Submitted by Patrick Hogan on November 7, 2012 - 4:20pm
We just wrapped up the ALA TechSource Workshop Cloud Computing for Librarians: An Introduction with Krista Godfrey. Krista gave an excellent introduction to an often confusing concept. Whether you attended or not, check out her slides below.
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on October 15, 2012 - 11:42am
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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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 »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on July 19, 2012 - 9:29am
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 »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on July 18, 2012 - 10:21am
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 »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on July 13, 2012 - 9:26am
A couple days ago, I gave in to pent-up desire and bought an iPad. Everyone has one, right? What’s loaded on yours? What apps do you offer your patrons? Any books that are too souped up for a Kindle?
Join us for the fun and free ALA TechSource webinar Introducing the Book as iPad App on Monday, July 23. Nicole Hennig will show how iPad apps are stretching the boundaries of the book. These new, emerging hybrids mix in elements of film, videogames, and social media with the text traditional to the book. For librarians, they offer new opportunities in evaluation, selection, and library services. Read More »