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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 »


Libraries and User Interfaces

Submitted by Jason Griffey on April 30, 2012 - 11:07am

During the past few months, I’ve been lucky enough to give a handful of presentations with a similar theme: What does the Post-PC world mean for libraries? In the talks, I cover a lot of ground, ranging from why we should care about shifts in information consumption on devices, how we should determine where to focus our attention when we have limited resources (and we always have limited resources in libraries), and what we can expect from the next 3-5 years when it comes to delivering information to our patrons. Read More »


Introducing Code Words with Jason Clark

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on April 13, 2012 - 8:26am

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 - 2:20pm

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 - 11:18am

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 - 8:37pm

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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