more articles that examine how LIS professionals and researchers make meaning, such as #DitchTheSurvey: Expanding Methodological Diversity in LIS Research. The virtual panel for Why Diversity Matters: A Roundtable Discussion on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Librarianship was an article I particularly enjoyed both because of its questions and recommendations for diversity as well as its alternative authorship model.

I’d also love to see more articles written by public librarians and systems librarians, as well as K-12 librarians and community college librarians. As far as topics go, how does what we do in libraries connect to larger social and cultural issues? How does what we do in libraries—from how we conduct outreach programs or makerspace tutorials to how we catalog our materials—promote particular understandings of the world? How can we encourage curiosity or forward the idea of libraries as spaces for change and development? I’d also look forward to more articles critically engaging with the history of libraries or LIS.


Cecily Walker

I’m the Systems Project Librarian at Vancouver Public Library in Vancouver, Canada. Before that, I served as the Assistant Manager for Community Digital Initiatives (Digital Humanities) and eLearning, and as the Assistant Manager for Websites and Online Engagement at the same institution. I joined the editorial board because I was excited about what seemed to me a groundswell of heartfelt, deeply thoughtful writing around LIS and social justice that I was seeing in the field. I thought that by volunteering to serve on the Editorial Board of Lead Pipe I’d be able to play a role in ensuring this kind of scholarship would always have a platform.

Some articles I’d like to see published in the coming year are “how the sausage gets made” articles, particularly those written by people who made the move into library technology from other LIS fields. I think that there is a greater opportunity for “non-technical” people to become involved in website and systems projects at many different levels. Having seen this first-hand, I’m excited about the avenues that could open up for librarians in more traditional fields who are interested in technology. I’d also like to see more articles about reshaping LIS study so that it moves us toward a more community-centered service model that features close collaboration and consultation with community partners. Lastly, I’d like to see more think-pieces from people who are underrepresented in LIS who not only discuss what their day-to-day realities are, but who offer solutions, support, and hope to other underrepresented minorities who are interested in library work.


The editorial board would like to recognize and thank all of our emeritus board members, including Derik Badman, Brett Bonfield, Hilary Davis, Leigh Anne Focareta, Emily Ford, Eric Frierson, Gretchen Kolderup, Lindsey Rae, Kim Reed, Hugh Rundle, Coral Sheldon-Hess, and Micah Vandegrift.

Cynthia Ng: Blog Year 2015 in Review

Tue, 2015-12-29 21:41
I always enjoy reading the WordPress Annual Report. Unfortunately, since I didn’t go to Code4lib, no one tried to break my blog with a large number of views in a single day. On the more interesting side, my top 5 posts are all from before 2015. Check out the full report.Filed under: Update

District Dispatch: Department of Labor announces training and child care grants

Tue, 2015-12-29 20:37

The Department of Labor announced recently that up to $25 million in grants will be available through the Strengthening Working Families Initiative. Their press release states the following:

The grants will support public-private partnerships that bridge gaps between local workforce development and child-care systems. In addition to addressing these systemic barriers,

Credit: Chris Potter

funded programs will enable parents to access training and customized supportive services needed for IT, health care, advanced manufacturing jobs, and others. All participants in grant funded programs must be custodial parents, legal guardians, foster parents, or others standing in loco parentis with at least one dependent. Up to 25 percent of the grantees total budget may be used to provide quality, affordable care and other services to support their participation in training.

“For too many working parents, access to quality, affordable child care remains a persistent barrier to getting the training and education they need to move forward on a stronger, more sustainable career path,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Our economy works best when we field a full team. That means doing everything we can to provide flexible training options and streamlined services that can help everyone in America realize their dreams.”

Grants up to $4 million will be awarded to partnerships that include the public workforce system, education and training providers, business entities, and local child-care or human-service providers. In addition, all partnerships must include at least three employers. Grantees will also be required to secure an amount equal to at least 25 percent of the total requested funds through outside leveraged resources.

These grants will be awarded in the spring 2016 for programs beginning in July 2016. More information about this funding is available at

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LITA: LITA at ALA Midwinter – Boston

Tue, 2015-12-29 16:56

If you’re going to ALA Midwinter in Boston, don’t miss these excellent LITA activities.  Click the links for more information.  And check out the entire:

LITA at ALA Midwinter schedule

Friday, January 8, 2016, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

LITA “Makerspaces: Inspiration and Action” tour at Midwinter!

How do you feel about 40,000 square feet full of laser cutters, acetylene torches, screen presses, and sewing machines? Or community-based STEAM programming for kids? Or lightsabers? If these sound great to you

Register Now

Saturday, January 9, 2016, 10:30 am to 11:30 am, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – 104 BC

All Committees, and all Interest Groups, meetings

This is where and when all the face to face meetings happen.  If you want to become involved in working with LITA, show up, volunteer, meet your colleagues, express your interests, share your skills.

Sunday, January 10, 2016, 10:30 am to 11:30 am, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – 253 A

Top Technology Trends Discussion Session

Part of the ALA News You Can Use series this is LITA’s premier program on changes and advances in technology. Top Technology Trends features our ongoing roundtable discussion about trends and advances in library technology by a panel of LITA technology experts and thought leaders. The panelists for this session include:

  • Moderator: Lisa Bunker, Pima County Public Library
  • Jason Griffey, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
  • Jim Hahn, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jamie Hollier, Anneal, Inc. and Commerce Kitchen
  • Alex Lent, Millis Public Library
  • Thomas Padilla, Michigan State University
  • Rong Tang, Simmons College
  • Ken Varnum, University of Michigan

Sunday, January 10, 2016, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Seaport Hotel, Room Harborview 2

LITA Open House

LITA Open House is an opportunity for current and prospective members to talk with Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) leaders, committee chairs, and interest group participants. Share information, encourage involvement in LITA activities, and help attendees build professional connections.

Sunday, January 10, 2016, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, MIJA Cantina & Tequila Bar Quincy Market – 1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace – Boston, MA

LITA Happy Hour

Please join the LITA Membership Development Committee and members from around the country for networking, good cheer, and great fun! Expect lively conversation and excellent drinks. Cash Bar. Map the location.

Monday, January 11, 2016, 8:30 am to 10:00 am, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – 104 BC

LITA Town Meeting

Join your fellow LITA members for breakfast and a discussion led by President-elect Aimee Fifarek, about LITA’s strategic path. We will focus on how LITA’s goals–collaboration and networking; education and sharing of expertise; advocacy; and infrastructure–help our organization serve you and the broader library community. This Town Meeting will help us turn those goals into plans that will guide LITA going forward.


Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to LITA at ALA Midwinter Boston, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty,

FOSS4Lib Recent Releases: veraPDF - 0.8

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FOSS4Lib Recent Releases: Metadata Hopper - 1.0

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FOSS4Lib Updated Packages: Metadata Hopper

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Last updated December 28, 2015. Created by Peter Murray on December 28, 2015.
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Metadata Hopper is a tool built by the University of Illinois at Chicago Library in cooperation with Chicago Collections. It is designed to work with the eXtensible Text Framework digital library platform from California Digital Library.

Metadata Hopper allows users to contribute content to an XTF repository and to enhance that content through shared navigation facets or 'tags.' It also generates a Dublin Core metadata file that works alongside the original metadata file to create a consistent search and browse interface.

Package Type: Metadata ManipulationLicense: BSD Revised Package Links Development Status: Production/StableOperating System: Browser/Cross-Platform Releases for Metadata Hopper Programming Language: PythonDatabase: PostgreSQLworks well with: eXtensible Text Framework