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

Submitted by Kyle Jones on May 9, 2011 - 8:56am

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 - 9:25am

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 - 6:58pm

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 - 8:26am

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 - 3:26pm
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 - 9:27am

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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Open Source ILS Continues to Expand

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on April 19, 2011 - 8:45am

This article appears in the April 2011 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter. To read more from Marshall Breeding on mobile library technology and other facets of the library automation industry, you can purchase this issue or subscribe to Smart Libraries Newsletter at our metapress site. Read More »

Continuing the Conversation: Gadgets in the Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on April 13, 2011 - 3:36pm

Earlier today, we held the ALA TechSource Workshop Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians with Jason Griffey. We’re following up with a few of the questions asked during the presentation that we felt merited further discussion: Jason will be part of the discussion as well! Read More »

Curating Social Media Content

Submitted by Andromeda Yelton on April 6, 2011 - 8:56am

While listening to the obligatory NPR in the car today, I heard a story on creating a social media scrapbook using Memolane. It lets you integrate content from Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, photo- and video-sharing sites, and more into a timeline view of your social media life. Read More »

Information Will Out

Submitted by Kate Sheehan on April 5, 2011 - 9:07am

I have something to confess to you all. For an embarrassingly long time, I thought the phrase “information wants to be free” (besides being the name of one of my favorite blogs) meant free as in speech, not free as in beer. My apologies in advance to my open source friends who are tired of “types of free” conversations -I’ll try not to mention kittens. But for quite some time, I was under the impression that “information wants to be free” was a rallying cry for access and simplicity, not content you didn’t have to pay for. “Information will out” was the underlying meaning I focused on.

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