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Wireless Printing at NH Libraries

At last week’s ITS quarterly drop-in meeting, we discussed the topic of providing printing services to library customers who are using their own laptop computers. Amongst the libraries represented at the meeting, two libraries were providing such a service, Langdon Public Library (in Newington) and Rochester Public Library. Does your library offer this service, and/or do you know of other NH libraries that provide such a service? If so, please leave a comment including the name and location of these libraries and how the service is implemented at them. As we gather the informtion, we will post the content on the following page at the unofficial NHLA wiki, http://nhla.pbwiki.com/Libraries-Offering-Wireless-Printing-Services. Thanks!

p.s. If you would like to add content to the unofficial NHLA wiki, send me an email, and I will give you the password. Admittedly, there still needs to be a lot of planning done before the wiki becomes an official NHLA resource. If interested in joining a committee to help design and plan the NHLA wiki, send me an email as well.

Downloadable Audiobook Widget update

A new feature has been added to the NHLA website. It is a widget that displays links to one randomly selected "always available" downloadable audiobook at New Hampshire’s OverDrive site. The widget is displayed on the left-hand side of the NHLA home page, so be sure to take a look.

The widget is the product of NHLA’s new Information Technology Section. Section members already have ideas for how to expand upon this idea and may have updates sometime down the road. In the meantime, NH librarians are encouraged to add this widget to their own websites. For information on how to do this, visit this NHLA-ITS page, and/or direct questions to Steve Butzel.

Upcoming events

I’d like to announce three upcoming NHLA-ITS events. On June 24th, ITS will hold its first hands-on content management system working group meeting. We will begin building a library website using Drupal, an open source content management system application. The event will be held at the Hooksett Public Library and runs from 10am-12noon. (We thank Mark Glisson and Heather Shumway for hosting us in Hooksett!)

On July 15th at 10am, ITS will hold its first official quarterly drop-in meeting. We will be meeting at the beautiful Portsmouth Public Library, and we’ve blocked out up to two hours for the meeting. While we will discuss a few organizational issues, the remainder of the meeting will be for open discussion of IT topics librarians are facing, battling, dealing with or considering dealing with. All existing members and anyone who is interested in becoming a member (it’s free!) are welcome. If you do plan to come, please email me so I’ll have an idea of how many people to expect. And why not plan on going out for lunch in downtown Portsmouth afterwards! (We thank Sue McCann and Mary Ann List for hosting us in Portsmouth!)

On July 28th from 10am-12noon at the Madison Library, ITS will be holding its first North Country Roundtable Discussion on the topic of open source software. The discussion will be facilitated by The Bobbi Slossar of the NH State Library. Everyone is welcome. Please email Madison Library Director Mary Cronin if you plan on attending this meeting, so she’ll have an idea of how many to expect. (We thank Mary for hosting us at the Madison Library!)

And if you can’t attend any of these events, but are interested in joining NHLA-ITS and perhaps attending future ITS events, just email me, and I’ll set you up to join our Google Group.

Content Management System Working Group meeting

The new NHLA Information Technology Section is going to be holding its first Content Management System Working Group meeting on Tuesday, June 24th from 10am-12noon at the Hooksett Public Library.  The plan for the meeting is to begin building a website for an actual library using Drupal.  (I will have Drupal pre-installed on the NHLA web server, so we won’t have to waste any time installing software.)  Ideally, we will all have a hands-on opportunity to build part of the site.

You don’t have to be a Drupal expert to participate.  I have only dabbled with it myself, but Bobbi Slossar will be there to share with us all that she knows.  All that is necessary is that you have some knowledge of web design and that you are interested in learning about content management systems.  If you happen to have taken Bobbi’s CMS class at the State Library, that would be a plus.

Please let me know if you plan on attending.

NHLA Information Technology Section Meeting

Our next NHLA-ITS meeting is next Tuesday, April 8th, at 10am at the Bedford Public Library.  I hope you can all be there, and maybe even bring along a colleague or two!  If you missed our first meeting, you are still welcome to come to this meeting!!  Don’t feel you will have missed out on too much.

Here is what I have on the agenda so far:

  1. Update on Bylaws and Section Committee Structure (or lack thereof)
  2. Content Management System group update
  3. Selecting roundtable topics for calendar year 2009
  4. Maybe creating a process and a schedule for electing officers
  5. Setting a time for our next meeting
  6. News and notes from members

I’d also like to make this offer to the group:  At the start of our Tuesday meeting, would anyone like to give a brief 5-15 minute presentation on a project, area of research, or organizational struggle that you and/or your library is working on?  If so, that would be great.  I kind of like the idea of having one member giving a brief presentation at each meeting.

Hope to see you there,
Steve Butzel

New Information Technology Section Update

I’m pleased to report that last week, twenty enthusiastic information professionals met at the Bedford Public Library to begin laying the foundation for NHLA’s new information technology section.  (So far a total of 35 people have expressed interest in participating in the section, and the list continues to grow.)  Represented within the group were information architects, library directors and assistant directors, reference, children’s, teen, and technical services librarians, and systems administrators and webmasters from numerous public and academic libraries.

During the meeting, we discussed organizational issues such as whether or not there should be a membership fee, and what kind of organizational infrastructure is needed.  The consensus was that there should not be a membership fee and that compared to some other sections, the IT section would have fewer official committees, and instead, operate as a more fluid organization.  In the next two months, a group of members will further discuss these issues as they draft a set of bylaws which will be reviewed at the section’s next meeting on Tuesday, April 8th at 10am at the Bedford Public Library.

In addition, another group of volunteers agreed to start exploring content management systems with the goal being to select one for the section’s web presence.  Three applications in particular were mentioned, including WordPress, Drupal and Joomla.  If any NHLA members would be interested in participating in this project, please contact Steve Butzel.

Finally, we closed the meeting with announcements of interesting information technology accomplishments and ongoing projects at our libraries.  One announcement of particular interest was that the GMILCS consortium has recently implemented ChiliFresh.  ChiliFresh is a plug-in that allows patrons to add comments and reviews of books right into the library’s catalog, for other patrons to read.  Read more about this here.

In closing, if you are interested in participating in the Information Technology section, please contact Steve Butzel, and he will get you signed up for the section’s Google Group (which is serving as our communication system for now.)  As I mentioned earlier, our next meeting is on Tuesday, April 8th at 10am at the Bedford Public Library.  You are welcome to attend this meeting even if you missed our first one.

New Information Technology Section Plans First Meeting

The first organizational meeting for the newly forming Information Technology section will be taking place on Tuesday, January 29th at the Bedford Public Library from 10am-12noon.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the section’s mission and goals, and to brainstorm ideas for future events, workshops, conference sessions, etc.  If you haven’t already contacted Steve Butzel about your interest in the section, it isn’t too late.  Just send him an email.  Your input is enthusiastically welcomed even if you can’t make the first meeting.

New Information Technology Section Forming

At the fall business meeting, I announced that I am planning to establish a new section within NHLA that will focus on information technology issues faced by librarians of all flavors.  I envision the section discussing a wide range of IT issues.  For example, we might discuss a Library 2.0 issue such as how to insert a tag cloud from LibraryThing into your catalog.  We might also discuss more fundamental issues such as methods used to secure computers in different library settings.  The sky is really the limit.

Who do I hope to attract to this section?  Anyone who is interested in learning more about information technology and how it can be used to provide services in libraries.  You do not have to be a techie, but you probably should look forward to learning about information technology.  Maybe you would like to learn about web design or how instant messaging software is used as a reference tool.  Maybe you are interested in learning about content management systems, digital library applications, and/or open-source software.  It’s all good!

So, if you would like to participate in this section, or even become an office holder, please contact me at steven.butzel@nashualibrary.org.  I promise you I will make it worth your while.

Sirsi/Dynix to Curtail Development of Horizon 8

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Have you heard the latest news from Sirsi/Dynix regarding their decision to curtail development of the Horizon integrated library system software product?  If not, Charlie LeBlanc has written an excellent summary of the situation in the NHAIS Notes blog.  To connect directly to his entry, click here.

To learn more about Sirsi/Dynix’s announcement, you can also read this article at InfoToday:  SirsiDynix to Consolidate Products on New Platform.