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Three Firms Join to Gain Global RFID Synergy

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on June 13, 2011 - 8:05am

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 - 2:06pm

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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 - 2:24pm

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

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 7, 2011 - 8:14am

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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 - 2:04pm

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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 - 1:50pm

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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 »


Continuing the Conversation: New Models of Metadata

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on May 18, 2011 - 1:50pm

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We just wrapped up the second session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future with Chris Oliver, Karen Coyle and Diane Hillmann. Karen Coyle led today’s session, New Directions in Metadata. 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 »


Changes That Make Sense for Libraries, Faster: a Conversation with Equinox COO Grace Dunbar

Submitted by Kate Sheehan on May 18, 2011 - 7:39am

A chance encounter with Equinox COO Grace Dunbar can make conference downtime into the most interesting session of the week. Rather than relying on fate and the hotel bar to ensure a chat with Grace, I asked her if she’d let me interview her for TechSource at this year’s Evergreen conference. In the course of conversation (sometime after she introduced me to pimiento cheese), Grace mentioned that she had worked at Stanford and been involved in the Google Books project. That’s about when I brought my laptop out

KS: What was it like to work with the Google Books Project?

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Quick Tips for Technology Training

Submitted by Michelle Boule on May 17, 2011 - 7:49am

Summer is almost upon us. For academic librarians, finals are over and the students are already gone. The lull between sessions is like music to your to-do list. If you are a school librarian, you are still shepherding the kids through their finals. Public librarians are gearing up for all the summer programs. Here in the south, the heat of summer is blazing and I am already looking forward to the Fall.

Summer is also the season when we take the time to conduct training for our staff, because for many libraries, summer is slower than other seasons (I know, public libraries, not  for you!). For those of you planning some technology training for your staff, I have compiled a list of technology training tips to keep in mind.

Choose a tool or process that is already being used in your library but not being used well--a process that could be made easier, or a service that could improve.
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Making Library Management More Efficient Through Technology: A Chat with Kenley Neufeld

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on May 16, 2011 - 7:55am

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If you are a library administrator or you supervise library staff in any capacity, you know how difficult it is to balance your responsibilities. On the one hand, you have to provide leadership, management, training and counseling for your staff, while on the other, you need to ensure that day-to-day operations of the library, including your own day-to-day responsibilities, are fulfilled. In his upcoming ALA TechSource Workshop, Kenley Neufeld will show you how simple, free and low-cost technologies can help you get better organized, more efficient and less stressed out. I had a chance to talk with Kenley about what he'll cover in this two-session event, and how he's learned the lessons he'll be teaching through experience. Read More »