Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 23, 2015 - 2:06pm
Nicole Hennig would love to see more librarians reviewing apps.
“Have you noticed how uniformed many of the app-store reviews are?” she asks readers of her recent Library Technology Report "Selecting and Evaluating the Best Mobile Apps for Library Services." Often people write a review without understanding what the app was meant to do. Or they dash off a technical support question. Librarianship has a long tradition of reviewing books. Now is the time to apply those well-honed skills to apps and help your community find what they need in a chaotic marketplace. Read More »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 8, 2015 - 10:49am
Jason Griffey reports on what he saw at CES press day-- a few 3D printers, including Ultimaker, a good library option; another small robot programmable in Google's Blockly, a visual programming editor; Samsung's SSD; and a drone. The soundtrack starts rough, but is much better after one minute.
Jason's coverage of CES is sponsored by Spingshare. Visit his blog Pattern Recognition for ongoing reports.
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 6, 2015 - 11:08am
Jason Griffey is attending CES 2015. We'll be sharing a few of his videos as he looks at upcoming consumer electronics with an eye to library service. In the first day's press event, among the technology he saw was the Ozobot, a small robot that is programmable using Google's blockly programming editor.
Visit Jason's blog Pattern Recognition for ongoing reports.
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on July 11, 2014 - 11:12am
Editors Note: This post is an excerpt from Improving the Visibility and Use of Digital Repositories Through SEO, by Kenning Arlitsch and Patrick S. OBrien. The authors, along with Montana State colleagues Jason Clark and Scott Young, will be teaching the online course/workshop Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Libraries, which starts July 17.
Metadata schemas are powerful frameworks for organizing content, and libraries
have long used them to describe their holdings (think MARC). Numerous schemas
exist for academic disciplines: CDWA is used for art, Darwin Core for biology,
EML for ecology, DDI for social sciences, and so on. Read More »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 24, 2014 - 1:20pm
John Dove’s article in the eContent Quarterly December 2013 issue “Online Reference Systems: Putting the User at the Center of Design” includes the list of resources below, for which he shares credit with Terry Winograd, Erin McKean, Jodi Wing, and Josh Orum. Though compiled with reference systems in mind, the list includes resources helpful for any Web interface.(Subscribe to eContent Quarterly in the ALA Store. )
Classics of Reference Content and Reference Librarianship
Green, Samuel. 1876. “Personal Relations between Librarians and Readers.” Library Journal 1 (October 1876): 74–81. Read More »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 23, 2014 - 11:57am
From the RMG press release
RMG Town Hall 2: Discovery, e-Books, Demand-Driven Acquisitions at RMG’s Annual Presidents' Seminar: The View from the Top
Friday January 24, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ALA Midwinter Conference, Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Convention Center Room PCC-117
Leading library industry companies/executives expected at RMG's 2014 Town Hall 2 to address a Vision for an emerging “Library Content Services Model” fulfilled by cross-industry interoperability among
- Library Management Services platforms and other ILSs
- Content Providers
- Discovery Services
to help libraries — especially public libraries — adapt and leverage new models for improved ROI on content, technology, and HR. Expected panelists include: Read More »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on October 1, 2013 - 3:51pm
ALA TechSource has published its first "official" issue of eContent Quarterly, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic. During the summer, we published the preview issue, still available for download in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats. Now we’re ready to take your subscription order and deliver Vol. 1, No.1. Regularly priced at $150, one-year subscriptions are now $99 with this coupon code: SECQ13. Read More »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on July 2, 2013 - 2:19pm
ALA TechSource has launched the new eContent Quarterly with a free preview issue announced at Annual Conference. Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic are coeditors.
On the heels of the No Shelf Required 2 book, Sue Polanka was ready to try a new approach to covering the dynamic e-book marketplace for libraries. Not wanting to go it alone, she thought of Mirela, who had impressed her with outstanding editorial direction during their collaboration on an IGI book. She persuaded Mirela to join her as coeditor, and they proposed the digital journal to ALA. Mirela covered the e-book market for Library Journal. A contributor to Sue’s No Shelf Required blog, she wrote the Library Technology Report "E-Book Platforms in Libraries," which covers offerings from 51 leading e-book vendors. Read More »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 28, 2013 - 10:49pm
Yvette Leigh, a branch manager at Chicago Public Library, shows off one of the CNC Mills at the Harold Washington Library Makerspace at a preconference on Friday. Attendees got a tour of the makerspace, scheduled to open July 8. The space also has Laser Cutters and Makerbot Replicator 3D Printers.
Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables, a supplier and consultant to the lab, wrote a detailed description of the lab's equipment. Read More »