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Blog posts from September 2011

Ready, Aim....Fire!

Submitted by Jason Griffey on September 28, 2011 - 10:36pm

That explosion you heard today? That was the sound of a thousand heads hitting a thousand desks over at Barnes & Noble HQ today as Amazon pulled the rug out of B&N’s temporary lead in eBook technology. For the last year Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color has stood alone on the tablet eReader front, and their more-recently announced Nook Touch was at the top of the technological heap of eInk devices. Amazon has always had the better ecosystem for eBooks, as well as a better catalog of books.  Read More »

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Continuing the Conversation: Creating Subject Guides for a 21st Century Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on September 21, 2011 - 9:08am

We just wrapped up the ALA TechSource Workshop Creating Subject Guides for the 21st-Century Library with Buffy Hamilton. We had some fantastic discussion during this event, and because the session was so jam-packed with content, Buffy wasn’t able to answer all of the great questions participants had. Below are some questions for continued discussion. Buffy will be responding in the comments--whether you attended or not, feel free to join the conversation!

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Finding Technology Answers in Science Fiction

Submitted by Michelle Boule on September 19, 2011 - 8:59am

Recently, I reached an intersection of a few marginally related things that made me think about how important books, information, and libraries are to the inspiration of culture, education, and technology.
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Product News: Boopsie to Offer Mobile Apps in Spanish

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 16, 2011 - 1:03pm

Boopsie will debut a Spanish language version of its mobile app at the REFORMA conference starting today in Denver,CO.

Boopsie apps are available in all languages using the Latin alphabet. Customers are responsible for content translation. REFORMA chapters are available to assist libraries with Spanish language services. See the REFORMA website for a list of chapters. http://www.reforma.org

According to a recent Pew study, Smartphone adoption among Hispanics is among the highest in the country at 45 percent.

Full press release on PRWeb.
Visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2011/9/prweb8792467.htm


Continuing the Conversation: Using Google Apps for a More Efficient Library Part 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on September 14, 2011 - 3:23pm

We just wrapped up the second session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using Google Apps for a More Efficient Library with Suzann Hollland. Whether you attended or not, feel free to join the discussion in the comments area!

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Subject Guides Born Again with Social Media Tools

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 8, 2011 - 9:48am

Are you attending Buffy Hamilton’s September 20th Workshop Creating Subject Guides for the 21st-Century Library? Give some time to her preliminary readings. Even if you haven’t registered for the workshop, this list is worth a read for anybody who creates subject guides. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Using Google Apps for a More Efficient Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on September 7, 2011 - 3:20pm

We just wrapped up the first session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using Google Apps for a More Efficient Library with Suzann Hollland. Whether you attended or not, feel free to join the discussion in the comments area!

The Preliminary Readings from Today’s Event
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Reviewing reviews

Submitted by Kate Sheehan on September 1, 2011 - 8:21am

I am entirely unqualified to comment on San Diego’s restaurant scene. But I spent several days there prior to ALA Midwinter 2011. Fortunately, I had locals to show me around, but it was in San Diego that I really started to doubt Yelp. Like a lot of online-types, I often rely on Yelp to find decent restaurants, though I usually keep a few salt crystals on hand when I skim through the reviews. As someone who spends a lot of time online, sifting through other people’s thoughts and ideas, I felt well equipped to ferret out a reasonably priced and delicious place to eat in a strange city. Read More »