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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 »

New Executive Leadership at Innovative Interfaces

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on August 27, 2012 - 2:17pm

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 - 7:33am

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 - 8:21am

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 - 8:19am

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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Nexus 7 Review

Submitted by Jason Griffey on July 25, 2012 - 1:04pm

I have a not-entirely-undeserved reputation as a fan of Apple’s hardware and software. And it’s true that I think that Apple is charting the future of computing with the iPhone and iPad, and that no one has built a tablet that I could possibly recommend that ran anything except iOS.

Until now.

Yes, you can collect whatever wagers there were on the table as to when I’d like an Android device. Because I really, really like the Nexus 7, the 7 inch, Google-backed-and-Asus-built Android 4.1 tablet. It’s fast, it’s pretty, and Android 4.1 puts it far ahead of other Android tablets for the time being. Did I mention that it’s also $199? 

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Archive of our Book as iPad App Webinar

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 23, 2012 - 1:11pm
We just wrapped up the ALA TechSource Webinar The Book as iPad App with Nicole Hennig.

If you missed the event or want to experience it again, check out the archive here.
Again, the URL for the archive is:

Nicole shared three videos during the webinar:

See Nicole’s slides and resources from the webinar: Read More »

Continuing the Conversation: Libraries and Linked Data: Looking to the Future

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on July 19, 2012 - 12:46pm

We just wrapped up the ALA TechSource Workshop Libraries and Linked Data: Looking to the Future with Karen Coyle. The slides from the event, which contain some fantastic resources, are posted below.

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TECH SET interview: Jason Clark

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on July 19, 2012 - 8:29am

Jason Clark refers to his book Building Mobile Library Applications as “recipe-driven” with a goal of “empowering readers to build stuff .” Implementation is Jason’s focus. He writes our Code Words column, which debuted in May with Using Google Spreadsheets Data API to build a Recommended Reading List.

In the this interview, Jason describes two specific projects.

2:47. A working version of jQuery Mobile, the generic template, suitable for public or academic libraries, is a framework for optimizing your library website for mobile.

3:49. Mobilizing your library catalog using OCLC web services, you will develop an app that will run a search against WorldCat to receive local items, either in your library or nearby. Read More »

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Mapping Your Library

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on July 18, 2012 - 9:21am

Two companies, one large, one small, both with origins as Stanford student projects, are ready to help you map your library.

Walking the exhibit floor at ALA Annual Conference, I am always curious when I see a tech behemoth. Google was exhibiting again at ALA. Though the booth had a "first-time exhibitor," label I recall its exhibits from the early days of Google Library or Google Books, if only because the swag was so sought after. The Google presence this year was modest, and its message as simple as its search screen: let us map your library. Read More »