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Introducing Code Words with Jason Clark

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on April 13, 2012 - 9:26am

ALA TechSource is happy to introduce a new series for the blog, Code Words, by Jason Clark.

The web is bursting with new software and new tech tools, but sorting through it all is time-consuming. Each month, Jason will share practical tips and snippets of code to give you a running start on projects. Occasionally, he’ll take a look at the bigger picture and point to an emerging tech or programming concept that people might want to know about. Read More »

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Continuing the Conversation: Integrating eBooks and eReaders into Your Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on April 11, 2012 - 3:20pm

We just wrapped up Sue Polanka’s popular workshop Integrating eBooks and eReaders into Your Library. Sue led a fantastic event with some great discussion!

The readings, resources and slides for the event are listed below. Have further questions or comments? Whether you participated in the event or not, feel free to chime in via the comments area below!

The Readings for Today’s Workshop:

Session 1: Purchasing eBooks for Libraries Read More »


Here comes THE TECH SET!

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on April 6, 2012 - 12:18pm

If you’ve been watching M&A activity in the library-literature space, you know that Neal-Schuman joined ALA Publishing back in December. Among the plums are the 10 new titles for THE TECH SET. The authors of books 1-10, Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski, and the Neal-Schuman staff were honored with the ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Books in Library Literature. Following this success comes the next set, ready for the printer, with June pub dates. Here’s what Ellyssa and her team of authors have worked up for you. Read More »

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Greening Your Library: Save Money and the Environment

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on March 31, 2012 - 9:37pm

Your library is vital to connecting citizens with the knowledge and tools to change habits and lessen our impact on the Earth’s limited resources, and it all starts with leading by example. In this workshop Kathryn Miller, author of Public Libraries Going Green, will discuss practical ideas for how to become green, teach green, and lead green.  Miller will introduce environmentally-friendly, money-saving initiatives that fit your existing building and services. Ideas for hands-on activities, such as rain barrels or butterfly gardens, will help you raise awareness and get your community involved.

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An Annual Bird's Eye View of Libraries' ILS Migration

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on March 21, 2012 - 11:06am

Nearly daily, an integrated library system vendor sends out announcements about library implementations or agreements. Marshall Breeding, as ever, helps you make sense of it all. If you're in any phase of evaluating your current systems or alternatives, check out his nifty chart Integrated Library System turnover in 2011 on the Library Technology Guides site. Drawing from data contributed by libraries registered in lib-web-cats, Marshall has presented an aggregate view. Turnover  from previous years and 2012 to date is also available. 


Continuing the Conversation: Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on March 15, 2012 - 12:08pm
We just wrapped up our popular workshop Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services. Today’s workshop was particularly noteworthy in light of Apple’s recent rollout of the iPad 3.

The readings, resources and slides for the event are listed below. Have further questions or comments? Whether you participated in the event or not, feel free to chime in via the comments area below!

The Readings for This’s Workshop:
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Douglas County Libraries' DIY E-Book Hosting

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on March 13, 2012 - 5:15pm

A few miles from the Front Range of the Rockies in Colorado, Douglas County Libraries is blazing trails in e-books in libraries. As Director James LaRue described in a Public Libraries article, the library staff, while happy with OverDrive’s solution at the in the early days of e-books, now question the feasibility getting e-books only through an aggregator platform because of costs, licensing terms, and other factors. Read More »

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Product News: OverDrive Acquires Australian eBook Company Booki.sh

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on March 5, 2012 - 4:51pm

OverDrive, Inc. (www.overdrive.com) announced today it has acquired Australian eBook company Booki.sh (http://booki.sh). Booki.sh is the developer of a cloud-based platform for distributing, selling and reading popular eBooks from anywhere and on any device with a modern web browser. Booki.sh founders and principals Joseph Pearson, Virginia Murdoch and Peter Haasz will join OverDrive from their existing offices in Melbourne to expand the global distributor’s publishing, library and school initiatives.

Booki.sh eBooks live “in the cloud,” are browser-based and do not require the user to first install any software or app. OverDrive will expand the Booki.sh distribution and digital bookstore platforms as well as integrate Booki.sh HTML5 and EPUB reading technologies into OverDrive library and school services.


Innovative Interfaces Joins the Private Equity Club

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on March 1, 2012 - 1:37pm

Innovative Interfaces, one of the veteran companies of the library automation industry, has been one of the major hold-outs in the wave of private equity investments that has reshaped the library automation industry over the last six years.  The company has remained under the sole ownership of its co-founder Jerry Kline.  That position now changes as a pair of private equity firms, Huntsman Gay Global Capital and JMI Equity have made strategic investments in Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Read More »


Hanging out with Publishers

Submitted by Kate Sheehan on February 29, 2012 - 6:02pm

I've been fortunate enough to attend two publishing conferences recently. Digital Book World and Tools of Change both focus on ebooks and the publishing industry, which, like libraries, is experiencing tupheaval as ebooks grow in popularity. As a side note, that growth may be slowing - The Book Industry Study Group and Bowker found that ebook sales for the end of 2011 (but pre-holidays) were growing, but not in the exponential pattern we've come to expect. Both Kelly Gallagher of RR Bowker and Len Vlahos of BISG were quick to point out that we don't know what this change in growth pattern means - it could be nothing, a temporary blip, or it could signal a shift in the ebook market. 


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