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Here’s how the most popular live-streaming platforms stack up in the US

Here’s how the most popular live-streaming platforms stack up in the US

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Posted on: February 15, 2017, 1:06 pm Category: Uncategorized

Gallup: State of the American Workplace Report

“State of the American Workplace

Understand everything that matters most about the changes in the modern workforce. Gallup’s in-depth analytics help leaders optimize their attraction, retention, engagement and performance strategies during a time of extraordinary change.

Today, the old ways of running a workplace — annual reviews, forced rankings, outdated competencies — don’t get the intended results. Leaders must gain scientific insight into employees’ evolving wants and needs and learn how to build an exceptional workplace.

State of the American Workplace delivers unprecedented analytics and advice on the changing workplace, using data collected from more than 195,600 U.S. employees via the Gallup Panel and Gallup Daily tracking in 2015 and 2016, more than 31 million respondents through Gallup’s Q12Client Database, and insight from advising leading Fortune 1000 companies. This iteration builds upon the last State of the American Workplace report, released in 2013.

Hear Gallup expert Ed O’Boyle on why the changes in the workplace are so important to your organization.

State of the American Workplace helps leaders like you:

  • design and deliver a compelling and authentic employer brand
  • take employee engagement from a survey to a cultural pillar that improves performance
  • approach performance management in ways that motivate employees
  • offer benefits and perks that influence attraction and retention
  • enable people to work successfully from locations besides the office
  • construct office environments that honor privacy while encouraging collaboration
  • improve clarity and communication for employees who work on multiple teams

About Gallup’s State of the Workplace Initiative
Gallup’s State of the Workplace Initiative aims to change workplaces positively for economic and human development by providing leaders and organizations with analytics, advice and science-based solutions that reflect the attitudes and behaviors of employees and their workplaces in over 140 countries.

Complete the form below to access the complimentary State of the American Workplace report online and receive an email with a link to download.”


Posted on: February 14, 2017, 1:02 pm Category: Uncategorized

New checklists provide practical steps to protect patron privacy

New checklists provide practical steps to protect patron privacy

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/07/2017

CHICAGO —  The American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) approved seven new “privacy checklists” at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia to help libraries of all types and capacities take practical steps to protect patron privacy. The checklists complement the Library Privacy Guidelines approved by the IFC in 2016. The checklists include:

The IFC’s Privacy Subcommittee worked in partnership with the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) Patron Privacy Techonologies Interest Group to develop the checklists, which pair with each of the existing Privacy Guidelines.

“The privacy checklists are a great resource for libraries of all types and sizes,” said IFC Privacy Subcommittee Chair Michael Robinson, head of systems at the University of Alaska – Anchorage’s Consortium Library. “They take the theoretical principles around privacy and organize them as practical actions that libraries of any capacity can take to protect their patrons. The large group of volunteers that worked on the checklists exemplify what can be accomplished through collaboration across areas of expertise.”

The guidelines are now available online on the ALA website. The IFC Privacy Subcommittee encourages anyone with comments or questions to email its ALA staff liaison, Deborah Caldwell-Stone in the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at [email protected].

The ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, a committee of Council, recommends policies, practices and procedures to safeguard the rights of library users, libraries and librarians, in accordance with the First Amendment and the Library Bill of Rights. The IFC Privacy Subcommittee monitors ongoing privacy developments in libraries, including technology, politics, legislation and social trends, and it proposes actions to the IFC to meet the privacy needs of librarians and library users.

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials. The goal of the office is to educate librarians and the public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries. OIF supports the work of the Intellectual Freedom Committee and its Privacy Subcommittee.  For more information, visit”


Posted on: February 13, 2017, 6:01 am Category: Uncategorized

Misconceptions about Licensing Electronic Content

Misconceptions about Licensing Electronic Content

Misconceptions about Licensing Electronic Content



Posted on: February 12, 2017, 1:19 pm Category: Uncategorized

5 steps to better stakeholder management

5 steps to better stakeholder management

5 steps to better stakeholder management

“1.  Identify the stakeholders who will help you fulfil your goals

Who are the influencers and key players who can help you get things done, and who can prevent plans from being realised?

How are you supporting the current higher strategic goals of your institution or those of your library? Whose gains or pains are you trying to address? Who your allies in getting things done, and who do you really depend on? Who are not yet your allies and who are absolutely crucial to gain the funding or take-up you need to move forward with your new idea?

List the ones that will help you achieve or obstruct your aims for the coming period by using a mapping software like MindManager or by drawing a mind map.

Proud2Know Stakeholder Map Plot2.  Create a stakeholder matrix

Next, plot your stakeholders by name and/or function on a matrix graph to reveal and/or visualise who your influential stakeholders are and where they stand in relation to your new process, policy, project or service.

  • Key players have the most influence and interest in what you do.
  • Influencers have less interest in your initiative at this stage but they are influential so important to convert.
  • Your Fans are keen followers but lack influence to have a significant effect on what you plan to do.
  • The Curious are stakeholders with less power and less interest in your initiative.

3.  Create a short stakeholder summary

Create a short stakeholder matrix summary and prioritise each stakeholder based on their influence and interest. List your Key Players and Influencers first. This will help you prioritise who you invest your efforts in first, where the most efforts will be put into your Influencers with less interest but power.

4.  Create a detailed stakeholder analysis

The next step is to create a more detailed stakeholder analysis together with the team who is involved in your new initiative. This will provide you with a concrete strategy for how to communicate with whom to achieve your goals in growing the content of your repository. Here, you take each stakeholder separately, analyse their needs, priorities, concerns, their impact on you, your impact on them, and conclude with a win-win argument based on this knowledge. Discussing your stakeholders in this way will help you target them much more effectively. The benefits for your stakeholder or his/her concerns will become much more transparent.

5.  Create a stakeholder communication plan

From your detailed stakeholder analysis, you have learnt more about what kind of an effect your stakeholder may have on your initiative and it on them.
This information will now help you determine what is best to communicate to your stakeholder, and how. Define your communication strategy here to form your Stakeholder Communication Plan.

For a concrete example on how to use this method, see a previous blog on 5 stakeholder management steps to growing your open access repository

Analysing your stakeholders in this way can help you prepare for conversations with them. They are more likely to help you if you address things from their perspective.”


Posted on: February 11, 2017, 12:23 pm Category: Uncategorized

Lucidea Free Webinar: Striking the Balance: The Power of High Touch in a High Tech World – Our Next Conversation with Stephen Abram

Striking the Balance: The Power of High Touch in a High Tech World – Our Next Conversation with Stephen Abram

Join us for a discussion on how librarians can position themselves to bridge the perceived divide between high-service and high-efficiency. Mingling with your users allows you to shine as an applied technologist in support of their requirements – high tech and high touch are not mutually exclusive.  When you strike the right balance, your organization will enjoy an increasing return on value.

Experienced library and information industry leader Stephen Abram, and Phil Green, Lucidea’s COO, will discuss the “bidirectional librarian” and share experiences that demonstrate the sustaining value of combining high touch with high tech.

Please join us for a free webinar, “Striking the Balance:  The Power of High Touch in a High Tech World,” onTuesday, Feb 21st, 2017, at 11 a.m. Pacific, 2 p.m. Eastern.

We hope to see you there!

Register now by clicking the register button, or by calling 604-278-6717

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Posted on: February 10, 2017, 1:25 pm Category: Uncategorized

Toronto: URGENTLY NEEDED Furniture for Refugee Family

My wife and I and our neighbours are sponsoring two refugee families and helping some others.

We have a move in soon at our Co-operative and maybe this is a win win for a few locals.  You can help our families and  edit your lockers and basements!

Furniture for Refugee Family

• single bed
• double bed
• bunk bed
• dressers
• night table
• small sofa or love seat
• occasional chairs
• all kitchen accessories
• bookcases
• area rugs
• lamps
• bed & bathroom linens
• duvets
• small desk and chair
• coffee table
• mirrors

Clothing not needed at this time
E-mail: [email protected]




Posted on: February 8, 2017, 11:10 am Category: Uncategorized