Information Technology and Libraries https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital <p><em>Information Technology and Libraries</em> publishes material related to all <strong>aspects of information technology in all types of libraries</strong>. Topic areas include, but are not limited to, library automation, digital libraries, metadata, identity management, distributed systems and networks, computer security, intellectual property rights, technical standards, geographic information systems, desktop applications, information discovery tools, web-scale library services, cloud computing, digital preservation, data curation, virtualization, search-engine optimization, emerging technologies, social networking, open data, the semantic web, mobile services and applications, usability, universal access to technology, library consortia, vendor relations, and digital humanities.</p> Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a division of the American Library Association en-US Information Technology and Libraries 0730-9295 <p>Authors that submit to&nbsp;<em>Information Technology and Libraries</em> agree to the <a title="Copyright Notice" href="https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/copyrightnotice" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Copyright Notice</a>.</p> Letter from the Editors https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/16005 <p>Overview of the December 2022 issue.</p> Kenneth J. Varnum Marisha C. Kelly Copyright (c) 2022 Kenneth J. Varnum and Marisha C. Kelly https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 2022-12-19 2022-12-19 41 4 10.6017/ital.v41i4.16005 Digitization of Libraries, Archives, and Museums in Russia https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/13783 <p>This paper discusses the digitization of cultural heritage in Russian libraries, archives, and museums. In order to achieve the research goals, both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies were adopted to analyze the current status of legislative principles related to digitization through the literature review and the circumstance of the latest projects related to digitization through the literature and website review. The results showed that these institutions seem quite successful where they provide a wide range of services for the users to access the digital collections. However, the main constraints on digitization within libraries, archives, and museums in Russia are connected with the scale of the work, dispersal of rare books throughout the country, and low level of document usage.</p> Heesop Kim Nadezhda Maltceva Copyright (c) 2022 Heesop Kim and Nadezhda Maltceva https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 2022-12-19 2022-12-19 41 4 10.6017/ital.v41i4.13783 Tech Tools in Pandemic-Transformed Information Literacy Instruction https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/15383 <p class="AbstractText">Inspired by pandemic-transformed instruction, this paper examines the digital accessibility of five tech tools used in information literacy sessions, specifically for students who use assistive technologies such as screen readers. The tools are Kahoot!, Mentimeter, Padlet, Jamboard, and Poll Everywhere. First, we provide an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and digital accessibility definitions, descriptions of screen reading assistive technology, and the current use of tech tools in information literacy instruction for student engagement. Second, we examine accessibility testing assessments of the five tech tools selected for this paper. Our data show that the tools had severe, significant, and minor levels of digital accessibility problems, and while there were some shared issues, most problems were unique to the individual tools. We explore the implications of tech tools’ unique environments as well as the importance of best practices and shared vocabularies. We also argue that digital accessibility benefits all users. Finally, we provide recommendations for teaching librarians to collaborate with campus offices to assess and advance the use of accessible tech tools in information literacy instruction, thereby enhancing an equitable learning environment for all students.</p> Amanda Rybin Koob Kathia Salomé Ibacache Oliva Michael Williamson Marisha Lamont-Manfre Addison Hugen Amelia Dickerson Copyright (c) 2022 Amanda Rybin Koob, Kathia Salomé Ibacache Oliva, Michael Williamson, Marisha Lamont-Manfre, Addison Hugen, and Amelia Dickerson https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 2022-12-19 2022-12-19 41 4 10.6017/ital.v41i4.15383 Spatiotemporal Distribution Change of Online Reference During the Time of COVID-19 https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/15097 <p>The goal of this project was to identify the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the spatiotemporal distribution of the library’s online patrons, so that we could assess if the scheduled library reference hours are meeting the needs of the academic community. We collected each online reference patron’s location information via their IP address, as well as the timestamp of each online reference instance. The spatiotemporal distribution patterns were analyzed and compared before and after in-person instruction was suspended due to COVID-19 distance protocols and a closing of the campus in the 2020 spring semester. The results show that the geographic origins of reference questions redistributed after COVID-19 protocols were initially implemented and the university community underwent a temporary geographical redistribution. Reference question origins tended to move away from campus to other areas of the state, other states, and internationally. This population redistribution suggested that the library could adjust the online reference schedule to provide better access and service to patrons.</p> Thomas Gerrish Ningning Nicole Kong Copyright (c) 2022 Thomas Gerrish and Ningning Nicole Kong https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 2022-12-19 2022-12-19 41 4 10.6017/ital.v41i4.15097 A Library Website Migration https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/14801 <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This article provides a background on the migration of the California State University (CSU), Stanislaus library website from an open-source platform to a content management system specifically designed for library websites. Before the migration, there was a trial of different content management systems (CMS), a student usability study, and consultations with outside web and systems librarians to acquire better insight on their experiences migrating a library website and their familiarity with the different CMS trialed.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The evaluation process, website design, and usability study began before the pandemic and the global shift to remote services. However, despite this shift, the timeline for the migration was not altered and the migration was completed as planned. Within a year, the library website migration planning, designing, trialing, and structural organization was completed using a modified waterfall model approach.</span></p> Isabel Vargas Ochoa Copyright (c) 2022 Isabel Vargas Ochoa https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 2022-12-19 2022-12-19 41 4 10.6017/ital.v41i4.14801 A Library Website Redesign in the Time of COVID https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/15101 <p style="line-height: 200%; margin: 0in 0in 12.0pt 0in;">In November 2019, Binghamton University Libraries initiated a website redesign project. Our goal was to create a user-centered, data-informed website with refreshed content and upgraded functionality. Originally, our redesign plan included in-person card-sorting activities, focus groups, and usability studies, but when the Libraries went remote in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to quickly reassess and adapt our processes and workflows. In this article, we will discuss how we completed this significant project remotely by relying on effective project management, communication, teamwork, and flexibility.</p> Erin Rushton Bern Mulligan Copyright (c) 2022 Erin Rushton and Bern Mulligan https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 2022-12-19 2022-12-19 41 4 10.6017/ital.v41i4.15101