Tech tools info blitz #internetlibrarian #il2015

Gretchen Rings, Oak Park PL


provided mobile hot spots, but now provider Mobile Beacon is tied up in lawsuits.

Libraries check them out and people have Internet access almost anywhere.  NYPL checks them out for a year.

Emily Clasper, Suffolk libraries

project management tools

brainstorming: Communication and file sharing task management, free to a point, hounds you if you don’t do something. Hearts, unicorns

Trello task management, etc. dog named Taco.

Basecamp: simple project mgt. cheap and easy to learn. To do lists but not full task mgt.

Ganttic: resource management.

Smartsheet: more professional project mgt.



Michelle Zaffino, In the Stacks


Librarians’ book recommendations. Private beta,

people trust librarians more than friends or Amazon reviews.

Phil Gunderson, San Diego PL


Clunky XML file in Excel manipulated with XSLT.

open in Excel with XSLT file.

Alternate process with Saxon.

Can also generate HTML from XML.

Library tech update @mbreeding #internetlibrarian #il2015

Marshall Breeding

Library Technology Guides

Library technology industry report, annual since 2002

Companies are healthy.

Mergers and acquisitions: Library companies buy for keeps; private equity firms buy to sell later.

Used to be many small companies. Libraries had lots of demands, which limited creativity.

Fewer companies, but more resources to innovate. Not just software, but they also have to have knowledge base, such as what journals and dates are included in subscription databases.

If there’s too much consolidation, regulatory agencies or open source movement may force a change.

Proquest bought Ex Libris, an example of a content company buying a library tech company. Can they do neutral discovery? Breeding thinks yes.

Ebsco feud with Ex Libris.

Mighty morphin’ map rangers #internetlibrarian #il2015

Carol Doyle and Patrick Newell, CSU Fresno


Map catalogs often give you a lot of individual maps. It’s not easy to find what you want.

Often people want aerial photos for a given place over time.

Idea: a GIS interface. Map and Aerial Locator Tool (MALT)

Can use map or start with address or APN. Get down to image in ContentDM, also metadata. If something is not online, you get info about how to find it.

Footprint digitizing and ESRI geo database describes the place.

Contacted Calif. State Library, which convened a meeting. State, local agencies as well as libraries.

Lots of map collections aren’t well documented, because they weren’t cataloged and the person who knew about them has left.

State government maps are copyrighted, unlike federal ones. Asking state librarian to advocate for public domain.

Recommend state librarian arrange training on best practices for digitization.

Recommend state library set up some common archive.

California Preservation Project!

State agencies sometimes have the only copies of map, but there’s no access and no preservation.

Require that institutions use standard metadata as a condition of funding.

Building the research carrot #internetlibrarian #il2015 @deemagnoni

Dee Magnoni, Los Alamos National Lab


Researchers have to meet all kinds of requirements, apply for grants, etc.

Library works with researchers at every step.

Open access mandate from DOE. LANL did not have a public repository. Created tools to make it easy for researchers to comply with policies and deposit research in repository. Lots of abstracts, but full text goes back to Oct. 2014. Will fill in more later.

Gets collected by Pages at OSTI.

Everything has to be reviewed for public release.

When a researcher’s article is published, they ask for approved manuscript.

Metrics shows what web pages used to look like. Pulls from Wayback Machine at Internet Archives.

Problem of link rot. Pages disappear or content changes. Hiberlink is supposed to solve that problem.