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Blog posts from December 2010

Predictions for 2011

Submitted by Jason Griffey on December 29, 2010 - 10:40am

Since my November post was all about what was going to be hot for the holiday season, I thought it only fitting that the last post of 2010 for me would be looking forward to 2011. Here’s a short list of my guesses for the technology world in 2011, particularly the eBook and eReader realm. In no particular order:

1. 2011 is the year that eReaders enter the realm of commodity. I’ve been saying for the last couple of years that they were on the way, but I think that this is the year we’ll see the traditional eInk eReader like the Kindle drop to the $50 range. Read More »

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Ebook Locals and Tourists (hint: librarians should be locals)

Submitted by Kate Sheehan on December 28, 2010 - 10:15am

I grew up without tourists. Not for lack of trying on the part of certain groups in my hometown. There was a flurry of activity trying to establish eastern Connecticut as a hotbed of rural, agriculturally-based tourism. If only these well-intentioned folks had anticipated the local food movement. Maybe we could have put together a Community Supported Agriculture program in town. I would have gotten on board if the end result involved good tomatoes. Although I have lived a mostly touristless life, I know plenty of people who grew up or currently live in places overrun by visitors, where complaining about tourists is a local hobby. Read More »


You Can Do Magic

Submitted by Michael Stephens on December 20, 2010 - 10:24am

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Read More »


Breaking News: New Management at SirsiDynix

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on December 16, 2010 - 12:08pm

A round of new senior-level executive management appointments at SirsiDynix shuffles responsibilities, but does not seem to represent drastic change for the company.  Effective immediately, Matthew Hawkins advances to the role of Chief Executive Officer, and upward shift from his previous post as Chief Operating Officer; Gary Rautenstrauch becomes Executive Chairman; and Bill Davidson returns as Chief Operating Officer. Read More »


Why NetGalley is the Best Kept e-book Secret on the Web

Submitted by Michelle Boule on December 16, 2010 - 10:32am

NetGalley is a community where publishers can connect with reviewers, librarians, and the media and exchange eAdvanced Reader’s Copies. I like ARCs but I adore eARCs even more. Read More »


ALA TechSource Workshop: Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 14, 2010 - 11:37am

We're happy to announce another ALA TechSource Workshop--Using E-Books and E-Readers in Your Library with Sue Polanka.

With the recent explosion in the popularity of eReading devices, many librarians are grappling with how to effectively integrate these devices into their services and collection. In  two 90-minute sessions on January 25th and February 1st, 2011 at 4:00pm Eastern, Sue Polanka will provide practical guidance on how to begin purchasing eBooks for your library to lend electronically and how to purchase eReader devices for patron use. The first session will provide a basic primer on acquiring eBooks, while the second will provide an overview of the issues surrounding library lending of eBook readers. 

Topics covered will include: Read More »


Privacy and Freedom of Information in 21st-Century Libraries

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 9, 2010 - 4:23pm

CHICAGO—ALA TechSource announces the latest issue of Library Technology Reports, Privacy and Freedom of Information in 21st-Century Libraries. This special issue was produced in collaboration with The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, and includes contributions from Jason Griffey, Sarah Houghton-Jan, and Eli Neiburger. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Social Software and the Library, Session 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 8, 2010 - 4:24pm

Earlier today, Robin Hastings and David Lee King held the second session of their ALA TechSource Workshop Facebook, Twitter and More: Using Social Software in the Library. The following are some of the questions asked during the session. Robin and David will be chiming in via comments, and you can as well. Read More »


First Impressions on Google's New Bookstore

Submitted by Tom Peters on December 8, 2010 - 10:03am

The Google ebookstore (http://books.google.com/ebooks) officially opened on Monday.  At launch, Google ebooks are available only in the U.S., but they plan to go international in 2011.  On Day One Google claimed to offer the world's largest selection of ebooks, with “...nearly 3 million free ebooks and hundreds of thousands of titles that are ready for purchase.”  If and when the dust settles on the Google Book Settlement, those numbers should rise substantially.  Read More »


ALA TechSource Workshop: Library Analytics: Inspiring Positive Action through Web User Data, with Char Booth and Paul Signorelli

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 7, 2010 - 12:35pm

ALA TechSource announces the latest in its series of Online Workshops--Library Analytics: Inspiring Positive Action through Web User Data, with Char Booth and Paul Signorelli. Read More »


Creating Privacy Online

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on December 6, 2010 - 10:31am

One of the books I read last year was Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, about a band of high-school hackers who take down the seriously-overstepping, bad-guy Homeland Security Department.   Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Social Software and the Library, Session 1

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 1, 2010 - 4:26pm

Earlier today, Robin Hastings and David Lee King held the first session of their ALA TechSource Workshop Facebook, Twitter and More: Using Social Software in the Library. The following are some of the questions asked during the session. Robin and David will be chiming in via comments, and you can as well.

  • What kind of training is involved in getting staff to use meebo and other chat-based tools? How much time do you think a library needs to commit?
  • Can you share some samples of policy statements for posting on Facebook, blogs, etc?
  • Can you share some ideas for getting people to participate in, rather than just looking at, your Facebook activity

Preliminary Reading Material Read More »


Geosocial Locations and Libraries

Submitted by Michael Stephens on December 1, 2010 - 10:15am

Today I’m catching up with some recent reports from Pew Internet and American Life. One of the most recent focuses on “geosocial” applications and it offered some not surprising statistics on who is using services like FourSquare or Gowalla. The report finds “that 4% of online adults use a service such as Foursquare or Gowalla that allows them to share their location with friends and to find others who are nearby. On any given day, 1% of internet users are using these services.”

Read the full report here: http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2010/PIP-Location%20based%20services.pdf
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