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ECAR Survey Finds That Colleges Are Missing Technology Opportunities with Undergraduates

Submitted by Michelle Boule on October 17, 2011 - 9:35am

Last week, ECAR, the EDUCASE Center for Applied Research, released their most recent study on undergraduate students and technology. Some of the findings were quite astounding--a majority of the students own over a dozen technology devices--and some were common sense, like the finding that technology is not being used strategically in the academic lives of students. The report is only 35 pages, and its worth taking some time to look through. Nonetheless, here are some of the more interesting tidbits.

Students did not think their competency with core technology was sufficient and they wanted to learn more specialized technology skills.
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Product News: OverDrive 3rd Quarter Results Show Spike in Ebook Use

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on October 14, 2011 - 11:39am

OverDrive released 3rd quarter 2011  traffic and ciruclation statisics a few days ago. Through September 30, the 15,000 libraries in the OverDrive network showed nearly triple the number of eBook checkouts versus all of 2010, as well as more than 2 million new users. Below are details. Read More »

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

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 13, 2011 - 2:34pm

Update: During Part I of the Integrating iPads and Tablets into Library Services workshops, Catawba College Librarian Keith Engwall volunteered to share his “Getting Started with the iPad2” help document, and many of you responded enthusiastically. Thanks to Keith’s generosity, this document is now available for you to view—it’s embedded below. Be sure to join us this Thursday as we answer more of your questions, explore more practical applications of tablets in libraries, and look in-depth at some amazing apps! Read More »

Librarian, Robot

Submitted by Kate Sheehan on October 4, 2011 - 7:08am

 I’ve got robots on the brain lately. ran an interesting series about robots replacing even highly educated knowledge workers. No sooner did I finish the last piece (about robots replacing scientists) than I picked up the September 15 issue of Library Journal, featuring a library robot on the cover. Clearly, the robots are coming. Read More »

Ready, Aim....Fire!

Submitted by Jason Griffey on September 28, 2011 - 9:36pm

That explosion you heard today? That was the sound of a thousand heads hitting a thousand desks over at Barnes & Noble HQ today as Amazon pulled the rug out of B&N’s temporary lead in eBook technology. For the last year Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color has stood alone on the tablet eReader front, and their more-recently announced Nook Touch was at the top of the technological heap of eInk devices. Amazon has always had the better ecosystem for eBooks, as well as a better catalog of books.  Read More »

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Continuing the Conversation: Creating Subject Guides for a 21st Century Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on September 21, 2011 - 8:08am

We just wrapped up the ALA TechSource Workshop Creating Subject Guides for the 21st-Century Library with Buffy Hamilton. We had some fantastic discussion during this event, and because the session was so jam-packed with content, Buffy wasn’t able to answer all of the great questions participants had. Below are some questions for continued discussion. Buffy will be responding in the comments--whether you attended or not, feel free to join the conversation!

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Finding Technology Answers in Science Fiction

Submitted by Michelle Boule on September 19, 2011 - 7:59am

Recently, I reached an intersection of a few marginally related things that made me think about how important books, information, and libraries are to the inspiration of culture, education, and technology.
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Product News: Boopsie to Offer Mobile Apps in Spanish

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 16, 2011 - 12:03pm

Boopsie will debut a Spanish language version of its mobile app at the REFORMA conference starting today in Denver,CO.

Boopsie apps are available in all languages using the Latin alphabet. Customers are responsible for content translation. REFORMA chapters are available to assist libraries with Spanish language services. See the REFORMA website for a list of chapters.

According to a recent Pew study, Smartphone adoption among Hispanics is among the highest in the country at 45 percent.

Full press release on PRWeb.

Continuing the Conversation: Using Google Apps for a More Efficient Library Part 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on September 14, 2011 - 2:23pm

We just wrapped up the second session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using Google Apps for a More Efficient Library with Suzann Hollland. Whether you attended or not, feel free to join the discussion in the comments area!

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Subject Guides Born Again with Social Media Tools

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 8, 2011 - 8:48am

Are you attending Buffy Hamilton’s September 20th Workshop Creating Subject Guides for the 21st-Century Library? Give some time to her preliminary readings. Even if you haven’t registered for the workshop, this list is worth a read for anybody who creates subject guides. Read More »