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TECH SET interview: Joe Murphy

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on July 5, 2012 - 12:21pm

Joe Murphy author of Location-Aware Services and QR Codes for Libraries is passionate in his conviction that location awareness is a gateway to future innovation. "The ability to associate activities, whether social or institutional, with a layer of location has really proved to be a foundation for all the major mobile and social technology initiatives of the past year," he says.

Library spaces will continue to be important, Murphy says. The technologies covered in the book will help libraries make their physical spaces relevant and meet the expectations of patrons with smartphones.

Joe had fun jumping into this topic early and looking at the practical applications for libraries. He describes specifics for a few of the book's projects, using: Read More »

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TECH SET interview: Michael Lascarides

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 29, 2012 - 9:25am

In this interview with Ellyssa Kroski, Michael Lascarides, author Next-Gen Library Redesign, notes that next-generation isn’t a checklist. “It’s about positioning yourself to exist in a world where the information landscape is constantly changing,” he says.

Lascarides describes a couple projects from the book. First, starting with the broad, is a methodological approach to looking at your library’s digital presence by taking a full inventory of your Web activities. Moving to the specific, the book describes how to set up and oversee a crowdsourcing project. Examples from the New York Public Library are digitizing maps and transcribing dishes of old restaurant menus into a foods database. "A small set of guidelines can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful project," says Lascarides. Read More »


TECH SET interview: Robin Fay and Michael Sauers

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 21, 2012 - 10:14am

In light of OCLC's two huge linked data announcements, I thought that on this Thursday TECH SET podcast, we'd feature Ellyssa Kroski's interview with Robin Fay and Michael Sauers, co-authors of Semantic Web Technologies and Social Searching for Librarians. Below the SoundCloud embed are highlights from the interview. Read More »

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TECH SET interview: Marshall Breeding

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 14, 2012 - 9:08am

Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski interviewed Marshall Breeding, author of Cloud Computing for Libraries (11) and noted speaker, writer, and consultant on library technology and the library automation industry.

Note that since the recording of this interview, Marshall resigned his position at Vanderbilt University in order to free up time for what he calls "outside activities" in the interview.

Below the SoundCloud embed are a few highlights from the interview.

2:15 Marshall believes cloud computing is a major transition with "massive implications for libraries." Read More »

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TECH SET interview: Amanda Bielskas and Kathleen Dreyer

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 8, 2012 - 10:53am

Amanda Bielskas and Kathleen Dreyer are reference librarians at Columbia University and authors of IM and SMS Reference Services for Libraries, #19 in The TECH SET. They believe that reference through IM and text messaging is not only a service librarians can offer, it's a necessary one. In this brief interview with Ellyssa Kroski, they discuss their inspiration for the book and a few how-to projects covered in the implementation chapter.

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TECH SET interview: Ken Varnum

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 31, 2012 - 4:08pm

Editors Note: The TECH SET Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski has interviewed authors about their books. We will post the interviews to the companion pages for the The TECH SET. Starting today, and on Thursdays during the next 9 weeks, we will feature an interview on the ALA TechSource blog.

Yesterday, one of the participants in Sean Fitzpatrick's Drupal Basics workshop asked if we could suggest a concise guide on using Drupal to develop a library website. Yes we can!

Among the 10 new titles to The TECH SET series is Drupal in Libraries (14) , by Kenneth J. Varnum. Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski spoke to Ken about the book. Below the SoundCloud embed are a few notes from the interview. Read More »

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New Bibliographic Framework and Linked Data

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 29, 2012 - 11:33am

Library of Congress (LC) announced last week that it has contracted with Zepheira to help accelerate the launch of the Bibliographic Framework Initiative.

LC’s plan for the new bibliographic framework stated, released in October 2011, stated: Read More »


Sarah Ludwig to Blog at ALA TechSource

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 11, 2012 - 7:03am

I’m delighted to welcome Sarah Ludwig to the ALA TechSource blog team. She will join bloggers Jason Griffey and Kate Sheehan and new Code Words columnist Jason Clark.

A 2010 ALA Emerging Leader, Sarah is academic technology coordinator at Hamden Hall, a preK-12 school in Connecticut. She previously worked at Darien Library, where in various positions she managed reference, technology, and teen services. She is author of Starting from Scratch: Building a Teen Library Program (Libraries Unlimited, 2011) and is one of VOYA’s “Tag Team Tech” columnists. Read More »


The TECH SET 11-20 is Published

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 10, 2012 - 4:14pm

The TECH SET is here, on my messy desk, as well as in our warehouse and ready to ship.

Congratulations to Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski and authors Amanda Beilskas, Marshall Breeding, Jason Clark, Kathleen Dreyer, Amanda Etches, Robin Fay, Michael Lascarides, Joe Murphy, Greg R. Notess, Michael P. Sauers, Aaron Schmidt, Sarah K. Steiner, and Kenneth J. Varnum on publication of their TECH SET books. Read More »

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Introducing Code Words with Jason Clark

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on April 13, 2012 - 9:26am

ALA TechSource is happy to introduce a new series for the blog, Code Words, by Jason Clark.

The web is bursting with new software and new tech tools, but sorting through it all is time-consuming. Each month, Jason will share practical tips and snippets of code to give you a running start on projects. Occasionally, he’ll take a look at the bigger picture and point to an emerging tech or programming concept that people might want to know about. Read More »

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