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Call for Chapter Proposals: Social Media: An Academic Library Perspective


“Call for Chapter Proposals

Social Media: An Academic Library Perspective (working title)

Editor – Nina Verishagen; Publisher – Elsevier

Proposal submission deadline: June 1, 2017

Please submit proposals by filling out this form:

Are you a library professional immersed in social media management? Have you experienced great successes and/or failures with a social media campaign? If you have, please consider submitting a chapter proposal!

Social Media: An Academic Library Perspective will be a practical, concise anthology dedicated to guiding academic libraries in their use of social media. Various authors from different academic institutions will provide their perspectives, experiences and tips on using social media platforms. The book will highlight successes and failures and will provide recommendations and tips that anyone in the academic environment can interpret and adapt. Each chapter will focus on a specific social media platform.

Editor is particularly interested in chapters covering:

–          Twitter
–          Instagram
–          Snapchat
–          YouTube

Editor is looking for chapters that cover the use of a specific social media platform by an Academic Library. Each chapter should include:

A description of the social media platform and academic library being presented;
Suggested tools (working groups, online software, spreadsheets, etc.) to use the platform effective
A case study covering the library’s use of the platform – for example a promotion campaign, or ongoing programming on the platform;
A list of successes and failures;
Recommendations for other academic libraries.
Full chapters:

Are tentatively due November 1, 2017;
Will be written from a practical perspective, in first person-narrative;
Will adhere to APA format;
Will be approximately 4,000-4,500 words in length
Authors interested in submitting chapters should fill out this form:

Please send questions to:

Ideas on cloning disc images

Compact Disc

A question from a library person on a listserve:

“Is anyone experienced with cloning disc images and deploying them from a server? I’m looking at a few options:  Clonezilla, Fog, MDT, WDS.  I’m looking for a deployment option that is fairly easy to use, works well with Server R2, and can easily deploy to 30+ Windows 7/10 machines. ”

A few people answered; so we are passing it on to you here in case you have similar questions. If you have some other suggestions, post them below!

  • We use FOG and are very happy with it.  The program is easy to use and works with few problems.  However, it only runs on Linux.   I don’t have any experience with Clonezilla server, but we used to use Clonezilla Live.  It got the job done, but required us to go from computer to computer with a flash drive.  FOG is much less time consuming. If you want to use a Windows Server as an imaging server, you might have to use the Microsoft approved way of deploying Windows via MDT and WDS.
  • You might want to take a look at clone deploy as well. I have used it and it works very well.
  • I use Symantec Ghost Solution Suite and am very with how it works for cloning and deployment. It runs on Windows Server and has an easy to use GUI. It can also be configured to do all sorts of patch management also.
  • We have used Clonezilla before.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t and you have to do a regular re-image.
  • We’re using SCCM for image creation and deployment.  That might be too big a tool for your needs but it’s certainly useful for us (240 public computers running Windows 10 in 4 buildings).

Spotlight on Mobile: Devices, Interface, and Content

Mobile Device Management

NISO Webinar

Spotlight on Mobile: Devices, Interface, and Content         

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)


This session will look at the ongoing importance of mobile devices and the influence those devices have on access to and usage of various forms of content, whether text or multimedia. As mobile technology is a ubiquitous tool for a global population, its impact on the practices and policies of libraries and content providers should not be underestimated.

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Advocacy Alert: #SaveIMLS


“Last month, library supporters across the country called on their Representatives to sign annual letters of support to the Appropriations Committee urging $186.6 million in federal funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) in FY 2018. As a result, a record one-third of the entire House of Representatives signed those critical letters!

Now it’s time to keep that rally going in the Senate where our bipartisan champions have delivered their “Dear Appropriator” letters supporting LSTA and IAL to their fellow Senators. That means it’s up to you to:

  • Use the ALA Legislative Action Center to contact the offices of both of your U.S. Senators by email, tweet or phone (or all three!).
  • Ask them to “sign the FY18 LSTA and IAL Dear Appropriator letters.
  • Ask everyone you know who values libraries to take action, too. Your staff, governing and advisory boards, volunteers, vendors, Friends, foundation members and patrons all can help keep LSTA and IAL funding from being eliminated or slashed.
  • Check up on your Senators! Use our easy tracking tool and, if you don’t see your Senator listed as a signator of the LSTA and/or IAL Dear Appropriator letters, ask them again to sign on right away.

Able to do a bit more? Check out Fight for Libraries! to tell us your story of how federal funding makes a difference in your library so we can tell strategically retell it to Members of Congress, and participate in National Library Legislative Day online on May 1.

Send an Email  Make a Call  Send a Tweet

Need more background information? Visit our previous posts on this topic or watch our most recent webinar.”

Early-bird registration for Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference (June 8-9)

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“Are you planning to attend the 4th Annual Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference on June 8-9, 2017Register by May 26 to take advantage of the lower registration fee. The $95 registration fee will increase to $125 after May 26. Remember to book your hotel room soon. The special room rate at the DoubleTree Hotel in Oak Brook, IL will be available until Thursday, May 18, or until the rooms in the group block are sold out, whichever comes first.

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