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What it’s really like to be a public speaker

What it’s really like to be a public speaker

If you’ve thought about taking your expertise out on the road, here are some things to know before setting off.


Posted on: June 20, 2019, 12:49 pm Category: Uncategorized

Stephen Abram Book Signing at SLA

Lucidea at SLA 2019 with ILS and KM solutions aligned with special library imperatives

June 10, 2019 — Vancouver, BC. Vancouver-based software developer Lucidea will attend this year’s SLA Conference and INFO-EXPO on June 14th through 18th in Cleveland, OH. As the only Diamond Sponsor, Lucidea is bringing a broad lineup of events and updates.

Visit Lucidea at Booth #407 in the Exhibit Hall at the Huntington Convention Center and see the latest developments in their suite of library automation and knowledge management solutions, for organizations of all sizes and budgets.

ILS and KM Product Portfolio

SydneyEnterprise. Take full advantage of the most powerful unified ILS and KM platform, featuring a single venue for administrators and end users to manage and leverage knowledge assets, enhanced search and discovery, and optimized workflows.

GeniePlus. The perfect ILS for agile libraries—it empowers a small staff to deliver large-library impact, with an extensible, highly flexible platform.

Inmagic Presto. Knowledge management practitioners implement this solution to deliver enhanced search and discovery options, improved access to content, collaboration and sharing tools, and much more.

Exciting Product Updates

Updated look and feel—new color palette, fresh and modern, right out of the box

New slideshow component—easily added to your portal; highly functional visual navigation for end users guides them to internal and external resources with one click

Hierarchy browser—create a thesaurus and enable portal end users to easily move up and down the hierarchy and get as broad or narrow as they wish

Audit trail—track any changes or additions to records and permissions (who, what, when) for a complete history of activity

SLA 2019 Sneak Peek:

SLA attendees will be the first to see this prototype!

Artificial Intelligence integration is coming soon—automatic categorization capabilities using IBM’s Watson! Easily configurable to categorize images or any text fields; creates authority terms based on your preferred accuracy requirements. Use with newsfeeds, or remove your backlog by quickly organizing old databases and making them discoverable.

Extra Special Events

This year Lucidea is focused on ways special librarians can expand on being integral to organizational success by becoming (and staying) aligned with leadership’s mission and strategy. They will present two Hot Topics sessions, and a number of practical, real-world exhibitor theater sessions:

Sunday, June 16th

12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. : Inmagic Presto: Unlock Your Digital Vault and Create the Ultimate Knowledge Center

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. : Hot Topics Session: Transformative, Integrated, and Measurable Request Management

Monday, June 17th

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. : Hot Topics Session: Don’t Just Be Integral: Be Aligned!

followed by:

12:50 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. : Hot Topic walk-on—Being Integral is Great, Being Aligned is Greater: Lucidea’s Hot Topics Panelists Offer Specifics

1:50 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. : SydneyEnterprise & GeniePlus: Transformative Request Management; Measure What Matters

Tuesday, June 18th

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. : Educational Session: Transform Your Clients into Searching Superheroes!

Lucidea Press Invites you to Meet their Authors

In addition to offering products and services that help ensure the sustainability and success of their clients, Lucidea offers a program of professional development options for special librarians, knowledge managers and other information professionals. This program includes webinars delivered by internal and external experts, their Think Clearly blog, conference presentations and panels—and a series of book and eBook offerings from Lucidea Press.

Stephen Abram, author of Succeeding in the World of Special Librarianship, will be available for conversations and book signing at Lucidea Booth #407

Sunday, June 16th: (12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.) and (4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)

Monday, June 17th: (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 18th: (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Stan Garfield, author of Proven Practices for Implementing a Knowledge Management Program, will be available for KM conversation and book signing at Lucidea Booth #407

Monday, June 17th: (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 18th: (1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Lucidea team members will be on hand at Booth #407 to demonstrate unrivaled library automation and knowledge management products designed to accommodate every budget and organization size.

For further information about any of Lucidea’s ILS, KM or collections management applications, contact call 604-278-6717 or email [email protected]

Posted on: June 20, 2019, 11:20 am Category: Uncategorized

Major publishers are sabotaging the public library

Major publishers are sabotaging the public library

“Penguin Random House comprises the vast majority of ebooks published on a yearly basis and Macmillan and Hachette almost comprise of the rest. These companies have recently revised their contracts with the public library. Libraries will now have to purchase ebooks that are only good for two year contracts and then will have to devote the resources to see what books they want to buy again and which ones they do not. This is a far cry from the old policy which only had the library make a one time purchase for every ebook they wanted and could loan it out with abandon. Major publishers are now deliberately sabotaging the library system and their rational is they don’t want to devalue their front-list books and want people to buy them, instead of borrow them.”


Posted on: June 20, 2019, 10:06 am Category: Uncategorized

U.S. School Spending Per Pupil Increased for Fifth Consecutive Year, U.S. Census Bureau Reports

Reference: New Data: U.S. School Spending Per Pupil Increased for Fifth Consecutive Year, U.S. Census Bureau Reports

“From the U.S. Census:

The amount spent per pupil for public elementary and secondary education (prekindergarten through 12th grade) for all 50 states and the District of Columbia increased by 3.7% to $12,201 per pupil during the 2017 fiscal year, compared to $11,763 per pupil in 2016, according to new tables released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The increase in spending in 2017 was due in part to an overall increase in revenue for school systems in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. In 2017, public elementary and secondary education revenue, from all sources, amounted to $694.1 billion, up 3.4% from $671.2 billion in 2016.

Other highlights include:

  • Of the 50 states, New York ($23,091), the District of Columbia ($21,974), Connecticut ($19,322), New Jersey ($18,920) and Vermont ($18,290) spent the most per pupil in 2017.
  • Of the 100 largest school systems based on enrollment in the United States, the five school systems with the highest spending per pupil in 2017 were New York City School District in New York ($25,199), Boston City Schools in Massachusetts ($22,292), Baltimore City Schools in Maryland ($16,184), Montgomery County School District in Maryland ($16,109), and Howard County School District in Maryland ($15,921). Maryland had one additional school system in the top 10, making it four of the top 10 school systems in the United States. To see the top 10 school districts by current spending per pupil, see the graphic Top 10 Largest School Districts by Enrollment and Per Pupil Current Spending.
  • Within public school systems, New Mexico (14.4%), Mississippi (14.1%), Alaska (14.0%), Arizona (13.7%) and South Dakota (12.8%) received the highest percentage of their revenues from the federal government, while public school systems in New Jersey (4.1%), Massachusetts (4.3%), Connecticut (4.3%), Minnesota (5.2%) and New York (5.3%) received the lowest.

These statistics come from the 2017 Annual Survey of School System Finances. Education finance data include revenues, expenditures, debt and assets (cash and security holdings) of elementary to secondary (prekindergarten through 12th grade) public school systems. Statistics cover school systems in all states and include the District of Columbia. These statistics are not adjusted for cost of living differences between geographic areas.

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Posted on: June 20, 2019, 6:08 am Category: Uncategorized

Announcement: Crowdfunding for Libraries!

Crowdfunding campaigns need more than just a good idea to succeed.

That’s the problem that the EveryLibrary Institute hopes to solve by introducing our brand new crowdfunding platform at! is a simple to use, one-stop fundraising platform for libraries and library support organizations that connect great ideas in need of crowdsourced funding with tens of thousands of potential donors across the country. FundLibraries is different than other crowdfunding platforms that restrict campaigns for government or established non-profit organizations. You are free to raise money for your library, Friends Group, Foundation, or just your unique library or literacy projects. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the EveryLibrary Institute acts as the fiscal agent to collect charitable donations from individuals and corporate partners and disburses them directly to libraries, Friends groups, library foundations, and campaign managers in the United States and abroad at the close of a crowdfunding campaign.

The core donor audience is EveryLibrary’s network of 300,000 Americans across social media who have self-identified as stakeholders and donors in the future of libraries. Our weekly reach of over 1.5 million Americans means that we can help put your campaign in front of a wide audience with your crowdfunding campaign. brings together a huge network of people who believe in the transformational work of librarians with great ideas that those librarians need to get funded. From new programs that need funding to collections that support the school library to moving a capital campaign forward, Fund Libraries is ready to help your ideas get the funding it needs to succeed.

Library and literacy projects of all sizes are invited to put their campaigns on the platform and engage the EveryLibrary Institute in their fundraising success. Categories include collections, programs, capital campaigns, literacy projects, little free libraries, furniture, and maker spaces, among others. Libraries do not need to have a 501c3 partner to receive donations through

Begin your own campaign today or support a library cause close to your heart! It can all be done on one platform and with just a few clicks! Attached are our promotional posters you can display in your library to advertise the platform as well as tabletop advertisements for your very own campaign.

Michael Parchinsky
Development Director

PS – If you’re coming to ALA in Washington DC, we still have a few tickets left at our fundraiser. We’d love to see you there!

Posted on: June 19, 2019, 12:11 pm Category: Uncategorized

How to prevent ‘summer slide’ in your kids’ literacy

How to prevent ‘summer slide’ in your kids’ literacy

Island literacy experts offer advice on how to help your kids with their literacy skills through the summer


Posted on: June 19, 2019, 12:02 pm Category: Uncategorized

How to Use WorldCat to Locate Books in Libraries Near You

How to Use WorldCat to Locate Books in Libraries Near You

“In the following video I provide a demonstration of how to use to find books in the libraries in your area.

Applications for Education is great not only for finding a copy of a book that you want to read this summer, it’s also great for students who are conducting research on Google Books. When students find a book through Google Books they can then use WorldCat to locate the libraries in their area that have copies available to borrow.”

Exploring Canadian connections to the published record


Exploring Canadian connections to the published record


Posted on: June 19, 2019, 6:45 am Category: Uncategorized