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Cherry Hill Company: New Lower Pricing on LibrarySite, Our Best-Selling Product!

Mon, 2017-10-02 18:30

LibrarySite™ is our web solution designed for public libraries, based on Drupal. LibrarySite is a hosted and fully-managed and supported package designed to serve libraries with modest budgets and limited — or no — technical staff. The LibrarySite package includes sitebuilding, training, our library of problem-solving videos, and unlimited email support.

We are now offering the basic LibrarySite package for $2995. This new lower price includes the following:

  • 1 year of hosting
  • Homepage “hero” slideshow 
  • Set up and maintenance of Let’s Encrypt (SSL/TSL certificate) to ensure your site stays secure
  • Listings of your library’s research resources (e.g. databases, websites, etc.), filterable by audience, type and other parameters as desired 
  • Events listings including maps to event location, addtocal functionality, basic RSS feeds, event filtering by audience, branch and other parameters as desired 
  • Slideshows...
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LITA: 2017 Emerging Leaders Create LITA Virtual Engagement Toolkit

Mon, 2017-10-02 15:59

Note: This post was written by Catie Sahadath, LITA’s 2017 Emerging Leader.

In August 2016 I filled in some forms, held my breath, and pressed send on an application to the ALA’s Emerging Leaders program. Admittedly, I was only sort of sure that I knew what I was getting myself into, but I have been emerging since the day I was born, so what could go wrong?

The Emerging Leaders program, in a nutshell, is an incubator where new and new-ish professionals can hone and develop skills that will allow them to serve effectively in leadership roles within the ALA. The program accomplishes this by getting the different ALA units to come up with ideas for projects that can be completed within the 6-month timeframe provided to participants. The units provide guidance and support in the form of humans to help us along, and in some cases units also opt to provide some sponsorship dollars to a participant working on a project.

Emerging Leaders are expected to attend ALA Midwinter, where they participate in a day of specialized programming, and where they meet their assigned project teams. They are expected to attend ALA Annual Conference as well, where they deliver a poster presentation on their project outcomes.

I must live under some golden star, because in October of last year I received word that I was selected for the program, with a $1000 sponsorship from LITA.

I would like to add a caveat to this. I am Canadian, and to receive a sponsorship for this amount in US dollars meant that I could not only afford to attend the ALA conferences, but I could afford to fly there on my own personal flying dragon.

The project team that I worked with consisted of extraordinary library humans from across the United States. The anticipated output of our project was to develop an online toolkit for virtual engagement. The target audience for the toolkit would be the chairs of LITA’s committees, interest groups, and round-tables. It would help them out with everything from getting team members involved, to picking softwares and platforms for running meetings, and interacting with LITA. The idea was that if the Toolkit was successful, it could be repurposed for the rest of the ALA as well. In all honesty, I found the idea of this rather daunting, but I think Snoop Dogg said it best: No pressure, no diamonds.

At our first meeting in January of 2017, our team realized just how much work this was going to be. We scheduled weekly meetings, and came up with a plan:

  • Take a deep breath
  • Make a survey to find out what committee chairs are doing, what they want, and what they need
  • Keep breathing
  • Make a list of popular online collaboration tools, evaluate and assess them
  • More breathing
  • Develop content for the toolkit based on the survey results
  • Inhale, exhale
  • Revise everything until our eyeballs go numb
  • Ohm
  • Design the final online product and post it to LITA Docs
  • Design a poster presentation
  • Write a report on our project
  • Travel to Chicago, eat a deep dish pizza
  • Deliver the poster presentation at ALA Annual
  • Dance under the beaming spotlight of sweet satisfaction

The project was so meta. We had formed a geographically distributed, virtual team under the auspices of LITA, in order to develop a toolkit for geographically distributed, virtual teams under the auspices of LITA. This gave us the opportunity to actually test out the tools and practices we were writing about in the toolkit. We felt this gave us the optimal amount of street cred for the task at hand. As many of you know, street cred is of paramount importance in any professional association.

So what about that toolkit? She is alive and well, and living in the comfort of the LITA Docs page. You can check her out at http://docs.lita.org/toolkit/. If you’re chairing a committee, or are interested in virtual engagement I encourage you to check it out!

Some of the key takeaways I got from the whole process included:

  • LITA is a wholly supportive organization, and I am quite fond of its members
  • From the survey results, the one thing that stands out to me is that people really hate e-mail chains
  • The ALA is a giant organization, and without the ELs program I would likely have been lost in the cracks
  • After having a little bit of time to refresh, I am ready to dive back in and get more involved with ALA

If you or someone you know is interested in the Emerging Leaders program, encourage them to apply! Do also encourage them to talk with Emerging Leaders program alumni to get a good idea of what to expect.

Finally, our team got a ton of help from Margaret Heller, Andromeda Yelton, Jenny Levine, and Mark Beatty. We owe them each a frosty cold one!

[Editor’s Note] LITA thanks the members of Team D for all of their great work on this project:

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured: Catie Sahadath, Jennifer Shimada, Jessica Bennett, Kyle Willis, Brianna Furcron

LITA: 2017 LITA Forum early bird rates extended

Mon, 2017-10-02 15:45
We’ve extended the LITA members early bird registration another two weeks, so there’s still time to register for the 2017 LITA Forum at the early bird rate and save $50

Denver, CO
November 9-12, 2017
#litaforum

LITA Forum early bird rates now will end October 14, 2017
Register Now!

Join us in Denver, Colorado, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center, for the 2017 LITA Forum, a three-day education and networking event featuring 2 preconferences, 2 keynote sessions, more than 50 concurrent sessions and 15 poster presentations. It’s the 20th annual gathering of the highly regarded LITA Forum for technology-minded information professionals. Meet with your colleagues involved in new and leading edge technologies in the library and information technology field. Registration is limited in order to preserve the important networking advantages of a smaller conference. Attendees take advantage of the informal Friday evening reception, networking dinners, game night, and other social opportunities to get to know colleagues and speakers.

Register now to receive the LITA members early bird discount:

  • LITA member early bird rate: $340
  • LITA member regular rate: $390

Keynote Speakers:

The Preconference Workshops:

Forum Sponsors:

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Questions or Comments?

Contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org

See you in Denver.

HangingTogether: NEW: The Realities of Research Data Management: Part Two Now Available!

Mon, 2017-10-02 15:17

We are excited to announce the release of Scoping the University RDM Service Bundle, the second report in OCLC Research’s four-part series exploring the realities of research data management. This report examines the RDM capacity acquired by four research universities in four different national contexts, highlighting key factors that shaped the contours of this capacity, and providing 13 takeaways that provide useful starting points for institutions as they consider their own RDM services.

The Realities of Research Data Management, an OCLC Research project, explores the context and choices research universities face in building or acquiring RDM capacity. Findings are derived from detailed case studies of four research universities: University of Edinburgh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Monash University, and Wageningen University and Research. Future reports will focus on the incentives for acquiring RDM capacity, and sourcing and scaling RDM services.

Scoping the University RDM Service Bundle continues the report series by taking an in-depth look at the RDM service bundles of our four case study partners. An RDM service bundle is the range of local RDM services offered by a university, including those that are provided externally and for which the university arranges access for affiliated researchers. An important conclusion from our examination of the four case studies is that RDM is not a monolithic set of services duplicated across universities, but a customized solution shaped by a range of internal and external factors operating on local decision-making. Scoping an RDM service bundle is not a binary question of whether or not to acquire RDM capacity, but a nuanced question of which specific RDM services are needed to support local needs.

RDM is both an opportunity and a challenge for many research universities. Moving beyond the recognition of RDM’s importance requires facing the realities of research data management. Each institution must shape its local RDM service offering by navigating several key inflection points: deciding to act, deciding what to do, and deciding how to do it. Our Realities of RDM report series examines these decisions in the context of the choices made by the case study partners.

Visit the Realities of Research Data Management website to access all the reports, as well as other project outputs.

 

FOSS4Lib Recent Releases: VuFind - 4.1

Mon, 2017-10-02 14:00

Last updated October 2, 2017. Created by Demian Katz on October 2, 2017.
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Package: VuFindRelease Date: Monday, October 2, 2017

Evergreen ILS: On the Road to 3.0: Patron Buckets

Mon, 2017-10-02 12:30

Our third On the Road to 3.0 video is now out, this time previewing patron buckets!

While you’re there make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel!

#evergreen #evgils

Terry Reese: MarcEdit 7: Continued Task Improvement; Part 2

Mon, 2017-10-02 03:13

Last week, I discussed some of the work I was doing to continue to evaluate how Task processing will work in MarcEdit 7.  To do some of this work, I’ve been working with a set of outlier data who’s performance in MarcEdit 6.3 left much to be desired.  You can read about the testing and the file set here: MarcEdit 7: Continued Task Refinements

Over the week, I’ve continued to work on how this data is processed, hoping to continue to move the processing time of this data from almost 7 hours in MarcEdit 6.3 to around 1 1/2 hours, and I’ve been able to do that and more.  My guess was that by adding targeted pre-processing statements into the task processing queue, I could improve processing by only running the task processes that absolutely had to be run.  In this case, I had 962 task actions, but on any given record, maybe 20-30 needed to be run.  By adding a preprocessing step, I was able to move the processing time from 2+hours to 25 minutes.  My guess is that I’ve reached the ceiling in terms of optimizations, but I can live with this.  Of course, over the next few days, what I’ll need to do is validate that these new changes don’t cause the program to miss processing a step that should be run.  Generally, I’ve setup the preprocessing steps so that it will fall back to running the task when in doubt.

–tr

DuraSpace News: DuraSpace Invites the Community to Nominate the Next Board-Member-at-Large!

Mon, 2017-10-02 00:00

Beginning today, we invite anyone in the community, DuraSpace members or non-members, to nominate an individual who you believe would be a good representative for the community.  All nominees must be from DuraSpace member organizations (see full list here) and Board-Member-at-Large candidates should be at the senior management level at their organizations, having fiscal and staffing responsibility.  And of course, they will, in your judgment, be able to bring the commitment, creativity, and dedication that the role calls for.

District Dispatch: Happy 72nd birthday to the Washington Office

Sun, 2017-10-01 19:07

In 1945, the ALA announced the establishment of the Washington Office. It began operation 72 years ago today on October 1. The Washington Office was charged with educating and working with legislators and public officials to obtain funding and policies that benefit libraries and public access to information. In addition, the Washington Office was—and continues to be—responsible for making official comments on proposed regulations and advocating for legislation that supports libraries and library service through the press and personal contacts, in cooperation with state and local library agencies.

We are grateful to ALA’s members for their steadfast engagement and for allowing us the privilege of being ALA’s voice in Washington for over seven decades.

Here are seven ways you can celebrate our birthday this week:

  1. Sign up to receive ALA’s advocacy alerts at ala.org/takeaction.
  2. Let us know about your recent meetings with your elected officials.
  3. Browse the Washington Office’s newsletters in the archives.
  4. Check out archival photos of our leaders over the years.
  5. Save the date for National Library Legislative Day 2018—May 7 and May 8, 2018
  6. Follow ALA on Twitter and send the Washington Office a message via the hashtag #ALAWO.
  7. Speaking of archives, do you have some history (photos, postcards, documents, stories, etc.) related to the Washington Office? Send us a note at imanager@alawash.org and share what you have.

The post Happy 72nd birthday to the Washington Office appeared first on District Dispatch.

Access Conference: How did we do?

Sat, 2017-09-30 10:00

Thanks for coming to Access 2017. We hope you had a good time at the conference and in Saskatoon. While you are waiting at the airport please take a few minutes to fill out the post-conference survey and let us know what you liked, what you would like to see next year, and where we missed the mark.  This information really helps out the organizers for next year.

Take the survey (it’s really quick, we promise)

District Dispatch: Libraries again oppose unneeded, risky Section 108 update

Fri, 2017-09-29 22:31

As reported last month, ALA and the other members of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) have been scrutinizing the Copyright Office’s extensive new analysis of and recommendations for statutory changes to Section 108 of the Copyright Act. Section 108 (a.k.a. “the library exception”) allows libraries to make copies for preservation and other purposes, including interlibrary loan. The report was released on September 15.

In a statement released last Friday, LCA commended the Copyright Office for a thorough report and its balanced and well-reasoned legislative suggestions for updating section 108. Of special note was the Copyright Office’s strong, unequivocal rejection of arguments long made by some commercial stakeholders that libraries may not rely on both section 108 and fair use to undertake section 108-related activities. The Office couldn’t have been clearer in its conclusion that “it is essential that the fair use savings clause stay in section 108.”

That said, LCA nevertheless reiterated its prior calls on Congress not to take up section 108 reform and instead address other, more pressing copyright matters. In support of its position, LCA again cited strong fair use court decisions and the uncertainties inherent in a political legislative process that ultimately could weaken libraries’ rights. Notwithstanding LCA’s objections, many in Washington consider it probable that section 108 (and possibly other targeted) copyright reform legislation will be introduced later this year. If and when it is, the help of library supporters may be needed to remind Congress of libraries’ “thanks, but no thanks” perspective on section 108.

The post Libraries again oppose unneeded, risky Section 108 update appeared first on District Dispatch.

District Dispatch: ALA advocacy panel at New York Comic Con

Fri, 2017-09-29 13:00

This year, New York Comic Con (NYCC) is teaming up with The New York Public Library to expand offerings for educators and librarians by providing them with a space for panels, networking, and workshops on Thursday, October 5.

ALA has organized a panel that will take place in the Celeste Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. The panel, Citizen-Centric Library Advocacy: Building People Power for Your Branch, will offer a space to talk about how library staff and patrons can use personal stories to advocate for their library. The following panelists will join us:

Ricci Yuhico
Managing Librarian, Young Adult Services, The New York Public Library (NYPL)

Ricci is a recent transplant to NYC from Miami. In the daytime, she is the Managing Librarian for Young Adult Services in NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library. Outside of work, she is the Advocacy Chair for Urban Librarians Unite. In previous experiences in the political realm, she co-founded a political action committee in 2013 to 2015, CALM, Community Advocates for Libraries in Miami, with other librarians and library advocates and advocated heavily for fully-funding the Miami-Dade Public Library System. CALM also partnered with local organizations and stakeholders to form the Coalition to Save Our Libraries.

Davis Erin Anderson
Program Manager, Technology, Culture, and Libraries, Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)

Davis Erin Anderson’s work focuses on the cultural impact of internet technologies as they effect libraries. Davis manages projects like METRO’s contribution to the Mozilla Web Literacy for Library Staff pilot program and NYC Digital Safety, a new initiative that will train frontline library staff on internet privacy and security. Her work includes planning, developing, and recruiting trainers for a wide range of professional development events in the library field and beyond.

Robin Lester Kenton
Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)

Robin is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications at BPL, the nation’s fifth-largest public library system. She is charged with overseeing most of BPL’s public-facing communications, including social media, print materials, website management, press relations and email marketing. Her team promotes library services and materials and encouraged Brooklynites to become more involved in the success of their local branch. Prior to her role at BPL, Robin served as the Director of Strategic Communications for the NYC Department of Transportation, driving community involvement in local projects such as the planning and rollout of the city’s bike share program.

Nicholas Higgins
Director, Outreach Services, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)

Nicholas is the Director of Outreach Services at BPL, where he oversees services for older adults, correctional services, immigrant services and outreach to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. From 2009 to 2013, he oversaw NYPL’s Correctional Services Department, developing several innovative programs, including mobile libraries at city jails, an early literacy and book-recording program for incarcerated parents, and a 12-week literature class offered for men in federal prison. He received a MLS from the Pratt Institute and a BA in British Literature from Hunter College.

Hours for Comic Con at NYPL are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (enter at 42nd Street near 5th Avenue). This is a free, ticketed Comic Con event for librarians, teachers, and educators; a NYCC badge valid for Thursday is required for entry.

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Library of Congress: The Signal: Introducing Beyond Words

Thu, 2017-09-28 18:30

As a part of Library of Congress Labs release last week, the National Digital Initiatives team launched Beyond Words. This pilot crowdsourcing application was created in collaboration with the Serial and Government Publications Division and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) at the Library of Congress. In our first week and a half, we’ve hosted nearly 1,300 volunteers and marked over 30,000 pictures in historic newspaper pages. In this post, we explore the goals, background, workflows, possibilities, and more on our progress so far with Beyond Words.

Beyond Words Goals and Background

You’ll find Beyond Words is part of our recently launched labs.loc.gov within our Experiments section. As a pilot, the main goal of Beyond Words is to identify and caption pictures in newspaper pages to create public domain data for researchers to use. The crowdsourced data that are collaboratively generated in Beyond Words are released into the public domain, then available for download as JSON data and exploration in a public gallery.

Beyond Words Picture Gallery – Search and Filter

Our secondary goal is to generate feedback about the workflow, instructions, and resulting data. Beyond Words may change quickly and will continue to serve as an experimental application. The pilot is also an opportunity to continue to learn from and apply lessons from other cultural heritage institutions with established transcription programs such as the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Citizen Archivist and the Smithsonian Institution Transcription Center, as well as examples from the Library including Flickr Commons. Beyond Words further allows us to observe activity and pain points as we begin the design of our forthcoming transcription and tagging platform.

Building Beyond Words

Beyond Words is a web-based application that was developed as an Innovator-in-Residence project by Library of Congress OCIO developer Tong Wang. Beyond Words is an open source crowdsourcing pilot built as an instance of Scribe, the NEH-funded collaboration between the New York Public Library and Zooniverse. You can learn more about our implementation of Scribe on GitHub and watch for updates.

The newspaper pages that are marked and transcribed in Beyond Words are selected from Chronicling America. Chronicling America is a dynamic project that currently supports over 12 million newspaper pages from 40 states, with new papers added every day. Since we designed Beyond Words as a pilot, we needed to hone in on a focused set of newspapers. We targeted the centennial commemoration of World War I and limited our range to the U.S. declaration of war through the cessation of hostilities, 06 April 1917 to 11 November 1918. Since new pages are added each day, we also limited our data set to what was available in Chronicling America, in the date range, as of 14 September 2017.

Jumping in: Tasks & Tips 

How does Beyond Words work? First: No log in! Secondly, you’ll need to know what we’re seeking. We ask that you mark pictures and transcribe the title, caption, and cutline when present; you’ll also categorize the picture type and make a note of the artist, if present. We use the word “pictures” in the instructions to include photographs, illustrations, editorial cartoons, comics, and maps. However, we are excluding advertisements–despite interesting content that lasts–in this pilot newspaper set.

On Beyond Words, you can get started right away by selecting one of three steps: mark, transcribe, verify. At least two people must agree in their task in each step; matching marks and transcriptions to skip the verify step. If inconsistencies emerge, the best transcription, category, and artist (if present) is selected by volunteers in the verify step. Our tutorial shows how to break out the title, caption, and cutline–watch for all three, plus category AND artist as you verify.

Transcribing Captain Wickersham’s Promotion

We ask that you take your time as you work to carefully identify the pictures. Pages without images should be marked “Done.” Some of the older photographs may look like illustrations; watch for mix ups of illustration and map. Also keep in mind that the artist is often included in very small print. Common photographers include Underwood & Underwood and Harris & Ewing. You’ll see comics from A.D. Condo, Hop, and W. R. Allman.

Want additional hints? This application works best on a desktop or laptop with a mouse. Zoom in using your keyboard or the zoom tool. You can also begin your Beyond Words activity in a preferred state from the home page. Reminders of instructions are found in the “View A Tutorial” section, as well as the FAQ. Want to transcribe a picture right after you mark it? Select “Transcribe this page now!” And at any point in any of the three steps, you can view the original page in Chronicling America.

We invite you to have fun and do your best; the newspapers are fascinating but marking and transcription isn’t always easy. Remember to take breaks and send us feedback! If you are inspired by what you are learning while using Beyond Words, you can explore Library of Congress World War I collections.

Doors to Discoveries

What might a volunteer discover while marking, transcribing, and verifying newspaper pictures? Certainly many social and cultural changes that marked the Great War era. On 05 January 1918, you’ll see “Women Performing Hard Tasks of Men in Big Chemical Plants” and “Capable Women and their doings” in Ogden, Utah. Another page reveals a significant victory of Florence Ellinwood Allen: successfully defending a women’s suffrage amendment to the charter of East Cleveland before the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Verifying Miss Allen’s Victory before Ohio Supreme Court

There are also views into African American papers like the Nashville Globe, established in response to the extension of Jim Crow to Nashville’s city transportation system; the paper began as a means of documenting black business owners and their attempts to establish an alternate streetcar system. The Nashville Globe ran from 1906 to 1960.

Conclusion

We’re continuing to seek and receive feedback on Beyond Words on formatting text, improving accessibility, extending the volunteer experience, greater precision around identifying artists, and more. We hope that educators, researchers, and artists will take advantage of the ability to group image collections by time frame, such as identifying all historic cartoons appearing in World War I era newspapers. If you create something with the data set, tweet us and use the hashtag #BuiltwithLC.

With over 1,200 images waiting to be verified, we could use your help! Thanks in advance for joining us and for your feedback; we’ll share what we’re learning again soon.

Access Conference: Are you as smart as an Access organizer?

Thu, 2017-09-28 15:00

If you are sticking around Saskatoon on Friday, join us for a very special Access Trivia Night at Amigos Cantina (home of the best burritos in town). Trivia gets started at 9pm in the Amigos backroom (turn left and go past the washrooms). Teams of up to 4, but you don’t need to find a team to play. Just turn up and we will find you a group. Everyone is welcome (you don’t have to be an Access attendee) – make a new friend and invite them! Saskatoonians are friendly like that.

$5 each to play and there will also be a 50/50 draw with proceeds going toward the diversity scholarships for the 2018 conference. We also have some coveted prizes for the winning team (in addition to bragging rights).

Your Access 2017 organizers have been spending as much time quizzing each other with Trivial Pursuit cards from the 1970’s as we have planning this conference so I hope you are up to the challenge.

If you are a punk fan (or a fan of supporting local independent radio) Amigos also has a line of 3 prairie punk bands – Chunder Buffet, Wint, and Owners –  starting at 10pm after trivia – $7 at the door.

 

David Rosenthal: Web DRM Enables Innovative Business Model

Thu, 2017-09-28 15:00
Earlier this year I wrote at length about the looming disaster that was Web DRM, or the W3C's Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). Ten days ago, after unprecedented controversy, a narrow majority of W3C members made EME official.

So now I'm here to tell you the good news about how the combination of EME and the blockchain, today's sexiest technology, solves the most pressing issue for the Web, a sustainable business model. Innovators like the Pirate Bay and Showtime are already experimenting with it. They have yet to combine it with EME and gain the full benefit. Below the fold, I explain the details of this amazing new business opportunity. Be one of the first to effortlessly profit from the latest technology!

The Web has two traditional business models. As I wrote back in March, both are struggling:
  • Paywalled content. It turns out that, apart from movies and academic publishing, only a very few premium brands such as The Economist, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have viable subscription business models based on (mostly) paywalled content. Even excellent journalism such as The Guardian is reduced to free access, advertising and voluntary donations. ...
  • Advertising-supported content. The market for Web advertising is so competitive and fraud-ridden that Web sites have been forced into letting advertisers run ads that are so obnoxious and indeed riddled with malware, and to load up their sites with trackers, that many users have rebelled and use ad-blockers. ...
The innovative third business model that sites are starting to use is to mine cryptocurrency in the reader's browser, using technology from Coinhive. TorrentFreak estimated that The Pirate Bay could make $12K/month in this way.

The problem with this approach is twofold. First, it annoys the readers by consuming CPU:
Needless to say, the reaction has not been good -- even from the Pirate Bay's own moderators. Over on Reddit, there are complaints about "100% CPU on all 8 threads while visiting TPB," and there are also threads on the PirateBay Forum.BleepingComputer tested a Chrome extension that used Coinhive and reported:
The impact on our test computer was felt immediately. Task Manager itself froze and entered a Not Responding state seconds after installing the extension. The computer became sluggish, and the SafeBrowse Chrome extension continued to mine Monero at all times when the Chrome browser was up and running.

It is no wonder that users reacted with vitriol on the extension's review section. A Reddit user is currently trying to convince other users to report SafeBrowse as malware to the Chrome Web Store admins Second, it is easy for annoyed readers to see the cause of their problems:
The code in question is tucked away in the site’s footer and uses a miner provided by Coinhive. This service offers site owners the option to convert the CPU power of users into Monero coins.

The miner does indeed appear to increase CPU usage quite a bit. It is throttled at different rates (we’ve seen both 0.6 and 0.8) but the increase in resources is immediately noticeable. Then it is easy for them to disable the cryptocurrency miner:
noscript will block it from running, as will disabling javascript.Ad-blockers have rapidly adapted to this new incursion:
At least two ad blockers have added support for blocking Coinhive's JS library — AdBlock Plus and AdGuard — and developers have also put together Chrome extensions that terminate anything that looks like Coinhive's mining script — AntiMiner, No Coin, and minerBlock. So, is this new business model doomed to failure? No! This is where EME comes in. The whole goal of EME is to ensure that the reader and their browser neither know what encrypted content is doing, nor can do anything about it. All that is needed for robust profitability is for the site to use EME to encrypt the payload with the cryptocurrency miner. The reader and their browser may see their CPU cycles vanishing, but they can't know why nor be able to stop it. Is this brilliant, or what?

District Dispatch: Exploring the Washington Office special collections

Thu, 2017-09-28 13:30

This is a guest post from Andrew Staton, our fall special collections intern joining us from the University of Maryland. Andrew is a genealogist and budding archivist with two semesters left at UMD. He graduated from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Bachelor of Arts in historic preservation and community planning.

My first projects as an intern in the ALA Washington Office have focused on three of the Washington Office’s archival collections – two that contain mostly bound materials such as books and reports, and one photographic collection representing events and staff from the office’s nearly seventy-five-year history.

The historical theme of library advocacy in Washington is visible throughout all three of these special collections. The photographs, for example, depict the history of the Washington Office and a variety of events connecting libraries and the government from the 1950s to the 2000s. These photos visually place the Washington Office at the forefront of library advocacy throughout its history, particularly through former directors Julia Bennett, Germaine Krettek and Eileen Cooke—the combined tenure of whom spans over forty years.

I think the moments captured in the photographs are important for two reasons: they show how the ALA and the Washington Office have been consistently at the forefront of library advocacy and they illustrate how U.S. Presidents in recent history have demonstrated their commitment to the library and information professions.

President John F. Kennedy celebrates the swearing in of the US Commissioner of Education, Francis Keppel, in December 1962. Germaine Krettek, director of the Washington Office, looks on from the far left of the photo.

The bound materials I have processed also point to our rich history of advocacy. The first collection of reports that I processed related to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Services (NCLIS), an organization that lasted from 1970 to 2002. The reports detail the development of many library programs that continue to exist and thrive today. For example, an August 1974 NCLIS report makes the argument for a national interlibrary loan program, a system that continues to be widely used in the 21st century.

The second collection of reports are related to the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services (WHCLIS), first held in 1979 under President Jimmy Carter and again in 1991 under President George H. W. Bush. WHCLIST – the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Science Taskforce – turned over its assets to the ALA Washington Office in 2012 to foster a new generation of library advocacy through an annual award that sponsors an attendee to National Library Legislative Day.

The purpose of NCLIS and WHCLIS was to foster a more standardized, universal dialogue regarding the world of libraries and information. Both were responsible for important constructive conversations that brought the profession forward.

Over the next half of my internship, I am looking forward to digging into more archival files and artifacts. Now, we are boxing up the photos and NCLIS and WHCLIS reports to send them to the American Library Association Archives, housed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Once there, they will be digitized and made searchable—just in time for the Washington Office to celebrate their 75th anniversary.

Director of the Washington Office Germaine Krettek (far left) and Executive Director of the ALA David Clift (second to left, behind Ms. Krettek) attend a 1964 White House event with President Lyndon Johnson (far right).

Germaine Krettek, director of the Washington Office, shakes hands with President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office during a meeting with representatives of the American Library Trustees Association (ALTA, a division of the ALA) in October 1969.

Also present at President Nixon’s October 1969 meeting with ALTA representatives is then-House Minority Leader and future President Gerald Ford, far left.

Washington Office director Eileen Cooke, right, shakes hands with then-Second Lady (and future First Lady) Barbara Bush during a 1983 event in Washington.

A welcome letter from President Jimmy Carter greets guests at the first White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services (WHCLIS) in November 1979 – at which he also spoke to attendees about his previous service as a library trustee in Georgia.

Future President Bill Clinton, then the governor of Arkansas, is a speaker at the November 1979 WHCLIS, with his accomplishments relating to libraries and the information profession highlighted in the event’s program.

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DuraSpace News: Introducing the DuraSpace Code of Conduct

Thu, 2017-09-28 00:00

DuraSpace is an international community dedicated to providing a welcoming, inclusive and positive experience for all members of our community. This includes formal gatherings, social settings, and online activities including mailing lists, wikis, web sites, IRC channels, Slack, and/or private correspondence. Accordingly, all community members are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout events and online as well as in-person interactions associated with Duraspace.

Evergreen ILS: Release candidate for Evergreen 3.0 now available

Wed, 2017-09-27 23:40

The release candidate of Evergreen 3.0 is now available for testing from the downloads page.

The release candidate includes various bugfixes and improvements, including

  • Fixing the ability to record credit card payments in the web staff client.
  • Improvements to the upgrade script.
  • Several other fixes; the complete list can be found on Launchpad.

Evergreen 3.0 will be a major release that includes:

  • community support of the web staff client for production use
  • serials and offline circulation modules for the web staff client
  • improvements to the display of headings in the public catalog browse list
  • the ability to search patron records by date of birth
  • copy tags and digital bookplates
  • batch editing of patron records
  • better support for consortia that span multiple time zones
  • and numerous other improvements

For more information on what’s coming in Evergreen 3.0.0, please read the updated draft of the release notes.

Users of Evergreen are strongly encouraged to use the release candidate to test new features and the web staff client; bugs should be reported via Launchpad. General release of 3.0.0 is scheduled for Tuesday, 3 October.

Evergreen admins installing the release candidate or upgrading a test system to it should be aware of the following:

  • OpenSRF 3.0.0-alpha is the minimum required version of OpenSRF.
  • The minimum version of PostgreSQL required to run Evergreen 3.0 is PostgreSQL 9.4.
  • Evergreen 3.0 requires that the open-ils.qstore service be active.
  • SIP2 bugfixes in Evergreen 3.0 require an upgrade of SIPServer to be fully effective.
  • There is no database upgrade script to go from 3.0-beta2 to 3.0-rc. We recommend testing an upgrade by starting from a 2.12 test system.

LITA: Jobs in Information Technology: September 27, 2017

Wed, 2017-09-27 18:43

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

University at Albany, State University of New York, Desktop Support Technician, Albany, NY

Rebecca M. Arthurs Memorial Library, Public Library Director, Brookville, PA

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

LITA: Call for Panelists – 2018 ALA LITA Top Trends Program – Final Reminder!

Wed, 2017-09-27 16:51

We are currently seeking nominations for panelists for the 2018 ALA Midwinter LITA Top Tech Trends program in Denver, CO!  You may nominate yourself or someone you know who would be a great addition to the panel of speakers.

LITA’s Top Trends Program has traditionally been one of the most popular programs at ALA. Each panelist discusses two trends in technology impacting libraries and engages in a moderated discussion with each other and the audience.

Submit your nominations at http://bit.ly/lita-toptechtrends-mw2018.  Deadline is Saturday, September 30, 2017.

The LITA Top Tech Trends Committee will review each submission and select panelists based on their proposed trends, experience, and overall balance to the panel. Submission Guidelines can be found at http://docs.lita.org/committees/top-technology-trends/panel-submission-guidelines/.

For more information about the Top Tech Trends program, please visit http://www.ala.org/lita/ttt.

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