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September's Harvest of New Tech

Submitted by Jason Griffey on September 28, 2012 - 9:56am

September has become the keystone month in the US for technology announcements. This eventful month featured two major and one minor (but interesting!) announcement: Apple and the iPhone5, Amazon with their new set of Kindles, and Makerbot Industries with the announcement of the Replicator 2. Read More »


Fountaindale Library to Build Dream Space for Digital Media Creation

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 25, 2012 - 12:44pm

The Fountaindale Public Library in suburban Chicago will start work this week on a dramatic new facility for patrons’ digital media projects. Fountaindale is in a new building that opened in March 2011. The basement was left unfinished, leaving nearly 7,000 square feet open for new possibilities. Called Studio 300, the space will include: Read More »

  • 6 sound recording studios,
  • 2 video recording studios,
  • 3 group collaboration rooms with integrated technology, dual monitor workstations, and videoconferencing equipment.

What's Up for Discussion at the LITA Forum?

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 21, 2012 - 11:18am

LITA hosts its National Forum in Columbus, Ohio, October 4-7. The Forum attracts the technologists: the people scripting or programming, configuring the APIs, managing the networks. What will they be talking about? A scan of program titles gives a glimpse of emerging priorities in library technology. The theme is New World of Data: Discover, Connect, Remix. I will be attending and writing a couple posts for ALA TechSource. What programs would you like to see me cover? Read More »


4 Tools for Twitter Stats

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 14, 2012 - 10:57am

Below is an excerpt from David Lee King's Library Technology Reports (vol. 48, no. 6) Running the Digital Branch: Guidelines for Operating the Library Website.

At Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, we track quite a few numbers and statistics each month, including social media numbers. Though we don’t report out on them, they are useful for internal tracking and growth. Some social media tools provide useful analytics. YouTube and Facebook, for example, both provide a monthly analytics section. Other tools, like Twitter or Flickr, don’t provide great ways to gather statistics. You can count statistics manually, or you can use a third-party tool. Here are a few options for metrics on Twitter activity. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: A More Effective Social Media Presence: Strategic Planning and Project Management

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on September 12, 2012 - 9:55am

We just wrapped up a fantastic workshop, A More Effective Social Media Presence: Strategic Planning and Project Management  with Sarah Steiner and Cliff Landis. There was some fantastic discussion and some great information. Check out the slides below, as well as two handouts that Cliff and Sarah created for the presentation. Read More »


Time to Sign Up for the LITA National Forum

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on August 29, 2012 - 12:04pm

The upcoming 2012 LITA National Forum, October 4-7, in Columbus, Ohio, is your opportunity to learn and network in a small, manageable conference setting. The programs cover technology with depth, specificity, and a project orientation. Conference planners emphasize the social too with the reception and network dinners. Plus they somehow swung wireless internet in the Hyatt Regency's guest rooms at no additional charge. Save money and register today. Early bird rates for registration expire this Friday, August 31. Housing deadline for conference rates is September 3. Read More »


New Executive Leadership at Innovative Interfaces

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on August 27, 2012 - 3:17pm

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. has appointed Kim Massana as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately (August 27, 2012). Jerry Kline continues as Chairman and Neil Block as President. Read More »


New RFID Standard Raises Prospects for Interoperability

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on August 24, 2012 - 8:33am

Below is an excerpt from Lori Bowen Ayre's Library Technology Report RFID in Libraries: A Step toward Interoperability (Vol. 48; No. 5). Subscribers can access Library Technology Reports on Metapress. The Introduction, from which this excerpt is taken, is available for free download. Purchase single copies in the ALA store.

In March 2012, NISO adopted RFID in Libraries (RP-6-2012) establishing ISO 28560-2 as the US Data Profile (see NISO report). The final adoption of a US Data Profile is one big step toward interoperability between libraries and between vendors. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Choosing an e-Book Platform that Works for Your K12 Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on August 8, 2012 - 9:21am

We just wrapped up the ALA TechSource Workshop Choosing an E-Book Platform that Works for Your K12 Library with Buffy Hamilton. The slides from the event, which contain some fantastic resources, are posted below.


TECH SET Interview: Greg Notess

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 26, 2012 - 9:19am

Greg Notess was inspired to write Screencasting for Libraries after presenting workshops on the topic. Workshops get people started, he says, but a book allows more in- depth treatment and is available for reference when it's time to review. The book features 12 implementation projects, which are linked to Greg's companion web page. At a basic level, you will learn how to use free software to make a quick step-by-step as you show a student how to use a database interface. More advanced projects get into Using commercial software like Camtasia to edit video, create call-outs or use other functions for a more polished tutorial.

Listen to the full interview on SoundCloud.
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