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How 3D Printing Works

Submitted by Jason Griffey on October 29, 2014 - 9:04am

Editor's Note: This is the first of a series of posts excerpted from Jason Griffey's Library Technology Report "3D Printers for Libraries."

The simplest way to understand a 3D printer works is to imagine it as a machine that makes bigger things out of smaller blocks. In some cases the “blocks” are a powder, in some they are melted plastic, or they may be a ultraviolet light sensitive resin, but always the process is large things being made from smaller substrates. A 3D printer is a simple sort of robot that understands how to manipulate the raw material it’s working with in three dimensions rather than just two, as an inkjet or laser printer does. This type of manufacturing is also called additive manufacturing, as opposed to more traditional subtractive manufacturing, where material is removed from a larger sample to create custom shapes in a process like milling, lathing, or CNC (computing numerical control) machines.   Read More »

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Metadata, Schema.Org, and Getting Your Digital Collection Noticed

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on July 11, 2014 - 11:12am

Editors Note: This post is an excerpt from Improving the Visibility and Use of Digital Repositories Through SEO, by Kenning Arlitsch and Patrick S. OBrien. The authors, along with Montana State colleagues Jason Clark and Scott Young, will be teaching the online course/workshop Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Libraries, which starts July 17.

Metadata schemas are powerful frameworks for organizing content, and libraries have long used them to describe their holdings (think MARC). Numerous schemas exist for academic disciplines: CDWA is used for art, Darwin Core for biology, EML for ecology, DDI for social sciences, and so on. Read More »

Innovative Interfaces Acquires VTLS

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on June 2, 2014 - 11:47am

Innovative Interfaces has acquired Blacksburg, VA-based VTLS as part of its strategic expansion strategy. This move follows the acquisition of Polaris announced in April 2014. The acquisitions were conducted in parallel, with different schedules for closing. The acquisition of VTLS significantly expands Innovative’s international reach and brings a number of new technology products under its corporate umbrella. VTLS had been the longest standing company remaining under the ownership and management of its founder in the library technology industry. VTLS and its precursors have been active since 1974, initially through Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University--better known as Virginia Tech--and since 1985 as an independent company. Read More »

Innovative Interfaces Acquires Polaris Library Systems

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on April 1, 2014 - 10:35am

In a move that further consolidates the library automation industry, Innovative Interfaces, Inc.  has purchased Polaris Library Systems.   Innovative, one of the largest companies in the industry, with a presence in many international regions, and with customers from all types of libraries significantly strengthens its presence in the US public library arena by acquiring the company that has performed well in this sector, winning the majority of municipal library procurements in recent years.  The acquisition marks further expansion of Innovative since it was sold by co-founder Jerry Kline to private equity investors.  Previous expansion included opening international offices in Dublin, Ireland and Noida, India.  Read More »

Where To Turn for Background, Context, Ideas, and Inspiration on User-Centered Design

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 24, 2014 - 1:20pm

John Dove’s article in the eContent Quarterly December 2013 issue “Online Reference Systems: Putting the User at the Center of Design” includes the list of resources below, for which he shares credit with Terry Winograd, Erin McKean, Jodi Wing, and Josh Orum. Though compiled with reference systems in mind, the list includes resources helpful for any Web interface.(Subscribe to eContent Quarterly in the ALA Store. )

Classics of Reference Content and Reference Librarianship

Green, Samuel. 1876. “Personal Relations between Librarians and Readers.” Library Journal 1 (October 1876): 74–81. Read More »

RMG ALA Midwinter Town Hall to Discuss Discovery, E-books and Demand-Driven Acquisition

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 23, 2014 - 11:57am

From the RMG press release

RMG Town Hall 2: Discovery, e-Books, Demand-Driven Acquisitions at RMG’s Annual Presidents' Seminar: The View from the Top

Friday January 24, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ALA Midwinter Conference, Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Convention Center Room PCC-117

Leading library industry companies/executives expected at RMG's 2014 Town Hall 2 to address a Vision for an emerging “Library Content Services Model” fulfilled by cross-industry interoperability among

  • Library Management Services platforms and other ILSs
  • Content Providers
  • Discovery Services

to help libraries — especially public libraries — adapt and leverage new models for improved ROI on content, technology, and HR. Expected panelists include: Read More »

Done in WordPress: Madison (NH) Local Library History

Submitted by Amanda L. Goodman on December 9, 2013 - 12:14pm

Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a series of posts profiling library websites developed on the WordPress platform, excerpted from The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries, a forthcoming LITA Guide to be published this week. Goodman, along with Polly-Alida Farrington, will be teaching the ecourse "WordPress to Build Library Websites" in February.

Madison Library Local History
www.madisonlibrary-nh. org/madisonhistory Read More »

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Done in WordPress: Belchertown High School Library

Submitted by Amanda L. Goodman on November 15, 2013 - 3:12pm

Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of posts profiling library websites developed on the WordPress platform, excerpted from The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries, a forthcoming LITA Guide to be published in December.

Belchertown High School Library

For a school library, the natural target audience is the student body. In research for my book, I visited hundreds of school websites, usually not seeing even a passing nod to the other users of the library—the school’s faculty and staff. At the Belchertown High School Library, however, the librarian has built a website that supports teachers as well. He provides resources about lesson planning, the state’s standards, and more on a link clearly marked "Teachers." While the website also shines for its collection of study guides and encouragement of mobile databases, the attention paid to the whole service population makes this school library website shine. Read More »

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American Libraries Live Tackles Tablets and Mobile Tech

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 7, 2013 - 10:22am

On the next episode of American Libraries Live, our expert panel will be discussing tablets and mobile technology and how its impacting the library world. While a lot of the conversation will focus on devices, one of the overlooked aspects of this topic is connectivity and bandwidth. The rise of mobile technology in libraries has created new issues in these areas and new needs for institutions that strive to be as mobile-friendly as possible. Read More »

SirsiDynix Acquires EOS International

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on November 6, 2013 - 1:40pm

SirsiDynix has acquired EOS International from its co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Scot Cheatham effective November 1, 2013.   The transaction was conducted entirely from financial resources within SirsiDynix without additional backing from its private equity owner, Vista Equity Partners.  The acquisition of EOS International will expand the presence of SirsiDynix in the small library arena, and will strengthen its overall position in terms of revenue, customers served, and product offerings.  SirsiDynix provides a stable and expansive business environment for the ongoing support, development and marketing of EOS International products as its current owner and CEO sells the company. Read More »