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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 »


RMG Presidents' Seminar Explores Library Technology Trends

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 19, 2012 - 11:57am

RMG Consultants will lead their 22nd Annual Presidents' Seminar on Friday, January 20, 2012, at ALA's Midwinter Meeting at the Dallas Convention Center (Rooms A201/A202) . This year's theme is "Invasion of the Customer Snatchers into a Saturated and Content-Driven ILS Marketplace"

Senior executives of library technology companies will answer questions from moderator Rob McGee of RMG as well as the audience. Smart Libraries Newsletter editor Marshall Breeding will weigh in as a special commentator along with RMG's Geoff Payne. The companies and panelists expected this year are: Read More »


Register Now for the FREE 2012 ALA TechSource Midwinter Tech Wrapup!

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 18, 2012 - 2:19pm

The ALA Midwinter Meeting provides a fantastic opportunity to reflect on how technology is continuing to transform the library world. Between the exhibition floor and the variety of technology-related events, the conference can provide attendees with an overview of where library technology is, and where it may be going. Of course, for various reasons, many librarians won't be able to attend, and many who do will find themselves spread so thin that they cannot attend some of the technology-related events. 

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Continuing the Conversation: Library Analytics

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 12, 2012 - 3:46pm

We just wrapped up the first session of Sarah Houghton and Paul Signorelli’s workshop Library Analytics: Inspiring Positive Action through Web User Data. 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!

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Go High-Tech on a Tight Budget: A Reading List from Maurice Coleman and Robin Hastings

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 11, 2012 - 10:18am

Do you want to upgrade the technology in your library, but you don't have any money to do so? It's a pretty common problem, and in their new workshop, Maurice Coleman and Robin Hastings will show you how to take your tech to the next level without breaking the bank, or in some cases reduce your spending.

Whether you planning to attend or not, check out this reading list they created. Some items are available for free on the web, some require payement or subscriptions. No matter what type of library you're at, you should be able to find something helpful in this list! Read More »


What's In Store for the Library Automation Industry in 2012?

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on January 10, 2012 - 9:19am

This article appears in the January 2012 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter. To read more from Marshall Breeding on mobile library technology and other facets of the library automation industry, you can purchase this issue or subscribe to Smart Libraries Newsletter at our metapress site.

As we enter a new year, I’d like to pause and consider some of the trends and events that I anticipate playing out in 2012.  The predictions I made for 2011 largely held (see Smart Libraries Newsletter, February 2011).  Given the momentum of developments and the issues currently in play, 2012 may turn out to be a very interesting year in the realm of library technologies. Read More »


By Popular Demand: A New Session of our Drupal Course in February

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 5, 2012 - 9:45am

By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of the facilitated eCourse Using Drupal to Build Library Websites. Sean Fitzpatrick, will once again serve as the instructor for this six-week facilitated eCourse starting on February 6th, 2012. Read More »


Free Webinar: Organizational Storytelling

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on December 21, 2011 - 3:07pm

The stories that we  exchange with family and friends this holiday season will express shared values, who we are, and where we’re from. Organizational management experts encourage us to explore the benefits of using stories at work .  ALA TechSource is teaming up with WebJunction to offer the free webinar “Organizational Storytelling: Using Stories for Leadership, Community, and Advocacy,” on January 10, 2012, with Kate Marek and Chris Reppel.  Register todayat  WebJunction: www.webjunction.org/events/webinars#jan10

Below is an excerpt from Kate Marek’s book Organizational Storytelling. We’ll be offering webinar participants a discount on the book.  Read More »


The O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC) 2012

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on December 15, 2011 - 11:56am

The O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC) 2012 will take place February 13-15, at the New York Marriott Marquis. ALA TechSource will be covering the conference on the blog, with preliminary interviews with presenters and live webcasts on topics of interest to libraries; and we have a special offer. Read More »