Robert Balliot | 3 Oct 03:03 2011

Is Amazon in competition with Libraries?

Is Amazon in competition with Libraries or are Libraries in competition with
Amazon? :

R. Balliot
Kukulka, Edward J. | 3 Oct 22:00 2011

Library Intranet Redesign

We are in the process of redesigning our library system's intranet and
moving into SharePoint.  We are wondering if you could send us a screen
shot of your intranet's main page and any information/documentation you
would be willing to share.  This will greatly help us in our redesign.

Thank you for any information/screen shots you can supply. 



Ed Kukulka

Fairfax County Public Library

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 324

Fairfax, VA 22035

Johnston, Leslie | 4 Oct 19:11 2011

Software developer position in the Repository Development Group at the Library of Congress

Please forgive cross-postings.

A Grade 13 software developer position in the Repository Development Group at the Library of Congress has
been posted at

Please also be aware that there is also an available Grade 14 position
(, for which the application period
closes on Wednesday, October 5, 2011.


Job Title: Information Technology Specialist (SYSANLYSIS)
Agency: Library Of Congress
Job Announcement Number: 110112
OPEN PERIOD:  Tuesday, October 04, 2011 to Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Job Summary:

The Library of Congress serves the Congress in fulfilling its duties and preserves and promotes knowledge
and creativity for the benefit of the American people. It is the nation's oldest federal cultural
institution and the world's largest library, with more than 145 million items in its physical
collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and
almost 20 million items online. Located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Library is the home of the
U.S. Copyright Office, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Law Library of Congress and the
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

The incumbent reports to the Project Manager for Digital Initiatives in repository development and works
with a specialized group of programmers on complex, multi-faceted prototype and production systems,
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Jill Emery | 5 Oct 21:47 2011

ER&L 2012 Conference: Call for Proposals


ER&L Conference Planning Committee encourages you to submit a proposal
for the 2012 Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference!

ER&L is seeking to advance the discussion in these following areas
with this 2012 Call for Proposals, with detailed descriptions included

•       Managing e-Resources in Libraries
•       Collection Development and Assessment
•       Workflow & Organizations
•       External & User Relationships
•       Emerging and Future Technologies
•       Scholarly Communication & Licensing
•       Library as Publisher

Proposal Evaluation: The committee will evaluate each proposal on the
basis of subject matter (including, but not limited to, the issues
listed in the topic descriptions), clarity, and timeliness. We will
also hold a period of open voting to allow potential attendees to help
shape the program. Proposals should be for original work that has not
been published. We may request that some presenters combine sessions
with complementary subject matter.
Proposal Types: ER&L is looking for individual presentations, panels
with differing perspectives, and half day, hands-on preconference
workshops.  When submitting a proposal, choose one proposal type.
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Andrew Darby | 6 Oct 18:52 2011

Job: Digital Technologies Programmer at the University of Miami Libraries

(apologies for any x-posting)

Hello, all.  Winter's approaching, time to migrate south to the
University of Miami Libraries.

We have an opening for a Digital Technologies Programmer.  You'd be
supervising one other programmer, and working in a *brand new* and
growing department with the opportunity to set things up just right.

Position description below, follow this link for the official HR page:

//////////////// Digital Technologies Programmer ////////////////

Reporting to the Head of Web & Emerging Technologies, the Digital
Technologies Programmer/Analyst provides leadership in the research,
development and maintenance of the Libraries technical infrastructure.
This includes web development, digital programs, user interfaces and
other emerging technologies. The incumbent designs, develops,
implements, and facilitates project management for the research and
development of user-centered tools and applications to enhance
operations and services. The DTPA is a member of the Digital Projects
Team and supervises one programmer/analyst.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES (include percentages of time)


* Works with IMS and Digital Programs and Scholarship to effectively
manage the design and development of web-based applications and tools
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Lucien Kress | 6 Oct 23:49 2011

barcode scanner recommendations

I apologize if this is out of scope, but ever since LIBNT_L went into
decline, I've wondered where to post non-Internet related technology
questions.  (Recommendations would be appreciated.)

Our patrons are asking for the ability to check out using a smartphone-based
library card, and we would need to upgrade our self-check barcode scanners
to accommodate that. What particular makes/models of CCD/image-based barcode
scanner do you recommend?

We need to be able to attach them to the work surface and limit the range of
motion, and we need to be able to do the usual amount of scanner
configuration.  It would be especially useful to be able to prevent the
scanners from reading barcodes that don't have the same starting digits as
our patron barcodes.


Lucien Kress
Project Manager
Multnomah County Library
DCMI Announce | 9 Oct 16:01 2011

NISO/DCMI Webinar: "The RDA Vocabularies: Implementation, Extension, and Mapping"

***Please excuse cross-posting***

NISO/DCMI Webinar: "The RDA Vocabularies: Implementation, Extension, and
DATE: 16 November 2011
TIME: 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT (17:00-19:30 UTC)


During a meeting at the British Library in May 2007 between the Joint
Steering Committee for the Development of RDA and DCMI, important
recommendations were forged for the development of an element vocabulary,
application profile, and value vocabularies [1], based on the Resource
Description and Access (RDA) standard, then in final draft. A DCMI/RDA Task
Group [2] has completed much of the work, and described their process and
decisions in a recent issue of D-Lib Magazine [3]. A final, pre-publication
technical review of this work is underway, prior to adoption by early

This webinar will provide an up-to-the-minute update on the review process,
as well as progress on the RDA-based application profiles. The webinar will
discuss practical implementation issues raised by early implementers and
summarize issues surfaced in virtual and face-to-face venues where the
vocabularies and application profiles have been discussed.

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Alma Garcia | 10 Oct 21:59 2011

Short survey on QR Codes in library

I am helping a library technician with her course work on technology in libraries.  She has a short (8
questions) survey on QR Codes.   If you are using, or have decided to not to use QR codes, please share you
experience.  This will only take a few minutes.

Thank you in advance.

Alma García
Library Systems Administrator
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94613
P Please consider the environment before deciding to print this e-mail.
Chapman, Suzanne | 11 Oct 19:00 2011

Job Opening: MLibrary User Experience Specialist

~ Apologies for cross-posting ~

User Experience Specialist
University of Michigan MLibrary, Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan Library is seeking an innovative, and talented user experience professional
to join our User Experience (UX) Department. We are looking for someone with a passion for better
understanding users, the ability to use creative problem solving skills to design engaging interfaces,
and an investment in improving the library web experience.

The User Experience Department ( is part of
the Library Information Technology Division (LIT) at the University of Michigan, University Library.
LIT is the library's key organization for the creation, deployment and support of the library's primary
web interfaces (Library Website, Mirlyn Library Catalog, Digital Library Collections, and HathiTrust
Digital Library).

The UX department focuses on regular and mobile interface design, usability testing, user research, web
use statistics, and accessibility. The UX Specialist works in a collaborative team environment -
working closely with the UX Department Manager and another UX Specialist as well as LIT and library-wide
project stakeholders. Proportion of time spent on interface design and user research is adjustable. We
strongly encourage candidates who have experience in only interface design or user research to apply.

See the full job posting for more information and instructions for applying:

Contact Suzanne Chapman (suzchap@...) with any questions
about the position.

Suzanne Chapman
Head, User Experience Department
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Yitzchak Schaffer | 11 Oct 18:17 2011

Release: PHP/symfony1 faculty publications app

Hello all,

We have just released the code for our faculty publications site. 
Written on symfony-1.4 (PHP)

Production with branding:
Demo (includes admin):

BSD 2-clause license. Enjoy!


Yitzchak Schaffer
Systems Manager
Touro College Libraries
212.742.8770 ext. 2432

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