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Information Technology and Libraries
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.637
Citation Impact (citeScore): 1
Number of Followers: 699  

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ISSN (Print) 0730-9295 - ISSN (Online) 2163-5226
Published by Boston College Homepage  [8 journals]
  • Letter from the Editor (June 2019)

    • Authors: Kenneth J. Varnum
      Pages: 1 - 1
      Abstract: Highlights of this issue include a new look to journal, regular columns, and the 2019 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award-winning paper
      PubDate: 2019-06-17
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i2.11241
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 2 (2019)
  • Moving Forward with LITA

    • Authors: Bohyun Kim
      Pages: 2 - 4
      Abstract: Final column by outgoing LITA President Bohyun Kim.
      PubDate: 2019-06-17
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i2.11093
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 2 (2019)
  • Digital Faculty Development

    • Authors: Cinthya Ippoliti
      Pages: 5 - 7
      Abstract: The library has always played an important role in faculty development. But with the rise of online degrees, being able to support faculty in a virtual context becomes increasingly challenging. This column analyzes some areas to consider when exploring the way in which libraries can continue to assist with these efforts.
      PubDate: 2019-06-17
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i2.11091
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 2 (2019)
  • Online Ticketed-Passes

    • Authors: Jeffrey Davis
      Pages: 8 - 10
      Abstract: Reviews the arrival of and technology supporting online ticketed-pass programs in libraries. These programs allow library patrons to reserve single-day tickets to local attractions of all kinds. Offerings began with traditional museums but now include science centers, zoos, gardens, performances, tours, classes, and more. Further discussed is the new service delivery paradigm this represents: complementary to in-house offerings, librarians are brokering and facilitiating public access to non-library resources in their region to meet member needs.
      PubDate: 2019-06-17
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i2.11141
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 2 (2019)
  • No Need to Ask

    • Authors: Dejah Rubel
      Pages: 11 - 17
      Abstract: This article will describe how permissionless metadata blockchains could be created to overcome two significant limitations in current cataloging practices: centralization and a lack of traceability. The process would start by creating public and private keys, which could be managed using digital wallet software. After creating a genesis block, nodes would submit either a new record or modifications to a single record for validation. Validation would rely on a Federated Byzantine Agreement consensus algorithm because it offers the most flexibility for institutions to select authoritative peers. Only the top tier nodes would be required to store a copy of the entire blockchain thereby allowing other institutions to decide whether they prefer to use the abridged version or the full version.
      PubDate: 2019-06-17
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i2.10822
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 2 (2019)
  • 50 Years of ITAL/JLA

    • Authors: Brady Lund
      Pages: 18 - 36
      Abstract: Over five decades, Information Technology and Libraries(and its predecessor, the Journal of Library Automation) has influenced research and practice in the library and information science technology. From its inception on, the journal has been consistently ranked as one of the superior publications in the profession and a trendsetter for all types of librarians and researchers. This research examines ITALusing a citation analysis of all 878 peer-reviewed feature articles published over the journal’s 51 volumes. Impactful authors, articles, publications, and themes from the journal’s history are identified. The findings of this study provide insight into the history of ITALand potential topics of interest to ITAL authors and readership.
      PubDate: 2019-06-17
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i2.10875
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 2 (2019)
  • Weathering the Twitter Storm

    • Authors: Sharon Han
      Pages: 37 - 48
      Abstract: After a disaster, news reports and online platforms often document the swift response of public libraries supporting their communities. Despite current scholarship focused on social media in disasters, early uses of social media as an extension of library services require further scrutiny. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognized Hurricane Sandy as one of the earliest U.S. disasters in which first responders used social media. This study specifically examines early uses of Twitter by selected public libraries as an information tool during Sandy’s aftermath. Results can inform uses of social media in library response to future disasters.
      PubDate: 2019-06-17
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i2.11018
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 2 (2019)
  • “Good Night, Good Day, Good Luck”

    • Authors: Megan Ozeran, Piper Martin
      Pages: 49 - 57
      Abstract: This article presents the results of a pilot project that tested the application of algorithmic topic modeling to chat reference conversations. The outcomes for this project included determining if this method could be used to identify the most common chat topics in a semester and whether these topics could inform library services beyond chat reference training. After reviewing the literature, four topic modeling algorithms were successfully implemented using Python code: (1) LDA, (2) phrase-LDA, (3) DMM, and (4) NMF. Analysis of the top ten topics from each algorithm indicated that LDA, phrase-LDA, and NMF show the most promise for future analysis on larger sets of data (from three or more semesters) and for examining different facets of the data (fall versus spring semester, different time of day, just the patron side of the conversation).
      PubDate: 2019-06-17
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i2.10921
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 2 (2019)
  • Information Security in Libraries

    • Authors: Tonia San Nicolas-Rocca, Richard J Burkhard
      Pages: 58 - 71
      Abstract: Libraries in the United States handle sensitive patron information, including personally identifiable information and circulation records. With libraries providing services to millions of patrons across the U.S., it is important that they understand the importance of patron privacy and how to protect it. This study investigates how knowledge transferred within an online cybersecurity education affects library employee information security practices. The results of this study suggest that knowledge transfer does have a positive effect on library employee information security and risk management practices.
      PubDate: 2019-06-17
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i2.10973
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 2 (2019)
  • Wikidata

    • Authors: Theo van Veen
      Pages: 72 - 81
      Abstract: Library catalogues may be connected to the linked data cloud through various types of thesauri. For name authority thesauri in particular I would like to suggest a fundamental break with the current distributed linked data paradigm: to make a transition from a multitude of different identifiers to using a single, universal identifier for all relevant named entities, in the form of the Wikidata identifier. Wikidata ( seems to be evolving into a major authority hub that is lowering barriers to access the web of data for everyone. Using the Wikidata identifier of notable entities as a common identifier for connecting resources has significant benefits compared to traversing the ever-growing linked data cloud. When the use of Wikidata reaches a critical mass, for some institutions, Wikidata could even serve as an authority control mechanism.
      PubDate: 2019-06-17
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i2.10886
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 2 (2019)
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