Submitted by Patrick Hogan on March 5, 2012 - 3:51pm
OverDrive, Inc. (www.overdrive.com) announced today it has acquired Australian eBook company Booki.sh (http://booki.sh). Booki.sh is the developer of a cloud-based platform for distributing, selling and reading popular eBooks from anywhere and on any device with a modern web browser. Booki.sh founders and principals Joseph Pearson, Virginia Murdoch and Peter Haasz will join OverDrive from their existing offices in Melbourne to expand the global distributor’s publishing, library and school initiatives.
Booki.sh eBooks live “in the cloud,” are browser-based and do not require the user to first install any software or app. OverDrive will expand the Booki.sh distribution and digital bookstore platforms as well as integrate Booki.sh HTML5 and EPUB reading technologies into OverDrive library and school services.
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 20, 2012 - 2:00pm
Last week's O'Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference hosted a publishing start-up showcase. Seeking a range of tools
from 60 submissions, O'Reilly chose the following 11 companies to display at the showcase, including a library vendor. Amidst the variety was cluster of technology in self-publishing. As technology entrepreneurs zero in on publishing industry, writers look to be the big winners, no longer so dependent on the traditional path to getting published. Do you see tools your library could use?
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Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 16, 2012 - 2:27pm
Tuesday, at O'Reilly's Tools of Change Conference (TOC), Praveen Madan spoke about the Kepler 2020 project. The project's goal is reinvent the bookstore and build a future for Kepler's Book's, a Menlo Park bookstore with a 50-year history and deep roots in the Silicon Valley community. The project is sharing its story, strategy, and perhaps its software to create a new business model that other independent bookstores might follow. Staff and friends of public libraries may want to watch the project to inform their thinking about libraries. Read More »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 14, 2012 - 8:10am
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on February 13, 2012 - 12:22pm
O'Reilly Media is hosting the TOC Conference in New York City starting today and running through Wednesday. The conference brings together publishing and technology professionals to explore new strategies, platforms, and business models.
ALA TechSource has selected a few presentations of interest to the library community to stream from our website. Follow the link for a description of the presentations and tune in tomorrow and Wednesday. All times are Eastern. Read More »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 20, 2012 - 11:28am
Joe Wikert is General Manager & Publisher at O'Reilly Media, Inc., where he manages the sales and editorial groups. He is also Chair of O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishers conference (TOC). TOC 2012 is February 13-15 in New York City at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. ALA TechSource readers can save 15 percent by registering with coupon code AMLIB, in addition to discounts offered to librarians.
Joe follows new developments in publishing technology and emerging platform. ALA TechSource asked a few questions to get his perspective on public libraries.
ALA TechSource: Some public libraries are looking at ways they can be developers of content, helping people in their communities publish content of interest to their communities. The "hyper-local" approach. Drawing from your knowledge of start-up publishing platforms, what opportunities do you see for libraries? Read More »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 19, 2012 - 10:57am
RMG Consultants will lead their 22nd Annual Presidents' Seminar on Friday, January 20, 2012, at ALA's Midwinter Meeting at the Dallas Convention Center (Rooms A201/A202) . This year's theme is "Invasion of the Customer Snatchers into a Saturated and Content-Driven ILS Marketplace"
Senior executives of library technology companies will answer questions from moderator Rob McGee of RMG as well as the audience. Smart Libraries Newsletter editor Marshall Breeding will weigh in as a special commentator along with RMG's Geoff Payne. The companies and panelists expected this year are: Read More »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on December 21, 2011 - 2:07pm
The stories that we exchange with family and friends this holiday season will express shared values, who we are, and where we’re from. Organizational management experts encourage us to explore the benefits of using stories at work . ALA TechSource is teaming up with WebJunction to offer the free webinar “Organizational Storytelling: Using Stories for Leadership, Community, and Advocacy,” on January 10, 2012, with Kate Marek and Chris Reppel. Register todayat WebJunction: www.webjunction.org/events/webinars#jan10
Below is an excerpt from Kate Marek’s book Organizational Storytelling. We’ll be offering webinar participants a discount on the book. Read More »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on December 15, 2011 - 10:56am
The O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC) 2012 will take place February 13-15, at the New York Marriott Marquis. ALA TechSource will be covering the conference on the blog, with preliminary interviews with presenters and live webcasts on topics of interest to libraries; and we have a special offer. Read More »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on October 30, 2011 - 5:56pm
Excerpted from the Library Technology Reports August / September 2011 (vol. 47, no. 6) “The Transforming Public Library Infrastructure,” ALA Office for Resarch and Statistics. Chapter 6 “Digital Literacy Center Stage, Larra Clark and Marijke Visser. Learn how to use the data from from the study in a free WebJunction webinar November 1, 2011. See the archive and resources page.
While information literacy has been well defined over the past two decades in our school and academic libraries, public libraries are newer to formal instruction in this arena. For many public libraries, teaching basic computers skills—in classes or as needed—has become a requirement as critical interactions with employers and government agencies demand it from those seeking resources and opportunities and as these individuals come to the library to access such resources. With computer skill classes now a regular part of the library landscape, it is time to raise the bar and expand patrons’ digital fluency and evaluation skills. Read More »