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Continuing the Conversation: Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into the Library, with Sue Polanka

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on August 4, 2011 - 4:23pm

We just wrapped up the first session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Integrating E-Books and E-Readers Into Your Library with Sue Polanka. We’ll post a few questions and referenced resources here.  Do you have follow-up questions from session 1? Do you have questions you’d like to see addressed in session 2? General questions or the need for clarification? Go ahead and ask them in the comments area!

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Submitted by Patrick Hogan on August 2, 2011 - 3:09pm

As a reader of this blog, you’re familiar with the range of invaluable advice on technology and the library that our bloggers share. Now we’re making it easier for you to get access to more of our in-depth, original content. For a limited time you can get a digital subscription to ALA TechSource Online for only $99.  We’ve never offered such a low price for 8 new electronic issues of Library Technology Reports (available both as downloadable PDFs or in HTML) and 12 Smart Libraries Newsletter issues, featuring Marshall Breeding’s famous analysis and insider coverage of developments in the library technology marketplace. 
If you subscribe now, here’s what you’ll get to read in the coming year: Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Delivering Innovative Mobile Services through Your Library Part 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 28, 2011 - 3:04pm

We just wrapped up the secondsession of the ALA TechSource Workshop Delivering Innovative Mobile Services through Your Library  with Meredith Farkas. There was some fantastic discussion during this event. We wanted to share Meredith’s slides and resources with you.

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Apple Thinks Different Part 2

Submitted by Jason Griffey on July 27, 2011 - 10:45am

Hello dear readers! I’m trying a bit of an experiment this month, brought about by the reflections in my recent post over on my blog about writing and ownership. I started writing a post about Apple and the way they seem to be trying to change the basic metaphors of computing that we’ve become accustomed to over the last 30 years. That start turned into something over 1500 words, which is a bit more than I thought would fit comfortably into a single blog post. So I decided to split the post between my blog and Techsource. You can head over to my personal blog, Pattern Recognition, to read the first half, which is more technical and theoretical, and then below is the second half, which is more directly about libraries.

I’m aware of the somewhat arbitrary nature of the split, but thought this was worth experimenting with as a model: very technical or theoretical discussion on my blog, more direct library-talk here on Techsource. I hope you excuse this bit of meta-commentary here, and enjoy the article. Thanks.


What do the changes in Apple’s new OS (OSX Lion), iCloud, and iOS5 mean for libraries, and why did I say earlier that I think this might “introduce a ton of problems for IT administrators”? Because like its iOS devices, Apple means for iCloud and Lion to be tied to an individual, and assumes that a computer is used by a single person. In looking at the way they’ve set up Lion, iCloud, and iOS5, I’m not at all clear how shared systems (aka, public use computers) might be able to benefit from the advances that Apple is putting in front of users. Read More »

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A Fantastic Reading List on e-books and e-readers in libraries from Sue Polanka

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 26, 2011 - 8:30am

On August 4 and August 11, Sue Polanka will present the two-part Workshop, Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library. Our workshop presenters recommend advance readings to encourage learning and focused discussion. Whether you're planning to attend this event or not, check out the reading list Sue has put together--it's a fantastic overview of what librarians need to know about e-books and e-readers right now. You can register for this workshop, at either an individual or group rate at the ALA Store. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Delivering Innovative Mobile Services through Your Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 21, 2011 - 3:23pm

We just wrapped up the first session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Delivering Innovative Mobile Services through Your Library  with Meredith Farkas. The presentation included some fantastic discussion, and we wanted to provide an opportunity for participants and the general public to continue that here. Do you have follow-up questions from session 1? Do you have questions you’d like to see addressed in session 2? General questions or the need for clarification? Go ahead and ask them in the comments area!

Here are a few questions  that came up in today’s event: Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Evaluating and Implementing Web Scale Discovery Services in Your Library (Part 2)

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 20, 2011 - 3:52pm

We just wrapped up the second session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Evaluating and Implementing Web Scale Discovery Services in Your Library with Jason Vaughan and Tamera Hanken. The presentation included some fantastic discussion, and we wanted to provide an opportunity for participants and the general public to continue that here.

Here are a few questions  that came up in today’s event: Read More »


Engaging an Online Community

Submitted by Michelle Boule on July 19, 2011 - 8:47am

Libraries have always been about community. Whether the library serves an elite clientele or is open to all, a library is defined by its community. Librarians fill shelves and populate web pages based on the information needs and desires of their communities.

Serving a communities that now spend more and more of their lives online has shifted they way libraries, and everyone else in the world, serve their communities. As librarians, we have freely acknowledged and embraced the idea that our communities do not always walk through our physical doors and often do not live in our geographical area. We have been searching for ways to serve our expanding communities while utilizing the technology and limited funds we have available.
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Continuing the Conversation: Evaluating and Implementing Web Scale Discovery Services in Your Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 13, 2011 - 3:44pm

We just wrapped up the first session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Evaluating and Implementing Web Scale Discovery Services in Your Library with Jason Vaughan and Tamera Hanken. The presentation included some fantastic discussion, and we wanted to provide an opportunity for participants and the general public to continue that here. Do you have follow-up questions from session 1? Do you have questions you’d like to see addressed in session 2? General questions or the need for clarification? Go ahead and ask them in the comments area!

You can send the presenters questions for session 2 by e-mail if you like!

Jason: jason.vaughan-at-unlv.edu Tamera:tamera.hanken-at-unlv.edu

Here are some of the big discussion points that came up in today’s event: Read More »


Meredith Farkas on Mobile Services and the Mobile Library Future

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 11, 2011 - 9:18am

If you try to keep your library on the cutting edge, you probably know Meredith Farkas. Meredith, Head of Instructional Services at Portland State University in Oregon and an adjunct faculty member at San Jose State University's School of Library and Information Science, has been writing about social networking, libraries on the web and mobile technology just about as long as anyone. Later this month, Meredith will be facilitating the ALA TechSource Workshop Delivering Innovative Mobile Services through Your Library, where she'll provide practical guidance on how to establish and/or enhance your library's mobile presence and services. I spoke with Meredith about what Mobile can do for the library, libraries that have already implemented interesting services and programs, and where she sees this all going in the future. Whether your planning on attending the workshop or not, check out what she has to say. Read More »