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Introducing American Libraries Live!

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 24, 2012 - 12:13pm

American Libraries knows how essential it is to stay up to date on new developments in our industry.  American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on the go, is a new program that allows you to watch broadcasts about library issues and trends in real time and interact with our hosts via a live chat, giving you immediate answers to all of your pressing questions.

AL Live will include experts like Jason Griffey, author of “Mobile Technology and Libraries (THE TECH SET® #2)” and ALA TechSource columnist. These and other guests will be speaking on compelling topics such as how to get an ideal library job, the latest innovations in mobile services, digging into databases and what the real deal is for libraries and e-books. Read More »


Archive of Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Services--Westport (CT) Public Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 15, 2012 - 12:29pm

We just wrapped up the first part of our new webinar series Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service. Today, we heard from Maxine Bleiweis and Bill Derry from the Westport Public Library in Connecticut. Maxine and Bill gave us a fantastic presentation. If you didn't have a chance to attend in person, the archive is at: https://alapublishing.webex.com/alapublishing/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=5895467&rKey=b8d03139092af738.

If you want to register for the three remaining free webinars, you can do so at http://goo.gl/oZYUR.

Bill and Maxine's slides are posted below!


Reporting from the LITA National Forum

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on October 15, 2012 - 10:42am

A week ago some 300 librarians gathered in Columbus, Ohio for the LITA National Forum, where the focus was on technology, despite the distraction of BeardCon. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Building the Digital Branch

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 10, 2012 - 1:41pm
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We just wrapped up a fantastic workshop, David Lee King’s Building the Digital Branch. There was some fantastic discussion and some great information. Check out the slides below, as well as some handouts that David created for the presentation.

If you want to learn more, check out David’s new issue of Library Technology Reports, Running the Digital Branch: Guidelines for Operating the Library Website, available at the ALA Store. Read More »


September's Harvest of New Tech

Submitted by Jason Griffey on September 28, 2012 - 8:56am

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 - 11:44am

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 - 10:18am

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 - 9:57am

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 - 8:55am

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 - 11:04am

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 »