August 2013 MmIT Journal

mmitaug13-cover-highresOur August issue is a bumper issue with two extra pages and instead of the usual one special focus we have three. Contents include:

  • Book reviews: Understanding Information & Computation; Data Points: Visualization that Means Something
  • Product review: Canon PowerShot SX50HS
  • Special focus: data security & Saas – identity & access management explained; secure access to university resources at Indiana University
  • Special focus: skills – jobs of the future combine creativity & technology; managers’ information-seeking behaviour in the NHS
  • Special focus: digitisation – addressing the digitisation divide; the Institution of Civil Engineers’ new online image library; EDINA’s Digimap – maps & geospatial data; 3D visualisations of Paris bring history alive
  • Features: preview of Internet Librarian International
  • TechRoundUp: Liberty University’s new robotic book retrieval system; Jollyfy: brighten up your videos; Microsoft Office – software goes online; iPads take over PCs in libraries

Coming up later in 2013

 November: Focus on elearning

A report back from the 2nd Koha Open Day

The 2nd Koha Open day, held at the King’s Fund on Friday was a great mix of those already using the Koha Library Management System and those just dipping toes into the open source water.  It was ratifying to see such an enthusiastic group from a bunch of different libraries.

Both the Kings Fund and the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Library and Information Service (CAMLIS) gave presentations covering their experiences in selecting Koha (Gerhard Bissels – CAMLIS), migrating from another LMS (Matthew Hale – King’s Fund), improving the acquisitions module, (Andrea Chandler – CAMLIS), cataloguing (Julia Florin – King’s Fund) and customising the OPAC (Meghan Jones- King’s Fund).

Afterwards, everyone got a chance to try things out on a live installation and see the administrator interface up close.

While Koha has a healthy community around it and technical help is usually just an email away, there’s no substitute for a chance to try out a live  system and talk to people who are already set-up either with in-house support or working with local suppliers.

Open Source is becoming more and more of a viable choice for libraries looking for a more flexible solution and events like this are contributing greatly by increasing people’s awareness of and confidence in open source systems.

If you are interested in finding out about future Koha events join the UK koha list. You can see Koha in action  at the CAMLIS, King’s Fund and The Tavistock and Portman websites.

Health Libraries Group conference final day – IT, Web 2.0, eLearning

The second and final day of the HLG 2010 conference is now underway in Manchester.  Topics covered today include Information technology (e-Health information systems, e-journals), Web 2.0 (LibraryThing, Virtual Libraries, blogging) and eLearning.

The full programme is available via the offical blog. While there doesn’t seem to be any live-blogging , absent folk can follow along on Twitter (organisational policy permitting). Somewhat confusingly the hashtag was #HLGConf2010 but is now #hlg2010.