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Blog posts from February 2013

Introducing the Book as iPad App- free webinar

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 26, 2013 - 3:46pm

Nicole Hennig will return this Friday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. Eastern, for a fresh look at how publishers are using the iPad platform to create a new kind of book. Not the straight text, you’ll read in a Kindle app, these books mix elements of film, videogames, and social media to create a new immersive experience for readers. Nicole’s webinar this past summer was a hit. Register for Introducing Books as iPad App, and: Read More »


Sue Polanka's slides: Establishing an eReader Lending Program

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 22, 2013 - 2:32pm

Yesterday, Sue Polanka of No Shelf Required presented Part 2 of her workshop on ebooks and libraries: Establishing an eReader Lending Program. Below are her slides. Join us in a few weeks for the workshop Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services, with Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier, and Heather Moorefield-Lang. Read More »


Jeff Sturges on libraries and makerspaces

Submitted by Caitlin A. Bagley on February 15, 2013 - 12:32pm

On February 14, I talked with Jeff Sturges, Founder and Conductor of the Mt. Eliot Makerspace in Detroit, about makerspaces and libraries. Jeff and the Mt. Eliot Makerspace collaborate with the Detroit Public Library on their HYPE teen makerspace, featured in ALA TechSource’s December makerspace webinar. Here are highlights from the interview.

Caitlin Bagley: Why do you think makerspaces have suddenly become so important? Why now? Read More »


Sue Polanka's slides: Purchasing E-Books for Your Library

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 14, 2013 - 3:30pm

Sue Polanka just wrapped up Part 1 of her workshop Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library. Loads of resources in her slides! See below. Join us for Part 2, on February 21 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. Read More »


Archive of the 2013 ALA Midwinter Tech Wrapup

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 8, 2013 - 9:14am

UPDATE: Initially we put an incorrect link in for the recording. This has now been fixed and we apologize for the inconvenience.

The 2012 ALA TechSource Midwinter Tech Wrap-up was a huge success. We had great presentations from our panel, and great participation from our audience.

If you missed the event, or want to experience it again, you can view the video archive of the event here. Read More »


Register Now for the FREE ALA Midwinter Tech Wrapup

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 4, 2013 - 2:24pm

Please join us this Friday for the ALA 2013 Midwinter Tech Wrapup--a look back at the 2013 ALA Midwinter meeting from a library technology perspective. Our panel of experts will analyze and discuss what they learned and what trends stood out at the conference. Whether or not you were at Midwinter, join us for this webinar that will offer an excellent summary and enlightening discussion of the featured technology and trends.

Don't miss this free 60-minute event with: Read More »


(techno)Logical Fallacies: Which is Yours?

Submitted by Kate Sheehan on February 1, 2013 - 10:26am

Every teacher I know dreads being asked “When are we going to use this in real life?” The question is frustrating because the answer is often “Well, you might not, but I have no way of knowing, and yes, this will be on the test, and spelling most certainly counts.” We may never use algebra proper after high school (unless you count those Facebook memes that assume we’ve forgotten PEMDAS), but I think an argument can be made that we use algebraic thinking regularly. For librarians, there’s an obvious utility of being able to talk about books (and by extension, movies, and television shows), but surely those English class discussions help even those who would never join a book club as adults. The high school class I’ve been revisiting frequently is one where nobody asked how we’d use it in real life: a logic class I took junior year. Read More »