Submitted by Jason Griffey on May 10, 2011 - 3:56pm
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 »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 10, 2011 - 12:01pm
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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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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 »
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 »