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LITA: LITA online continuing education for September 2016

Thu, 2016-08-11 17:40

Start out the fall with these all new sessions, including a web course and two webinars:

Web Course:

Social Media For My Institution; from “mine” to “ours”
Instructor: Plamen Miltenoff
Starting Wednesday September 21, 2016, running for 4 weeks
Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

A course for librarians who want to explore the institutional application of social media. Based on an established academic course at St. Cloud State University “Social Media in Global Context” (more information at ). A theoretical introduction will assist participants to detect and differentiate the private use of social media from the structured approach to social media for an educational institution. Legal and ethical issues will be discussed, including future trends and management issues. The course will include hands-on exercises on creation and dissemination of textual and multimedia content and patrons’ engagement. Brainstorming on suitable for the institution strategies regarding resources, human and technological, workload share, storytelling, and branding.

This is a blended format web course:

The course will be delivered as 4 separate live webinar lectures, one per week on:

Wednesdays, September 21, 28, October 5 and 12
2:00 – 3:00 pm Central

You do not have to attend the live lectures in order to participate. The webinars will be recorded and distributed through the web course platform, Moodle for asynchronous participation. The web course space will also contain the exercises and discussions for the course.

Details here and Registration here


How to Talk About User Experience
Presenter: Michael Schofield
Wednesday September 7, 2016
Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

The explosion of new library user experience roles, named and unnamed, the community growing around it, the talks, conferences, and corresponding literature signal a major shift. But the status of library user experience design as a professional field is impacted by the absence of a single consistent definition of the area. While we can workshop card sorts and pick apart library redesigns, even user experience librarians can barely agree about what it is they do – let alone why it’s important. How we talk about the user experience matters. So, in this 90 minute talk, we’ll fix that.

Details here and Registration here

Online Productivity Tools: Smart Shortcuts and Clever Tricks
Presenter: Jaclyn McKewan
Tuesday September 20, 2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time
Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Become a lean, mean productivity machine! In this 90 minute webinar we’ll discuss free online tools that can improve your organization and productivity, both at work and home. We’ll look at to-do lists, calendars, and other programs. We’ll also explore ways these tools can be connected, as well as the use of widgets on your desktop and mobile device to keep information at your fingertips.

Details here and Registration here

And don’t miss the other upcoming LITA fall continuing education offerings:


Beyond Usage Statistics: How to use Google Analytics to Improve your Repository, with Hui Zhang
Offered: Tuesday October 11, 2016, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Web courses:

Project Management for Success, with Gina Minks
Offered: October 2016, runs for 4 weeks

Contextual Inquiry: Using Ethnographic Research to Impact your Library UW, with Rachel Vacek and Deirdre Costello
Offered: October 2016, running for 6 weeks.

Check the Online Learning web page for more details as they become available.

Questions or Comments?

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

Hydra Project: Hydra Connect 2016 Program news!

Thu, 2016-08-11 15:30

The Hydra Connect 2016 Program Committee thought that you might appreciate an update on how planning is going, so…

The list of workshops for Monday has been available on the wiki for some time now.  We shall shortly be asking delegates to indicate which sessions they hope to attend so that we can allocate appropriately sized rooms and so that convenors can send out any pre-workshop materials to them.

The conference proper will start on Tuesday with a plenary session, a mix of key presentations and lightning talks as at previous Connects.  On Tuesday afternoon we shall have the very popular poster session for which we ask a poster from every attending institution – please start planning!  As last year, we shall arrange for printing at a FedEx branch near the conference venue for those who prefer not to travel with a poster tube!  Details soon.

We received far more suggestions for Connect sessions than we have had in the past – in particular there were a lot of suggestions for panels and breakouts.  We’re pleased to report that by extending the “traditional” Wednesday morning parallel tracks into the afternoon we have managed to accommodate everyone’s requests.  We’ve timetabled presentations in 30-minute slots (a 20-minute presentation, 5 minutes or so for questions and a bit of time for possible movement between rooms).  Panel and breakout sessions have been timetabled in one hour slots (50-55 minutes plus movement time).  If you are involved in presenting or facilitating any of these sessions you should hear from us with confirmation at the end of next week when we have finished tweaking the timetable.  We have included a number of slots for lightning talks and we’ll start soliciting these at the end of the month.  We anticipate having the Tuesday and Wednesday programs on the wiki in ten days’ time or so and you’ll find there is so much to choose from that, inevitably, you will have to make some hard choices about which sessions to attend.  We are hoping (though this is yet to be confirmed) that we may be able to make, and subsequently post, audio recordings of all the sessions so that you can listen to those that you couldn’t attend once you return home.

Thursday morning has been given over to unconference sessions and we hope to make “Sessionizer” available to delegates in about three weeks’ time so that you can start requesting slots.  Thursday afternoon is available for Interest Groups and Working Groups to have face-time.  We shall make any spare room capacity on Thursday available for booking to allow ad-hoc gatherings, Birds of a Feather sessions, and the like.

Booking is beginning to fill up and if you haven’t yet registered now would be a good time to do so!  Full details of registration and the conference hotel are on the wiki. Please note that the specially negotiated hotel rate is only valid until September 6th and you must register by that same date to receive a Hydra t-shirt!

If you can only make it to one Hydra meeting in 2016/17, this is the one to attend! 

Open Knowledge Foundation: Update on OpenTrialsFDA: finalist for the Open Science Prize

Thu, 2016-08-11 11:59

In May, the OpenTrialsFDA team (a collaboration between Erick Turner, Dr. Ben Goldacre and the  OpenTrials team at Open Knowledge) was selected as a finalist for the Open Science Prize. This global science competition is focused on making both the outputs from science and the research process broadly accessible to the public. Six finalists will present their final prototypes at an Open Science Prize Showcase in early December 2016, with the ultimate winner to be announced in late February or early March 2017.

As the name suggests, OpenTrialsFDA is closely related to OpenTrials, a project funded by The Laura and John Arnold Foundation that is developing an open, online database of information about the world’s clinical research trials. OpenTrialsFDA will work on increasing access, discoverability and opportunities for re-use of a large volume of high quality information currently hidden in user-unfriendly Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug approval packages (DAPs).

The FDA publishes these DAPs as part of the general information on drugs via its data portal known as Drugs@FDA. These documents contain detailed information about the methods and results of clinical trials, and are unbiased, compared to reports of clinical trials in academic journals. This is because FDA reviewers require adherence to the outcomes and analytic methods prespecified in the original trial protocols, so, in contrast to most journal editors, they are unforgiving of practices such as post hoc switching of outcomes and changes to the planned statistical analyses. These review packages also often report on clinical trials that have never been published.

A more complete picture: contrasting the journal version of antidepressant trials with the FDA information (image: Erick Turner, adapted from

However, despite their high value, these FDA documents are notoriously difficult to access, aggregate, and search. The website itself is not easy to navigate, and much of the information is stored in PDFs or non-searchable image files for older drugs. As a consequence, they are rarely used by clinicians and researchers. OpenTrialsFDA will work on improving this situation, so that valuable information that is currently hidden away can be discovered, presented, and used to properly inform evidence-based treatment decisions.

The team has started to scrape the FDA website, extracting the relevant information from the PDFs through a process of OCR (optical character recognition). A new OpenTrialsFDA interface will be developed to explore and discover the FDA data, with application programming interfaces (APIs) allowing third party platforms to access, search, and present the information, thus maximising discoverability, impact, and interoperability. In addition, the information will be integrated into the OpenTrials database, so that for any trial for which a match exists, users can see the corresponding FDA data.

Future progress will be shared both through this blog and the OpenTrials blog: you can also sign up for the OpenTrials newsletter to receive regular updates and news. More information about the Open Science Prize and the other finalists is available from

Twitter: @opentrials

SearchHub: 10 Things You Don’t Want to Miss at Lucene/Solr Revolution 2016

Wed, 2016-08-10 16:51

Are we the only ones who feel like this summer is flying by? While the thought of saying goodbye to warm summer days pains us a little inside, we are excited that Lucene/Solr Revolution 2016 is just two short months away! The conference will be held October 11-14 in Boston, MA. If you haven’t secured your spot yet, don’t wait. Here’s a list of 10 things (in no particular order) that you won’t want to miss at this year’s conference:

1. Mix and Mingle with the Brains Behind Solr

Hear talks from and mingle with those who shape the Apache Solr project – the committers! Lucene/Solr Revolution is the unofficial annual gathering of Solr committers from around the world. It’s not often that this many committers gather at one event, so don’t miss the chance to meet the people who know Solr best.

2. Learn From the Best

Over 50 breakout sessions from Solr users across all industries. Learn how companies like Salesforce, IBM, Bloomberg, Sony, The Home Depot, Microsoft, Allstate Insurance Company, and more use Solr to solve business problems. Check out the agenda here.

3. Very Happy Hours

Happy Hours to network with attendees, speakers, sponsors, and committers. There is a ton of content to digest at Lucene/Solr Revolution and we guarantee you will learn a lot. However, we aren’t skimping on the fun!

4. Superstar Keynotes

Keynotes from Cathy Polinksy, SVP of Search at Salesforce and Sridhar Sudarsan, CTO of Product Management and Partnerships at IBM Watson. Hear about the role Solr plays in the strategy and execution of two of the world’s leading enterprises.

5. World-Class Training

Pre-conference training to polish your skills and prime your brain for all of the information coming your way during the conference. Two-day hands-on Solr training is offered on October 11th & 12th. Check out the course listings here.

6. Ask the Experts – in Person!

Meet with experts on specific questions you have about Solr during Office Hours.

7. Stump the Chump!

Catch the popular “Stump the Chump” session with Solr Committer, Chris “Hoss” Hostetter. Be prepared for a laugh as you watch Hoss answer questions from attendees and community members trying to stump him. Check out last year’s video here. Want to Stump the Chump? Submit questions to before October 12.

8. Get a New Profile Pic

A professional headshot – come on, you know you need one. Get yours for free at the conference. Your LinkedIn followers will thank you.

9. Party in the Sky

Conference party at Skywalk Boston – check out 360 degree views of Boston from the top of the Prudential Center while enjoying food, drinks, games, and music. It’s sure to be a good time!

10. Chat with Partners and Sponsors

Visit our sponsor showcase to learn about products and services for your search and big data needs or about industry job opportunities. Participate in contests to win prizes.

Register today to join the fun and spend the week with us learning about all things Solr.

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Open Knowledge Foundation: Why we chose Slack to update our team page.

Wed, 2016-08-10 13:14

After reading Mor’s post on the recent website update, I thought I’d elaborate a little on the team page, and how we ended up using Slack to update it. The following is from a post on my personal blog.

I recently undertook the task of redesigning a couple of key pages for the Open Knowledge International website. A primary objective here was to present ourselves as people, as much as an organisation. After all, it’s the (incredible) people that make Open Knowledge International what it is. One of the pages to get some design time was the team page. Here I wanted to show that behind this very static page, were real people, doing real stuff. I started to explore the idea of status updates for each staff member. This would, if all goes to plan, keep the content fresh, while hopefully making us a little more relatable.

My work here wasn’t done. In this scenario, my colleagues become “users”, and if this idea had any chance of working it needed a close to effortless user experience. Expecting anyone other than a few patient techies to interact with the website’s content management system (CMS) on regular basis just isn’t realistic. As it happens, my colleagues and I were already creating the content I was looking for. We chat daily using an internal instant messaging app (we use Slack). As well as discussing work related issues, people often share water-cooler items such as an interesting article they have read, or a song that captures how they are feeling. Sharing stuff like this can be as easy as copy and pasting a link. Slack will grab the title of the page and present it nicely for us. So what if at that moment of sharing, you could choose to share more widely, via the website? After some discussions, we introduced a system that facilitated just this, where if you add one a a few specific hashtags to your your Slack message, it would get pushed to the website and become your most recent status. The implementation still needs a little polishing, but I’m happy to say that after a few weeks of use, it seems to be working well, in terms of uptake at least. Whether anyone visiting the site really cares, remains to be proven.

I really like this solution. I like that it achieves its objective of not requiring additional effort, of course. Moreover, I like that it doesn’t introduce any barriers. It doesn’t assume that anyone wanting to contribute have a certain amount of knowledge (outside of what is already proven) or are happy to learn a new tool. It doesn’t ask anyone to change their way of working. It makes me wonder, how far could you take this model? It’s a big leap, but could we expand on this to the point where the interface being interacted with is that of whatever application the content creator sees fit? Just as the (slightly modified) action of sending a message in Slack became enough to make this small content change, could/should the action of saving a Word document to your local drive be enough to publish a blog post? (That particular example is not difficult to imagine, if you assume it’s happening within a walled-off Microsoft infrastructure, but that of course would be contrary to what I’m pondering here.)

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Richard Wallis: Hidden Gems in the new 3.1 Release

Wed, 2016-08-10 11:55

I spend a significant amount of time working with Google folks, especially Dan Brickley, and others on the supporting software, vocabulary contents, and application of  So it is with great pleasure, and a certain amount of relief, I share the announcement of the release of 3.1.

That announcement lists several improvements, enhancements and additions to the vocabulary that appeared in versions 3.0 & 3.1. These include:

  • Health Terms – A significant reorganisation of the extensive collection of medical/health terms, that were introduced back in 2012, into the ‘health-lifesci’ extension, which now contains 99 Types, 179 Properties and 149 Enumeration values.
  • Finance Terms – Following an initiative and work by Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO) project (which I have the pleasure to be part of), in support of the W3C Financial Industry Business Ontology Community Group, several terms to improve the capability for describing things such as banks, bank accounts, financial products such as loans, and monetary amounts.
  • Spatial and Temporal and DatasetsCreativeWork now includes spatialCoverage and temporalCoverage which I know my cultural heritage colleagues and clients will find very useful.  Like many enhancements in the community, this work came out of a parallel interest, in which  Dataset has received some attention.
  • Hotels and Accommodation – Substantial new vocabulary for describing hotels and accommodation has been added, and documented.
  • Pending Extension – Introduced in version 3.0 a special extension called “pending“, which provides a place for newly proposed terms to be documented, tested and revised.  The anticipation being that this area will be updated with proposals relatively frequently, in between formal releases.
  • How We Work – A HowWeWork document has been added to the site. This comprehensive document details the many aspects of the operation of the community, the site, the vocabulary etc. – a useful way in for casual users through to those who want immerse themselves in the vocabulary its use and development.

For fuller details on what is in 3.1 and other releases, checkout the Releases document.

Hidden Gems

Often working in the depths of the vocabulary, and the site that supports it, I get up close to improvements that on the surface are not obvious which some [of those that immerse themselves] may find interesting that I would like to share:

  • Snappy Performance – The site, a Python app hosted on the Google App Engine, is shall we say a very popular site.  Over the last 3-4 releases I have been working on taking full advantage of muti-threaded, multi-instance, memcache, and shared datastore capabilities. Add in page caching imrovements plus an implementation of Etags, and we can see improved site performance which can be best described as snappiness. The only downsides being, to see a new version update you sometimes have to hard reload your browser page, and I have learnt far more about these technologies than I ever thought I would need!
  • Data Downloads – We are often asked for a copy of the latest version of the vocabulary so that people can examine it, develop form it, build tools on it, or whatever takes their fancy.  This has been partially possible in the past, but now we have introduced (on a developers page we hope to expand with other useful stuff in the future – suggestions welcome) a download area for vocabulary definition files.  From here you can download, in your favourite format (Triples, Quads, JSON-LD, Turtle), files containing the core vocabulary, individual extensions, or the whole vocabulary.  (Tip: The page displays the link to the file that will always return the latest version.)
  • Data Model Documentation – Version 3.1 introduced updated contents to the Data Model documentation page, especially in the area of conformance.  I know from working with colleagues and clients, that it is sometimes difficult to get your head around’s use of Multi-Typed Entities (MTEs) and the ability to use a Text, or a URL, or Role for any property value.  It is good to now have somewhere to point people when they question such things.
  • Markdown – This is a great addition for those enhancing, developing and proposing updates to the vocabulary.  The rdfs:comment section of term definitions are now passed through a Markdown processor.  This means that any formatting or links to be embedded in term description do not have to be escaped with horrible coding such as & and > etc.  So for example a link can be input as [The Link]( and italic text would be input as *italic*.  The processor also supports WikiLinks style links, which enables the direct linking to a page within the site so [[CreativeWork]] will result in the user being taken directly to the CreativeWork page via a correctly formatted link.   This makes the correct formatting of type descriptions a much nicer experience, as it does my debugging of the definition files.

I could go on, but won’t  – If you are new to, or very familiar, I suggest you take a look.

Jez Cope: License

Wed, 2016-08-10 07:37

Except where otherwise stated, all content on eRambler by Jez Cope is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.

LibUX: NYU Libraries Redesigned

Wed, 2016-08-10 02:27

On Monday, NYU Libraries finally went live with a redesign several months in the making. Their user experience team lead by Nadaleen Templeman-Kluit have been chronicling some of the process and it’s been sort of a joy to watch.

I mentioned when I wrote about the University of Indiana Libraries’ redesign that it was during NYU Libraries’ beta that I first noticed this thing I’m calling the “descending hero search pattern.”

This is also the second time I’ve seen this descending hero search pattern. When you engage with the search icon in the menu, the entire search unit either folds-up or descends. In this way the more advanced search options that libraries require can be present on multiple pages, consistently so. …This seems intuitive but the animation is key to staying oriented. … I haven’t thought about this too much to weigh-in with any authority, but I think I’m a fan.

I think I am going to write this up in a post but, tl;dr, regardless what’s actually present in the container, if it’s a uniquely complex search box the main benefit in carrying from page to page will be the consistency and reliability of that tool, rather than shoe-horn a keyword search in a sidebar.

For fun, they have archived the original site. Someone get them a round of beers, stat!

David Rosenthal: Correlated Distraction

Tue, 2016-08-09 21:20
It is 11:44AM Pacific and I'm driving, making a left on to Central Expressway in Mountain View, CA and trying to avoid another vehicle whose driver isn't paying attention when an ear-splitting siren goes off in my car. After a moment of panic I see "Connected" on the infotainment system display. Its the emergency alert system. When it is finally safe to stop and check, I see this message:
Emergency Alert: Dust Storm Warning in this area until 12:00PM MST. Avoid travel. Check local media - NWS. WTF? Where to even begin with this stupidity? Well, here goes:
  • "this area" - what area? In the Bay Area we have earthquakes, wildfires, flash floods, but we don't yet have dust storms. Why does the idiot who composed the message think they know where everyone who will read it is?
  • Its 11:44AM Pacific, or 18:44UTC. That's 12:44PM Mountain. Except we're both on daylight savings time. So did the message mean 12:00PM MDT, in which case the message was already 44 minutes too late? Or did the message mean 12:00MST, or 19:00UTC, in which case it had 16 minutes to run? Why send a warning 44 minutes late or use the wrong time zone?
  • A dust storm can be dangerous, so giving people 16 minutes (but not -44 minutes) warning could save some lives. Equally, distracting everyone in "this area" who is driving, operating machinery, performing surgery, etc. could cost some lives. Did anyone balance the upsides and downsides of issuing this warning, even assuming it only reached people in "this area"?
  • I've written before about the importance and difficulty of modelling correlated failures. Now that essentially every driver is carrying (but hopefully not talking on) a cellphone, the emergency alert system is a way to cause correlated distraction of every driver across the entire nation. Correlated distraction caused by rubbernecking at accidents is a well-known cause of additional accidents. But at least that is localized in space. Who thought that building a system to cause correlated distraction of every driver in the nation was a good idea?
  • Who has authority to trigger the distraction? Who did trigger the distraction? Can we get that person fired?
  • This is actually the third time the siren has gone off while I'm driving. The previous two were Amber alerts. Don't get me wrong. I think getting drivers to look out for cars that have abducted children is a good idea, and I'm glad to see the overhead signs on freeways used for that purpose. But it isn't a good enough idea to justify the ear-splitting siren and consequent distraction. So I had already followed instructions to disable Amber alerts. I've now also disabled Emergency alerts.
So, once again, because no-one thought What Could Possibly Go Wrong?, a potentially useful system has crashed and burned.

SearchHub: Lucidworks View 1.3 Ready for Download

Tue, 2016-08-09 20:46

A new version of our UX framework Lucidworks View is ready for download!

View is an extensible search interface designed to work with Fusion, allowing for the deployment of an enterprise-ready search front end with minimal effort. View has been designed to use the power of Fusion query pipelines and signals, and provides essential search capabilities including faceted navigation, typeahead suggestions, and landing page redirects.

New Features

  • Windows Support: We’ve added a Windows packaged build, you can now run View on Windows
  • You can now specify which port View runs on
  • Improved performance by minifying builds by default and turning off page change animations
  • Introduced developer mode, which allows you to develop with unminified build objects, just npm run start-dev

Lucidworks View 1.3 is available for immediate download at

Read the release notes or documentation, learn more on the Lucidworks View product page, or browse the source on GitHub.

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DuraSpace News: NOW AVAILABLE: VIVO 1.9 Release

Tue, 2016-08-09 00:00

From Graham Triggs, VIVO Technical Lead, on behalf of the VIVO team.

Austin, TX  The VIVO team is proud to announce that VIVO 1.9 was released on August 8, 2016.

• Full release notes are included below and are also available on the wiki:

District Dispatch: ALA hosts 2016 Google Policy Fellows

Mon, 2016-08-08 19:32

guest post by Nick Gross, OITP’s 2016 Google Policy Fellow

Last Friday, the Washington Office of the American Library Association (ALA) hosted a luncheon for the 2016 Google Policy Fellows to discuss ALA’s public policy work. The Google Policy Fellowship gives undergraduate, graduate, and law students (like me) the opportunity to spend the summer working at public interest groups engaged in Internet and technology policy issues. While most organizations are in D.C., others are in Boston, Ottawa, San Francisco, and additional cities around the world.

ALA’s Washington Office hosted a luncheon for 2016 Google Policy Fellows

Other fellows at the lunch included Matt McCoy from Tech Freedom; Lindsay Bembenek of the American Enterprise Institute; Apratim Vidyarthi, who is at the Center for Democracy and Technology; David Morar from the Internet Education Foundation; Cristina Contreras Zamora of the National Hispanic Media Coalition; and Raymond Russell, who is at the Mercatus Center. OITP intern Brian Clark also joined the lunch. They all shared their educational backgrounds, interests, and experiences at their host organizations.

ALA’s Washington staffers Emily Sheketoff, Alan Inouye, Carrie Russell, and Larra Clark shared their policy focus and experience at ALA. In doing so, they explained the importance of information and technology policies to libraries (from copyright to telecommunications and privacy), the underlying principles of libraries, and how ALA’s Washington office strives to advance tech policies that reflect those core principles.  In particular, the discussion covered ALA’s past and current efforts to reform policy, including the privacy of library records, Universal Service Fund modernization, Net Neutrality, unlicensed spectrum, internet filtering at libraries, and copyright.

Fellows then had the opportunity to field questions to ALA staffers, which prompted interesting discussions about the privacy of Internet browsing history and encryption efforts at local libraries, broadband investment and competition, E-Rate, cyber-security standards, the Right to be Forgotten, and the growing need for copyright law to reflect our digital age by better protecting users. Given libraries’ prominent position in communities and their mission to serve communities, they can play a vital role in protecting patrons’ privacy, spurring broadband deployment, connecting citizens to information, and – as both content users and creators – helping craft a balanced copyright law.

The luncheon highlighted the importance of public interest organizations, like the ALA, in the technology policy arena. More importantly, it showed attendees how prominent and active the ALA has been and is in shaping forward-looking information and technology policies that benefit individuals all over the U.S. The lunch’s insightful discourse further confirmed that Google Policy Fellows have the knowledge and preparation to debate tech policies in-depth and to make a significant impact on future tech policies.

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LibUX: IU Libraries’ Redesign and the descending hero search pattern

Mon, 2016-08-08 19:02

I saw Anne Haines tweet today about the redesign of Check it out.

Although I don’t know how deliberate it was, I think it’s smart to keep the hours above the fold on as many devices as possible. I haven’t written about it before, but I gut-check my impression of a library’s homepage by how quickly I can find its hours. Their presence in general tends to be a basic expectation that, including them, won’t really garner you any bonus points. But the ease with which the library’s hours are found — for someone looking for them — is inversely related to how much frustration is felt.

This is also the second time I’ve seen this descending hero search pattern. When you engage with the search icon in the menu, the entire search unit either folds-up or descends. In this way the more advanced search options that libraries require can be present on multiple pages, consistently so.

I first noticed this when NYU Libraries — who also went live with their redesign today (!) — were beta testing their new site.

This seems intuitive but the animation is key to staying oriented. The immediacy of IU Libraries’ toggle — although it might just be my browser — left me sort of flashbanged.

I haven’t thought about this too much to weigh-in with any authority, but I think I’m a fan.

It seems like something I would do.

Terry Reese: 2015 MarcEdit usage

Mon, 2016-08-08 18:51

I’ve been putting together some information to help a few non-catalogers understand what MarcEdit is an how much it get’s used around the world.  Couple of fun stats for 2015 based only on usage information from users that make use of the automated update tool.

2015 Usage Information:

  • ~3 million unique program executions (times the program checked for an update [was started])
  • 192 unique countries/political regions
  • ~18,000 unique/active users
  • around 105 print/online citations in 2015 related to MarcEdit (combination of Google Scholar, WOS data – though, this wasn’t rigorously scrubbed for dups)

Where is MarcEdit used?

Each of these points (saved the couple in the US where Google got a little confused with Georgia, Jersey, etc.), represents an individual country with users working with MarcEdit.  In 2015, the US represented ~55 percent of the unique usage.  That means that 45% of the MarcEdit community is outside of the United States.


Cynthia Ng: DAISY Production: A Vision for the Future

Mon, 2016-08-08 17:14
Previously, I wrote an overview of accessible production based on how a couple of different organizations produce accessible books. In the future, hopefully production will be simplified as devices are updated to support new standards and some of the standards are finalized. Standards There are a couple of new(er) standards that are involved, one for … Continue reading DAISY Production: A Vision for the Future

LibUX: Researching Design Systems

Mon, 2016-08-08 15:52

I’ve been recently thinking a little about design systems, joined a few channels, signed-up for a couple of newsletters, and picked up a few actual manuals. So I was happy and interested to see that Dan Mall shared a few of his notes on design systems, especially his a-ha moment about material design:

I didn’t quite get the hype about Material Design when it first launched …. It wasn’t until I watched the video about color theory that I heard a little gem I finally could connect with. As the opening line, the narrator says: “There are no wrong colors.” It dawned on me: the beauty of Material Design is that it’s nearly impossible to make a bad design, even—or especially—if you’re not a designer. I realized that it’s the opposite paradigm of the type of design I admire. Dan Mall

Open Knowledge Foundation: Registration to the Open Exchange for Social Change – IODC unconference is now open!

Mon, 2016-08-08 14:34

We are excited to announce that registration is open for ‘The Open Exchange for Social Change’. This event has been referred to in the past as ‘The Unconference’ during the flurry of pre-event IOCD Madrid announcements made over the past few weeks.   The response has already been amazing on social media, and we have received many inquiries about the event itself.

We decided to name it The Open Exchange for Social Change so we can be open and transparent about our goals for the event  The name ‘The Open Exchange’ reflects the guiding principles along with the activities that will take place during in the event.  We aim to create space where participants will be able to exchange knowledge, understanding and build solidarity that will lead to better outcomes for IODC and beyond.  It is open space where you will be able to propose topics for discussion that are most relevant and urgent for your work.

The theme that we chose for this year is ‘Social Change’. We want to more than just “open data” and reflect on the change we are all passionately involved in.  By ‘social’ we mean different and diverse aspects of our lives – from politics, the communities we interact with, to our relationships with the environment, the financial world and even space. We want to explore how open data creates, contributes and supports social change. How do we create positive or negative change and what we should do next?  Your ideas and actions will serve as content for the main conference, and help us to set the goals for the IODC roadmap.   

To have a successful Open Exchange, we created the ‘Buddy system’. Buddies are participants who take an active role in contributing and shaping the event to assure its smooth running and success. Buddies can do following parts:

  • Leading/Facilitating a session
  • Supporting new facilitators to run sessions
  • Help to document the event and session outcomes
  • Making sure that the unconference will feed the main conference by using your social media skills

To support your contribution as a Buddy, we will be providing an online session where we will give an overview of The Open Exchange, and tips on Facilitation.

The lead facilitator of the unconference is Dirk Slater from Fabriders. Dirk has years of experience in facilitating participatory events, and leading successful workshops that focus on civil society and technology, and we are excited to have him on board and share with us the secrets to successful events focused on collaboration.

Anyone who comes to The Open Exchange will be able to facilitate a session.  We invite you to register as a buddy ahead of time so that we can prepare and support you as best we can.

If you are interested in joining to The Open Exchange for Social Change, please register to the event in advance on You can also find on the site all the information you need about the event. Didn’t find what you are looking for? Write to us on the forum –


Looking forward seeing you on the 4th of October, 9:30 at Centro de convenciones IFEMA NORTE, Madrid!

LibUX: Episode 42: Answer to the Ultimate Question

Mon, 2016-08-08 13:14

As the summer winds down, Amanda and Michael reunite to get cracking on the Fall schedule of all things Team LibUX – but first they just need to catch up. Really! It’s been awhile. We chat about carousels, summer redesigns, copyright, and more.

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LITA: 6 Tips for Creating Your Personal Website

Mon, 2016-08-08 12:00

After a tumultuous two-year relationship, I’m finally at peace with my website. Creating a web portfolio can be a big commitment, but it’s also a great way to take control of your online identity. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way…

1. Consider Squarespace

During my last semester of library school I started a blog as a course requirement. I wasted hours working with Wix, WordPress, and Tumblr-trying to get the right look and feel. I finally landed on Squarespace and can’t say enough good things about it. Squarespace is ridiculously easy to use and it’s tough to make an ugly website. The options for templates, fonts, and images are streamlined and curated, unlike many other platforms that overwhelm you with hundreds of options. The only downside is the cost. $12/month is a little steep-especially when you’re a student, but I’ve found that it’s worth it to have a low-maintenance platform.

2. Establish Brand Guidelines

When I started creating imagery for my site, I made an executive decision to use a color palette of yellow, black, and white only. Sounds limiting, but it’s saved me from my indecision. I make a lot of my own graphics and I’ve been known to get lost in a Photoshop vortex. Choose your color palette, fonts, and a couple images before you even set foot in a website builder.

3. Decide What to Share

There’s no hard and fast rule for what to include in your personal website. Ultimately it’s up to you to decide what you’re comfortable sharing with the world. I’ve opted out in a lot of ways. For instance, I don’t have my CV or even a real picture of myself on my site. Instead I created an illustration of myself and have included examples of my work and a Google map of libraries where I’ve worked. I like keeping some things off the web, but I also admire people who put it all out there. Case in point, fellow LITA member Brianna Marshall has an incredible website with slide decks, her Twitter feed, blog posts, and lists of projects and publications. Start thinking about where you fall on the spectrum before you start building.

4. Save Everything

Don’t forget to backup any content you create for your website. I save everything in Google Drive and on my computer so that if I decide to switch platforms I can easily access all of my materials.

5. Purchase a Domain (or Don’t)

Once I got a real library job I decided to spend a little more money and purchase a domain without “” at the end. I like the clean look of my new URL (it looks great on my resume), but I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary, especially if you’re on a tight budget. If you’re on the job hunt, chances are your potential employer is going to Google you before they take the time to type in your URL. Instead of spending the extra dough on a custom domain, consider working with a free domain and driving traffic to your site through Twitter or Facebook.

6. Be Yourself

The tone of my website is very playful (ahem, not academic). When I made the move from public to academic libraries, I started to wonder if my site was inappropriate. Certainly an argument could be made either way, but the whimsy of my site is an honest representation of me. If I were to apply for a position in the future that found my website too playful, I suspect that wouldn’t be a good place for me anyhow. If your site reflects your personality while still looking professional, then don’t be afraid to own it.

Have you designed your own personal website? What have you learned along the way?