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Blog posts from September 2012

September's Harvest of New Tech

Submitted by Jason Griffey on September 28, 2012 - 8:56am

September has become the keystone month in the US for technology announcements. This eventful month featured two major and one minor (but interesting!) announcement: Apple and the iPhone5, Amazon with their new set of Kindles, and Makerbot Industries with the announcement of the Replicator 2. Read More »


Fountaindale Library to Build Dream Space for Digital Media Creation

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 25, 2012 - 11:44am

The Fountaindale Public Library in suburban Chicago will start work this week on a dramatic new facility for patrons’ digital media projects. Fountaindale is in a new building that opened in March 2011. The basement was left unfinished, leaving nearly 7,000 square feet open for new possibilities. Called Studio 300, the space will include: Read More »

  • 6 sound recording studios,
  • 2 video recording studios,
  • 3 group collaboration rooms with integrated technology, dual monitor workstations, and videoconferencing equipment.

What's Up for Discussion at the LITA Forum?

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 21, 2012 - 10:18am

LITA hosts its National Forum in Columbus, Ohio, October 4-7. The Forum attracts the technologists: the people scripting or programming, configuring the APIs, managing the networks. What will they be talking about? A scan of program titles gives a glimpse of emerging priorities in library technology. The theme is New World of Data: Discover, Connect, Remix. I will be attending and writing a couple posts for ALA TechSource. What programs would you like to see me cover? Read More »


4 Tools for Twitter Stats

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 14, 2012 - 9:57am

Below is an excerpt from David Lee King's Library Technology Reports (vol. 48, no. 6) Running the Digital Branch: Guidelines for Operating the Library Website.

At Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, we track quite a few numbers and statistics each month, including social media numbers. Though we don’t report out on them, they are useful for internal tracking and growth. Some social media tools provide useful analytics. YouTube and Facebook, for example, both provide a monthly analytics section. Other tools, like Twitter or Flickr, don’t provide great ways to gather statistics. You can count statistics manually, or you can use a third-party tool. Here are a few options for metrics on Twitter activity. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: A More Effective Social Media Presence: Strategic Planning and Project Management

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on September 12, 2012 - 8:55am

We just wrapped up a fantastic workshop, A More Effective Social Media Presence: Strategic Planning and Project Management  with Sarah Steiner and Cliff Landis. There was some fantastic discussion and some great information. Check out the slides below, as well as two handouts that Cliff and Sarah created for the presentation. Read More »