Monthly Archives: February 2015

“The Future of Library Resource Discovery”: a white paper commissioned by NISO

Marshall Breeding is a well-known independent consultant, editor of the Library Technology Guides, an expert in the links between libraries and technology.

He has conducted a white paper commissioned by NISO’s Discovery to Delivery (D2D) Topic Committee. The topic Committees in ISO were created to explore the possibilities of standard developments in certain areas by consulting experts on these matters. The D2D Committee “focuses on issues regarding the finding and distribution of information by and to users, including OpenURL, Metasearch, interface design, web services, etc.”

This white paper, that goes under the title of “The Future of Library Resource Discovery”, was presented last 23th February.

The paper describes the State-of-the-Art of discovery services in libraries, giving a complete overview of the different tools and providers. It “addresses the broad topic of the methods and technologies available to libraries to make their resources discoverable and accessible by the communities that they serve”.

It also describes the discovery services specifically in public libraries and points out the “opportunities for future enhancements in discovery services”.

This study is freely available to download through this link.

Library of Congress Literacy Awards 2015

The Library of Congress Literacy Awards were created in 2013 “to support organizations working to alleviate the problems of illiteracy, both in the United States and worldwide”. They have 3 categories, 2 of which are open to organisations based outside the United States.

Last year’s winners and a selection of best practices can be accessed through this link

The  2015 edition’s application phase is now open, until next 31th March.

Check all the information here

Innovation in Libraries: the Harvard Library Innovation Lab

Harvard Library Innovation Lab is a project within the Harvard Law School Library for “exploring the future of libraries”. They are working in different projects that are shared freely with the community through their web.

 It can be really simple stuff, like the Hovermarks (, “bookmarks that face the spine instead of the cover” so they can highlight certain books or the Awesome Box (, a space that allows users to recommend materials.

 It can also be applications like the Library Stack , a browsing tool that combines the physical description of the materials with the circulation information to offer a different, more visual way to browse the collection or Perma, that “helps authors and journals create permanent archived citations in their published work”.

 These are just a few examples of what these people are doing, but there’s more, and there’ll be much more in the future so keep an eye on them, they look fun!

Small data and public libraries

Big data processing is a very powerful tool that has multiple applications: it can help designing marketing products, or take wiser decisions within the companies, etc.

According to ACRL, “librarians in all disciplines, in order to facilitate the research process, will need to be aware of how big data is used and where it can be found” (source).

But what about “small data”? Rufus Pollock defines it as “‘the amount of data you can conveniently store and process on a single machine, and in particular, a high-end laptop or server’.”

This excellent post at CILIP will show you how libraries can use this “local, distributed and context-rich” data to “create better user experiences and inform the development of new services and systems”.

Library volunteering: the Librarians Without Borders (LWB) organization

Librarians without borders is a non-profit organization created in 2005 by six Canadian universities “who wanted to address the vast information resource inequity existing between different regions of the world”.

 They’ve launched the fifth edition of the Guatemala Service Trip. It’s a volunteering program in cooperation with the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Their main goals are support the ILS implementation and promote library use and curriculum integration.

 For those interested in the program, you can find further information here: Application Deadline is next February 18.

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, you’ll find information about a workshop taking place in Aveiro Municipal Library (Portugal): Readers and new technologies.

 Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information.

Digital Leaders 100 Awards

The Digital Leaders 100 is an award that recognizes “leaders and organisations who demonstrate a pioneering and sustainable approach to digital transformation within the public sector”.

It was launched in 2013. They’ve just opened the call for nominations for the 2015 edition. You can send your nominations for 10 different sections before next 27th February 2015.

You can send your nominations through this page

And see the list of winners from last year’s edition here

Freedom of Access to Information and Resources (FAIR): an advocacy campaign

FAIR is an initiative from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) for advocacy in libraries and the information sector, “to give people a way to actively support all kinds of libraries including public, TAFE, university, health, law, business and government as well as our National and State Libraries”.


You can support them in different ways (subscribing to their newsletter, disseminating the campaigns on the different issues…), they want to reach 10,000 supporters by the end of 2015.

Visit their webpage and learn more about this initiative: