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Blog posts from May 2012

TECH SET interview: Ken Varnum

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 31, 2012 - 3:08pm

Editors Note: The TECH SET Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski has interviewed authors about their books. We will post the interviews to the companion pages for the The TECH SET. Starting today, and on Thursdays during the next 9 weeks, we will feature an interview on the ALA TechSource blog.

Yesterday, one of the participants in Sean Fitzpatrick's Drupal Basics workshop asked if we could suggest a concise guide on using Drupal to develop a library website. Yes we can!

Among the 10 new titles to The TECH SET series is Drupal in Libraries (14) , by Kenneth J. Varnum. Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski spoke to Ken about the book. Below the SoundCloud embed are a few notes from the interview. Read More »

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Continuing the Conversation: Drupal Basics

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on May 30, 2012 - 1:38pm

We just wrapped up the latest iteration of Sean Fitzpatrick’s workshop Drupal Basics: What Drupal can do For Your Library. If you didn’t have a chance to attend, check out Sean’s slides, posted below!

If you want to go more in-depth with Drupal, go to the ALA Store and learn more about Sean’s six-week eCourse, Using Drupal to Build Library Websites. This course gives you the chance to go way-more in-depth and actually build a website! Read More »


New Bibliographic Framework and Linked Data

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 29, 2012 - 10:33am

Library of Congress (LC) announced last week that it has contracted with Zepheira to help accelerate the launch of the Bibliographic Framework Initiative.

LC’s plan for the new bibliographic framework stated, released in October 2011, stated: Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Gadgets in the Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on May 24, 2012 - 1:16pm
We just wrapped up the latest iteration of Jason Griffey’s workshop Gadget’s in the Library. Read More »

Ad Hoc Librarianship

Submitted by Sarah Ludwig on May 22, 2012 - 11:07am

I'm so excited to share some of my experiences as a librarian and technology educator. I work at a preschool through grade 12 independent school in Connecticut. I've had two other library jobs, but I've always focused on services to kids and teens. And now I have this awesome hybrid job where I work both as a librarian, to our middle and upper school students, and as the academic technology coordinator, a position that serves faculty and students all the way from preschool up to twelfth grade.

For the first few months of my job, I was known almost exclusively as the "computer teacher." Though my predecessor also had the title Academic Technology Coordinator, she'd started as a "specialist," as we say in schools. You guessed it; she was the computer teacher. Through the tenacity of my manager, who persistently referred to me as the Academic Technology Coordinator, it became recognized as my title. The distinction relates to curriculum. Read More »


Sarah Ludwig to Blog at ALA TechSource

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 11, 2012 - 6:03am

I’m delighted to welcome Sarah Ludwig to the ALA TechSource blog team. She will join bloggers Jason Griffey and Kate Sheehan and new Code Words columnist Jason Clark.

A 2010 ALA Emerging Leader, Sarah is academic technology coordinator at Hamden Hall, a preK-12 school in Connecticut. She previously worked at Darien Library, where in various positions she managed reference, technology, and teen services. She is author of Starting from Scratch: Building a Teen Library Program (Libraries Unlimited, 2011) and is one of VOYA’s “Tag Team Tech” columnists. Read More »


The TECH SET 11-20 is Published

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 10, 2012 - 3:14pm

The TECH SET is here, on my messy desk, as well as in our warehouse and ready to ship.

Congratulations to Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski and authors Amanda Beilskas, Marshall Breeding, Jason Clark, Kathleen Dreyer, Amanda Etches, Robin Fay, Michael Lascarides, Joe Murphy, Greg R. Notess, Michael P. Sauers, Aaron Schmidt, Sarah K. Steiner, and Kenneth J. Varnum on publication of their TECH SET books. Read More »

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Using the Google Spreadsheets Data API to build a Recommended Reading List - Code Words

Submitted by Jason Clark on May 8, 2012 - 8:42am

Welcome to Code Words. A new column looking to demonstrate how simple programming tasks and emerging technology trends can be applied to libraries. My goal is to provide an introduction to the role that programming and computer tools can play in building the digital branch of the library. Topics will include everything from relational databases, to mobile services, to simple Javascript routines, and much more. Read More »

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Experiences Become Expectations

Submitted by Jason Griffey on May 4, 2012 - 12:48pm

Editor's note: This post is adapted from the introduction to Jason Griffey’s new Library Technology Report “Gadgets and Gizmos: Libraries and the Post-PC Era.” Jason revisits the technologies that he highlighted in his 2010 report. And he beats himself up a bit over it. Help him let go of the past; excuse him from predicting the future; and join him in discussing the gadgets your patrons are using today: Jason will be presenting a two-part workshop on May 10 and May 24.

Way back in April 2010, Library Technology Reports published “Gadgets and Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library,” but it was January of the same year when I turned in the manuscript for editing and effectively locked down the content. Nearly every single thing about it is now irrelevant at best, and downright ridiculous at worst. Read More »