ALA TechSource Logo
 
curve Home spacer Publications spacer Subscribe spacer Blog spacer About  
    

Balancing User-Generated Content with Library Policy - Free Webinar

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 30, 2011 - 3:50pm

Our friends at WebJunction will host the free webinar Finding a Legal Comfort Zone on the Web with Eli Neiburger and Barbara Jones, on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

Photo by Hans

Neiburger and Jones are contributing writers to our December Library Technology Report Privacy and the Freedom of Information in 21st-Century Libraries (vol. 46 / no. 8). The report presents analysis from the library community's intellectual freedom leaders alongside articles from a few of its most active technology advocates. "We hope to open up lines of communication," writes Angela Maycock in the Introduction, "to invite one another into our separate spheres, and to ensure that our thinking and our conclusions are better informed by the insights of one another." Pairing the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom's Jones with  the provocative Neiburger, the webinar promises to accomplish that along with simulating conversation in the chat window. Read More »


The Annual Tech Wrapup: A Free ALA TechSource Webinar

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 21, 2011 - 8:46am

We're happy to announce that we'll be wrapping up ALA Annual 2011 with an exciting ALA TechSource Webinar! Don't miss this free event--our panel of experts will discuss what they learned and what stood out at Annual Conference. From ebooks to tablets to RFID and library systems, you'll get insightful perspective on the technology buzz in New Orleans!

You can register for this event, which takes place on Friday, July 8th, 2011 at 3:00pm Eastern/2:00 Central/1:00 Mountain/Noon Pacific and lasts 90 minutes, here: https://alapublishing.webex.com/alapublishing/onstage/g.php?p=23&t=m. Read More »


Google Chromebook, 6 months later

Submitted by Jason Griffey on June 20, 2011 - 8:40am

Almost exactly 6 months ago, I wrote up my first impressions of the Google CR-48 Chromebook, the first dedicated hardware device to use the Google Chrome operating system. In the intervening time there have been tons of software upgrades to ChromeOS, and true to their word Google launched the first commercially available Chromebooks in cooperation with Samsung and Acer. 

Last week I received a tweet asking me what I thought: 

@griffey What was your final verdict on the Chromebook? Wondering if it might be useful to have for workforce development in libraries...less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

So it seemed worth revisiting, especially as I think one part of the Chromebook is particularly interesting for libraries. I’ll get to that in a second. Read More »

Posted in

Becoming Nodes of Information

Submitted by Michelle Boule on June 16, 2011 - 9:15am

Lee Rainie has been directing the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project for the past 10 years. He was recently interviewed by Project Information Literacy about a new book he is writing about what he calls the “new social operating system.” In the interview, Lee says some interesting things about the way information is used and created and the role librarians play in this new operating system.
Read More »


Three Firms Join to Gain Global RFID Synergy

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on June 13, 2011 - 9:05am

This article will appear in the July 2011 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter. Read More »


Using Technology in Library Management, Session 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 9, 2011 - 3:06pm

workshops

Earlier today's we held the second session of Kenley Neufeld's workshop Using Technology in Library Management: Skills for More Efficient Communication and Administration. Kenley discussed a number of different tools, and how they can make life as a library administrator easier, while making communication with staff faster and better.

Here are some tools Kenley discussed today: Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Building the Digital Branch

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 8, 2011 - 3:24pm

Upcoming Workshop on Web-Scale Discovery Services a First-of-its Kind Event

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 7, 2011 - 9:14am

workshops

It's no secret that Web-Scale discovery services are a big deal. Web scale discovery is a transformative technology that allows librarians and patrons to search seamlessly across a vast range of local and remote, preharvested and indexed content, receiving relevancy-ranked results in the intuitive interface expected by today’s information seekers.  It is a big part of the future of library automation. Read More »


Using Technology in Library Management

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 2, 2011 - 3:04pm

workshops

Earlier today's we held the first session of Kenley Neufeld's workshop Using Technology in Library Management: Skills for More Efficient Communication and Administration. Kenley discussed a number of different tools, and how they can make life as a library administrator easier, while making communication with staff faster and better.

Here are some tools Kenley discussed today:

Kenley's Slides: Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: RDA Vocabularies in the Semantic Web

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on May 25, 2011 - 2:50pm

workshops

We just wrapped up the final session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future with Chris Oliver, Karen Coyle and Diane Hillmann. Diane Hillmann led today’s session, RDA Vocabularies in the Semantic Web. Here are some questions that came up based on what we discussed today, as well as some resources from the event. Whether you attended or not, feel free to chime in via the comments area with questions or comments--Chris, Karen and Diane will be part of the discussion as well! Read More »