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Continuing the Conversation: Library Analytics

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 12, 2012 - 2:46pm

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!

The Readings for Today’s Workshop: Read More »


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 - 9:18am

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 - 8:19am

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 - 8:45am

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 - 2:07pm

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 - 10:56am

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 »


Continuing the Conversation: E-Books and Access Part 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 14, 2011 - 2:44pm

We just wrapped up the second session of Sarah Houghton’s workshop E-Books and Access: Upholding Library Values. 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!

Sarah’s “Organizations to Watch”: Read More »


How to Go High-Tech on a Tight Budget

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 14, 2011 - 9:11am

For libraries, it's one of the biggest conundrums of our time. To be the library your patrons want and need you to be, you've got to be high-tech, offering fast, IT-integrated services people can't get on their own. Yet to do this, you have to spend money...money you do not have in your budget.

In a new ALA TechSource Workshop, trainers and technology experts Robin Hastings and Maurice Coleman will show you how you can utilize the latest technology tools and train yourself to stay on top of new trends without breaking the bank, and in some cases, without even touching it. Read More »


Learn to Build a User-Friendly Library Website in 10 Steps: New Workshop

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 9, 2011 - 9:24am

ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, 10 Steps to a User-Friendly Library Website with Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches-Johnson.

 A clean, well-designed website can mean the difference between an informed library user and a confused one. With a focus on the needs and wants of the library user, Amanda Etches-Johnson and Aaron Schmidt will help you develop the skills to make your library website easier to use and more interesting.

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Continuing the Conversation: E-Books and Access

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 7, 2011 - 2:42pm
We just wrapped up the first session of Sarah Houghton’s workshop E-Books and Access: Upholding Library Values. 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 »