Hack the library #internetlibrarian #il2015

Stan Bogdanov


Hackathon at Adelphi University

Educational for students

Fresh ideas for library, makes library more fun and interesting.

Buy-in. Legal and IT. Legal to make sure library has rights to use apps produced at hackathon.

Video by Rachel Isaac-Menard

Budget, prizes, food, judges.

Appery.io development tool for apps.


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: Slack.com. Communication and file sharing

asana.com 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.


Timetravel.mementoweb.org 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.

Inspiration architecture: the future of libraries #internetlibrarian #il2015 @morville

Peter Morville, Internet architecture pioneer


Told Library of Congress their web site was like the Winchester Mystery House. We need to grapple with culture and governance to make sustainable change.

Created portal and discovery tool for Harvard’s 75 libraries. Faceted results to filter results on the left. Helps people understand what they’ve found. But it’s not enough.

At the beginning, more features add more goodness, but at some point, it just gets more complex (and less good).

Agile is good, but planning is important too.

Planning, building, thinking, doing all part of the process.

We need to look outside our models to see external forces.

Categories can be dangerous but not bad. Cornerstone of cognition and culture. Don’t have to be a bounded set, but could be a fuzzy set or a centered set.

We use radio buttons when checkboxes or sliders would reveal the truth.

Info architects create paths to places, connections between categories, links between cause and effect.

Practice ethnography not just with users, but also stakeholders.

Learn about organization’s history.

People may change actions, but are reluctant to change beliefs.

Have we passed an inflection point? Are we making better decisions with more information?

We are living past our limits and beginning to feel the consequences.

River daylighting. (Yay, a water metaphor.) Making the invisible visible.

Redesigning Harvard business library’s 12-year-old web site. Did ethnographic study of research habits.

MBA student couldn’t do many tasks. She’s used the ref desk, but it’s hard because it’s a quiet room and she feels she’s distracting other users.

Homework: pick a context, map the system, then map the system outside the system. Then share it with someone.

Info architects use nodes and links to create environments for understanding.

Library is an act of inspiration architecture and a keystone of culture.

Libraries and the new education ecosystem, Lee Rainie, Pew Research #internetlibrarian #il2015

Lee Rainie, Pew Research


People like and trust librarians.  People think libraries level the playing field, provide services that are hard to get elsewhere, have become tech hubs.

Libraries at the crossroads.

People who used libraries in the last year down slightly from three years ago.  Senior citizens less likely to use libraries. Parents love libraries.

People say the library has a major impact in the community, but fewer people say the library has a major impact on their own families.

People believe libraries have kept up with technology, millennials most of all.

people think libraries promote literacy.  People think libraries help find info in various subjects, including health, new tech, community info, jobs.

new findings from survey still in the field:

most people believe they are lifelong learners.  These are potential library users!

they are reading, going to conferences, etc.

they want to learn something new, help others, earn income, help kids.

people don’t know about many of the services libraries offer, such as e-books.

libraries could help with online certification courses.

other ideas, with various amounts of support: help businesses, have 3-d printers, teach about privacy and security online.

on the other hand: people still want places for quiet and solitude.

No idiot-proof way to march into the future.  Everyone’s struggling with it.