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Library Technology Guides top among Academic Library Staff

2008 Library Automation Survey

Library Technology Guides was noted in a recent OCLC report A Snapshot of Priorities and Perspectives: US Academic Libraries as the top blog read by academic library staff. Forty-seven percent of this group report that they rely on blogs as a key information source and Library Technology Guides was referenced most frequently, followed by Lorcan Dempsey’s Weblog on libraries, services and networks, Annoyed Librarian on Library Journal, the Ubiquitous Librarian by Brian Matthews on The Chronicle, Librarian in Black, Stephen’s Lighthouse by Stephen Abram, and Free Range Librarian by Karen G. Schneider.

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The results of this survey were initially reported by Cathy De Rosa, OCLC Vice President for the Americas and Global Vice President of Marketing: "Cooperative Communications and Membership Survey Results" at the Americas Regional Council Member Meeting and OCLC Symposium at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, TX on January 20, 2012.

May 2, 2012 10:02:37
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Closing a chapter

Marshall Breeding

I will end my employment with the Vanderbilt University Library effective May 31, 2012. This marks the close of one track of my professional career, though opening more time for other threads of activity that have been underway for quite some time. I am grateful for the opportunities that I have had over these 27 years through Vanderbilt University, which has proven to be a great launch pad for professional involvement in the broader library community.

I have had an interesting succession of roles for the library system at Vanderbilt University. My current title as the Director for Innovative Technology and Research follows other positions, including Library Technology Officer and the team leader for the Library Technology Team. My full-time work with the library began in February 1985 as the Circulation Supervisor of the Science Library. I have been involved with the Vanderbilt Television News Archive since 2001 and currently serve as its Executive Director. During my tenure with the library I have been afforded opportunities for involvement in a wide array of technology initiatives, including projects funded through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. I’ve played strategic and operational roles in the library’s automation efforts. I was the recipient of the Library’s Creativity and Innovation Award in 2002 and 2004.

If you are interested in the details about my academic and professional accomplishments see my c.v. or bio.

As I depart from full-time employment at Vanderbilt University, I will continue to be based in Nashville and will keep busy with consulting, writing projects, speaking engagements, with the operation of Library Technology Guides, as the co-chair of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative, and with other projects as they arise. As my time of full-time employment at Vanderbilt University concludes, I will continue to be actively involved with the broader library community. I’m fortunate to have many opportunities to apply my interest and expertise in technology in a rich variety of library organizations. Follow me through the next steps of my professional adventures on Library Technology Guides, on Twitter (@mbreeding), and Facebook.

May 3, 2012 16:30:38
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Cloud Computing for Libraries

Cloud Computing for Libraries

Copies of my latest book Cloud Computing in Libraries arrived yesterday. This book, part of the Tech Set II series, edited by Ellyssa Kroski and published by Neal-Schuman, which has since been acquired by the American Library Association. The book also bears the imprint of the Library and Information Technology Association.

This book, along with the rest of the series, was also published by Facet Publishing in the United Kingdom.

The publisher summarizes the book as follows:

Cloud computing helps libraries shift away from owning and operating local servers to Web-based services. This book equips you with the information and practical advice needed to evaluate the many opportunities to take advantage of cloud computing. It features applications that empower you to use technology without the constraints of a locally supported infrastructure, and more in-depth information and examples of how to plunge directly into suitable projects by taking advantage of free services offered by the top cloud services providers. Examples include using cloud-based supplemental storage, Google’s suite of apps, Amazon’s S3 and EC2 services to power your library website, and DuraCloud to host an online library media collection.

This is my second book in the series. I wrote Next-generation Library Catalogs for the first Tech Set. This series was the winner of the ALA 2011 Award for the Best Book in Library Literature.

May 9, 2012 07:07:27
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