Week 45,36,47,48,49,50,51&52: Creative Commons License Cannot Be Revoked?,NYPL With $22 Million Renovation of Schomburg Center, Profile of User Experience Librarian,

Gentle Reminder about Creative Commons Licenses ( David Lee King)
David Lee Kind reminds us on his blog one more time, that once we use a creative Commons license, the license cannot be revoked. Check the link below and section 1.1.1.

“Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries are small grants that encourage libraries and archives to prototype and evaluate innovations that result in new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. They enable grantees to undertake activities that involve risk and require them to share project results–whether they succeed or fail–to provide valuable information to the library field and help improve the ways libraries serve their communities.The funding range is from $10,000 to $25,000, and there are no matching requirements.”

New York Public Library Announces $22 Million Renovation of Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (INFODocket)

“The multi-year renovation project — led by Marble Fairbanks Architects, Westerman Construction Company, and the City Department of Design and Construction — will involve a series of improvements to the Center, including:

  • An increase in square footage of the Center’s popular gift shop, which will be relocated to the front of the building on the ground floor.
  • A complete renovation of the Schomburg’s second floor reading room and an expansion of its Rare Book Collection vault. A new conference room connected to the reading room and improved staff spaces will also be added.
  • The 9,000 square-foot interior of the Schomburg’s landmark building (built in 1905) will receive exterior renovations and have its interior reconfigured to provide improved public areas, a new interactive gallery space for youth and teens, and compact storage for Schomburg’s Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division and the Art and Artifacts Division.
  • The addition of a high-definition LED signage system in the Schomburg lobby that will be visible on the street, bringing Schomburg’s programming and collections into the Harlem community.
  • Video displays and artifact vitrines will be added to the building’s east façade, allowing for outdoor digital exhibitions.”

UX Librarians – More Than a Trend (Designing Better Libraries)
Stephen Bell from Designing Better Libraries writes a compelling profile of Debra Kolah, User Experience Librarian at Rice University. I was also excited to discover about Wave, the new Journal of Library User Experience at http://weaveux.org .

In short: “The library profession has a clear understanding of what work a subject librarian should be doing, but the work of UX is still being developed. Maybe one UX Librarian does only work around the digital—testing users and improving the website or LibGuides. Maybe work is done at a higher framework level-user research to guide creating new workflows for services.

Focus groups, surveys, usability studies, embedded librarianship and ethnographic studies are some of the tools used to gather data and anecdotal information about the user experience.”

Library as Publisher: Saint Paul, Minnesota Public Library Publishes Two Karen Language Children’s Books (INFODocket)
“Mayor Chris Coleman [recently] announced that the Saint Paul Public Library has curated and published two Karen language children’s books, the first to be published by a public library in the state.”

ZINIO and Boopsie announces integration of digital magazine distribution service with mobile library apps (Library Technology Guides)
The Boopsie mobile app platform is now integrated with Zinio’s 5,500 magazines.

LaRue on Taking the Lead at the Office of Intellectual Freedom, Freedom To Read Foundation ( Library Journal)
James (Jamie) LaRue, most recently CEO of LaRue & Associates, has been chosen to lead the American Library Association (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), effective January 4, 2016 following the retirement of OIF director Barbara M. Jones on December 31. As former director of the Douglas County, CO, Library System and Colorado Librarian of the Year, LaRue will step into his new roles with hands-on library experience at all levels—local, regional, statewide, and national. He has also served on ALA’s Digital Content Working Group and OCLC’s executive council, as well as writing an LJ column on Self-Publishing and Libraries.”

California: San Diego City Auditor Says Public Library Needs Internal Controls Immediately ( The San Diego Union Tribune)
“The San Diego city library system lacks a set of rules and procedures governing such things as security, inventory, purchasing and revenue collection and should create those policies immediately, according to a letter from the city’s internal watchdog.”

New website allows youth to report cyber bullying at ACT libraries ( INFODocket)
In Australia, a “new pilot website launched this week allows young people to report cyber bullying in ACT libraries, making it easier for the offensive material to be taken off the internet.”Staff from 10 libraries are being trained to help victims complete the eSafe Spaces cyberbullying complaint forms to be assessed by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.

Free resource for libraries: A Guide to Ebook Licenses Purchase Models for Libraries and Publishers (Stephen’s Lighthouse”
A basis overview of differenet e-book licenses based on concurent use, duration of license and numer of loans.

Best Tech of 2015 (Mashable)
From cell phones, laptops VR headsets to cars and hovering boards, take a look at which tech gadhets were favored by our customers.

ProQuest Completes Acquisition of Ex Libris (Libary Technology Guides)
“ProQuest has formed a new business unit — Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company – which will continue to support the broad selection of products that customers depend on, including Alma, Aleph, bX, Intota, Primo, Rosetta, SFX, SIPX, Summon, 360 Link, Voyager, and the newly launched Leganto reading-list solution and campusM mobile campus solution.”


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