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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 »


Continuing the Conversation: RDA: Designed for Current and Future Environments

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on May 11, 2011 - 2:02pm

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We just wrapped up the first session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future with Chris Oliver, Karen Coyle and Diane Hillmann. Chris Oliver led today’s session, RDA: Designed for Current and Future Environments. 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 »


Google I/O

Submitted by Jason Griffey on May 10, 2011 - 2:56pm

Today was the start of the Google I/O conference, the developer conference that Google holds every year where they make major announcements, primarily about their Android operating system. During the keynote today, they offered several updates and new products that could potentially be interesting for libraries. Here's the ones that I think are the most interesting:

The Android Market was updated to include movie rentals. This allows for one-click rentals via either the web or an Android device, streaming from the web or available to be "pinned" to a portable device and watched offline. The selection isn't huge, but one can only imagine that it's going to grow rapidly if the service becomes more popular. The model is similar to the iTunes rental model, where you can purchase the rental and then you have 30 days to start watching, and 24 hours to finish watching once you do. Read More »


Readings for the RDA Workshop

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 10, 2011 - 11:01am

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Are you registered for the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future? I'm here to nag you about doing your homework.

As with all ALA TechSource Workshops, we've asked our presenters to select a set of readings for participants. The common foundation will support a focused discussion. If you're not able to attend the Workshop, but want to learn a bit about RDA, read along with us. Chris Oliver, Karen Coyle, and Diane Hillmann suggested the following readings: Read More »


BuddyPress, Libraries and Higher Education: An Interview with Kenley Neufeld and Michael Stephens

Submitted by Kyle Jones on May 9, 2011 - 7:56am


The following interview was conducted by Kyle Jones, with Michael Stephens and Kenley Neufeld. The interview discusses the use of BuddyPress as a Content Management System in higher Education. Michael Stephens, a longtime ALA TechSource blogger, is a professor  in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University and writes and speaks extensively on the future of Libraries. Kenley Neufeld is the Library Director at Santa Barbara City College, and also writes and speaks regularly on library technology issues. Both have extensive experience working with WordPress in a library context. Read More »


The Margins of Marginalia

Submitted by Tom Peters on May 2, 2011 - 8:25am

In the damp, dark, twisting catacombs of this long digital revolution that eventually will lead to the bright future of eReading, marginalia may be the lowly canary.  Marginalia, that wonderfully eccentric habit of writing in the margins of printed books, has become an object of scrutiny and some concern.  Coleridge, Melville, Twain, David Foster Wallace, and a host of others made marginalia into a form of literary expression.  If printed books are being marginalized, what is the future of marginalia?

Of course, we’re talking about writing in the margins of personally owned copies.  Writing in the margins of library books is a no-no.  Ditto for underlining and highlighting.  Very boorish behavior and fodder for fines and polite chastisement.  Read More »


Innovative Interfaces to Launch Sierra: A New-Generation Automation Platform

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on April 26, 2011 - 5:58pm

Innovative Interfaces has joined the fray of library automation vendors launching new-generation library automation platforms.  With Innovative’s new system, dubbed Sierra, they aim to offer the depth of functionality equivalent to their current Millennium ILS. This system leverages current technology architectures that include open source components, with full-featured API bundles that enable greater extensibility and flexibility in the way that libraries make use of the system. Read More »


Visualizing Linked Data

Submitted by Karen Coyle on April 26, 2011 - 7:26am

The following post is cross-posted at Karen Coyle's blog Coyle's InFormation. As Karen mentions below, next month, she will be presenting an updated version of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future along with Chris Oliver and Diane Hillman. You can register for this workshop at the ALA Store. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Gadgets in the Library, Session 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on April 20, 2011 - 2:26pm
Earlier today, we wrapped up the ALA TechSource Workshop Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians with Jason Griffey. Here’s some of what we discussed today. Feel free to chime in via the comments area with questions or comments-- Jason will be part of the discussion as well! Read More »

National Library Unconference Day and #makeithappen: an interview with JP

Submitted by Michelle Boule on April 20, 2011 - 8:27am

I love unconferences. I think that there is something beautiful about people getting together and challenging each other to make something better. For librarians, unconferences are a way to level the playing field among participants and allow everyone with a passion for libraries to raise their voices and ideas. Unconferences are largely unscripted and unpredictable. What is not to love?
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