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LITA: Apply for a Scholarship to attend the 2017 LITA Forum

planet code4lib - Thu, 2017-07-20 15:47

Do you want to attend and participate in the LITA Forum?

The three-day technology-focused conference for everyone who cares about libraries, archives, and other information services? The 2017 LITA Forum will be held November 9 – 12, 2017 in Denver, CO. Would travel funding help you to attend? As a result of the successful LITA 50th Anniversary Scholarship Campaign LITA is offering six $1500 travel scholarships, to support new librarians or new to ALA/LITA technologists to attend the 2017 LITA Forum.

Complete the application form.

Scholarships will be awarded competitively based on the committee’s ranking of applications received by the deadline, August 20, 2017.

Scholarship Eligibility

Selection criteria for the LITA Forum scholarship:

  • Work with library technology in any role
  • Provide library services to underrepresented groups
  • You are a new librarian or new to LITA; from a diverse range of backgrounds and types of libraries; and reflective of the breadth of librarianship
  • Have NOT previously received a LITA scholarship award

Scholarship applicants will be ranked highly if they:

  • Belong to a group not well-represented in LITA, including but not limited to: people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+
  • Show interest in actively contributing to the mission and goals of LITA.

The scholarships are intended for people who couldn’t otherwise attend LITA Forum. LITA can’t assess your financial need and we trust you to self-identify accurately.

How to apply

Please fill out the application form

Applications are due August 20, 2017.
We will notify you by September 8, 2017.

Scholarship selections will be made by the LITA Forum Scholarship sub-committee.


Thanks for the generous support of all who contributed to the LITA 50th Anniversary Scholarship Campaign.

Questions or Comments?

Contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty,

David Rosenthal: Patting Myself On The Back

planet code4lib - Thu, 2017-07-20 15:00
Cost vs. Kryder rateI started working on economic models of long-term storage six years ago, and quickly discovered the effect shown in this graph. It plots the endowment, the money which, deposited with the data and invested at interest, pays for the data to be stored "forever", as a function of the Kryder rate, the rate at which $/GB drops with time. As the rate slows below about 20%,  the endowment needed rises rapidly. Back in early 2011 it was widely believed that 30-40% Kryder rates were a law of nature, they had been that way for 30 years. Thus, if you could afford to store data for the next few years you could afford to store it forever

2014 cost/byte projectionAs it turned out, 2011 was a good time to work on this issue. That October floods in Thailand destroyed 40% of the world's disk manufacturing capacity, and disk prices spiked. Preeti Gupta at UC Santa Cruz reviewed disk pricing in 2014 and we produced this graph. I wrote at the time:
The red lines are projections at the industry roadmap's 20% and a less optimistic 10%. [The graph] shows three things:
  • The slowing started in 2010, before the floods hit Thailand.
  • Disk storage costs in 2014, two and a half years after the floods, were more than 7 times higher than they would have been had Kryder's Law continued at its usual pace from 2010, as shown by the green line.
  • If the industry projections pan out, as shown by the red lines, by 2020 disk costs per byte will be between 130 and 300 times higher than they would have been had Kryder's Law continued.
Backblaze average $/GBThanks to Backblaze's admirable transparency, we have 3 years more data. Their blog reports on their view of disk pricing as a bulk purchaser over many years. It is far more detailed than the data Preeti was able to work with. Eyeballing the graph, we see a 2013 price around 5c/GB and a 2017 price around half that. A 10% Kryder rate would have meant a 2017 price of 3.2c/GB, and a 20% rate would have meant 2c/GB, so the out-turn lies between the two red lines on our graph. It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. But Preeti and I nailed this one.

This is a big deal. As I've said many times:
Storage will be
Much less free
Than it used to beThe real cost of a commitment to store data for the long term is much greater than most people believe, and there is no realistic prospect of a technological discontinuity that would change this.

Andrew Pace: Being a Better Ally: First, Believe

planet code4lib - Thu, 2017-07-20 15:00

Warning: I might make you uncomfortable. I’m uncomfortable. But it comes from an earnest place.

I was recently lucky enough to participate with my OCLC Membership & Research Division colleagues in DeEtta Jones & Associates’ Cultural Competency Training. This day-long session has a firm spot in the top 5 of my professional development experiences. (Not coincidentally, one of the others in that top 5 was DeEtta’s management training I took part in when she was with the Association of Research Libraries). A week later, I’m still processing this incredible experience. And I’m very grateful to OCLC for sponsoring the workshop!

Cultural competence, equity, diversity, and inclusion are uncomfortable topics for me because I carry my straight, married, able-bodied, white, male privilege with me everywhere I go. And in library-land, despite a female majority, men still dominate leadership positions; despite our bully pulpits on inclusion and diversity, our profession has too few people of color; despite our progressive stances on sexual orientation and gender identity, we struggle with our support for those constituents in our public spaces and workplaces.

DeEtta taught me that I must unlearn so many of the things that we’ve been taught for decades—like denying cultural differences, or not talking about race. She taught me that if being marginalized at work doesn’t feel good, then I should imagine being a diverse workforce member on top of that feeling. And she taught me that culture, by its very nature, seeks to discriminate, so I need to be more aware of de-biasing systems, and purposefully embark on a journey that takes me from a place of tolerance and sensitivity to a place of true cross-cultural competence.

DeEtta taught me some very new things, too. For example, research has shown that multicultural teams perform more effectively when there’s a leader leveraging the team’s diversity. And that the leader does not have to be from a diverse demographic. That is, stepping back from opportunities to lead or manage diverse teams doesn’t necessarily make them more effective. Put even better, stepping up as a culturaly competent leader will make diverse teams more effective.

But most importantly, I learned one of the first steps in being an ally when carrying around all that privilege. First, believe. I must believe the stories that people tell. And I must be mindful of the marginalized position from which they sometimes come. Vital to being an ally, I can believe you when you tell a story even when it isn’t grounded in my own experience. As a good ally, I should believe your story especially under such circumstances.

My cultural mosaic might not look very diverse, but I can gain and develop the skills necessary to be a better ally—mindfulness, integrity, humility, hardiness, and listening with cultural intelligence. I can turn off my liberal cruise control and activate the lenses through which I consciously and unconsciously view diversity issues and acknowledge the layers (both obvious and not so obvious) that make me who I am. And I can express these values at every turn. That is the only way to change culture.

Finally, I learned that “doing diversity” means that we all do it. And we do it all the time. One of the most important parts about being an ally means not only doing so when everyone is watching. It’s something I must do all the time. As I move forward in this process of gaining cultural competence and practicing equity, diversity, and inclusion, I will need a lot of help, especially from those further along in this journey than I am. I promise to be more discerning of the parts of my life in which I have privilege. I will even tap into them to become a better ally. But most importantly, I will start with believing.

District Dispatch: FY 2018 library funding remains uncut by House Appropriations Committee

planet code4lib - Thu, 2017-07-20 13:44

Yesterday evening, the House Appropriations Committee confirmed its support for federal library funding by voting to approve the same funding levels passed by the Labor-HHS Subcommittee last week. Yesterday’s action was another significant step toward ensuring FY 2018 funding of $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)—including $183.6 million for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) programs—and $27 million for the Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. These sums equal FY 2017 levels.

In addition, as the Subcommittee did last week, the full Committee today also approved $413.9 million for the National Library of Medicine, an increase of $20 million over FY 2017. The Committee also approved appropriations for other significant funding programs in which libraries are eligible to participate. Their levels of support relative to last year are shown here (note: the chart is in thousands of dollars). The Subcommittee and full Committee made cuts to some programs, most notably the elimination of the Department of Education’s Striving Readers program. ALA will continue to work in coalition to restore these funds.

At yesterday’s full committee markup session, the Committee debated and voted on several hours of amendments covering a range of issues, none of which addressed direct library funding.

The Labor-HHS funding bill now heads to the floor for consideration by the full House and a vote, the timing of which is increasingly uncertain. House leaders had floated the possibility of voting on a compiled package of multiple appropriations bills (a.k.a., an omnibus) before the August recess. The prospects of that appear to be fading, which means consideration of the Labor-HHS funding bill approved yesterday in Committee is likely to slip to September or even later in the fall.

The Senate has not moved yet on a Labor-HHS funding measure and is expected to take this bill up after the August recess. The Senate’s shortened recess could provide it time to begin acting on funding measures, but finishing work on the Labor-HHS bill could take the Senate well into the fall. Congress must send 12 appropriations bills to the President before the October 1 start of the fiscal year to avoid a government shutdown. In the past, Congress has failed to do that and instead passed a Continuing Resolution, which is a temporary funding measure that allows the government to operate until an agreement can be reached on the appropriations bills.

Yesterday’s successful and extremely important full Appropriations Committee vote is another major milestone in ALA’s Fight for Libraries! campaign, but there are many more challenges to come.

ALA will continue to lead the fight as the FY 2018 appropriations process moves forward. After tens of thousands of library advocates’ emails, tweets, and calls, Congress has heard the library community’s support for IMLS, LSTA and IAL funding loudly and clearly. While the news is good today, the game is certainly not over and we will continue to need your help.

If you have been fighting with us, thank you! If you haven’t yet had a chance to join the fray, today would be a great day to sign up.

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