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If you would like to request this or other materials from the State Library of Kansas, please use your library’s established interlibrary loan process. This collection is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Kansas.

Aug 12

Managing with Data: Using ACRLMetrics and PLAmetrics (2015)

Posted on August 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Brian Herder


Managing with Data

Managing with Data: Using ACRLMetrics and PLAmetrics (2015)

Peter Hernon, Robert E. Dugan, and Joseph R. Matthews

American Library Association

978-0-8389-1243-0


Both the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Public Library Association (PLA) provide important data services. For library managers and administrators, the key to the data’s usefulness is knowing how to extract and apply the most relevant information to managing a library and improving accountability. A companion volume to the authors’ earlier book Getting Started with Evaluation, this guide illustrates how to use the data to support value, collection use, benchmarking, and other best practices. This important resource

  • Identifies key metrics in ACRLMetrics and PLAmetrics
  • Demonstrates how to perform techniques for developing and using metrics
  • Offers exercises that illustrate how to produce meaningful metrics and reports, accessible via a free web portal
  • Shows how to move towards outcomes assessments while simultaneously embracing value
  •  Includes numerous examples to guide readers through the data services’ web interfaces screen-by-screen
Managers at academic and public libraries, administrators, and library trustees will find this book a vital tool for accountability and advocacy.
Aug 12

The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know (2014)

Posted on August 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Brian Herder


Top Technology Every Librarian Needs to Know

The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know (2014)

Kenneth J. Varnum

American Library Association

978-0-8389-1228-7


While it's inspiring to ponder the libraries of the 22nd century, it's a lot more practical to think ahead to the next five years. That's just what Varnum and his hand-picked team of contributors have done, showing library technology staff and administrators where to invest time and money to receive the greatest benefits. Their ideas will stimulate strategic thinking and help library staff make informed decisions about meeting user expectations and delivering services. Sure conversation starters and informative for any library, chapters include

  • “Impetus to Innovate: Convergence and Library Trends,” by A.J. Million and Heather Lea Moulaison
  • “Hands-Free Augmented Reality: Impacting the Library Future,” by Brigitte M. Bell and Terry Cottrell
  • “Libraries and Archives Augmenting the World,” by William Denton
  • “The Future of Cloud-Based Library Systems,” by Steven Bowers and Elliot Jonathan Polak
  • “Library Discovery: From Ponds to Streams,” by Varnum
  • “Exit As Strategy: Web Services as the New Websites for Many Libraries,” by Anson Parker, VP Nagraj, and David Moody
  • “Reading and Non-Reading: Text Mining in Critical Practice,” by Devin Higgins
  • “Bigger, Better, Together: Building the Digital Library of the Future,” by Jeremy York
  • “The Case for Open Hardware in Libraries,” by Jason Griffey

This compendium offers an expert-level view of the library technology that’s just around the corner.


Aug 12

The Library Innovation Toolkit: Ideas, Strategies, and Programs (2015)

Posted on August 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Brian Herder


Library Innovation Toolkit


The Library Innovation Toolkit: Ideas, Strategies, and Programs (2015)

Anthony Molaro and Leah L. White

ALA Editions

978-0-8389-1274-4


Progress for the sake of progress is all too often a drain on precious time and resources. The communities and users that libraries serve are always changing; true innovation helps libraries adapt to meet their needs and aspirations both now and in the future. This stimulating collection offers numerous snapshots of innovation in action at a range of libraries, showcasing ideas and initiatives that will inspire librarians at their own institutions. Among the topics covered are

  • The importance of creating organizational structures that lead to innovation
  • Strategies for getting library staff and other stakeholders on board and engaged, complete with a step-by-step toolkit for achieving innovative outcomes
  • Ways to expand the library beyond its walls to deliver exceptional and innovative services to library users
  • Money-saving initiatives that use technology to improve users’ experience
  • Innovative uses of library spaces, such as designing and implementing a digital media lab
  • Examples of creative programming, from running a C2E2-style comic convention, creating an “idea” forum, to re-envisioning a children’s writing club and launching Readtember, a month of literacy programs featuring zombies, dads, and gaming
This valuable sourcebook encourages readers to take big risks, ask deeper questions, strive for better service, and dream bigger ideas.