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The Case of the Library Monster

365 Daybook

Day 264

Was it the Loch Mess Monster?

A tornado?

A pack of wolves?

No, just a normal afternoon in the library.


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Skills for Leading Libraries of the Future


  • As higher education transforms and evolves in new ways in the years ahead, what are the appropriate skills for library leaders? Out of five skill areas identified as those leaders will need for 2020, librarians are well-suited for a few, but will need to gain expertise in others. Academic librarianship lost one of its outstanding leaders on December 30, 2012, when Joseph Branin passed away. Branin held several positions of leadership in higher education. He was the first director of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Library in Saudi Arabia, and, prior to that, he led the libraries at Ohio State University for many years. Many academic librarians knew Branin in his role as the editor of College & Research Libraries.

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Software Tests

Engage Dev Camp

In order to provide a reliable video player software tests are essential. A special need to be able to integrate the testing of JavaScript seamlessly into the matterhorn project is to support the maven build system and therefore headless browser testing. There are a couple of candidates which can also be used for testing JavaScript related software. Not all of them are pure or even testing frameworks themselves. Some are helper and others are a huge collections of different types of JavaScript libraries, which also can be used for testing purposes. Not a few of them are outdated and are no longer developed. First of all I like to enumerate all alternatives that I found in association of unit-testing of JavaScript. Test helper and code analysis tools are not closer considered in this article and only listed in the enumeration.

Testing frameworks:Qunit, Jasmine, Screw.Unit, blue-ridge,

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Libraries will get you through

Defeat Despair

“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.”Anne Herbert

Whenever I am feeling grouchy about paying taxes, I try to think of the wonderful public libraries that have given so much to our family over the years.  I can think of few places that have enriched our lives on so many levels, at no direct cost.  Even before I became a librarian I was bewildered that many people never walk into a library.  It’s unquestionably one of the best bargains around.

The public libraries of today have much, much more to offer than traditional books.  You can now look up all sorts of full text publications, 24/7 from the convenience of home, via research databases that formerly cost hundreds of dollars to access (and unlike a Google search, these databases are pre-screened or peer-reviewed for accuracy and quality).  You…

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Great Expectations: how libraries are changing to meet student needs


  • In this breakout session Liz Waller and Sarah Thompson of the University of York gave an overview of the initiatives taking place at York, Durham and Newcastle University Library Services to meet the increasing expectations of students. There is now a lot of work being done in this area as students have to pay fees (£9,000 pa in 2012/13) and students needs are changing. Increasingly, students believe that course costs should cover things like travel between campuses, software and course booklets, etc. At the University of York there are a number of surveys undertaken, including the National Student Survey (NSS) which is a big driver for change.(There is actually only one question in this survey which specifically mentions library services!)

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Told in diary form by an irresistible heroine, this playful and perceptive novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the May Bird trilogy sparkles with science, myth, magic, and the strange beauty of the everyday marvels we sometimes forget to notice.

Spirited, restless Gracie Lockwood has lived in Cliffden, Maine, her whole life. She’s a typical girl in an atypical world: one where sasquatches helped to win the Civil War, where dragons glide over Route 1 on their way south for the winter (sometimes burning down a T.J. Maxx or an Applebee’s along the way), where giants hide in caves near LA and mermaids hunt along the beaches, and where Dark Clouds come for people when they die.

To Gracie it’s all pretty ho-hum…until a Cloud comes looking for her little brother Sam, turning her small-town life upside down. Determined to protect Sam against all odds, her parents pack the family into a used Winnebago and set out on an epic search for a safe place that most people say doesn’t exist: The Extraordinary World. It’s rumored to lie at the ends of the earth, and no one has ever made it there and lived to tell the tale. To reach it, the Lockwoods will have to learn to believe in each other—and to trust that the world holds more possibilities than they’ve ever imagined.

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