The Data Dude – Public Library Survey (reporting OverDrive)

SurveyShaka. For this week, the Data Dude reminds you of the annual Public Library Survey sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The survey is important because the completion of it is tied into State Aid if you are accredited, and Dollar$ for Data (actual cash money) if you are not accredited. You may work on the survey a little at a time, picking up where you’ve left off (make sure you click on the red “save” button at the bottom or top of each page). If you have any questions throughout the process, please contact me. The deadline for submission is February 13, 2015. There are tips and instructions on the Bibliostat section of the NLC website. This is also where you log in to the survey. The purpose in writing today is to provide a few tips about the potentially unpleasant method of reporting eBook and Audiobook downloads. If you are in the OverDrive consortium and were a member when statistics were reported last year, the following guide will help you with your reporting. If you recently joined, you need to tweak the numbers below a bit. For the new people, on elements 4.5 and 4.13 (previous year’s holdings), the number would be “0”, and you would add the 4.8 and 4.16 totals into element 4.6 so that you get the same numbers for 4.8 and 4.16 below.

NOTE: If you have an Advantage account, you need to add those Advantage numbers to the figures below, and enter the number of items that you withdrew.

Another tip: when you enter the survey, you can click on “show last year’s answers” (red box in the upper right hand corner). This often helps when completing this year’s survey. Good luck (you might need it), and feel free to contact me if I can clarify anything.

October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014 FY

eBooks:
4.5 – E-books held at end of previous FY: 10,816
4.6 – Number added during the year: 5,042
4.7 – Number withdrawn during year: 0
4.8 – E-Books held at the end of the current year: 15,858

Audiobooks:
4.13 – Audio downloadable titles held at end of previous FY: 5,878
4.14 – Number added during year: 1,992
4.15 – Number withdrawn during year: 0
4.16 – Audio downloadable titles held at the end of the current year: 7,870

July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014 FY

eBooks:
4.5 – E-books held at end of previous FY: 7,896
4.6 – Number added during the year: 6,613
4.7 – Number withdrawn during year: 0
4.8 – E-Books held at the end of the current year: 14,509

Audiobooks:
4.13 – Audio downloadable titles held at end of previous FY: 4,860
4.14 – Number added during year: 2,390
4.15 – Number withdrawn during year: 0
4.16 – Audio downloadable titles held at the end of the current year: 7,250

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IMLS and Dept. of Ed. hosts free digital strategy webinar

IMLS LogoTomorrow, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education will host “Reboot your Digital Strategy,” a webinar that will explore national initiatives, resources, and tools that public and school librarians can use to enhance their digital literacy programming and services.

IMLS and OCTAE are working together to encourage effective collaborations between libraries and federally funded adult education programs. The issue is of national importance. The Survey of Adult Skills estimates that one in six adults, or about 36 million Americans, have low literacy. The goal of this joint effort is to enhance skills, employability, and quality of life for youths and adults with low literacy and digital literacy skills.

The “Reboot your Digital Strategy” webinar supports state and local level efforts to cross-train staff on digital literacy and builds awareness about national and regional Internet access expansion efforts. We encourage librarians to invite local partners, or potential partners, to participate in the webinar.

Webinar Details
Date: December 18, 2014
Time: 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Register for the Webinar

Presenters:

  • Susan H. Hildreth, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, Team Leader, Applied Innovation and Improvement Division of Adult Education and Literacy, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Sandra Toro, Senior Library Program Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Amber Petty, Program Associate, Everyone On

Librarians interested in more information about digital literacy resources can visit the Department of Education website.

Reprinted by District Dispatch–the ALA Washington Office Newsletter, December 11, 2014.

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Doc Spot: Senate Report on CIA Detension and Interrogation now available online

GPO LogoThe U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has made available the official and authentic digital and print versions of the Report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program, together with a forward by Chairman Feinstein and Additional and Minority Views (Senate Report 113-288).

This document comprises the declassified Executive Summary and Findings and Conclusions, including declassified additional and minority views. The full classified report will be maintained by the Committee and has been provided to the Executive Branch for dissemination to all relevant agencies.

The digital version is available on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys).

The print version is available for purchase at GPO’s retail and online bookstore for $29.

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NCompass Live: Nebraska Memories

NCompass live smallJoin us for next week’s NCompass Live: “Nebraska Memories”, on Wednesday, December 17, 10:00-11:00 am Central Time.

Join Beth Goble, Allana Novotny and Devra Dragos to see what is happening with Nebraska Memories, our cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials. Nebraska Memories has a new interface, several newer collections, and a new policy on the donation of materials from individuals.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • December 24 – Installing and Using the OverDrive App: A Day-Before-Christmas Refresher!
  • December 31 – Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: WordPress and SEO/SMO
  • January 7, 2015 – Extreme Customer Service @ Your Library

For more information, to register for NCompass Live, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live webpage.

NCompass Live is broadcast live every Wednesday from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website. The show is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Before you attend a session, please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones.

 

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NEH Digital Humanities Implementation Grants – applications due Feb. 18, 2015

National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Implementation Grants are designed to fund the implementation of innovative digital-humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the field. Such projects might enhance our understanding of central problems in the humanities, raise new questions in the humanities, or develop new digital applications and approaches for use in the humanities. The program can support innovative digital-humanities projects that address multiple audiences, including scholars, teachers, librarians, and the public. Applications from recipients of NEH’s Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants are welcome.

Unlike NEH’s start-up grant program, which emphasizes basic research, prototyping, experimentation, and potential impact, the Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program seeks to identify projects that have successfully completed their start-up phase and are well positioned to have a major impact.

Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Digital Humanities Implementation Grants may involve:

  • Research that brings new approaches or documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities;
  • Implementation of computationally-based methods or techniques for humanities research; ¿ implementation of new digital tools for use in humanities research, public programming, or educational settings;
  • Efforts to ensure the completion and long-term sustainability of existing digital resources (typically in conjunction with a library or archive);
  • Scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society;
  • Scholarship or studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines; or
  • Implementation of new digital modes of scholarly communication that facilitate peer review, collaboration, or the dissemination of humanities scholarship for various audiences

Closing date for applications: February 18, 2015

For more information, visit http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-implementation-grants.

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Friday Reads: The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

The Miseducation of Cameron PostThe small town of Miles City, Montana, serves as the setting for this coming-of-age novel. It takes place in the early 1990s and follows its protagonist, Cameron from age 12 to age 16, so it definitely has nostalgic appeal for someone like me, who was also in junior high and high school in the early 90s.

The book revolves around two major occurrences in Cameron’s life: the death of both of her parents in a car accident and her growing awareness of the fact that she is gay.

This is a well-written book that vividly creates the setting of rural Montana. The author holds a Ph. D. from UNL, though I was unaware of that Nebraska connection when I started the book. I am about halfway finished listening to the audiobook version of this title, and I’m looking forward to the rest.

Danforth, Emily M. The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Newark, NJ: Audible Studios, 2013.

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Throwback Thursday: Victory Book Campaign, circa 1941-1943

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Boy Scouts assist in collecting book for the Victory Book Campaign during WWII, circa 1941-1943.

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Best Books Lists Listed

It’s that time of year when the “best” lists of 2014 are coming thick and fast (although, as Michael points out, the year isn’t over yet.)  In case you’d like to investigate some of these lists, Largehearted Boy has kindly compiled a list of the lists on his blog–577 of them to date!  He’s updating the list daily, and no doubt checking it twice.

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The Data Dude – Seniors and Technology

Gold Guy Surfing On Business ReportsThis week, the Data Dude takes a look at seniors and technology. The idea here is to first regurgitate some of the data, and then make some observations. According to the Pew Research Internet Project  (2014), “six in 10 adults 65 or older go online and just a little less than half have their own high-speed internet connection.” More seniors own either a tablet or an e-reader than a smartphone. When you think about this, it makes perfect sense. Not to make too many generalizations, but the obvious reasons are apparent, such as the smallness of the average smartphone screen and a larger percentage of seniors having difficulty reading the fine print. The same Pew Research study (2014) underscored the fact that the typical senior recognized the value of online information, with 94% agreeing with the statement that: “[T]he internet makes it much easier to find information today than in the past.” Many seniors, however, report that they need assistance to learn the new technologies, but are more than eager to give it a shot. While Pew notes that 77% of seniors need help from someone to walk them through using the technology, this philosophy is perhaps more aptly summed up by 93 year old Virginia Thayer: “I have absolutely no intuition about what to do with these buttons…When I grew up you just didn’t go aground pressing buttons because rather bad things happened…” Yes, Virginia, bad things might happen (we won’t sugar coat it) but most likely nothing will happen. Your grandson will promise to be patient when describing the functionality of “that thingy” in the corner of your screen when showing you how to work your device. On second thought, the good news is that there may be library programs that can help so you don’t have to bother your grandson at all, or perhaps bother him only minimally. Trust me, in most cases you will have a more positive experience with library staff, and your relationship with your grandson (or son or daughter or granddaughter) will not suffer.

About three fourths of the way through this video published by the Nebraska Community Foundation, there is mention of a program offered in Nebraska City that connects teens with seniors to provide assistance to the seniors with using iPads borrowed from the local library. That’s just the kind of help that the seniors (and perhaps even more importantly, the teens) need. As Steve Cone, vice president of membership and integrated value — (er, wait, integrated value? Really? How’s that for a word salad of ambiguity? He’d better change his title, and fast — or he might get RIF’d) at AARP told eWEEK (November 23, 2014): “The No. 1 thing I hear is that every single 40- or 50-year-old person I talk with says ‘Look, I don’t want to continue to be my mom’s or dad’s technology advisor because it takes too much time and it’s frustrating.’” So what did AARP do? They created a tablet specifically for seniors called the RealPad. The screen icons are larger, there are instructional video tutorials that cover aspects of operating the device, and 24/7 telephone customer support. The concept is good, but something tells me that any ol’ tablet could be configured this way, and perhaps provide a better value (either with the price or the specs). So shop around, seniors. Cone reports that the customer service reps can get into the device remotely (Amazon offers the same support with a mayday button on certain Kindle Fire’s), and either take control of the device or just circle/highlight certain buttons. The RealPad tech support persons are trained to “handle calls with patience and sensitivity”. That’s nice to know. Our seniors deserve patience and sensitivity, just as much as they deserve to learn new technologies. I noticed Steve changed his job title (December 3, 2014). He is now known as AARP’s executive vice president of membership. Shaka, Steve.

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Getting the Groceries

Grocery shopping may seem like a pretty mundane thing to blog about.   During the holiday season food – getting it, preparing it, sharing it, and reminiscing about previous culinary triumphs and disasters – is part of the celebration.  The way we shop for food has changed dramatically with the advent of huge one-stop-shop chain stores and fewer locally owned markets.   Fortunately,  in Nebraska Memories   we can see what some earlier Nebraska food stores looked like because the owners hired photographers for advertising.

Family in ShopOne of the earliest images is a Fred McVay photograph  in the Butler County Gallery  of the  Hrock Meat Market.  Joseph Hrock opened the butcher shop in Brainard in 1898, and sold meat from his slaughterhouse on his farm at Loma.  We  don’t know where the butcher shop in the 1907-1917 era John Nelson photo on the left from the Nebraska State Historical Society  collection was located.  Sausages, hams and ribs hang on the walls, and best of all there is a turkey on the scale.   Was it going to be Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner for the  Family in the Shop ?

 

Greenlees Department Store Andrew K. Greenlee, a pioneer settler in Cheyenne County,  owned Greenlees Department Store in Sidney.   This 1928 photo from the Cheyenne County Historical Society shows the grocery department.  It looks quite large with at least two long corridors lined with fresh and canned goods carefully displayed .

 

IW Rosenblatt Food Store window displayHow about the spectacular  I.W. Rosenblatt Food Store window display    in this 1937 William Wentworth photo from the Durham Museum collection?  It must have taken hours to put that together.   I can’t imagine the employees actually trying to fetch something from those pyramids for a customer.

 

Women shopping in grocery store Finally, I couldn’t resist including this World War 2 era Wentworth photo of Women shopping in a grocery store.   My mother had a full-lenth muskrat coat that  looked a lot like the ones these ladies are sporting.  I wonder if they drove to the store themselves or were taken by their husbands like my mom, who didn’t learn to drive until the early 70s, was.

Visit Nebraska Memories to search for or browse through many more historical images digitized from photographs, negatives, postcards, maps, lantern slides, books and other materials.

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in Nebraska Memories, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information, or contact Beth Goble, Historical Projects Librarian, or Devra Dragos, Technology & Access Services Director.

 

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NCompass Live: Best New Youth Books of 2014

NCompass live smallJoin us for next week’s NCompass Live: “Best New Youth Books of 2014″, on Wednesday, December 10, 10:00-11:00 am Central Time.

Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services at the NLC, will give brief book talks of new titles that could be good additions to your library’s collection. Titles for preschool through older teens will be highlighted.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • December 17 – Nebraska Memories
  • December 31 – Tech Talk with Michael Sauers

For more information, to register for NCompass Live, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live webpage.

NCompass Live is broadcast live every Wednesday from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website. The show is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Before you attend a session, please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The New E-rate: Preparing for Funding Year 2015 and Beyond – Recording now available

The recording of “The New E-rate: Preparing for Funding Year 2015 and Beyond” online session is now available.

Big changes are coming to E-rate, the federal program that provides discounts to assist schools and public libraries in the United States to obtain affordable Internet access and Connections. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted the E-rate Modernization Order on July 11, 2014. The Order takes major steps to modernize and streamline the E-rate program and focuses on expanding funding for Broadband and WiFi Internet Access. In part to accomplish this, funding for Voice Services (telephone) will be gradually phased out.

What does your library need to know to prepare for these changes? In this workshop, Christa Burns, Nebraska’s State E-rate Coordinator for Libraries, will cover the basics of E-rate and explain the changes that will be made to the program for Funding Year 2015 and beyond.

If you have any questions or need any assistance with your E-rate forms, please contact Christa Burns, 800-307-2665, 402-471-3107.

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Friday Reads: SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper, by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin

sealteamsix_I’ve recently been reading some of Suzanne Brockmann’s romantic suspense novels, which feature Navy SEALS as leading men. This got me wondering about real Navy SEALS—can they truly be as accomplished and multi-talented as Brockmann makes them out to be? My curiosity piqued, I searched Lincoln City Libraries’ OverDrive collection and wound up checking out the audiobook edition of SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper, by Howard Wasdin.

I’m about half-way through at this point, and so far have found it quite interesting. Wasdin begins by recounting his difficult childhood, which he later credits with preparing him to withstand many of the rigors of the SEAL training and selection process. His descriptions of the physical and mental challenges SEAL candidates endure definitely inspire awe and respect. At the same time, it’s easy to see what a toll this career would take on family life. At the point I’m at in the story Wasdin is still married, with two kids, but his allusions to relationship strain make me think the marriage won’t survive.

So far I’d say that Wasdin’s non-fiction account of the numerous and incredibly varied skills and abilities of Navy SEALS is every bit as impressive as Brockmann’s fictional version—meaning maybe she’s not exaggerating. Unfortunately, I’m not sure the path to a happy ending is going to be quite as straight-forward and assured.

Wasdin’s memoir definitely offers a window into a life very different from my own. It’s impossible not to admire and respect the strength, tenacity, and intelligence required to make it as a SEAL, and I’m definitely looking forward to listening to the rest of his story.

Wasdin, Howard E, Stephen Templin, and Ray Porter. Seal Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper. Ashland, Or.: Blackstone Audio, Inc, 2011. Internet resource. (Listen to excerpt)

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Throwback Thursday: Exterior photo of the Fremont Public Library, circa 1900-1920

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Exterior photo of the Fremont Public Library, Carnegie building, circa 1900-1920.

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Invitation to E-rate Program Webinar Series

USAC has just announced a series of webinars about the new E-rate. From the USAC Latest News webpage:

Join the E-rate Program for a Series of Webinars on FY2015 Topics

Join the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program throughout December and January for a series of webinars on Funding Year 2015 topics. Please register for each webinar individually:

Register here: FCC Form 470 Demo
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
3:00 PM EST

Register here: Eligible Services
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
3:00 PM EST

Register here: Program Compliance
Thursday, December 18, 2014
3:00 PM EST

Register here: Category Two Budgets
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
3:00 PM EST

Register here: Discount Calculations
Thursday, January 8, 2015
3:00 PM EST

Register here: Urban/Rural Tool
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
3:00 PM EST

Please note: Due to the large size of our virtual audience, the presenters will not accept live questions during the presentation.

Need Help?
More information about the E-rate Modernization Order is available on the USAC website. If you have any questions about the webinar, please contact USAC Outreach.

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Introduction to MarcEdit Class Offered in February

Do you want to do more with your MARC records? Are you looking for an easy way to add or delete fields, split a batch of records into several groups, or extract particular fields to create a report? Attend this workshop to learn how to do all of these tasks and more with free MarcEdit software.

Audience: Library staff with some knowledge of AACR2/RDA, MARC records, and cataloging.

This workshop is approved for the NLC Cataloging Certificate Program.

Date: February 27, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Location: Bellevue University Library, Classroom 460

Capacity: 10 participants

CE Hours: 3

To register, go to the Nebraska Library Commission Training and Events Calendar.

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The Data Dude – Paper v.s. eBook Smackdown

washingtonThe Dude has recently changed his line of thinking when pondering paper books v.s. eBooks. I must admit part of this realization comes from my frustration with eBook deliverers, odd pricing structures, and technologies that sometimes work less than flawlessly. At any rate, there is an awareness of preferring paper in most circumstances independent of these sorts of on and off again defects. Let’s talk about some of these reasons. Stephanie Castillo describes the different ways we read as individuals, broken down into two different categories: linear and non-linear. As Castillo notes (and you can predict), linear reading is “more thoughtful, deliberate, even meditative.” Meditative? Spectacular! All of us need a little more meditation in our lives and rarely have the time for it or put forth the effort.  Let’s think about it in the sense that paper reading might not replace your daily walks, bike rides, tai chi, or yoga sessions, but rather might supplement them. The notion that we can achieve meditative benefits from reading a book is refreshing, but not necessarily surprising. The digital age has fed this proliferation of non-linear reading. Arguably, non-linear reading is a product of what our culture has become, and overall it ain’t good. We live in short blips, never really taking time for genuine connection, either with ourselves or others. The effects of this often leave us feeling lonely, disconnected, stressed-out, rushed, and un-serene. How many times have we functioned in this way? I’m functioning this way right now when writing this blog post. It’s sad to admit but true. Having tab after tab open, writing one sentence, then moving to another tab (or monitor), then back. This lack of deep understanding in many of our lives is unfortunate, but there’s good news! It can be overcome. The bad news is that it isn’t mystical or magical. It takes work. It takes an effort to see others for who they are and to be vulnerable so they can see us. It takes effort to not only feel respect, humility, and commitment, but to demonstrate it. Recently, NPR’s Shankar Vedantam reported on a study that noted the benefits from talking to strangers while commuting on trains. Just talking to someone. The conclusion was that by overcoming initial fears, the result was that the social connection played an important role in improving our health and ultimately, increased happiness.

This brings me to my second point: Reading insecurity. Many of us have suffered from this, even though we might not have heard the term before. The notion of reading insecurity is aptly summed up by Katy Waldman, noting that a person “will tell you about how, when she was small, she could lose herself in a novel for hours, and now, all she can do is watch the tweets swim by like glittery fish in the river of time-she-will-never-get-back.” Sad, isn’t it? For the handful that have stayed with me this far, read that quote again. I recall as a youngster the nostalgic feeling she describes many times. One particular incident that sticks in my head was my first reading of Stephen King’s The Shining. I was so wrapped up in that book that I would read it late into the night, frequently looking over my shoulder because I experienced moments of sheer terror. As many of you can relate, the impact was that strong. Now, the Dude isn’t arguing that eBooks are all bad, but rather, that he has a newly acknowledged appreciation for paper. Thomas Moore summarizes this when he writes that paper books are “like pianos and oil paintings — superseded in some ways by new technologies, but not obliterated.” I think I’d agree with that assessment. In searching for a photo to correlate with this post, I found the photo above of Charles B. Washington and Nikki Giovanni examining a paper book. If you want more information about the photo, check it out on the Nebraska Memories page. Shaka.

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Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums – Application due 2/2/2015

Deadline: Feb. 2, 2015
Amount: $10,000 – $25,000
Awarding institution: Institute of Museum and Library Services

IMLS LogoThe Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries are a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program. These small grants encourage libraries and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. You may propose activities or approaches that involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by significant potential for improvement in the ways libraries and museums serve their communities. Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to libraries and/or archives.

Eligibility: Libraries that fulfill the general criteria for libraries may apply. In addition, institutions of higher education, including public and nonprofit universities, are eligible.

For more information: http://www.imls.gov/applicants/detail.aspx?GrantId=19

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Participate in the 2014 International Library Automation Perceptions Survey

Marshall BreedingFrom Marshall Breeding:

Please respond to this year’s International Library Automation Survey conducted through Library Technology Guides. The survey measures the levels of satisfaction that libraries have in their strategic technology products and their perceptions of the quality of service and support that they receive. The results of this survey provide valuable information to libraries as they formulate technology strategies and to vendors as they refine their support services and product development.

Reports that summarize the findings from each of the previous surveys are available:

I am now collecting responses for the 2014 edition of the survey. Please take this opportunity to register the perceptions of the library automation system used in your library, its vendor, and the quality of support delivered. The survey also probes at considerations for migrating to new systems, involvement in discovery products, and the level of interest in open source ILS. While the numeric rating scales support the statistical results of the study, the comments offered also provide interesting insights into the current state of library automation satisfaction.

Note: If you have responded to previous editions of the survey, please give your responses again this year. By responding to the survey each year, you help identify long-term trends in the changing perceptions of these companies and products.

As with the previous versions of the survey, only one response per library is allowed and any individual can respond only for one library. These restrictions ensure that no single organization or individual can skew the statistics. While all the individuals that work in a library may have their own opinions, please respond to the extent that you can from the general experiences of your library.

Get all the details and participate @ librarytechnology.org.

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