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Blog posts from July 2010

Archive of TechTrends: ALA Annual 2010 Webinar

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 28, 2010 - 8:12am

The rescheduled TechTrends: Annual 2010 Webinar took place yesterday, and was a smashing success. Thanks to all of our participants and panelists, who helped make it such a great event. We also want to thank Michael Stephens and Jason Griffey, who were both unable to participate in the rescheduled event, but contributed by posting their slides and a rundown of their TechTrends on the blog (Jason's Trends are here and Michael's are here).

Below you'll find the following, in this order:

  • Video and Audio of the Event
  • Jason Griffey's Slides
  • Michael Stephens' Slides
  • Marshall Breeding's Slides
  • Kate Sheehan's Slides
  • Tom Peters' Slides

Enjoy the archive! We'll see you at the next TechSource Webinar. Read More »

Michael Stephens Tech Trends from ALA 2010

Submitted by Michael Stephens on July 27, 2010 - 12:21pm

Like Jason, I can’t participate today but I am happy to share my slides and a few words about the trend I was going to explore in my portion of the Webinar. I was only at ALA for 24 hours but the conversations I had with colleagues and people who inspire me pointed to the over-arching idea of “Teaching & Learning in Flux.” Under that trend, I pulled out three sub-categories:

Organizational Immersive Learning

This subcategory addresses the outstanding success of the Learning 2.0 model of staff training: free, open, and inclusive. I was going to highlight my Australian research project sponsored by CAVAL. The foundation for this multi-dimensional study comes from the global replication of the program (1000 institutions and counting) and the words of Stephen Abram: ““I believe that this has been one of the most transformational and viral activities to happen globally to libraries in decades.” Read More »

Jason Griffey's Tech Trends from ALA 2010

Submitted by Jason Griffey on July 26, 2010 - 8:50pm

I’m not able to participate synchronously with the rescheduled TechSource Trends webinar about ALA Annual, but I wanted to chime in and explain a bit about my somewhat vague set of slides that I put up just after the technical issues from the originally scheduled one. So here are my thoughts, and the talking points that I had for the slides if I were able to participate. So sorry that I won’t be there, but I’m sure it’s going to be awesome. Read More »

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Take Pictures, Tell Stories: Creative Commons and You

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on July 20, 2010 - 9:15am

Creative Commons 101

Where U.S. Copyright law dictates how creative work cannot be used, Creative Commons licensing makes it clear how a work may or may not be used.  Creative Commons licensing has several attributes, or conditions, each of which can be assigned independently:  Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives, and Sharealike.  Attribution is just that: if you use a work, its creator must be credited.  Works that use the Non-Commercial stipulation may not be used for any commercial purpose.  No Derivatives means that the work must be used exactly as it's provided.  Sharealike requires users to license any derivative works the same way that the original was licensed. Read More »

Three Cultures

Submitted by Tom Peters on July 19, 2010 - 8:39am

An opinion piece by David Brooks, which ran in the July 9th edition of the New York Times (, articulates a key challenge facing libraries in America today.  Of course, like many an utterance from beyond librarianship that touch on key library issues, this one doesn't actually mention libraries.    

Brooks focuses on the underlying assumptions of two cultures that currently are “at war” in America: Internet culture and Literary culture.  The overt bone of contention is how participation in these two cultures affects students during their formative formal educational years. 
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New issue of LTR from Char Booth! Hope, Hype and VoIP: Riding the Library Technology Cycle

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 15, 2010 - 1:45pm

Texting. The cloud. E-books. Location-based services. Mobile devices, virtual worlds, microblogging, wikis, social media, and so on. What do these things have in common? They have all taken their turn as “the next big thing.” There’s never a been a shortage of up-and-coming library technologies, but while some prove to be revolutionary, others flame out just as quickly. Confusing matters even more, the next big thing might pan out great for Library A, but crash and burn for Library B. We all work with limited resources, so when we invest in a new tool or service, we want confidence our time and funds go towards something lasting and useful (rather than a lot of hype). Read More »

Today's Webinar Disaster

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 13, 2010 - 1:05pm

To Anyone who Registered for Today's Webinar,

Due to unanticipated technical problems, we have been forced to pull the plug on today's webinar, TechTrends: Annual 2010. Though we were very excited to bring you this event, it appears that the number of attendees led to a severe server crash.

We are tremendously sorry for the inconvenience, and will work to resurrect this event as quickly as we can. We will keep you updated as we work to make this up to all who registered for this event.

Thank you, and again, we offer our sincerest apologies to everyone who wanted to participate.

Fines, Day Cares, and Ebooks: How is Your Library Assigning Value?

Submitted by Kate Sheehan on July 6, 2010 - 8:14am

Does your library charge fines? For everything? I've been chatting with a couple of libraries that don't charge fines for books, but do charge them for DVDs and videos. One library finds that their books often don't come back. Or that they come back months late. Not so with the DVDs and videos. Fines, they conclude, are the way to get materials back.
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Important Information about Registration for Building the Digital Branch Workshop

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 2, 2010 - 10:41am

It's recently come to our attention that there is a glitch in the registration process for our workshop Building the Digital Branch with David Lee King. The ALA Store is incorporating a shipping charge into the fee for this event, despite the fact that there is nothing to ship and thus no such fee.

We are short staffed because of the holiday weekend, and will not be able to fix this problem until Tuesday, July 6th. If you are planning on registering for the event, please wait until after that date. If you have registered for the event and been charged the shipping cost, please contact us at and we will process a refund for you.

Thank you for your patience. Read More »

Lessons from ALA 2010

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on July 2, 2010 - 7:27am

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Three years ago, at the ALA Annual Conference in DC, I wrote this blog post. I was a month into a new job and trying to find my way into the impenetrable depths of the seemingly endless ALA.  My past experience in other associations told me that Woody Allen was right when he said that eighty percent of success is showing up: associations like ALA and its chapters and divisions depend on volunteers to get business and planning done, and there are never enough volunteers.  So, looking back, what have I learned?

Building the Digital Branch: An ALA TechSource Workshop with David Lee King

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 1, 2010 - 7:43am

Every library needs a presence on the Web. Whether you work at a large academic library or a public library in a small town, you need to be able to provide service and content to your patrons beyond the walls of your building. In this workshop, David Lee King will take you through the process of building an effective, user-friendly library website that will exand and enhance your library's presence in its community.

This event will take place on Tuesday, August 3rd at 2:30pm Eastern (1:30pm Central, 11:30am Pacific).

Whether you're looking to launch your first website, redesign your site, or expand the site you have, this workshop will provide practical guidance for every step of the process. Read More »