Andy Burkhardt, “New Job Title: Innovation Catalyst Librarian,” Information Tyrannosaur

Pull quote: “From time to time I get questions or emails asking about my previous role as an Emerging Technologies Librarian and advice that I might have for people starting out in a similar role. While I think these roles are going to be very different from institution to institution I think there are some bits of advice that will contribute to success in a role dedicated to new tech and ideas. People in these roles should not think of themselves as the ‘tech person’ though. Thinking only about tech is extremely limiting. They should think of themselves as innovation catalysts.”

Andy Burkhardt, “New Job Title: Innovation Catalyst Librarian,” Information Tyrannosaur

Sue Polanka “eContent Quarterly: Call for Contributions, “No Shelf Required

Pull quote: “The journal will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, integrating, and managing electronic content in rapidly-changing digital library environments. Each issue will consist of in-depth articles on the many facets of electronic content as well as product reviews and interviews with industry leaders.”

Sue Polanka “eContent Quarterly: Call for Contributions, “No Shelf Required

Jonathan Rochkind, “Computational Thinking: Getting Started,” Bibliographic Wilderness

Pull quote: “I think the ‘computational thinking’ approach is exactly how to think of what non-programmer librarians will want to usefully learn, not to be programmers, but to be able to plan out the role of software in libraries (and software is involved in nearly every aspect of a library these days), look forward and conceive of how technology might help us even more in the future, and generally control their own destinies when dealing with vendors and programmers (internal and external).”

Jonathan Rochkind, “Computational Thinking: Getting Started,” Bibliographic Wilderness

“CRKN to Terminate National Agreement with the ACS,” Canadian Research Knowledge Network

Pull quote: “The decision to terminate the national agreement was taken by the CRKN Board of Directors after the organization’s negotiating team was unable to reach a renewal agreement with ACS, owing to fundamental issues with the new pricing model adopted by ACS for its international (non-US) library and consortia customers.”

“CRKN to Terminate National Agreement with the ACS,” Canadian Research Knowledge Network

Kevin Smith, “Another fair use victory for libraries,” Scholarly Communications @ Duke

Pull quote: “Overall, the atmosphere for fair use on campus is a lot better today today than it was six months ago. We have seen a pretty convincing victory in the Georgia State e-reserves case, a sweeping one in the HathiTrust case, and a tepid affirmation of fair use (probably!) in this streamed video case. Although the first two of those cases are being appealed (we do not know if AIME will appeal this latest decision), we now know that courts are quite sympathetic to fair use by academic libraries and on college campuses. We know that most of the arguments that content providers have long offered to discourage reliance on fair use have been rejected. We know that no campus has yet been found guilty of infringement when it makes reasonable fair use of lawfully acquired materials for limited teaching purposes.”

Kevin Smith, “Another fair use victory for libraries,” Scholarly Communications @ Duke

Margaret Heller, “Taking Google Forms to the Next Level,” ACRL TechConnect Blog

Pull quote: “Many libraries use Google Forms for collecting information from patrons, particularly for functions like registering for a one-time event or filling out a survey. It’s a popular option because these forms are very easy to set up and start using with no overhead. With a little additional effort and a very small amount of code you can make these forms even more functional.”

Margaret Heller, “Taking Google Forms to the Next Level,” ACRL TechConnect Blog