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Kepler's 2020: Literary Entrepreneur Reinvents the Bookstore

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 16, 2012 - 3:27pm

Tuesday, at O'Reilly's Tools of Change Conference (TOC), Praveen Madan spoke about the Kepler 2020 project. The project's goal is reinvent the bookstore and build a future for Kepler's Book's, a Menlo Park bookstore with a 50-year history and deep roots in the Silicon Valley community. The project is sharing its story, strategy, and perhaps its software to create a new business model that other independent bookstores might follow. Staff and friends of public libraries may want to watch the project to inform their thinking about libraries. Read More »


Live Streaming of Sessions from the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 14, 2012 - 9:10am
Watch live streaming video from oreillyconfs at livestream.com

Live streaming from O'Reilly's TOC Conference, February 14 - 15

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 13, 2012 - 1:22pm

O'Reilly Media is hosting the TOC Conference in New York City starting today and running through Wednesday. The conference brings together publishing and technology professionals to explore new strategies, platforms, and business models.

ALA TechSource has selected a few presentations of interest to the library community to stream from our website. Follow the link for a description of the presentations and tune in tomorrow and Wednesday. All times are Eastern. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: How to go High-Tech on a Tight Budget (Part 2)

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 8, 2012 - 3:36pm

We just wrapped up the second session of Maurice Coleman and Robin Hastings’ workshop How to Go High-Tech on a Tight Budget. The 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!

Maurice's and Robn's web page for resource links: Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: How to go High-Tech on a Tight Budget

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 1, 2012 - 3:35pm

We just wrapped up the first session of Maurice Coleman and Robin Hastings’ workshop How to Go High-Tech on a Tight Budget. 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: Read More »


Archive of the 2012 ALA Midwinter Tech Wrapup

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 30, 2012 - 2:19pm

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.

Again, the URL for the archive is: https://alapublishing.webex.com/alapublishing/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=4742212&rKey=1b36dc291d7a1f59 

The slides from all panelists are below. Read More »


Apple's Textbook Strategy

Submitted by Jason Griffey on January 26, 2012 - 11:20pm

Apple has decided to attempt yet another media disruption, this time focusing on reinventing the textbook market. This move was foretold in the biography of Steve Jobs, where Walter Isaacson wrote about Jobs:

“He wanted to disrupt the textbook industry, and save the spines of spavined students bearing backpacks by creating electronic texts and curriculum material for the iPad." Read More »

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Continuing the Conversation: Library Analytics (Part 2)

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 26, 2012 - 3:49pm
We just wrapped up the second session of Sarah Houghton and Paul Signorelli’s workshop Library Analytics: Inspiring Positive Action through Web User Data. The slides for the event are below. Have further questions or comments? Whether you participated in the event or not, feel free to chime in via the comments area below!

Paul and Sarah’s Slides
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Continuing the Conversation: 10 Steps to a User-Friendly Library Website

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 25, 2012 - 4:23pm

We just wrapped up Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches-Johnson’s workshop 10 Steps to a User-Friendly Library Website. The readings 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:
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O'Reilly's Joe Wikert on Publishing Technology and Public Libraries

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 20, 2012 - 12:28pm

Joe Wikert is General Manager & Publisher at O'Reilly Media, Inc., where he manages the sales and editorial groups. He is also Chair of O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishers conference (TOC). TOC 2012 is February 13-15 in New York City at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. ALA TechSource readers can save 15 percent by registering with coupon code AMLIB, in addition to discounts offered to librarians.

Joe follows new developments in publishing technology and emerging platform. ALA TechSource asked a few questions to get his perspective on public libraries.

ALA TechSource: Some public libraries are looking at ways they can be developers of content, helping people in their communities publish content of interest to their communities. The "hyper-local" approach. Drawing from your knowledge of start-up publishing platforms, what opportunities do you see for libraries? Read More »