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Blog posts from September 2010

Take the Tech out of Technology

Submitted by Michelle Boule on September 28, 2010 - 7:49am

I am very happy, after a long break, to be back in this writing space. Techsource has grown and expanded in the last two years and it is exciting to be able to participate in a place with so very much going on and with so many wonderful people.
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Welcome Back, Michele Boule

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on September 27, 2010 - 12:12pm

We’re pleased to announce that after a hiatus of almost two years, Michele Boule is returning to the ALA TechSource blog! We’re excited to have Michelle back with us, and just as she did before, she’s going to give us her unique insight into library technology.
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Exclusive Interview: Pocketbook

Submitted by Tom Peters on September 24, 2010 - 9:05am

I’m an avid follower of portable eReading developments, with umpteen Google Alerts set up for just about every product and keyword.  These days, my incoming email tends to be about 10 percent legitimate stuff, about 40 percent spam (with a curious glut of ads for discount vacations for the French – “We’re from France.”), and 50 percent alerts about eReaders.

Earlier this month I noticed an alert about a Kiev-based device manufacturer called Pocketbook International ( that had just announced five new models of eReading devices at the IFA Exhibition in Berlin (  The devices seem to be very open and flexible, with little or nothing proprietary about them.   
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ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 23, 2010 - 8:01am

Follow a Library!

Submitted by Michael Stephens on September 16, 2010 - 2:22pm

I was glad to meet some of the good folks behind the “Follow a Library Project” in Delft last April for U Game U Learn (see last month’s post for more about UGUL presenter Michael Edson).. Read More »

Slide Decks: Dazzling or Drowsy?

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on September 2, 2010 - 7:44am

Death by Powerpoint.  You’ve seen it; we’ve all been there. You saunter into a conference session, drawn in by the succinct abstract, the scintillating topic.  It only takes a scant few minutes to decide you’ve made a terrible mistake, that it does not matter what words come out of the speaker’s mouth: if you don’t leave immediately, snoozing will ensue.

Here are some tips to transform your slides from a crutch into what they’re supposed to be: a visual aid.
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